BENTELER opens its new production hall at Schwandorf location

Schwandorf/Paderborn, October 13, 2018. On October 13, 2018, BENTELER opened its new production hall in Schwandorf. BENTELER Automotive is expanding its production and site area at the Schwandorf location by approximately 50 percent. We employ more than 600 colleagues at the site: The plant in Schwandorf is one of the largest employers in the area. The expansion is set to be completed by the end of 2018, production is expected to begin in 2019.

Around 650 employees and their relatives were invited to the opening. In addition, representatives of the district, the city of Schwandorf and partner companies and neighbors of the plant participated in the celebrations.

“We are proud to produce the battery tray for the new generation of electric vehicles from a well-known OEM here in Schwandorf," says plant manager Helmut Ascher. "Aluminum is a lightweight metal and therefore plays an important role in the manufacture of battery trays. Especially in the processing of this material, our team has a high level of expertise."

The plant proves two things at once: BENTELER's competence in the segment of complex light-weight solutions. And its innovative ability with regard to electro-mobility: For BENTELER, the contract marks the entry into the production of battery trays in Germany. Globally, we are the manufacturer of every tenth battery tray. In Europe even every second.

As part of the opening program, the guests were able to take a look behind the scenes of modern production with the help of established stations and demo companies: The new machine outfit uses Industry 4.0 solutions. Among other things, the company's teams will be able to read out machine data in real time (Conditioned Monitoring) to remain aware of a machine's condition at all times. This will permit early detection of malfunctions, allowing the teams to take preventative measures accordingly. The required IT structure for using solutions such as these was included in the plan from the very start of construction.