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 iron-mongery store in Bielefeld.

1916: Engineering plant purchased in Bielefeld.

1918: First production of drawn tubes.

1922: BENTELER-Werke Aktiengesellschaft founded.

1935: First order handled for the automotive industry.

1947: Production built back up again.

1952: Start of production of own compact car, the Champion.

1955: Production of own steel for the first time.

1957: First tube and steel warehouse founded in Berlin

1974: New electric steel mill goes into operation in Lingen (Ems)

1977: First axle production at the Paderborn plant

1980: First automotive plant in the USA

1986: First major contract with Adam Opel AG: Production of the rear axle and two suspension arms for the Opel Omega

1991: Specialization in prefinished components and just-in-time supply

1999: Restructured to become a holding company

2007: BENTELER Steel/Tube acquires the Rothrist Group.

2009: BENTELER Automotive acquires Norsk Hydro (automotive sector); BENTELER SGL acquires Fischer Composite Technology.

2010: BENTELER Automotive takes over a press shop in Puebla, Mexico, which now operates under the name BENTELER Puebla Stamping.

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: 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: BENTELER Steel/Tube opens its first US-based tube plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Therewith BENTELER has secured a place as an international partner on the market for steel tubes.

2016: BENTELER Distribution opens a modern central warehouse in Duisburg, including Europe‘s biggest high rack storing area for tubes.

2016: BENTELER Automotive celebrates opening of its 10th plant in region Asia/Pacific.

2016: BENTELER Automotive is continuing to invest in the growth market of Eastern Europe and opens its first plant in Poland. At this new plant in Września near Poznań, front-end and chassis modules will be produced from individual components.

2016: Sale of the BENTELER Engineering Services

2017: New Executive Board: Ralf Göttel appointed as CEO. Guido Huppertz becomes CFO. Isabel Diaz Rohr continues to be Member of the Executive Board.