RAG Aktiengesellschaft

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RAG Aktiengesellschaft

legal form Corporation
founding November 27, 1968
Seat In the world heritage site 10
45141 Essen
  • Peter Schrimpf, CEO
Number of employees approx. 7,700
sales 1,500 million € (2015)
Branch Mining, land management, mining technology
Website www.rag.de

The RAG Aktiengesellschaft (formerly Ruhrkohle AG ) is a German company based in Essen , traditionally in the area of coal industry operates, has gained in recent years through acquisitions and a strong chemical business and in addition worked in power plant construction and in real estate. On September 14, 2006 the so-called "white area", i.e. H. the non-hard coal divisions chemicals, energy and real estate, spun off into RAG Beteiligungs AG, which was renamed Evonik Industries AG on September 12, 2007 . After the reorganization has been completed, RAG will continue to exist as a holding company for the RAG Anthrazit Ibbenbüren , RAG Montan Immobilien , RAG Mining Solutions and RAG Sales units. RAG Aktiengesellschaft and Evonik Industries became the property of the RAG Foundation at the end of 2007 . In 2017 the company moved completely from Herne to Essen, on the site of the former Zeche Zollverein . The new building on the premises of the Zeche Zollverein cost the group 25 million euros.


The company was founded on November 27, 1968 as a consolidation company for German hard coal mining. At that time it comprised 80% of the German hard coal mines. In 1969, the business basis of the company was secured with the smelter contract between Ruhrkohle AG and the German smelters.

In 1972 the company employed 168,400 people and had an annual turnover of 7.2 billion DM.

In 1975, the coal pfennig was used to directly subsidize German hard coal mining by adding a surcharge to the electricity price. This subsidy was declared unconstitutional in 1994. Subsidies for the company and the reduction of production capacities for the period up to 2012 were negotiated with the German government in various agreements .

In 1998 the company took over Saarbergwerke and in 1999 Preussag Anthrazit GmbH. As a result, the Ruhrkohle subsidiary DSK AG became the owner of all the German hard coal mines that were still producing. In this context, the group also operated a number of factory railways and mine dumps .

The company then changed - among other things through the takeover of Degussa and STEAG - into a globally active, diversified mining, energy and chemical group.

After the takeover of Degussa and STEAG, Ruhrkohle AG changed its name to RAG Aktiengesellschaft.

On September 14, 2006, the Chemicals , Energy and Real Estate business areas of RAG were spun off in the form of RAG Beteiligungs-AG and renamed Evonik Industries AG on September 12, 2007 , because the old name RAG was too closely associated with coal and mining and on the other hand, they did not want to scare off international investors, because “rag” means “rags” in English.

Coal Foundation

The RAG Foundation was established in the summer of 2007 to cover the follow-up costs of mining . The founding chairman was the former BP manager Wilhelm Bonse-Geuking . From December 1, 2012 to May 24, 2018, Werner Müller was chairman of the RAG-Stiftung. Bernd Tönjes has headed the foundation since May 24, 2018 .

subsidiary company

RAG Anthracite Ibbenbüren

RAG Anthrazit Ibbenbüren GmbH operated the hard coal mine in Ibbenbüren in the Tecklenburger Land . It was closed in August 2018.

RAG Montan Immobilien

RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, formerly Montan-Grundstücksgesellschaft mbH (MGG,) based in Essen is a company in the RAG Aktiengesellschaft association that manages, renovates, develops and markets the Group's areas and real estate. The Montan-Grundstücksgesellschaft mbH (MGG) was founded in 1977. Until the end of the 1980s, the company concentrated on the supra-regional development and utilization of former mining areas on the Saar and Ruhr and on the privatization of the old mining settlements. Since the 1990s, the focus has been on land and project development. Service and industrial parks such as Minister Stein in Dortmund or in Gladbeck- Brauck, as well as start-up and technology centers such as Eurotec in Moers or the Prosper start-up center in Bottrop were implemented in part in public-private partnerships after the renovation of former mining areas . The development of the 50 hectare Ewald in Herten , the former largest mining town in Europe , is considered exemplary .

RAG Mining Solutions

RAG Mining Solutions GmbH (RMS for short), founded in May 2009, offers German mining technology and services worldwide.

RAG sale

RAG Sales GmbH marketed the coal products of RAG's own mines, in addition, it marketed some of the tailings that arise with coal production and was active in the prospering market of material flow management for the resource-saving processing and reuse of different materials. With the end of the German hard coal mining industry at the end of 2018, the business basis for RAGverkauf GmbH ceased to exist.



RAG has an 18.2% stake in the Vivawest housing company through its subsidiary RAG Finanz-GmbH & Co. KG .

Former subsidiaries

Degussa, Steag and RAG Immobilien

The three former subsidiaries of the "white division" Degussa , Steag and RAG Immobilien AG (today: Vivawest ) were spun off on September 14, 2006 into RAG Beteiligungs-AG , which has been operating under the name Evonik Industries AG since September 12, 2007 .

Ruhrkohle countertrade

The Ruhrkohle Countertrade was briefly active at the end of the 1990s. The aim of the business activity was to initiate new business relationships through offsetting trade in meat and dairy products as well as everyday products. The attempt remained.

RAG computer science

RAG Informatik was bought by SBS in 2005 . Siemens took over the IT services for external customers of RAG Aktiengesellschaft.

RAG education

RAG BILDUNG GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, was a company in the field of vocational education and training based in Essen. On June 1, 2010, the company was taken over by TÜV NORD AG and renamed TÜV NORD Bildung GmbH und Co. KG. The entire spectrum of vocational training and further education is taught in the training centers.

