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Technology company BOGE relies on core automotive business and has its sights set on the agricultural industry

For the future, the Technology company BOGE sees good opportunities and that increasingly in the field of developments for industries other than the automotive business, BOGE expertise can be successfully exploited,

For the future, the Technology company BOGE sees good opportunities and that increasingly in the field of developments for industries other than the automotive business, BOGE expertise can be successfully exploited, especially for the agricultural machinery sector, for example, vibration damping for large booms or vibration control elements with integrated sensors. The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group moved into an Innovation Center at the university campus in Osnabrück under the umbrella of the parent company, CRRC New Material Technologies GmbH. Here, the focus is particularly on special applications for electromobility and the agricultural industry. Digital product development is also playing an increasingly important role at BOGE. As far as future drive concepts and electromobility are concerned, BOGE is very broadly based.

The turnover of the automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics developed slightly above the trend in the industry in a difficult economic environment with worldwide pandemic-driven lockdown and fragile supply chains in fiscal year 2020. The global supplier of vibration control technology and plastic modules, headquartered in Damme, Lower Saxony, Germany, generated sales of EUR 670.9 million with around 4,000 employees, thus 15.6 percent less than in the previous year. This roughly corresponds to the decline in production figures in the global automotive industry which amounted to 15.9 percent with 74.7 million units produced.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics with a wide range of products at Auto Shanghai

BOGE Rubber & Plastics will participate for the fourth time in AUTO SHANGHAI, one of the world's biggest automotive trade fairs, which will be held in Shanghai until April 28, 2021. The products will be presented

BOGE Rubber & Plastics will participate for the fourth time in AUTO SHANGHAI, one of the world's biggest automotive trade fairs, which will be held in Shanghai until April 28, 2021. The products will be presented at the CRRC booth in Hall: 2.2. CRRC is the parent company of the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group. The range of products that will be shown at the exhibition will include Gearbox Mount, E-engine Mount, Active Engine Mount, E-engine Subframe Mount, Pedal Module (Organo Sheet), Leaf Spring for Commercial Vehicle and Flexible Coupling.

From April 21-28, 2021, about 1,000 international car manufacturers and suppliers will showcase their latest cars, products, and intelligent solutions for the industry in 12 halls at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center. Under the motto "Embracing Change", Auto Shanghai will focus on major trends in the automotive industry like electromobility, connectivity, autonomous driving, and new mobility concepts. Established car manufacturers and suppliers as well as newcomers all are adapting their portfolio to the profound changes, those developments together with digitalization bring with them.

First all-plastic brake pedal for battery-electric sports car

In a battery-electric sports car, every gram of weight counts. That is why the first mass-production vehicle in this segment is using an all-plastic brake pedal. This safety-critical component has been developed by

In a battery-electric sports car, every gram of weight counts. That is why the first mass-production vehicle in this segment is using an all-plastic brake pedal. This safety-critical component has been developed by BOGE in close cooperation with the LANXESS High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. It owes its high mechanical strength and very low weight to a thermoplastic composite design. Its structure comprises an insert made from Tepex dynalite, a continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite from LANXESS, and several tapes.

The composite structure makes the brake pedal 50 percent lighter than a comparable steel design. The structural component meets the demanding load requirements thanks to the tailor-made fiber-layer construction of the Tepex insert and additional local tape reinforcement.

There are currently four different brake pedal designs in mass production based on an all-plastic version. For all component versions, the load paths are also optimized to suit the various torsion directions.

Photo: LANXESS AG – All-plastic brake pedal for a battery-electric sports car with an insert made from Tepex dynalite, a continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite from LANXESS

Agritechnica: Innovative components for agricultural

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group was represented for the first time at the Agritechnica in Hanover, which has just ended. 2,750 exhibitors from 51 countries presented their innovations, design concepts and

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group was represented for the first time at the Agritechnica in Hanover, which has just ended. 2,750 exhibitors from 51 countries presented their innovations, design concepts and visions for agricultural engineering of today and tomorrow at the world's leading trade fair for agricultural applications.

BOGE presented innovative components at a joint stand of the State of Lower Saxony. These included the "B-LAY" sensor and the elastomeric flexible couplings. Both products can also be applied in agricultural engineering. At Agritechnica, BOGE cooperated with the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Osnabrück - Car Body Development and Design.

Photo: Elastomeric flexible couplings can also be used in agricultural engineering.

 

IAA: Products of the new vehicle generations presented

For the first time since the sale to the CRRC Group in 2014, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group was again represented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this year (2019). The BOGE

For the first time since the sale to the CRRC Group in 2014, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group was again represented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this year (2019). The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group presented at the booth of Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. (TEC) their own exhibits. In particular, the products for e-mobility and lightweight construction met with a great response. The first performance under the roof of CRRC was focused on solutions for future vehicle generations. With its products, BOGE supports the automotive industry in increasing the range of e-cars through weight savings.
The BOGE exhibition team included: Henrik Frahm, Sebastian Haskamp, Fabian Herbort, Sandy Li, Dr. Stefan Loheide, Yulan Shen and Uwe Steinkamp.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group and Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. both belong to China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd. (CRRC). The CRRC Group is the world's largest manufacturer of rail vehicles and rail industry accessories and employs around 170,000 people. TEC is the world's leading supplier of drive and control systems for the rail vehicle industry.
The International Motor Show (IAA) is Europe's leading platform for mobility. More than 560,000 visitors attended the IAA this year (2019).

