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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.

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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.

Expansion of global presence: New office was opened in Japan

BOGE Rubber & Plastics opened a new office in Yokohama (Japan).  The global strategy of the automotive supplier is aimed at being present in the most significant local automotive markets. This also includes

BOGE Rubber & Plastics opened a new office in Yokohama (Japan).  The global strategy of the automotive supplier is aimed at being present in the most significant local automotive markets. This also includes Japan, especially because here a number of internationally successful operating vehicle manufacturers have their headquarters.  By establishing the new office in Japan, BOGE plans to further expand its business with the Japanese OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).

Head of the new branch, which operates under the name of "BOGE Rubber & Plastics Japan K.K.," is Mr. Naoki Matsuda. He has many years of automotive experience in the Japanese market.

Automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics achieved record sales

BOGE Rubber & Plastics, global leader in the field of vibration control and plastics solutions in the automotive industry, continues to set its course for growth. The automotive supplier achieved in the fiscal

BOGE Rubber & Plastics, global leader in the field of vibration control and plastics solutions in the automotive industry, continues to set its course for growth. The automotive supplier achieved in the fiscal year record sales of around EUR 740 million. This means an increase of almost 8 % compared to last year’s figures. For comparison – the economy grew by 3.1 % in 2015 worldwide and the global automotive production by 1 % to 90.5 million cars and trucks. “We are growing faster than the global automotive production. The mainstay of this development is our global production network with locations in the most important markets and our innovative strength,” characterized Dr. Torsten Bremer, CEO of BOGE Rubber & Plastics as being the most important growth drivers during the annual press conference on Friday, April 29 in the company’s headquarters in Damme, Lower Saxony.

Investments also reached a record level at BOGE Rubber & Plastics with EUR 55 million in the fiscal year 2015. This represents an increase of 51.5 % compared to the previous year. "Our Chinese owner is banking on continuity and reliability. He supports our growth strategy. All investment commitments made in 2014 in the course of the sale of the Rubber & Plastics division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG to the Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology Co., Ltd. (TMT) are being realized," emphasized CEO Dr. Torsten Bremer during the press conference. For the automotive supplier it was the first full fiscal year under the new Chinese owner.

Successful German-Chinese exchange program

Great importance was attached to a close and trustful German-Chinese cooperation right from the beginning on both sides. Thus, for example in 2015, 50 managers and employees from different functions of the Chinese owner TMT participated in the management exchange program “Learn from BOGE” (“Lernen von BOGE”) lasting several weeks in Germany.

Largest investment projects 2015: Pedal modules and engine mount system

Around 40 % (EUR 293.7 million) of the worldwide turnover of EUR 740 million were generated in Germany; 22.5 % (EUR 166.2 million) in North America and 15 % (EUR 116.6 million) in Asia / Pacific. The number of employees rose by 115 to 3,765 - in particular at the locations Damme, Trnava and Shanghai.

The automotive supplier mainly invested in the fiscal year 2015 in large-scale projects at the German sites Damme and Simmern and the construction of a second factory building in Trnava (Slovakia). The investments in the locations in Hebron (USA) and Shanghai (China) ranked on the second place. The largest single investment project 2015 was the construction of a production hall, including completely new machines and equipment at the Damme location for the production of plastic pedal modules. Here, about EUR 12 million were invested in 2015 alone. The total investment volume for this project will amount to nearly EUR 25 million. The investment includes inter alia two fully automated assembly lines and 10 injection molding machines. 17 robots are intended for finishing and assembly. The commissioning of the assembly lines has already taken place.

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group expects additional annual sales of up to EUR 60 million thanks to this large-scale project. The official inauguration of the major project "pedal modules for MQB platform” will take place this summer. Damme location with a turnover of around EUR 249 million and more than 1,000 employees is the largest site and headquarter of the automotive supplier.
Another major project of the past year was the engine mount system MLBevo (Modular Longitudinal toolkit of the second generation) at the location Simmern (Hunsrueck). BOGE produces for this platform hydraulic, dip, switchable and active engine mounts in 36 versions for the automobile manufacturer Audi. The first vehicle of this platform is the new Audi Q7. Investments in this project amounted to approx. EUR 7 million in 2015.

