Growth region Eastern Europe: BENTELER opens its first plant in Poland

Paderborn / Września, September 5, 2016: BENTELER Automotive is continuing to invest in the growth market of Eastern Europe. As a supplier to the automotive sector, the company already has plants in the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Russia. Now the first production location is going into operation in Poland. It is BENTELER Automotive´s second modules plant in the region, the first being in Kaluga (Russia). In future, at this new plant in Września near Poznań, front-end and chassis modules will be produced from individual components for the next generation of the Volkswagen Crafter. These will be delivered to the specified point of use, in the quantity and sequence the customer demands, and at the required time. From 2018 onwards BENTELER Automotive will be producing an average of over 100,000 vehicle modules per year, on 5,300 square meters of production space in close proximity to the VW plant. By the end of 2017 this will generate around 100 new jobs.

“The opening of our new location is a key step in extending our capacities in the growth market of Eastern Europe. In taking this step we are continuing our strategy of catering to customer demand at the point at which that demand arises. It means we are always flexible and have our manufacturing operations in close proximity to the customers,” explains Laurent Favre, COO BENTELER Automotive. “Fundamentally we are aiming for a balanced mix in our customer, product and market portfolio. In that way we are independent from the development of individual models, customers and markets.”

“In close collaboration with our customers, we develop ideas and solutions which we then implement directly at the required locations, in line with the needs of those customers. We are proud to be able to build upon the already excellent cooperation with VW Commercial Vehicles and thank our customer for the trust they are placing in us. In future, too, we will be maintaining our effort to continue delivering high-quality products just-in-time to our customer,” said Petr Marijczuk, Executive Vice President Region North & Eastern Europe BENTELER Automotive.