Benecke-Kaliko

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Benecke-Kaliko AG
Aktiengesellschaft (stock corporation)
Industry Automotive supplier
Founded 1718
Headquarters Hanover, Germany
Key people
Dirk Leiß (Chairman)
Revenue €550 million (2015)
Number of employees
2,569 (2015)
Website www.benecke-kaliko.com
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]

Company[edit]

Benecke-Kaliko AG is based in Hanover[1] and forms part of the ContiTech-Group.[3][4] Its core expertise lies in the area of automotive interior trims.[2][5] Benecke-Kaliko’s production activities are spread across four sites. In 2015, it generated sales of €550 million euro with a workforce of over 2,600 employees Benecke-Kaliko is the world market leader in the manufacture of sheeting for automotive interiors.[1][6] 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[4][7][8] 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,[9] Benecke-Kaliko employs around 1,000 staff members producing 36 mio m2 a year of surface materials.

At the Eislingen site, 500 employees[10] 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,[11] 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.,[12] Ltd. In 2013 a TPO production line was added.

A new plant was built in San Luis Potosí, Mexico,[11] in 2008.[13] [14][15] 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[16][17] such as the USA, Brazil and India.[12][18]

In fall 2014, Benecke-Kaliko started building a second Chinese plant in Changzhou.[19] Series production (capacity of 10 mio m² a year) started end of 2015 with approximately 100 employees.[20] The location has 159 employees. In addition, the company has acquired two locations from the Belgian Mecaseat Group[21] 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.

History[edit]

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).[11] 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[9][22] took place in 1993, thereby creating the link with ContiTech Holding.[16][18][22] 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.[23][23] As a result, the company is expanding its industrial business and is opening up new sales markets, especially in North America.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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