The natural choice
This is Benders
Ever since starting in 1960, our ambition has been to satisfy customer needs. Our operations are permeated by a local presence and a local responsiveness to the business climate. Together with receptiveness, this provides the foundations for long and strong relations with customers, suppliers and, not least, personnel. Positive development for almost 55 years has contributed to Benders now being active in five different business areas and establishing itself as one of the market-leading producers of roofing and landscaping products in the Nordic countries. At the same time, shares in the new European markets are ever increasing and our other product ranges in concrete and granite (natural stone, foundations, walling and infrastructure) are growing with every season.
Business idea and strategy
Benders’ ambition is to be a strong, Swedish, family-owned company that develops, produces and markets competitive high-quality products and services for the construction and civil engineering sector.
Our customer relations shall be built on a long-term commitment in which great value is placed on knowledge of the industry, experience and personal service. Benders shall combine experience and expertise with inquisitiveness as regards new trends. We shall develop along with our customers. In this way, we shall create tomorrow’s best products in our field and contribute to the long-term sustainability of an environment in which people live, work and socialise.
To create the right conditions for expansion, and to cope with fluctuations in levels of economic activity, profits shall be reinvested in the company. Our operations shall be characterised by a strong commitment to our undertakings and a conviction that our work is beneficial for our customers and our environment.
The way we work shall be driven by the philosophy of tackling problems where they arise and thereby creating lasting improvements. We shall cherish a vision of continually developing our products, our technologies and our personnel in order to strengthen the Benders brand. We shall, in this way, be industry leaders in our product areas.
Ownership and structure
Benders was founded in 1960 by Karl-Erik Bender. Today, the company is owned by Karl-Erik, his daughter, Helen, and his son Ove, who is also the company’s managing director and the group manager. Our head office is still where Benders all started – Edsvära, just outside Kvänum in the Västergötland region of Sweden.
Edsvära is also home to one of the three Swedish production facilities for roof tiles. The two others are in Bålsta and Braås. Our two overseas facilities are in Germany and Greece. In addition to these, Benders has eight factories manufacturing paving stones and other concrete products in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Naturally enough, our Bohus granite production facilities are in the Bohuslän region of Sweden.
Out in Europe, we have warehouses, sales companies and distributors in some thirty places. Geographically spread manufacturing units and stocks are essential for environment-friendly production. Short distances for inward and outward deliveries, as well as closeness to ports and railways, are important factors.
Commitment to the environment and society
Benders has had an environmental certificate since 1999 and was the first in Sweden to achieve certification for a roof tile manufacturing operation.
Concern for the environment pervades all we do. Before implementation, we carefully weigh the environmental impact of our decisions.
Just as our operations are permeated by a local presence and a local responsiveness to the business climate, our commitment to communities is similarly characterised by a local involvement in sports clubs and other associations and foundations.
In addition to our local commitments, Benders has for many years worked closely with Star for Life and Barncancerfonden.
Star for Life is an educational programme aimed at inspiring and motivating children and adolescents to focus on their education and health. Star for Life is particularly active in South Africa, but is now also introducing its pedagogy in Swedish schools.
Barncancerfonden fights against childhood cancer and ensures that affected children, adolescents and their families get the care and assistance they need.
The year was 1934. Black Tuesday (29 October 1929, New York Stock Exchange) had deeply scarred economic development all around the world. With echoes of our “Kreuger Crash” still reverberating, Sweden was certainly no exception. Downturn is the modern word for it. In those days, it was depression. Unemployment was high, poverty was still widespread and the birth rate was lower than ever. It was in this sorry year that Karl-Erik Bender was born in tiny Edsvära.
The Benders group is currently active in five different business areas: concrete and granite products; construction system; air operations; horses; and, property management.
CONCRETE AND GRANITE PRODUCTS
The oldest of our business areas and, thus far, the bedrock of the Benders group. We offer a wide and full range of concrete and granite products for roofing, landscaping, walling, foundations and infrastructure.
Benders Construction System
This part of our operations offers turnkey solutions for prefabricated construction element systems. We take care of planning, project management, production and erection.
PALEMA RACING STABLES AND STUD FARM
Our operations here have their roots in the 1960s. The horses Gidde Palema and Alf Palema are famous names in the racing world and have contributed to the Palema stables being amongst the leading winners in Sweden.
Along with external premises for leasing (e.g. the former Volvo factory in Uddevalla), our production and logistics facilities form the basis of our property portfolio.
The group’s aircraft, a Cessna Citation Bravo, provides a flexible taxi service that rapidly reaches far out into Europe.
Benders in numbers
1 800 000 000
ca. annual turnover is SEK 1.8 billion
ca. 765 people are employed in Benders
130 000 000
The number of kg of cement Benders uses in a year. It equals almost 3,500 full cement lorries.
One day’s production of paving stones covers around two football pitches or 12,000 square metres.
One day’s production of roof tiles is sufficient for the roofs of around 250 normal-sized detached houses.
The number of products you can choose from in Benders’ ranges.
TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS
The Braås Åkeri haulage company has been Benders road transport supplier for many years. It has the experience, vehicles and equipment necessary for ensuring dependable deliveries.
Benders own investment in rail transport (container system included therein) has won the DB Schenker Logistics Award, the industry’s most prestigious prize.
You can read more about transport planning, warehousing, crane lorries and trains in our company presentation.