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We welcome you to Benders!

Benders is the family company that started in 1960. Its home was, and is, Edsvära in the country setting of Varaslätten. Concrete roof tiles were the first product. Today, with an emphasis on concrete, tile and natural stone, Benders is a complete producer and supplier of construction systems and products for the construction and civil engineering sector. Ove Bender, group manager

Benders’ operations are characterised by the philosophy that industry expertise, experience and personal service create long and strong relations with customers and suppliers alike. Based on this, our goal is to strengthen the Benders brand by continually developing our products, our technologies and our personnel. This is why we cycle profit back into the company. It creates the right conditions not only to grow, but also to come through natural swings in economic activity. 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. Many of our units have a railway line into the industrial complex. We use trains as an environment-friendly transport option. Benders’ head office is in the municipality of Vara in the Swedish province of Västergötland. Our ambition is that Benders should continue to be a strong, Swedish, family-owned company that develops in line with the world around it. By uniting experience and expertise with minds that are open to new trends, we are keen to create tomorrow’s best products in our field and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of environments in which people live, work and socialise. In the following pages, you can discover more about our various business areas, ranges and products. Enjoy the read!



Benders’ owners

Back row: Ove Bender (group manager), Patrick Bender, Adam Bender, Kajsa Bender and Johan Bender. Front row: Karl-Erik Bender (founder and chairman of the board), Elin Bender, Helen Bender (board member), Erica Bender, Tove Bender and Sofia Bender.

Benders was founded in 1960 by Karl-Erik Bender. The company ended up in Edsvära (a little way outside Kvänum), where Karl-Erik grew up. Even today, the head office and roof tile production are still in Edsvära. Karl-Erik is now the chairman of the board and owns the group along with son Ove, daughter Helen and grandchildren Adam, Elin, Erica, Johan, Kajsa, Patrick, Sofia and Tove. Since 1995, Ove Bender has been the managing director and group manager. The company’s third generation of Benders is active in various business areas. 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.

Business idea

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.


Founder: Karl-Erik Bender.

Founder: Karl-Erik Bender. Owners: Karl-Erik, Ove och Helen samt Adam, Patrick, Sofia, Erika, Tove, Elin, Kajsa och Johan. Turnover: Around SEK 2.1 billion (incl. partly owned companies). Employees: Some 950. Head office: Edsvära, Västra Götaland, where the company started.


Benders in Europe Production Sales SWEDEN Edsvära NORWAY Sandefjord GREECE Karditza GERMANY Kritzkow FINLAND Mäntsäla ESTONIA Pãrnu LITHUANIA Klaipeda

Benders in Sweden Benders group head office and production Benders Byggsystem AB head office Production Arboga Braås Bålsta 2 st Edsvära Fjärås Floda Frillesås Götene Hjo Kvänum Norberg Näsinge Rabbalshede Skärholmen Stockholm Strängnäs Uddevalla 2 st Vara Åstorp Ävja


THE BENDERS GROUP OF COMPANIES | SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES Enthusiastic, expert employees have been a key in Benders’ successful growth. Appropriate and punctual investments, initiatives and improvements have also been decisive. Here are a few of them.





1992 Alf Palema wins th Stakes.

1960 Roof tile manufacture starts in Edsvära. First horse is bought, laying the basis of the Palema stables and stud.

1962 Palema Fibber wins its first race. 1964 Benders is Sweden’s largest producer of concrete roof tiles.

1969 Benders’ Palema profile (a double pantile) is born.

1974 Benders’ Exklusiv (a traditional pantile) is launched. Knabe’s year for the Palema stables. The “Åby Grand Prize” is one of the stallion’s victories.

1979 The new head office in Edsvära is ready for moving into.

1981 Benders exports its first roof tiles to Norway, which becomes our first and most important export country. 1986 Benders Norge AS is established.

Benders starts USA investment with a roof tile factory in Florida.