RAG rail and port

The former Zechenbahn- und Hafenbetriebe Ruhr-Mitte (ZuH) were renamed RAG Bahn und Hafen (BuH) in 1993 and sold to Railion Deutschland (now DB Cargo ) in 2005 , today the company is operated under RBH Logistics and is involved in rail freight transport, port handling and Inland shipping.

RAG Ruhranalytik

RAG Ruhranalytik GmbH was an independent, accredited testing laboratory in Herne, whose main focus was on the field of solid fuels. On May 31, 2017, RAG Ruhranalytik GmbH was merged with the acquiring RAG Beteiligungs-GmbH .

RAG German hard coal

The Essen-based company RAG Deutsche Steinkohle is the mining division of RAG. All hard coal mines active in Germany (2018 still: Prosper-Haniel and Ibbenbüren ) were bundled in it. It was merged with RAG AG in April 2019.

RAG corporate auditing

RAG Unternehmensrevision GmbH performs all internal auditing tasks and performs an important control function on behalf of company management. As part of her work, she also checks compliance with compliance . Was merged with RAG AG in May 2019.

Other companies and holdings

Until 2001, RAG AG was one of the main owners of the highly profitable Ruhrgas AG in the Bergemann GmbH vote pool . The antitrust controversial takeover of Ruhrgas AG by E.ON Corporation headed by former VEBA managers and Economics Minister Werner Mueller , a persecuted reorganization of the German energy industry, which eventually also for renaming of RAG holding in Evonik and establishing the RAG Foundation led . As part of the reorganization of the group (separation of black and white areas and concentration on the chemicals, energy and real estate business areas), many investments have been given up in recent years and subsidiaries with a total turnover of over 4 billion euros have been sold or released .


  • Peter Schrimpf, CEO
  • Michael Kalthoff, Chief Financial Officer

Supervisory board

Shareholder representative
  • Bernd Tönjes (chairman), chairman of the board of the RAG-Stiftung
  • Bärbel Bergerhoff-Wodopia, member of the board of the RAG-Stiftung
  • Annette Fugmann-Heesing , management consultant
  • Hannelore Kraft , member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Lutz Lienenkämper , Minister of Finance for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Georg Maringer, Vice President for Administration and Business Management at the University of Technology and Business
  • Ulrich Radtke , Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Jürgen-Johann Rupp, member of the board of the RAG-Stiftung
  • Hubertus Schmoldt , economist
  • Peter Urban, management consultant
Employee representatives
  • Michael Vassiliadis (Deputy Chairman), Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Union
  • Sandro Atzori, Chairman of the Works Council of the Prosper-Haniel mine
  • Frank Dudda , Lord Mayor of the City of Herne
  • Elke Hannack , Deputy Chairwoman of the DGB federal board
  • Susanne Hardies, chairwoman of the works council of the Zollverein / Pluto plant
  • Wilhelm Schäffer , former State Secretary D.
  • Barbara Schlüter, chairwoman of the works council for the workforce
  • Anja Schmidt, Chairwoman of the Works Council of the Technical and Logistics Services division
  • Harald Sikorski, head of the Westphalia district of IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie
  • Ralf Sikorski, member of the executive board of the IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie
Neutral member

Norbert Lammert , President of the German Bundestag a. D.

Web links

Commons : RAG Aktiengesellschaft  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Annual report for the 2015 financial year via the Federal Gazette, accessed on January 26, 2017
  2. ^ RAG entered in the Essen commercial register . In: coal. The employee magazine of RAG Aktiengesellschaft , year 2018, issue 2, p. 4.
  3. André Winternitz: RAG Group moves to Zeche Zollverein in November. In: rottenplaces.de. October 10, 2017, accessed on July 26, 2019 (German).
  4. David Schraven , Daniel Drepper, Michael Klingemann: Billion grave stone coal: The whole truth. In: WamS . November 22, 2009, accessed January 1, 2013 .
  5. ^ RAG Montan Immobilien: Future location Ewald, Herten. Retrieved June 4, 2015 .
  6. RAG Mining Solutions We know how ... because we do it ourselves. Retrieved January 1, 2013 .
  7. Eike Strunk: Competent and reliable marketer. With the cessation of hard coal production in Germany at the end of 2018, the coal and coke trading business area of ​​RAG Sales also ended. In: coal. The RAG Aktiengesellschaft employee magazine, year 2019, issue 3, pp. 16-17.
  8. Welcome to RAG Ruhranalytik GmbH! Retrieved January 1, 2013 .
  9. RAG GERMAN COAL AG, ESSEN✝. In: northdata.de. Retrieved May 27, 2019 .
  10. RAG KONZERNREVISION GMBH, RECKLINGHAUSEN✝. In: northdata.de. Retrieved May 27, 2019 .
  11. Bernd Tönjes appointed as the new chairman of the RAG-Stiftung. RAG-Stiftung, May 9, 2018, accessed November 26, 2018 .
  12. as successor to Norbert Römer ; "Four times a year there are also 1190 euros for membership in the RAG supervisory board" (as of 2015)


  • Wilhelm and Gertrude Hermann: The old mines on the Ruhr . Past and future of a key technology. With a catalog of the "life stories" of 477 mines. 6th edition, expanded to include an excursus according to p. 216 and updated in parts relating to energy policy. Verlag Langewiesche ( The Blue Books ), Königstein im Taunus 2008, ISBN 978-3-7845-6994-9 , p. 95-96 .