Innovation since 1885

HHLA was founded in 1885 and since then has carried the genes of a start-up in its DNA. Back then, when the company built the gigantic and state-of-the-art Speicherstadt historical warehouse district, the industry was making the transition from 1.0 to 2.0.  Today, the company is experiencing profound changes, not only socially but also in terms of science and technology.

Without innovation and the ambition to always stay up to speed with the latest trends and technologies, the road for HHLA would not have been successful. Self-renewal is and will remain in our DNA. These pages offer an overview of current research, development and digitisation projects, as well as of the modern and sustainable technology used by HHLA.

HHLA and hydrogen


HHLA and hydrogen

Hydrogen as an energy carrier can contribute to HHLA's decarbonisation. The distribution of hydrogen is also a growth opportunity for the company.

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Interview with Spherie CEO Nicolas Chibac

“Inspections will be one of the main segments for drone applications”

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Rise of the machines

HHLA has been working with MAN Truck & Bus on a project to introduce driverless vehicles to the Port of Hamburg – a project that will actively shape the goods transport of the future.

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