Values and tradition

BENTELER is owned by the fourth generation of the founding family. It all started in 1876, when Carl Benteler, aged 23, took over a small ironmongery store in Bielefeld, Germany. Much has changed in the intervening years – in the world and at BENTELER.

Some things, however, remain the same. Like the passion that we put into our work. The courage to try out the new. The ambition to keep improving until we achieve the very best. And the respect we show to everyone – our customers, our employees and society.

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What started out with just six employees has now grown into a family of 30,000 driven professionals. BENTELER is now a global enterprise with first-class competence in metal-based products and services, from individual components to entire system solutions.

Today we can make use of our size, our international reach and our expertise across many sectors for the benefit of our customers. We stay agile and always have an eye on the future. We actively shape the rapidly changing market. with business partners in the automotive, engineering and energy sectors. For them and with them we develop solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. Just as we always have done. Reliably, and with courage, ambition and respect.

BENTELER. The family of driven professionals. Since 1876.

Our Story

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1876 was a momentous year. Nikolaus Otto started up his first four-stroke engine. Mark Twain published “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. The first festival of Richard Wagner's works was held in Bayreuth. And in Bielefeld a 23-year-old man took over an ironmongery store.

Carl Benteler thus laid the foundation stone for the success story of this family-owned company. In the following 140 years or so, with a great deal of courage, vision and pioneering spirit, BENTELER grew from a small trading company into an international enterprise.

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Eduard Benteler took over the business from his father in 1908. He bought an engineering company and this set the family firm on the path towards becoming an industrial concern. Soon thereafter BENTELER delivered special tubes for brakes for the German and French railways. In 1935 BENTELER received its first major order from a car manufacturer: exhaust pipes for Ford. Later followed axles, axle modules and other vehicle components.

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From 1942 onwards the company was run by the third generation of the family. Eduard Benteler's sons, Erich and Helmut, expanded the product range and soon refrigerators and even a small car – the Champion – were part of the portfolio. A little later BENTELER became German market leader in heating systems. The most successful area of activity for the company, however, was automotive technology. By the end of the 1950s all the main German car manufacturers, apart from Adam Opel AG, were on the company's customer list. Opel was added in 1986.

In the early 1980s, the fourth generation of the Benteler family took its place on the Executive Board, in the person of Hubertus Benteler. In 1991 he became its Chairman. Under his aegis the company expanded: New plants were established, for example in Eastern Europe, the US, and China. The number of employees tripled and sales grew from 1.3 to 7.4 billion euros. In 2017 Hubertus Benteler moved to the Supervisory Board. We, the family of driven professionals, are continuing the tradition and the company values: The courage to try new things. The ambition to achieve peak performance. And the respect to treat each other as equals.