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1998 Own manufacture starts in Kritzkow,

1989 The Stilpannan company is acquired and a new roof tile factory is set up in Braås, Småland.

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2000 Benders sets up in Finland. 2001 New roof tile factory in Greece. New roof tile factory in Bålsta.


2010 Benders starts investment in trains. Benders acquires Floda Cementgjuteri AB. Logistics centre in Kongsvinger, Norway, is set up. 2011 Benders acquires Uddevalla Cementgjuteri AB.

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New range – paving stones.


2012 Factory and logistics centre in Åstorp is established.

Acquisition of paving stone factories in Hjo and Frillesås.

2015 Benders acquires Skanska Stomsystem AB and Benders Byggsystem AB is formed. Stockholm office is set up in former Riksbanken building in Östermalm. 2016 Benders is the main sponsor of the elite trotting weekend at Solvalla in 2016 and 2017. Benders acquires WMB AB.

Benders acquires Bohusgranit.

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2004 Gidde Palema, Sweden’s most successful trotting stallion wins the “Solvalla International Elite Race”. 2005 Inauguration of the paving stone factory in Bålsta. 2006 Acquisition of Spikma Betong AB. Start of Benders’ Carisma roof tile (a flat profile).

Benders acquires Norbergstrappan AB.

2013 Benders makes major investment in Uddevalla and acquires factory from Volvo. 2014 Benders Isolering AB starts up in Vara.

2017 Benders starts production at the Uddevalla factory. Benders acquires cement factory from Leca Sverige AB in Arboga and manufactures “Alba beams”. New kerb stone line starts in Ävja.

UAB Benders Lietuva is established.

2007 Paving stone factory in Fjärås is purchased. 2008 Own production of landscaping products in Norway after acquisition of Lasken Stein AB. Benders Baltic Nord OÜ is established.

Benders starts Restaurang Kärranäs in Uddevalla.

2018 Benders investing in solar energy.



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Palema Trotting Inc. 80%

Norbergstrappan AB

Restaurang Kärranäs AB

Benders Norge AS

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Walldéns Mark och Betong AB

Benders Leasing AB

Benders Sweden Inc.


KPAB Industri AB 50%

Soyhdiko Keramidi AE 50%

Benders Deutschland GmbH

Benders Suomi Oy

Benders Baltic Nord OÜ 51%

Benders Lietuva OU 90 %

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Construction products. Concrete, tile and natural stone products divided into eight ranges – Roofing; Landscaping; Natural Stone; Infrastructure; Foundations; Wall Blocks; Construction Components; and, Stairways and Balconies. Construction systems: Turnkey solutions for prefabricated framework element systems. We take care of planning, project management, production and erection.

Glass and metal: Partly Bendersowned KPAB offers the market’s widest range of glass and metal construction products. Property management: Management of our various production and logistics facilities as well as of other properties, in total comprising around 250,00 m².

Palema stables and stud farm: Has roots going back to the 1960s and is one of Sweden’s most success- ful stables. Horses such as Alf Palema and Gidde Palema are known throughout the trotting world. Restaurang Kärranäs: Along with famous chef Fredric Andersson, Benders runs the Kärranäs food concept. Its offerings include lunches, catering and a delicatessen in Uddevalla.



CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS Benders is now one of the leading Nordic suppliers of concrete, clay tile and natural stone products. Over the years, Benders has constantly developed the concepts and offerings making up its concrete products for our everyday living environments. Innovative tiles for our houses and distinctive paving stones to set these houses off (with, perhaps, beautifully hewn natural stone for special features) are examples. Our aim is personalised dwellings that both add life to and blend with our constantly changing built environments. Adding a plethora of products for traffic environments, road building, stairways and stable foundations gives us the full spread of Benders’ construction products.

