Our History

OUR HISTORY



1983


We opened our branch "Hübbesweg" including the first table tennis school on 400 sqm. There we started our first activities in mailorder business all over Germany. In the same year Hanjo Zuch who admittedly is a material expert joined our company. Up to now he is part of our team.
 

1985


We opened our first shop away from Hamburg in the table tennis school in Grenzau. Andreas Holz from Hamburg lead the shop then. In 1988 he took the shop over and still leads it up to now. In close cooperation with TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau we established for the first time in professionel sports.
 

1986


We took over the SchÖler & Micke branch Wiesendamm. On two floors the mailorder business was extended. Supported by a modern computer system. Our business got larger and larger and within short time we had too little space.
 

1989


We moved with our central to Steilshoop. On 500 sqm we had enough space for our mailorder business. Our branch Wiesendamm is up to now our second shop in Hamburg.
 

1990


We started to supply our first shops nationwide. We had nine employees all active table tennis players.
 

1991


We started a cooperation with the Bundesliga club VfB Lübeck and opened a shop in Lübeck together with Claus Mattern.
 

1994


Even our rooms in Steilshoop got too small and we had first plans to build up our own stock- and administration center in Schleswig-Holstein.


In February 1995 we moved to our new headquarter which is on 3000 sqm area. On 1000 sqm we built up one of the highly developed mailorder houses of Europe. We have more than 5000 different items on stock. We do daily despatch more than 200 package to our worldwide clientele. More than 65 shops in Germany and Europe are among our customers. 12 employees treat our customers friendly, competent and reliable. Although we were small when we started in 1980 our philosophy remained the same:
 

"The customer is our number one".


Personal treatment is at first position. Yesterday like today.
 

1995


Was based on a 3,000 m² area our new domicile. Covering more than 1,000 square meters, this is one of the most modern shipping houses in Europe. Here are stored more than 8,500 different table tennis articles.
 

2005


CONTRA celebrates his 25th anniversary!
 

2006


In January 2006, an ultramodern new warehouse logistics system was set up, which now enables us to take account of the massive increase in order volumes over the years and to offer our customers even better service.
 

2007


Every day our house leaves over 500 shipments to our worldwide customers. We count over 65 shops in Germany and Europe among our customers. Twelve employees look after our customers competently and reliably.
 

2008


Our building on the Wiesendamm will be tore off. We move to Wandsbeker Chaussee 130.
 

2010


CONTRA celebrates his 30th anniversary! We're bursting at the seams again. For a customer-friendly, absolutely reliable and fast service, our 21 employees provide. Let´s see how it goes on.
 

2011


CONTRA has built and doubled the warehouse and office capacities. On now 2.000 m² we have stocked over 10.000 articles for you. With the warehouse expansion in 2011, we responded to the growing demand for our table tennis products. It is only through this considerable increase in storage and office space that we are able to stock all important products in sufficient quantities and continue to ensure fast shipping. Due to this extension, a large part of all orders can be shipped at the same day and completely in one shipment to our customers.
 

2014


Our logistics center was expanded again. On more than 2,400 m², we have now stocked more than 14,000 items for you. Meanwhile, over 25 employees take care of the needs of our customers.
 

2015


CONTRA turns 35! The expansion course continues: In the center of Munich, CONTRA takes over one of the oldest shops in Bavaria. In Berlin, CONTRA partner Patrick Strahl opens a unique flagship store with a large table tennis school on over 350 m². Outside Germany, too, CONTRA continues to grow.
 

2016


Departure into a new era: we deliver with our new online shop. For our customers, this means new, modern design and simple menu navigation, a new, comfortable racket mounting module, new versatile filter options and a new voucher module. All in all, the new CONTRA Shop for all devices is clearly optimized and easy to handle.
 

2017


April 21, 2017 - Opening of CONTRA TT World at Mühlendamm 88, 22087 Hamburg Service and quality on 480 m² - Practice like the professionals on competition ground - Giant selection - 120 test blades- 5 competition tables.
 

After successful 37 years, Managing Director Frank Koschnick retires on June 30, 2017.