Procurement volume

The procurement volume corresponds to the projections and forecasts of requirements of the business units and the contractual obligations to suppliers that DB Group has entered into. On subsequent realization these become capital expenditures or expenses (mainly cost of materials and other operating expenses). The total procurement volume in 2022 (excluding DB Arriva) was € 46.7 billion (previous year: € 40.7 billion):

  • Freight and freight forwarding services rose significantly to € 18.7 billion, primarily due to pricing (previous year: € 15.8 billion).
  • Industrial products increased to € 8.5 billion (previous year: € 7.3 billion), driven by the second order of ICE 3neo vehicles.
  • Construction and engineering services rose to € 8.9 billion (previous year: € 7.8 billion), which resulted from higher material costs and the increased volume of capital expenditures on track infrastructure in the next few years.
  • Third-party services rose to € 7.6 billion (previous year: € 7.3 billion), which is due in particular to price effects at DB Cargo.
  • Cable- and pipe-bound power and fuel rose to € 3.1 billion (previous year: € 2.6 billion), which was attributable to trends in energy prices in particular.

PRocurement volume / € million




Procurement volume in Germany 1)




Share of local procurement volume (%)




The procurement volume is the total of all the net order values – from individual orders and from framework contracts – that have been completed.
1) Excluding DB Schenker, excluding DB Arriva.

The share of local procurement volume in Germany was € 21.5 billion in 2022 (previous year: € 18.3 billion).

Excluding DB Arriva.

Material topics in 2022

  • Securing of DB Group supply: Despite the sharp increases and volatility of the market prices of raw materials and goods, sharply increased inflation, supply chain disruptions and production bottlenecks, our focused supplier and risk management has enabled us to secure the supply of products and services to DB Group.
  • Re-launch of DB Group’s supplier portal: With the relaunch, we have strengthened a vital level for structuring our business relationships. Designed as a continuous digital information platform, it is a central point of contact for existing suppliers and all those who would like to become one in the future. Conceived consistently from the point of view of the users, we create an intuitive and consistent user experience that simultaneously ensures the greatest possible transparency: all the information that helps to expand and improve strong strategic and collaborative cooperation, simply and conveniently on a central platform.
  • DB supplier awards: At InnoTrans, the leading international trade fair for the industry, in 2022 we awarded the DB supplier award for the tenth time to companies that stood out in the competition in their market segment, who fulfill their contractual obligations in an exemplary and sustainable manner and who support us in the implementation of our Group strategy with top performances. We also presented the fourth DB Supplier Innovation Award to commend particularly innovative efforts that support our range of services, demonstrate a high degree of innovation and are also sustainable.

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