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Financial year 2017: BOGE achieves record sales

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics achieved the highest sales in the company's history in the 2017 financial year. It grew by 8.6 percent to 829.2 million euros. Adjusted for exchange-rate effects,

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics achieved the highest sales in the company's history in the 2017 financial year. It grew by 8.6 percent to 829.2 million euros. Adjusted for exchange-rate effects, sales growth even amounted to 9.7%. On the one hand, growth was driven by the good order situation across all product lines, a large number of product launches, and disproportionate growth in China.
With the new plant in Mexico and the second plant in China, the supplier of vibration control and plastics solutions continued its international expansion course in 2017. 

In addition to this strategic portfolio expansion in the field of vibration technology, new product areas in the product line plastics support the expansion strategy. Lightweight components are increasingly applied in new vehicle design applications, in which the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group participates disproportionately.

To consolidate its position as a leader in technology and innovation, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group invested more than EUR 50.7 million in the 2017 financial year - more than five percent of total sales. With an investment volume of EUR 19.1 million, Germany ranked first in the 2017 financial year, followed by China (EUR 17.4 million) and Slovakia (EUR 10.8 million). Among the major investment projects at the Damme location were the plastic pedal modules (MQB platform, VW) and at the Simmern (Hunsrück) location, the MLBevo engine mount system for Audi (second generation Modular Longitudinal Toolkit) and the transmission mount for VW (platform MQB, A0). Major investment projects outside of Germany involved various elastomeric chassis mounts for the customer Daimler (platform MFA 2) in Trnava (Slovakia) and the plastic pedal modules for various vehicle models of the Volkswagen Group in Qingpu (China).

Internationalization 2017: New plant in Mexico and second plant in China
Another important step in expanding the global presence was the opening of the plant in Mexico. In San Luis Potosí projects for all product lines in particular in the field of vibration control for chassis and powertrain suspension systems as well as plastic components and modules are realized.  Among the first customers are Daimler and the VW Group. In the medium term, around 200 employees will work for BOGE in Mexico.

With "BOGE Rubber & Plastics Zhuzhou Co. Ltd.", BOGE Rubber & Plastics now has a second plant in China. The Automotive Division of the owner Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology Co., Ltd. (TMT) has been integrated into the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group. The BOGE plant in Zhuzhou focuses on automotive vibration control products and acoustic isolation components. Thus, BOGE has extended its product portfolio by acoustic products (passive insulation materials) for the automotive industry and industrial applications as well as truck chassis modules. Around 200 employees in Zhuzhou mainly produce products for customers in the truck and bus sector.

Western Europe and China are the most important markets
The analysis of sales by region shows that Western Europe remains the most important market for the global supplier of vibration control and plastics solutions in the automotive industry. In 2017, about 50 percent of Group sales were generated in this region, followed by China, already with a share of over 20 percent, Slovakia with around 15 percent and the United States with around 12 percent.

In financial year 2017, BOGE Rubber & Plastics employed an average of 4,183 people (previous year: 3,765 employees). The increase resulted mainly from the new plants in Mexico and China. Most employees are employed in Germany (about 1,800), followed by China (about 1,000), Slovakia (about 900) and the USA (about 250).

BOGE Elastmetall in the Champions League among the Volkswagen suppliers

BOGE Elastmetall GmbH has qualified for the FAST initiative ("Future Automotive Supply Tracks" initiative) of the Volkswagen Group (VW) in the field of pedal system technology, making it one of the 64 selected

BOGE Elastmetall GmbH has qualified for the FAST initiative ("Future Automotive Supply Tracks" initiative) of the Volkswagen Group (VW) in the field of pedal system technology, making it one of the 64 selected strategic partners of the FAST initiative worldwide. Overall, the VW Group has over 40,000 companies in its supplier network. The main reason for this nomination was the extensive development expertise in the field of fiber-reinforced lightweight components using the example of the plastic brake pedal, the high level of competence in the field of process automation and the global presence of the BOGE Group.

The objective of the FAST initiative of the Volkswagen Group is to jointly implement technical innovations even faster than before and to realize vehicle projects even more efficiently and effectively worldwide. The companies qualified for FAST were identified by VW in a systematic selection process based on numerous qualification meetings taking into account their innovative strength, strategic orientation and cooperation capability. At the same time, these companies are characterized by outstanding performance in their respective field of competence. They will be involved in the development of new vehicles sooner than before and thus will be able to incorporate own ideas during the pre-series development of new vehicles. At the same time, as part of globalization strategies, the production networks between Volkswagen and its partners are being more closely aligned in order to create and optimally exploit synergies.