Further expansion of technological leadership

The high investment volume should also contribute to further expanding the position of BOGE Rubber & Plastics as a technology and innovation leader in many product areas. One example of this are the active engine mounts which ensure a significantly improved vibration and noise behavior compared to conventional engine mounts. In addition, the plastic lightweight components are increasingly successful on the market, for example in the field of pedal modules. Lightweight design is in the focus of the automobile manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption. Products from BOGE Rubber & Plastics can make a measurable contribution to achieve this goal.

Outlook 2016: Foundation of BOGE Rubber & Plastics WUXI and BOGE Rubber & Plastics Zhuzhou

In the fiscal year 2016, again a similarly high investment volume is scheduled as in 2015. About half of the investment volume is allotted to the German locations and a quarter to the Trnava location in Slovakia.

Based on a projected global economic growth of 3.1 % and an increase in worldwide automobile production (cars and trucks) from 3.2 % to about 94.2 million units, BOGE anticipates sales growth of up to 6 % in 2016.

In the worldwide fastest growing automotive market China, the factory which was founded in 2008 in Qingpu near Shanghai has reached its capacity limit. "In order to continue to successfully meet the market growth of the automobile market in China, we have set the right course for additional capacity," said Dr. Torsten Bremer. BOGE will strengthen its market position and increase the market share also of plastic and powertrain suspension applications by establishing a new plant in China. The new company BOGE Rubber & Plastics WUXI has already been founded. Start of construction in Wuxi (about 100 kilometers from the production site in Qingpu) is expected to be in the autumn of 2016. The start of production is planned for 2017.

The integration of all automotive activities of the new parent company in BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group also is in full swing. Thus, BOGE will now focus on all global automotive topics, and the parent company TMT focuses on business such as railway and industrial applications. This involves the intended integration of a previous location of the new parent company (in Zhuzhou, China) into the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group. The new company BOGE Rubber & Plastics Zhuzhou has already been founded. From July 2016, this company will also officially belong to BOGE Rubber & Plastics in accordance with the legal requirements. Thus, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group already includes three locations in China soon.

 

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FORD Q1 Certification for BOGE Shanghai

BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co., Ltd. has been awarded FORD Q1 based on FORD U375 Project, which is the first project of BOGE Shanghai acting as Tier 1 to FORD. Effective and sustainable management system, good real

BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co., Ltd. has been awarded FORD Q1 based on FORD U375 Project, which is the first project of BOGE Shanghai acting as Tier 1 to FORD. Effective and sustainable management system, good real products performance, improved Global Materials Management Operation Guidelines (MMOG/LE), total employee’s incentive for continual improvement and increasing customers’ satisfaction are the important conditions of FORD Q1 certification. FORD Q1 certification has already become one of the top-level recognitions of quality brand in the automotive industry for many years. (April 2016)

Growth opportunities in the field of plastics technology

BOGE Rubber & Plastics now has expanded significantly its capacities in Slovakia with the construction of a second production hall. Reason for extension in Trnava is the good order situation. The investment

BOGE Rubber & Plastics now has expanded significantly its capacities in Slovakia with the construction of a second production hall. Reason for extension in Trnava is the good order situation. The investment volume is about 7 million €. In the new hall with a production area of over 5,000 square meters, about 110 employees are already at work.  30 of these employees were freshly recruited and 80 were recruited from the staff of the previous production hall. The production can now arrange in logical complexes. A strict separation of the production of rubber-metal components and plastic parts will be implemented. In the new hall, exclusively plastic parts will be produced. Here, among other products steering column height adjusting levers, airbag housings and pedal modules are manufactured.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics has been represented at the location in Trnava since the year 2000. About 770 employees generate in Trnava an annual turnover of more than 100 million €. (April 2016).