The best of all worlds

We proudly look back on our 130-year history, yet we are dedicated to cultivating a forward-thinking attitude. We are steeped in tradition, yet we embrace innovation. And though we are still a family-owned company, we have grown to become a well-established global player. At BENTELER we are constantly striving to offer employees the best of all worlds, because only then can we be a truly great employer and a truly great company. 

Throughout our history we have promoted a philosophy based on trust and transparency, which has not only helped us make the right business decisions in the past, but also attract the right kind of people. Thanks to them, we have been able to experience a long history of success and can continue to strengthen our foundation for a successful future. 

Have a look at our history and take a moment to explore how we could share a common future full of exciting achievements. 


1876: Carl Benteler opens ironware shop in Bielefeld
1916: Eduard Benteler (son) purchases engineering works
1918: First drawn tubes produced
1922: Benteler-Werke AG founded
1923: Production of seamless and welded tubes in Paderborn and Schloss Neuhaus begins
1930: Department for fabrication of masts and poles for lampposts created
1935: Exhaust pipes for the Ford Eifel go out as first order from automotive industry
1942: Erich Benteler (grandson) takes over a workforce of 2,000 employees
1945 - 1950: Brothers Erich and Helmut Benteler rebuild manufacturing facilities for railway, bicycle and automotive / textile finishing, plastic and glass processing 

1950: Production of Delta brand refrigerators begins
1951: New plant opens in Paderborn-Schloss Neuhaus for seamless hot-rolled tubes 
1952: Production of small car "Champion" in Paderborn-Moenkeloh begins (2,000 produced in total)
1955: Steel casting begins in Paderborn-Schloss Neuhaus 
1957: Röhren- und Stahllager, known today as BENTELER Distribution, is founded in Berlin
1958/59: Continuous vacuum casting introduced in plant at Paderborn 
1974: Modern electric steel mill begins operation in Lingen/Ems 
1976: BENTELER celebrates its 100th anniversary with more than 9,000 employees in Germany
1977: First axles produced in Paderborn 
1980: BENTELER expands to the US and opens metal forming production facilities
1987: BENTELER expands to Spain and opens automotive plant

1991: Hubertus Benteler (great grandson) becomes Chairman of the Executive Board 
1991: Begin of specialization in prefinished components for the automotive industry and just-in-time supply to automakers 
1992 - 1997: New plants in Mexico, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy and Argentina marks BENTELER Automotive’s increased international presence
1999: BENTELER becomes a management holding company with legally independent business divisions
2001: BENTELER Group celebrates its 125th anniversary with 17,000 employees worldwide as one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany   
2007: BENTELER Steel/Tube buys Rothrist Group, a Swiss company manufacturing welded precision steel tubes mainly for the automotive industry
2008: BENTELER Distribution establishes locations in Eastern Europe and founds local companies in Romania, Croatia, and Ukraine
2008: BENTELER's Rohrspatzen Day Care Center opens in Paderborn 
2008: BENTELER-SGL GmbH & Co. KG joint venture is founded in Paderborn, focusing on market components based on carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the automotive industry
2009: BENTELER-SGL GmbH & Co. KG acquires Austrian-based Fischer Composite Technologie GmbH in Ried to expand expertise in composite components for the automotive industry