“Innovation Oscar” for BOGE

BOGE Elastmetall has been awarded this prestigious regional ‘Innovation Oscar’ from the first time by the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland. Burkhard Tiemann, head of the plastics product line, accepted the

BOGE Elastmetall has been awarded this prestigious regional ‘Innovation Oscar’ from the first time by the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland. Burkhard Tiemann, head of the plastics product line, accepted the innovation prize, a sculpture of the Markenhausen designer Alfred Bullerman, on 24th November on behalf of the CEO Dr Torsten Bremer. 396 guests, including a nine-member BOGE team, celebrated with the prizewinners at the traditional gala evening for the regional economy at the Cloppenburg town hall.

The laudatory speech for BOGE emphasized that BOGE Elastmetall GmbH had succeeded in developing two innovations at the same time: both a product and a process. The company was said to have released ‘the first high-safety structural component made from plastic in automotive serial production’. The process developed for this has no equal anywhere in the world. The team heaped praise on the creative drive of “helmsman” Dr Torsten Bremer. They were also convinced that the plastic material the company developed, as well as the new process, would find many other applications in car manufacturing and would find its way into the automobile mass market in the future via a more developed production process.

This is the innovation for which BOGE received its prize: BOGE Rubber and Plastics developed a new lightweight brake pedal. It is more than 40 percent lighter than traditional steel brake pedals. The first roughly 1000 pedals were manufactured for the Porsche Spyder sports car. They also have orders for approximately 200,000 pedals per year. Because the components are made from a mix of continuous-fiber and short-glass-fiber reinforced plastic, it is well suited to a growing market share of luxury vehicles.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics has practically reinvented components that until now have only existed in steel: BOGE manufactures the lightweight components from continuous-fiber-reinforced plastic. Organic sheets are used for this (made from continuous-fiber-reinforced plastic that is then overmolded with short-glass-fiber plastic). This reduces the weight of the brake pedals produced using this process - the world's first of their kind - by 40 percent; this also has the advantage of significantly improving ride comfort, which creates added value for the end consumer.

The other characteristics of traditional steel brake pedals, especially their strength and durability, are reproduced in full, while the number of components is reduced by functional integration and paint to protect against corrosion is now redundant. In addition to all this, the plastic brake pedal is one-hundred-percent recyclable.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics opens new plant in Mexico

BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group is further expanding its global presence. On 20 October 2017, the automotive supplier officially opened its new plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, in the presence of high-ranking

BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group is further expanding its global presence. On 20 October 2017, the automotive supplier officially opened its new plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, in the presence of high-ranking guests from the worlds of politics, business and society. Among the guests of honor was Juan Manuel Carreras López, Governor (Prime Minister) of the State of San Luis Potosí.

At this location, BOGE Rubber & Plastics will produce products from all product lines which include chassis and powertrain suspension mounts for vibration technology chassis and powertrain as well as in the field of plastics components for the automotive industry. 
Daimler and the VW Group are among the first customers. Orders amounting to double-digit millions in annual sales have already been received up to the year 2029. Start of series deliveries will be in summer 2018.

With its new location in Mexico, BOGE Rubber & Plastics is closing a gap in its production network, thus increasing its competitiveness for the customers when it comes to awarding the contracts to supply global platforms. Customer proximity is a decisive criterion for the automotive supplier with headquarters in Germany. With the plant in San Luis Potosí, BOGE Rubber & Plastics is now able to support their TOP customers with their know-how and their service on the spot. In addition, we have set the course for the future with the new plant in this very fast growing and now one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries worldwide. With its location in Mexico, BOGE Rubber & Plastics is present worldwide with currently 11 production sites in 8 countries on four continents.
 
In this first step, a good five million euros were invested in the expandable new plant. The production hall covers approximately 5,700 square meters, of which 1,200 square meters are provided for plastics and 3,600 square meters for rubber-metal technology. Over the next few years, approximately 150 to 200 employees will be employed here in the medium term, depending on the production starts and the product mix.

The plant of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group is located about 400 kilometers northwest of Mexico City in San Luis Potosí (state San Luis Potosí). The company operates under BOGE Rubber & Plastics Mexico S.A. de C.V.

