BENTELER invests millions in its location in Burgos
Burgos/Salzburg, October 21, 2022. BENTELER opened a new 3,200-ton cold-forming transfer press at its automotive plant in Burgos today. For the new press, BENTELER invested more than 12 million euros into the plant. It allows the automotive supplier to adapt to the new stamping challenges required by its customers, such as stamping components from very thick sheet metal with a high yield strength directly from the coil. Present at the opening ceremony was the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Mr. Alfonso Fernández Mañueco.
Ralf Göttel, CEO of the BENTELER Group, stated: “This investment means a great competitive advantage for our Burgos plant. It strengthens the location sustainably – and therefore demonstrates BENTELER's commitment to the city of Burgos.”
Ricardo García, Executive Vice President Southern Europe at BENTELER Automotive says: “The BENTELER plant in Burgos is immersed in a process of transformation into an intelligent plant. This new press will be monitored with Big Data technologies, so that with advanced data analysis techniques we can optimize the process, costs and the maintenance strategy, moving from corrective to predictive maintenance.”
First BENTELER plant constructed outside Germany
Built 33 years ago, the Burgos plant was the first BENTELER plant constructed outside Germany. With approximately 600 workers, the plant produces chassis and structural vehicle components. Its technology consists of hot and cold forming, automatic 3D laser cutting, and assembly welding among others. In total, up to 16 million components are produced per year in an area of 99,000 m2.
Burgos is also home to the headquarters of BENTELER's Southern Europe Region, where 19 production plants are integrated. Spain, with 8 plants, is a key market for BENTELER.