LeasePlan Deutschland GmbH was founded to handle vehicle leasing and fleet management operations. LeasePlan Beteiligungs- und Leasinggesellschaft mbH then became the German holding company.
LeasePlan Germany secured its biggest customer account to date: Rank Xerox GmbH with over 2,000 vehicles. The management was so pleased about the deal that it invited all the 40 or so employees on a company outing to Hamburg.
The company moved into the modern age and LeasePlan Germany got its first computer system. Until then, all data had been transferred to the Dutch holding company for processing.
Hans Lützenkirchen, the Managing Director, left the company in the second half of the year. His successor was Manhardt Dibbern.
The large-scale construction project to build Düsseldorf’s new tram line commenced right outside our offices. So LeasePlan was really looking forward to the first foundation stone being laid for the new office premises in the quiet Neuss industrial estate.
TravelCard Deutschland GmbH was founded as a payment card provider. One of its products was a fuel card for company vehicle fleets. It was finally time to move to the new headquarters at Hellersbergstrasse 10a in Neuss. However, one day before the move the new building burned down. The LeasePlan team had to continue working at the Düsseldorf offices, where core refurbishment work had already commenced.
The long awaited move to the new building after its post-fire renovation finally took place. For the first time ever, the company had more than 100 employees in Germany.
LeasePlan Germany hosted the “LeasePlan Inter-Company Football Competition” for the first time. Almost 100 motivated colleagues from the LeasePlan companies in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, ABN AMRO Lease Holding and, of course, Germany battled it out for the trophy. In the final match, the German team beat the Belgian team 4:0.