50 Years of Elastmetall: Official Ceremony with Minister of Economic Affairs Olaf Lies

50 years of Elastmetall: The company marked its anniversary with an official ceremony in Osnabrück on Friday, June 9th. Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor, and Transportation for Lower Saxony Olaf Lies

50 years of Elastmetall: The company marked its anniversary with an official ceremony in Osnabrück on Friday, June 9th. Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor, and Transportation for Lower Saxony Olaf Lies held a speech for more than 200 invited guests from the fields of politics and business, including company founder Christian Peter Ulderup and a 20-person delegation from China.

Everyone should be proud of the company’s success story, emphasized Minister Lies, pointing out that Elastmetall – originally founded in 1967 – has grown into an international company with a strong reputation in the automobile industry, now operating under the name BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group. The minister also highlighted the fact that the Chinese owners and the company decided to travel this path together: CEO of BOGE Rubber & Plastics, Dr. Torsten Bremer, played a decisive role in shaping the company’s trajectory and will continue to successfully guide BOGE Rubber & Plastics as it makes further inroads into the automobile industry in the future, Lies said. The minister praised the trust and commitment of the Chinese representatives without whom, he said, the company’s success story might have taken a very different direction.

50 Years of Elastmetall: On April 28, 1967, entrepreneur Dr. Jürgen Ulderup and his son Christian Peter Ulderup founded Elastmetall Damme GmbH. The company operates under the auspices of BOGE Rubber & Plastics today. The corporate group headquartered in Damme is one of the world’s leading providers of vibration technologies and plastics products for the automobile industry. The site in Damme alone employs more than 1,000 people, who generate over €280 million in sales revenue every year.

Photo: BOGE Rubber & Plastics
50 years of Elastmetall – high-ranking visitors at the official ceremony: Zhongxiang Xu (1st from L), Vice President of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd., owner of BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group, and Minister of Economic Affairs for Lower Saxony Olaf Lies (3rd from L) with Dr. Torsten Bremer, CEO of BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group (center). 

Auto Shanghai 2017

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics will be represented for the second time with its own booth (Hall 4.2, Booth: 4BH107) at the "Auto Shanghai", which will take place from April 21 to 28, 2017. The

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics will be represented for the second time with its own booth (Hall 4.2, Booth: 4BH107) at the "Auto Shanghai", which will take place from April 21 to 28, 2017. The leading supplier of vibration technology and plastic solutions in the automotive industry has two own production plants in China and a third plant is currently in the planning stage. The trade show team, consisting of experts from China and Germany, will present to the visitors the extensive product portfolio ranging from plastic components to rubber-metal components.

The production of pedal modules for a major automotive manufacturer which will start in 2018 will be a strong growth driver at BOGE Rubber & Plastics in China. This customer project alone will generate a total turnover of more than 200 million euros during the term of seven years. 
For the first time, switchable engine mounts will also be manufactured for a premium manufacturer at the Qingpu plant. In addition, there are various orders for hydraulic chassis and powertrain suspension mounts for premium vehicles of global automotive manufacturers.

As a traditional German company, which has been sailing under a Chinese flag since 2014, BOGE Rubber & Plastics, as a globally acting supplier, has a comprehensive and well-grounded network also in China.

Within the framework of a joint venture (51%), BOGE has been operating in China since 2007. In 2008, the Qingpu plant near Shanghai was established.  BOGE Elastmetall (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. has been operating in China represented by its own sales and development division and production plant. Today, the automotive supplier employs more than 1,000 employees in two Chinese plants. The product portfolio includes precision manufactured plastic components (for noise isolation and vibration damping) for chassis and powertrain of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Since the beginning of 2017, the automotive supplier has established a second factory on the largest automotive market in the world in Zhuzhou, China, named BOGE Rubber & Plastics Zhuzhou Co. Ltd. The Zhuzhou location primarily focuses on the production of rubber-metal components for trucks and busses.

Pavilion in Hall 4.2, Booth: 4BH107

New factory in Mexico

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group continues its international expansion course consistently and starts production in Mexico in 2017. After extensive location analyses, now the start of construction took place in

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group continues its international expansion course consistently and starts production in Mexico in 2017. After extensive location analyses, now the start of construction took place in San Luis Potosí. The start of production is scheduled for mid-2017. The floor space is about 5,000 square meters. In the Mexican plant, projects of all product lines in the field of vibration technology chassis and powertrain, as well as in the field of plastic components and modules are planned to be realized. 