Factories in Sweden and Europe

Next to Benders’ head office in Edsvära, there is one of our 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 twelve factories manufacturing paving stones and other concrete products in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Our Bohus granite production facilities are in the Bohuslän region of Sweden and in Uddevalla. Vara is home to our cellular plastic factory. Out in Europe, we have warehouses, sales companies and distributors at some thirty sites.


We are always near our customers. You can find Benders’ construction products all around Sweden. Simply visit our knowledgeable and enthusiastic distributors.



Head office Edsvära

Production in Sweden Arboga Braås Bålsta 2 st Edsvära Fjärås Floda Frillesås Götene Hjo Norberg Näsinge Rabbalshede Skärholmen Uddevalla 2 st Vara Åstorp Ävja



ROOFING RANGE Benders’ concrete roof tiles can now be found on six out of every ten houses in Sweden. They are the country’s most laid roof tile. With a wide selection of colours and finishes, our concrete roof tiles are available in three basic formats. If you prefer traditional clay roof tiles, you will also find those in our ranges.

Three concrete shapes: The double pantile Palema is a classic. Tradition pantile Exklusiv gives your roof a pronounced waviness while flat Carisma is our most modern tile. All ourrofiles are easy to lay, resistant and attractive. Logistics and unloading to roofs: When laying a roof, it is a good idea to order delivery that puts the tiles right where you want them. This saves a lot of wear and tear on backs.

Over 40 colours: Black and tile red are the most common colours of concrete roofs in Sweden. For those who want to make a statement, there are over forty colours to choose from. Six finishes (including natural): Would you like a high-gloss tile, one with a metallic pigment that reflects the light or an untreated one that has natural surface variations? We can supply these and more.

Three clay tile shapes: Double pantile Tvilling is a product that makes laying easier. Traditional pantile Hansa is a modern development of the classic extruded clay tile. Piano is a flat, slate-like tile. Tvilling and Hansa are also available with a straight front edge. In all, there are six different finishes and over 30 colours of clay tiles.

Roofing accessories: Add safety to your roof using the right accessories. The design and colours of Benders’ roofing accessories blend with our roof tiles. Solar cells: Save money throughout the lifetime of your house by installing Benders’ ShingEl. This concept integrates with our Bender Carisma roof tile. The panels are certified, UV resistant and easy to fit.



LANDSCAPING RANGE Concrete paving stones, slabs and walls are becoming ever more popular. On streets, town squares, garage drives, industrial yards and storage areas, concrete paving stones are increasingly replacing asphalt. The result is a prettier and more resistant surface. Blockstone, plinths and decorative stones are just some of the other, complementary products we have for your outdoor areas.

Walling elements: Benders has a wide range of walling elements for both retaining and freestanding walls. Using our geomesh, Benders’ walling elements can be built really high. Paving stones: When you want to build ecologically and beautifully, paving stones are the natural choice. We offer many different product families to choose from.

Paving slabs: Paving slabs are modern and attractive. They admirably set off other materials and plants. Especially in our wet-cast format (quadrangular or round), they often work well in functional settings. Our range also includes slabs for public projects.

Interlocking paving stones: Paving stones are being used increasingly in industrial and heavily trafficked environments. From the technical point of view, paving stones withstand large point loads from, for example, work vehicles, lorries and buses. Accessories: Benders has a wide selection of accessories – everything from geomesh and gutters to lighting, fences and ornamentation details.



NATURAL STONE RANGE With its unique colourings, tight fine-grained quality and light grey and light red tones, dressed Bohus granite will be found wherever you go in the Nordic countries. Walls, street paving stones, kerb stones, cladding, work tops, posts, steps and public works of art – all with the proud character of Sweden’s rocky western coast.

Street paving stones: Paving stones last for hundreds of years and become increasingly beautiful with use. Things cannot get any more environment-friendly than that! The stones go extremely well with granite slabs and are available in many formats and finishes. Walling elements: Beautiful walls that last for generations. All sorts of variants and designs are possible.