Photo: The BOGE trade show team together with CRRC representatives at the 68th International Motor Show. 

BOGE Rubber & Plastics at AUTO SHANGHAI

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics is participating for the third time in AUTO SHANGHAI, Asia's leading trade fair for the automotive industry, which will take place from 16 April to 25 April 2019 in

The automotive supplier BOGE Rubber & Plastics is participating for the third time in AUTO SHANGHAI, Asia's leading trade fair for the automotive industry, which will take place from 16 April to 25 April 2019 in Shanghai (Hall 5.2, Stand 5BJ131). This year's AUTO SHANGHAI will focus on the digital car and alternative drive systems.
The BOGE trade fair team, consisting of experts from China and Germany, will present the comprehensive product portfolio - from plastic components all the way to rubber-metal components - to visitors at AUTO SHANGHAI. Electric mobility will also be an important topic.

As a traditional German company, with owners from China since 2014, the globally operating BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group also has a broad and well-founded network in China. Until 2007, the automotive supplier was part of a majority joint venture in China. Since 2008, the company has had its own factory in Qingpu near Shanghai. Since 2017, the automotive supplier has been operating on the largest automotive market in the world with BOGE Rubber & Plastics Zhuzhou Co. Ltd., a second plant in Zhuzhou, China. With the Customer Service Center Asia (CSC Asia) opened in 2018, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group has also laid the foundation for even better meeting the requirements of local customers, further increasing the service quality for customers and continuing to grow in Asia. 
The BOGE trade fair team, consisting of experts from China and Germany, will present the comprehensive product portfolio - from plastic components all the way to rubber-metal components - to visitors at AUTO SHANGHAI. Electric mobility will also be an important topic.

AUTO SHANGHAI: Pavilion in Hall 5.2, Stand 5BJ131

BOGE for 10 years in China now

"The history of BOGE in QingPu impressively shows how cooperation between China and Germany can be a success. During this visit, we were able to experience at first-hand how a Lower Saxony automotive supplier

"The history of BOGE in QingPu impressively shows how cooperation between China and Germany can be a success. During this visit, we were able to experience at first-hand how a Lower Saxony automotive supplier participated in the rapid growth of the Chinese automobile market, " emphasized Bernd Althusmann, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor, Transport and Digitalization from Lower Saxony, at the ceremony, which took place in QingPu (near Shanghai) on Thursday (8 November) on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co. Ltd. China is the country that has the second largest sales volume in BOGE after Germany. Within ten years, sales in China have risen to almost 200 million euros per year.

Minister of Economic Affairs, Bernd Althusmann of Lower Saxony, together with 45 entrepreneurs from Lower Saxony, also visited the BOGE plant in QingPu in a one-week delegation trip.

BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co. Ltd. is located in QingPu with sales, development, prototyping, simulation, materials engineering and production divisions. The product portfolio includes rubber-metal components for vibration damping and acoustic insulation (NVH) for chassis and powertrain, as well as plastic components and modules for the global automotive industry. Today, BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group is the largest supplier of lightweight pedal modules in the Chinese market. The location where this product group will be produced will be determined this year. Over a period of eight years, around 1.8 million brake modules and 400,000 clutch modules will be produced each year. The sales volume of this project amounts to approximately EUR 200 million over the entire term. For the first time, switchable engine mounts for a premium vehicle manufacturer were also produced at the QingPu plant this year.

Photo: 10 years BOGE in China: Ceremony with Dr. Bernd Althusmann (third from left), Minister of Economic Affairs of Lower Saxony and CEO Dr. Torsten Bremer (fourth from left), CFO Christoph Krampe (fifth from left), Dr. Jun Yang (second from left), CEO of TMT, Irene Peng (first from left), Vice President of TMT, and Dr. Yongwei Yu (sixth from left) of BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co. Ltd.

World premiere at the IZB

For the second time since 2016, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group presents itself at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB), which takes place under the motto “Think Digital” in Wolfsburg from 16 to 18

For the second time since 2016, the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group presents itself at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB), which takes place under the motto “Think Digital” in Wolfsburg from 16 to 18 October 2018. 830 companies from 34 countries exhibit their products at the IZB. 117 novelties, of which 38 world premieres, will be presented. A world premiere comes from BOGE, the additive manufacturing process for endless fibers, which is used to mass-produce the safety component "brake pedal": 
Innovative lightweight technology enables volume production, is affordable and hybrid. That’s why the BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group has developed an additive manufacturing process for endless fiber materials. It is applied to brake pedals, a security critical component – 40-55 percent lighter than steel, fully automated and quality controlled.

Core of the process is the local adaption of fiber architectures by printing unidirectional reinforcements (UD-Tapes) to organo-sheets. In a second step these tailored blanks are then draped and consolidated in a way, that fully welds the tapes to the organo-sheets. This makes mechanical properties of endless fiber-shells programmable. Increased fiber efficiency reduces the amount of equipped endless fiber materials by 30 percent, reducing wall thickness and thus weight and cycle time. 

The BOGE Rubber & Plastics Group has developed an additive manufacturing process for endless fiber materials. It is applied to brake pedals, a security critical component – 40-55 percent lighter than steel, fully automated and quality controlled.

 

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.

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