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Benecke-Kaliko AG
Aktiengesellschaft (stock corporation)
IndustryAutomotive supplier
HeadquartersHanover, Germany
Key people
Dirk Leiß (Chairman)
Revenue€599 million (2016)
Number of employees
2,900 (2016)
Benecke-Kaliko AG premises in Hanover

Benecke-Kaliko AG, based in Hanover, develops and manufactures technical and decorative surface materials made of plastics.[1][2] Since 2017, it presents itself under the Continental brand.[3]


Benecke-Kaliko AG is based in Hanover[1] and forms part of the Benecke-Hornschuch Surface Group, which is a business segment of the ContiTech-Group.[3][4][5] Its core expertise lies in the area of automotive interior trims.[2][6] Benecke-Kaliko’s production activities are spread across four sites. In 2016, it generated sales of €599 million euro with a workforce of over 2,900 employees Benecke-Kaliko is the world market leader in the manufacture of sheeting for automotive interiors.[1][7] The company produces soft trim for instrument panels, sun visors, glove compartment covers, airbag seals, door and side trim, seating, center consoles, and convertible roofs[5][8][9] on behalf of automotive manufacturers. Benecke-Kaliko’s materials are also installed in airplanes, trains, RVs, and different industrial applications as well as on ships.

Main sites and products[edit]

At its headquarters in the Vinnhorst district of Hanover,[10] Benecke-Kaliko employs around 1,000 staff members producing 36 mio m2 a year of surface materials.

At the Eislingen site, 500 employees[11] manufacture around 18 mio m2 of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) sheeting a year.

In 2015, Benecke-Kaliko AG produced approximately 86 mio m² of surface materials.

Since 2006, Benecke Changshun Auto Trim Co., Ltd. based in Zhangjiagang, China,[12] has manufactured PVC foam laminate and PVC-expanded leather for the Chinese automotive industry, currently producing up to 20 million m² a year with a workforce of around 480 staff members. This company is a joint venture with the Chinese automotive plastics retailer Jiangsu Changshun Group Co.,[13] Ltd. In 2013 a TPO production line was added.

A new plant was built in San Luis Potosí, Mexico,[12] in 2008.[14] [15][16] The company has invested around €8 million in the factory. Since the start of 2009, this plant has been producing PVC foam laminate and PVC-expanded leather, as well as TPO compact foil and foam laminate for the American market – up to 7 million m² a year. The plant employs around 250 staff members.

Benecke-Kaliko has sales offices in numerous countries worldwide[17][18] such as the USA, Brazil and India.[13][19]

In fall 2014, Benecke-Kaliko started building a second Chinese plant in Changzhou.[20] Series production (capacity of 10 mio m² a year) started end of 2015 with approximately 100 employees.[21] The location has 159 employees. In addition, the company has acquired two locations from the Belgian Mecaseat Group[22] in Pamplona, Spain and in Wagrowiec, Poland. Both locations combined currently have 160 employees and a capacity to produce around 8 million m² of surface materials. With this acquisition, Benecke-Kaliko has strengthened inter alia its industrial sector.


The company’s history dates back to 1718, when wall and ceiling covering materials were produced in Hanover under the name of “Königlich privilegierte Wachstuchmacherey vor dem Steinthore” [“Royally privileged oilcloth factory in front of the stone gate”] (i.e. outside the city walls, on Am Judenkirchhof).[12] The relocation of the plant to its current site in Vinnhorst began in 1898 and the plant was opened in 1901.

The merger with Göppinger Kaliko GmbH[10][23] took place in 1993, thereby creating the link with ContiTech Holding.[17][19][23] In 2017, Benecke-Kaliko purchased the Hornschuch Group, headquartered in Weißbach, Germany, with more than 1,800 employees at four production locations in Germany and the USA and integrated the company in the business segment Benecke-Hornschuch Surface Group operating under the Continental brand.[3][24][24] As a result, the company is expanding its industrial business and is opening up new sales markets, especially in North America.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c " - Benecke-Kaliko AG Patents". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. ^ a b PVC Partner. "PVC Partner". Archived from the original on 2013-02-01.
  3. ^ a b c Europe, Plastics News. "Benecke-Kaliko, Hornschuch surface materials to be branded Continental - Plastics News". Plastics News. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  4. ^ ContiTech AG. "ContiTech Corporate Group".
  5. ^ a b India Infoline. "India Infoline - Benecke-Kaliko AG enters India market". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  6. ^ Ryan Gehm. "Material Innovations - Benecke-Kaliko compact film adorns C-Class IP" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Plastic News - Continental opens Asia headquarters in Shanghai". Retrieved 2006-03-21.
  8. ^ " - Automotive Plastics & Composites". p. 278. Retrieved 2007. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ Automotive News Europe. "Automotive News Europe - JCI and Marelli make light of the Lancia Delta". Retrieved 01-02-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ a b Benecke-Kaliko AG. "Benecke-Kaliko AG History".
  11. ^ "Markt und Mittelstand - Durch Contracting Kosten senken". Archived from the original on 2013-02-11.
  12. ^ a b c Leonhardt, Wolfgang (2009), Hannoversche Geschichten, p. 122, ISBN 978-3-8391-5437-3
  13. ^ a b "Changshun Group - Subsidiary". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  14. ^ " - Mexican plant picks up the pace". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 12-09-2008. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "Automobilwoche - Benecke-Kaliko eröffnet neues Werk in Mexiko". Retrieved 12-09-2008. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ Bernd Otterbach. "Automobilindustrie - Neue Silikon-Prägewalzen-Fabrik". Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  17. ^ a b "Europa Press Releases". Retrieved 1993-11-30. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ Benecke-Kaliko AG. "Benecke-Kaliko AG Locations".
  19. ^ a b "Frankfurter Allgemeine - Brüssel stimmt Fusion von Benecke und Kaliko zu". Retrieved 02-12-1993. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  20. ^ "Plastic News - "German auto supplier Benecke-Kaliko to build second plant in China"". Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  21. ^ "Plastic News - "Surface specialist Benecke-Kaliko opens new plant in Changzhou, China; Capacity for Acella doubled"". Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  22. ^ "Plastic News - "Benecke-Kaliko buys two Mecaseat companies"". Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  23. ^ a b Amt für amtliche Veröffentlichungen der Europäischen Gemeinschaften L-2985 Luxembourg. "Verordnung (EWG) Nr. 4064/89 über Fusionsverfahren" (PDF). Retrieved 1993-11-29. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. ^ a b Plastics News Europe. "Continental builds business in US, beyond auto with acquisition". Retrieved 2016-10-17.

Coordinates: 52°25′24″N 9°42′31″E / 52.423311°N 9.708581°E / 52.423311; 9.708581