Kerb stones: Granite kerb stones age gracefully and impress with their stylishness. They are manufactured in curved and straight formats. Several different dimensions and finishes are available. Art: Granite offers countless possibilities. Let loose your imagination and give the right feel to your work of art!

Imported granite and Offerdal slate: Benders’ natural stone range also includes a large selection of imported granite products and Offerdal slate. Interior fittings: Used for walkways, benches, worktops and so on, granite works equally well outdoors and in. Interior fittings in granite are both hard wearing and beautiful. Furthermore, they stay where they are put



INFRASTRUCTURE RANGE Benders is one the Nordic countries’ largest suppliers of concrete products for infrastructure and other large-scale public projects. With a wide range of not only concrete kerbing, retaining elements (L and T-shape) and paving stones, but also natural stone products, Benders is the natural choice for your project.

Spikma: Thanks to easy installation and a complete range, Bender Spikma kerbing has acquired an excellent reputation in northern Europe. The pre-fitted steel spikes in each stone provide stable fastening and enable laying all year round.

Project: In the infrastructure project area, we work with our customers to create new products and solutions for unique environments. Examples include acoustic screening, barriers, walling and tunnel elements, various plinths and other special products.

Cable ducting: Protects all types of cable runs next to railway lines. In-house mould production, know-how and resources mean that we can be flexible and thus produce object-specific cable ducting. The HallandsĂĽsen tunnel is an example of one of our ducting projects.

L and T-retaining elements: These are made with a carefully rolled, grey surface and are of a tongue and groove design. Retaining wall elements are made in heights of from 0.4 m to 4.8 m. They can be supplied with angled tops and in several different lengths. Our range further includes corners. Load ratings are, respectively, 4 kN and 20 kN.



FOUNDATIONS RANGE With products from this range, stable and secure foundations are assured. We deliver a complete foundations package direct to the end customer – rapidly and smoothly.

Everything in a single package: Benders’ foundations package has been developed to ease the workloads of contractors and builders. Benders’ foundations package includes: • • • • •

Base elements/“Alba beams” Cellular plastic Reinforcement Floor heating Accessories

“Alba beams”: Using Benders’ in-house produced “Alba beams”, it is possible to prepare for the laying of both poured slabs and slab modules. The beams have a smooth, concrete finish. To achieve extra low U-values, we also have Alba beams with a polyurethane core. We are the only manufacturer to offer these.

Benders’ in-house manufactured cellular plastic (EPS): This has good insulation properties and can be delivered in all common dimensions and qualities. We also offer graphite EPS, XPS and PIR.


The market’s only CE marked base elements: Benders’ inhouse manufactured base elements are ideal for constructing foundations with a rustic finish. The brushed surface adds life to the foundations and gives your building a unique charm. Our base elements are available in several models, heights, load classes and thicknesses.


WALL BLOCK RANGE Benders’ wall block range has everything you need to build stable foundations, walls and retaining structures simply and efficiently.

Hollow blocks: Strong wall blocks that withstand large stresses. These blocks stack easily on top of each other. Next, simply reinforce and pour as per instructions.

Expanded clay blocks: Classic, ergonomic blocks that are ideal for foundations, walls, garages, outdoor areas and even entire houses. The blocks have good insulation properties and are frost-resistant. Available in several sizes with a choice of widths.

Expanded clay beams: Used above windows, doors and other openings. The beams are strengthened with intertwined reinforcement bars. Available in several widths and lengths.. Hollow concrete blocks: A concrete wall block with a strong and stable design. The smooth concrete surface is excellent for painting without plastering.



CONSTRUCTION COMPONENTS RANGE Our concrete, prefabricated, construction components provide all the elements you need for your construction project. Façade wall elements (in various formats), floor structures, pillars and beams are poured in an indoor environment and delivered direct to the worksite.

Façade surface options: Our façade wall elements come in a number of finishes and colours – everything from render, tile or wood to the more exclusive graphite or polished.