With its location in Mexico, BOGE Rubber & Plastics is closing a gap in its production network and thus also increases its attractiveness among customers when it comes to awarding global platforms. The Group’s global presence covers including the new site in Mexico 11 sites in 8 countries on four continents.

SPE Grand Award for All-plastic brake pedal

Plastic brake pedal of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group, a global supplier of vibration technology and plastic solutions to the automotive industry, was awarded first place in the Automotive Award in the

Plastic brake pedal of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group, a global supplier of vibration technology and plastic solutions to the automotive industry, was awarded first place in the Automotive Award in the category "Body Interior" by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in Düsseldorf. The safety component is installed in the Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental. The panel of experts who formed the jury particularly appreciated the fact that the plastic brake weighs about less than half the weight of a comparable steel structure

The entire development of the plastic brake pedal – right from component part and tool design through the all-up process development to component part testing - was in the hands of BOGE Rubber & Plastics. In the structural design of the component parts, BOGE was supported by Bond-Laminates, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG.

The plastic pedals can be manufactured in high quantities at costs comparable to conventional steel brakes, due to the high functional integration of the plastic version and the completely automated production. In addition, the pedal can be produced in an economical one-shot process in a large-scale injection molding cycle.

The brake pedal was designed in two versions, one each for left and right-hand driven vehicles. The fact that drivers brake with their left or right foot had also to be taken into account in the design stage. For this purpose, the load path was optimized according to the different torsional directions. The component part is produced by hybrid molding in a one-shot process in short cycle times suitable for large series.

The SPE Awards are among the most prestigious awards for innovations in the automotive industry and its suppliers. The award has been assigned every one and a half year since 1992. This year's awards were presented in Düsseldorf on 17 October.

FORD Q1 Award Ceremony in BOGE Qingpu

BOGE Elastmetall (Shanghai) Co. Ltd has received the Q1 Award from Ford Motor Company. With the award, Ford honors the excellent performance of the BOGE Qingpu site. The renowned price is the highest award that Ford

BOGE Elastmetall (Shanghai) Co. Ltd has received the Q1 Award from Ford Motor Company. With the award, Ford honors the excellent performance of the BOGE Qingpu site. The renowned price is the highest award that Ford can give to its suppliers.  It is awarded to those suppliers who meet the high requirements of the automotive manufacturer regarding production systems, quality control and management, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. "Q1 is not an end, but a start. Let's make more effort to maintain Q1, said Mr. Jun Liu from Ford, who handed over the Q1 flag and the medal. "The quality award is both an incentive and a challenge for all employees of our location not to be content with what has been achieved, but to improve our processes continuously to continue to be for our customers an efficient and reliable partner," said plant manager Yongwei Yu during the ceremony.

Premiere at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB)

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group will present itself for the first time under the new corporate umbrella at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB), which will take place from 18th to 20th October in Wolfsburg.

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group will present itself for the first time under the new corporate umbrella at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB), which will take place from 18th to 20th October in Wolfsburg.  In close cooperation with the international automobile manufacturers, BOGE Rubber & Plastics develops and manufactures solutions for comfort and safety in the chassis and drivetrains of vehicles of all types. In addition, it also makes a significant contribution to the lightweight construction of modern vehicles with sophisticated plastic components and modules. BOGE Rubber & Plastics will provide an overview of the product portfolio of the sectors NVH car chassis, NVH powertrains and plastics at the IZB. NVH stands for 'Noise, Vibration, Harshness', i.e. the undesirable interference effects of noise, vibrations and roughness.

The trade fair appearance of BOGE Rubber & Plastics is integrated into the joint stand 'Automotive Nord' [automotive north] with a total of 16 exhibitors. It is an initiative of ITS Automotive Nord, Autos – Automotive-Netzwerk [automotive north, cars - automotive network] in the region of Osnabrück and Automotive Nordwest [automotive northwest]. The first participation at the IZB also means for BOGE Rubber & Plastics that the company is being presented in Europe at a larger exhibition for the first time.

Experts from the departments Plastic and Rubber from BOGE Rubber & Plastics will inform visitorsat the booth (Hall 2, 2202). In addition, recruiters from BOGE will answer questions about career opportunities with regards to the IZB job market on 20th October.

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