Tradition and history
With pioneering spirit, courage and a drive to move forward – BENTELER has developed from a small ironmonger's shop to a global company in about 140-years of success.
1876: Carl Benteler opens an ironmongery shop in Bielefeld, Germany.
1908: His son, Eduard Benteler, takes over the business.
1916: Eduard Benteler purchases his first engineering works.
1918: First production of drawn tubes starts.
1922: Founding of the BENTELER-Werke Aktiengesellschaft.
1923: Start of manufacturing of seamless and welded tubes in Paderborn and Schloss Neuhaus, Germany.
1930: The Company sets up a department for the fabrication of masts and poles for lamp posts.
1935: First order from the automotive industry: BENTELER delivers exhaust pipes for the Ford Eifel.
1942: Erich Benteler takes over the management of the Company with a workforce of 2,000.
1945 - 1950: Rebuilding of manufacturing facilities by brothers Erich and Helmut Benteler: railway, bicycle and automotive industry / textile finishing, plastic and glass processing machines.
1950: BENTELER produces refrigerators under the brand name "Delta".
1951: The Paderwerk plant is set up in Paderborn-Schloss Neuhaus for the production of seamless hot-rolled tubes.
1952: Production of the small car "Champion" in Paderborn-Moenkeloh. A total of 2,000 cars were produced.
1955: First steel is cast in Paderborn-Schloss Neuhaus.
1957: Founding of the first Roehren- und Stahllager (today BENTELER Distribution) in Berlin, Germany.
1958/59: Introduction of the vacuum continuous casting process at the Paderwerk.
1974: Modern electric steel mill commences operation in Lingen/Ems, Germany.
1976: BENTELER celebrates its 100th anniversary with more than 9,000 employees in Germany.
1977: First production of axles in the Paderborn-Talle plant.
1980: First metal forming production facilities in the USA – beginning of the international extension of company sites.
1987: First Automotive plant is set up in Spain.
1991: Hubertus Benteler becomes Chairman of the Executive Board and assumes the management of the Company.
1991: Specialization in prefinished components for the automotive industry and just-in-time supply to the automakers.
1992 - 1997: With new plants in Mexico, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, and Argentina, Benteler Automotive expands its worldwide presence intensively.
1999: BENTELER becomes a management holding company with legally independent business divisions.
2001: The BENTELER-Group celebrates its 125th anniversary with 17,000 employees worldwide – one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany.
2007: BENTELER Steel/Tube buys the Rothrist Group. The Swiss company manufactures welded precision steel tubes mainly used in the automotive industry.
2008: BENTELER Distribution establishes locations in Eastern Europe and founds local companies in Romania, Croatia, and Ukraine.
2008: BENTELER's Rohrspatzen Day Care Center opens at the BENTELER's largest site in Paderborn, Germany.
2008: Founding of the BENTELER-SGL GmbH & Co. KG joint venture in Paderborn, Germany. The project between the SGL Group and BENTELER Automotive will develop, make and market components based on carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the automotive industry.
2009: BENTELER-SGL GmbH & Co. KG acquires Fischer Composite Technologie GmbH in Ried im Innkreis, Austria. The aim is to expand expertise in composite components for the automotive industry.
2010: BENTELER Automotive purchases the Automotive Structures business of the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro ASA. The business unit manufactures aluminum components for the automotive industry.
2010: BENTELER Automotive takes over a pressing plant in Puebla, Mexico, which is now doing business under the name BENTELER Puebla Stamping.
2010: The former engineering companies PDE Automotive, Incon Automotive and Fasitet PDE are unified and now operate under the name BENTELER Engineering Services.
2010: Effective July 1, 2010, the newly founded BENTELER International AG, with headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, supplements the structure of the BENTELER-Group. The strategic management functions of the corporation are now concentrated in this holding company.
2011: Set-up of new plants in China and Turkey and the expansion of existing plants in Russia, India and South Africa.
2011: At the end of February a large-scale fire broke out at the hot rolling mill of BENTELER Steel/Tube in Dinslaken, Germany. Due to expensive damage, production had to be stopped for several months.
2011: Most of all purchasing activities of the BENTELER-Group are centralized in an independent corporation, the BENTELER Global Procurement GmbH, located in Paderborn.
2012: BENTELER Automobiltechnik GmbH takes over the Norwegian company Farsund Aluminium Casting AS (FAC). FAC is a supplier of aluminum low-pressure die castings for the automotive industry.
2015: The BENTELER-Group employs 30,000 persons at 170 locations in 37 countries.