Prefab wall elements: Benders’ concrete façade wall elements offer an excellent indoor environment. The framework not only reduces noise, it also provides an effective barrier to the spread of fire. Wall elements are available in three formats (sandwich, halfsandwich and solid) as well as with a number of finishes.

Floor structures: We offer various types of load-bearing floor structures made from concrete elements (e.g. cavity floor elements and solid slabs). Cavity floor elements: Ideal for buildings where large areas have to be covered with a floor structure or for buildings with long spans. They are delivered in a standard width of 1.2 metres and any length.

Sandwich wall elements: A sandwich element comprises two concrete panels with insulation between them. These elements are used primarily for buildings where good insulation is required and for homes and offices.

Half-sandwich wall elements: Each element comprises an inner concrete panel surmounted by insulation. There is then a free choice of façade finishes for on-site completion. Halvsandwich (V/I). xxx Solid wall elements: A wall element entirely in concrete. Solid wall elements are used primarily for inner walls. However, they can also be used for unheated buildings or buildings where heating requirements are low.

Solid slabs: Our prestressed, solid slabs are easy to install, have good acoustic and fire properties and dry quickly. Furthermore, slabs can be equipped with floor and waste water drains as well as balcony anchors. Pillars and beams: Our designs use rectangular or round pillars in various dimensions and various beam types for roofs, floor structures, parking decks and grandstands.



STAIRWAY AND BALCONY RANGE Besides being solidly beautiful, stairways and balconies should complement the built environment. Our concrete stairways are hardwearing and attractively clad with, for example, Terrazzo or clinker. They can also be made for use in an untreated condition. Our balconies add value and embellish any building’s façade.

Stairways: Benders prefabricated, concrete stairways are more than just structures making it easy to get from one floor to another. They are solid and beautiful extensions of a building’s character. They are also hardwearing and a pleasure to use. Lifting: Our stairways are designed for easy lifting into place.

Railings and bannisters: We offer customised and safe railings and bannisters that add extra attraction to stairways, balconies and galleries.

Models: Benders has three different models of stairways (straight, curved and spiral) for different types of structures and customer wishes.

Safety railings: All our railings can be supplied as safety railings that are installed temporarily while construction is in progress. This ensures a safe workplace. They can then become permanent when work is finished.

Balconies: Besides adding value for the people who live or work in a building, our balconies and galleries also lift any façade.

Steps: We also offer prefabricated, concrete stairways for outdoor use! Cladding: Our stairways are delivered as untreated concrete and then, in the finishing stage, are clad with Terrazzo, Bohus granite, clinker, “carpet” or parquet. They can also be painted. This guarantees a quality finish that cannot be damaged during the construction phase. Stairways can also be supplied with a finished, grey, concrete surface.



CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS Benders Byggsystem AB offers complete, concrete and steel frameworks for all types of constructions. When you choose a Benders Byggsystem turnkey solution for a prefabricated framework element system, we take care of planning, project management, production and erection. We have long experience of BIM and 3D modelling, both of which we use throughout the entire process. Involving us in your project at an early stage creates the right conditions for successful and cost-efficient results.

Strängnäs factories

Benders Byggsystem AB has factories in Strängnäs and its head office in Stockholm. Having production in own factories means we can offer standard and customer-unique solutions. Our production includes façades (various designs and finishes), interior walls, prestressed floor structures, pillars and beams. Over 200 people work at our Strängnäs facility. In Stockholm, some 30 employees take care of project management and other operations. Comprising around 60 people, our own installation team enable us to be present at many different projects simultaneously.



Group head office Edsvära

Head office Stockholm

Factories and offices in Sweden Strängnäs



FRAMEWORK ELEMENT SYSTEMS Our meticulously planned and well-proven framework element systems are suitable for most types of buildings. Department stores, housing, offices, multistorey car parks and schools are just a few examples of projects where our prefabricated, concrete and steel framework element systems have been used.

