BENTELER joins mobility innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN to further foster its innovation culture

Paderborn/Stuttgart, July 18, 2017. BENTELER Automotive becomes a partner in Plug & Play’s innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN. Within this innovation and collaboration platform startups develop ideas for future mobility and digitalization.

BENTELER joins startup network to facilitate and strengthen its own culture of innovation. Startups are young companies with an innovative business idea focusing on strong growth. “We are constantly working on innovative improvements for our customers. The partnership with Plug & Play will accelerate the development of our innovation culture within BENTELER to create sustainable value for our customers,” says Laurent Favre, CEO BENTELER Automotive. Plug & Play, headquartered in Silicon Valley, US, aims to accelerate developments. It provides startups, established companies and investors with a platform where they can find each other more easily. Plug and Play is one of the world's leading mediation platforms, particularly in the field of technology. BENTELER is now working with the European subsidiary of Plug and Play.

“Electrification and digitalization are significantly changing the automotive industry. Through collaboration with international startups, BENTELER will benefit from external ideas and impulses thus accelerating our progress in these future fields,” explains Oliver Lang, CTO BENTELER Automotive. The platform focuses on developing technologies right up to project maturity. BENTELER offers startups the background of a globally operating company. “We have long-term development goals, comprehensive production experience and are established on the market. Ideal conditions to test and further develop new ideas. In turn, we save time and money because we do not have to implement all the development steps ourselves."

The core founding members of the STARTUP AUTOBAHN program, alongside US partner Plug & Play Tech Center, are DAIMLER AG, the University of Stuttgart as well as the research factory Arena2036, one of the leading research platforms for mobility in Germany.

BENTELER joins Plug & Play Program Press Release 20170713.jpg: Delighted by the win-win situation for BENTELER and innovative Start-ups (from right): Laurent Favre, CEO BENTELER Automotive, Sascha Karimpour, CEO Plug & Play Germany, und Oliver Lang, CTO BENTELER Automotive.