4 out of 100 automobiles manufactured worldwide are equipped with BANTBORU products. The Turkish family business BANTBORU San. Tic. A.S. is one of the five established global players in the development and production of precision tubes used in the modern automotive and cooling industries. Now the as part of its expansion company has decided to settle in the Leipzig region.
The main focus of the company is designing, developing and producing precision components for the vehicle industry. As a supplier of the world’s leading automotive brands, such as BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Magna, Peugeot and Renault, BANTBORU has made a name for itself and participates in important production programs, including the new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles. The company is also known in the field of “white goods” and is a partner of big names such as Arçelik, BSH (Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte), Bundy Refrigeration and Vestel.
Founded in 1972, BANTBORU initially started its production for the refrigeration industry, which was then expanded to include the production of components for the automotive sector. The double-walled steel pipes are used in the automotive industry in brake, clutch, control and fuel lines and are used in condenser tubes in the cooling sector. Since 2007, the in-house research and development department has been dedicated to new production and product ideas. The special machines which are necessary to produce the steel pipes are also developed and designed in-house.
The Turkish company currently has around 450 employees and is expanding. By 2024, three new locations are to be set up worldwide. In addition to North America and South Africa, the choice fell on the economic region of Leipzig for the European plant: The first international branch is being set up in Gerichshain (Municipality of Machern), in the district of Leipzig. The reason for the choice of location was the ideal local conditions, in particular the proximity to customers and the attractive infrastructure. Invest Region Leipzig GmbH (IRL), which as the official settlement and acquisition agency supports companies opening a branch, helped with a breakdown of the market data for the decision on the location, in the subsequent search for a suitable property and arranged contact with the regional players. Several objects were inspected together with the regional real estate agents. Ultimately, the choice fell on the former print shop building in Gerichshain.
“The team [of IRL] was very nice and extremely helpful and available for us at any time. Our questions were always answered promptly and extensively. We were very satisfied with the support and communication.”explains Mr. Rocco Bruno, Branch Manager of the new location
Good cooperation with the broker Colliers and the owner enabled a quick conclusion of the lease and the rapid start of the project.
In this new location, BANTBORO plan to build the highly complex machines that produce the steel pipes in order to export them to Turkey. For this purpose, BANTBORU is looking for specialists in the field of precision mechanics as well as technical product design, mechatronics, mechanical engineering (engineers) and logistics. At this point, the company can count on IRL’s specialist service. With intensive research in the field of specialist support and networking with the Employment Agency and the local vocational training agency (Berufsförderungswerk Leipzig BFW), the next step towards the realization of the location opening has been taken. BANTBORU is characterized by a high code of values.
“Our company grows with its employees. Final grades are not decisive for us, it depends on the skills and willingness to learn. This also applies to people with disabilities, whom we are happy to hire,”
confirms Mr. Bruno. He himself can look back on many years of experience as a trainer and lecturer, so establishing a training company in Gerichshain is also a consideration in the future. BANTBORU has a clear focus on flexibility and dynamism, sustainability and diversity, and takes its social obligations seriously. For example, the company has a current quota of 35% women and is a member of the WEPs / Women Empowerment Principals UN Global Compact. One of the main focuses of BANTBORU’s commitment is a sustainable environment and as a member of the Global Compact Turkey and as a Climate Ambition Accelerator, is the reduction of the CO2 footprint. To this end, it invested one million euros in environmental investments in 2021 and covered e. g. 35% of its energy consumption from renewable solar energy.
Currently, BANTBORU’s market share in the automotive sector is 4%; in the coming years, this is to be greatly increased. Accordingly, the investments in the Leipzig district are expected to amount to up to 3.5 million euros over the next few years.