Complete framework solutions: Are you looking for the open and flexible layouts resulting from floor structures with large spans and limited need for load-bearing supports? Or a pattern-imprinted façade wall element with good insulation? We supply complete framework element systems in concrete or steel. The elements are entirely customised to whatever you are building.

Commercial buildings: Arenas, office blocks and department stores are some of the things we have been involved in. Using our range of façade wall elements with different finishes, it is easy to create a personalised exterior that is an expression of the commercial building in question.

Housing: Blocks of flats, student residences and detached houses – all our housing solutions are meticulously planned (climate, energy efficiency, moisture resistance, etc.). We use proven, standard solutions and combine our components to match your unique needs. Our sandwich wall elements provide a ready-for-use “climate shell”. They can also be supplied with final finishes as well as with windows and window frames.



Multistorey car parks: Building multistorey car parks from prefabricated framework elements opens a world of possibilities. Our prestressed concrete elements have long spans. This means that, compared with a poured structure, the building can have considerably fewer pillars and walls (thereby increasing the useable surface). Thanks to our various faรงade wall elements and finishes, architects have great creative freedom.

Agriculture and livestock: Our customised solutions for agricultural and livestock buildings give you a framework that entirely answers your unique needs. On top of this, our faรงade wall elements offer a wide choice of finishes to beautifully fit in with surrounding farm buildings and facilities.

Hangars: Using our well-proven, standard solutions, we create hangar type spaces that match your exact needs. Warehousing, industry and commerce are examples of areas where hangars are used. Our hangars can be entirely in concrete with, for example, solid walls and insulation as well as roofs built from prefabricated concrete cassettes. Hangars can also be constructed using internal steel frameworks and concrete cassettes.

Public buildings: Concrete is both a durable and a shapeable natural material that is suitable for all types of structures, not least public buildings. We custom build hospitals, schools and other types of public buildings where the requirements to create functional and pleasant structures are severe. Our solutions for public buildings are based on faรงade wall elements invarious formats. These make it easy to create a personalised exterior that is an outward expression of the building in question.



GLASS AND METAL KPAB is a family company in Kvänum. Here, in the heart of Västra Götaland, it manufactures a complete range of construction products in glass and metal. The company is part of the Benders group.

Glazing: Benders’ acquisition of KPAB introduced an entirely new product range to our operations – aluminium windows, doors and sliding gates. Today, KPAB offers the market’s widest selection of glazed units. It also has many years’ experience of powder coating.

Doors: KPAB offers several models – side-hung, sliding or shop with automatic opening and locking. Besides aluminium, the products are also made in both stainless steel and powder-coated formats. This ensures satisfaction of a very wide range of aesthetic and functional requirements.

Windows: The options are many and the finish, function, dimensions and size of each window all add to the impression created by your house or building. Long service life, minimum maintenance and high thermal insulation values are also all part of the bargain.


Lumber och Karle: Aluminium windows from KPAB and walling blocks and window cases from Benders construction products range were used in building this impressive hotel and conference facility in Kvänum.


PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Benders has a number of strategically located logistics centres, factories, offices and warehouses. Several of these have rail connections. The aim is to be as close to our customers as possible. Industrial and office space owned and managed by Benders itself makes up around 250,000 m² of our various facilities. For a complete map of our facilities, please refer to pages 4 – 5.

Edsvära: Head office and roof tile factory, exactly as when we started almost 60 years ago. Åstorp: Southern Sweden’s most complete facility for construction and civil engineering products. Uddevalla: Our entire range of construction products can be found at our Uddevalla logistics centre. Here, we also have production in a factory that has its own concrete station.

Terraced apartments: In addition to factory and office premises and own hotel facility, Benders has also erected (using products from its own ranges) a number of terraced apartments in central Kvänum. Stockholm: The head office of Benders Byggsystem AB is centrally located at Tyrgatan 4.

