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. From the start onwards, positive development has contributed to Benders now being active in several different business areas and establishing itself as one of the market-leading producers of concrete and natural stone products in the Nordic countries. At the same time, our shares of the new markets in Europe are ever increasing and our ranges in construction products and construction systems grow 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 three generations of Benders: Karl-Erik; Helen (his daughter); Ove (his son and the company’s managing director and the group manager); and, Karl-Erik’s eight grandchildren. Our head office is still where Benders all started – Edsvära, just outside Kvänum in the Västergötland region of Sweden.
Benders has Swedish and European production facilities. In Sweden, we have strategic locations from Norberg in the north to Åstorp in the south. Our stone cutting operations are in the Bohuslän region. In Uddevalla, Strängnäs and Bålsta, we have three of our factories for construction components, roof tiles and paving stones. With a total of over 20 production facilities, we are always near you, our customers.
Out in Europe, we have warehouses, sales companies and distributors at some thirty sites. 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.
QEW - Quality, Environment, Work environment
All QEW (quality, environment and work environment) initiatives are integrated into our daily work. They are also detailed in the company’s management system. Our QEW initiatives are founded on systematic management to: reduce the risks of errors and occupational ill health and accidents; and, to create the right conditions for the continuous improvement of operations.
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 six separate business areas: construction products; construction systems; construction products in glass and metal; property management; horses; and, restaurant operations.
Concrete, clay tile and natural stone products divided into seven ranges – roofing; landscaping; natural stone; infrastructure; foundations; wall blocks; and, water and sewage systems.
Turnkey solutions for systems using prefabricated framework elements. We take care of planning, project management, production and erection. The range further includes construction components, stairways and balconies.
Glass and metal
Partly Benders-owned KPAB offers the market’s widest range of glass and metal construction products.
Management of our various production and logistics facilities as well as of other properties, in total comprising around 300,000 m².
Palema stables and stud farm
Has roots going back to the 1960s and is one of Sweden’s most successful stables. Horses such as Alf Palema and Gidde Palema are known throughout the trotting world.
Along with famous chef Fredric Andersson, Benders runs the Kärranäs food concept. Its offerings include lunches, catering and a delicatessen in Uddevalla.
Benders in numbers
2 500 000 000
ca. annual turnover is SEK 2.5 billion
Over 1000 people are employed in Benders
One day’s production of paving stones covers four football pitches or around 20,000 square metres.
The length, in metres, of the train unit transporting Benders’ products between our production units.
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.