Strängnäs: This is where Benders Byggsystem AB manufactures our prefabricated framework elements. Bålsta: Production of landscaping and roofing products opens the way to providing complete ranges. Distribution is then by train or lorry to Norway, Finland and Benders’ units in Sweden.



STALL OCH STUTERI PALEMA One of Sweden’s most successful trotting stables and studs of all time, Stall och Stuteri Palema is part of the Benders group.

The horses: The most successful Palema horses are Hambletonian Stakes winner Alf Palema and the two “Solvalla International Elite Race” champions Gidde Palema and Torwald Palema.

The stables: Currently, Stall Palema, has sixty horses for racing and breeding. There are operations in both Sweden and the USA. Commitment: A constant interest in horses means that Benders is keen to be involved in various parts of the trotting world, e.g. as main sponsor of the elite trotting weekend at Solvalla in 2016 and 2017.

Palema Trotting Inc: Located in Vero Beach, Florida, this major training camp for trotters is owned and run by Benders and elite trainer Åke Svanstedt. The stud farm: One of Sweden’s most successful stud farms of all time, Stuteri Palema has raised 35 horses that have each taken SEK 1 million in winnings.



RESTAURANG KÄRRANÄS Along with famous chef Fredric Andersson, Benders runs the Kärranäs food concept at our facility in Uddevalla. Good ingredients, as well as Nordic customs and traditions, are the basis of operations here. Our suppliers, preferably local, also make an essential contribution to the basic concept and true culinary delight.

Lunch menu: A lunch buffet is served every weekday at Restaurang Kärranäs, which also holds parties for companies and individuals alike. Catering: Are you organising a baptism, confirmation or graduation? Restaurang Kärranäs can help with everything from sandwiches, lunches and buffets to full meals, barbecues and wedding parties.

Delicatessen: Looking to celebrate the weekend or add a touch of luxury to a weekday? Our delicatessen, next to Restaurang Kärranäs, welcomes you to find the answers here! Royal visit: His majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf frequently visits our chef, Fredric Andersson. On his 10th visit, the king was partnered by her royal highness Crown Princess Victoria.

Lumber och Karle: This hotel and conference facility in Kvänum was built by Benders’ staff. Via Centrumutveckling i Kvänum AB (a company in which Benders has the single largest holding), it is owned jointly by Benders, other local companies and individuals.



BENDERS I EUROPA Benders exported its first roof tile almost 40 years ago. Since then, several foreign facilities have been established. Benders now has warehouses, sales companies and distributors at several sites around Europe.

Benders Norge AS: Benders delivered its first roof tiles to Norway as early as 1981. Market share soon supported setting up our own sales company in the port town of Sandefjord. This is in southwestern Norway, close to the border with Sweden.

Setting up in Norway: We started with just roof tiles. Over the years, offerings expanded with the addition of our own landscaping production. The building of the Kongsvinger logistics centre and warehouse (which stocks our full ranges), has provided the right conditions for continued expansion.

Benders Baltic Nord OĂœ: Since 2008, our Benders Baltic Nord subsidiary has been in the town of Pärnu in southern Estonia. It has its own warehouse facility for roof tiles and paving stones. This serves both Estonia and Latvia. Operations are run in collaboration with a local enterprise.


Benders Deutschland GmbH: Construction rocketed in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Demand for, amongst other things, roof tiles was enormous. Having transported roof tiles from Sweden for many years, we built our own roof tile factory in Kritzkow (just outside Rostock) in 1998.

Roof production in Germany: Our German factory produces two tile models. These are Palema, Sweden’s classic bestseller, and the more continental and reserved Mecklenburg model. Just as at the start 25 years ago, ridge tiles and cloak verges are shipped from Sweden. However, certain products are now also transported in the other direction!

Benders in Greece (Soyhdiko Keramidi AE): After many years of roof tile deliveries to Greece, it was time to extend our collaboration. The result was a newly built production facility (in 2001) and joint ownership with the Tziotzioy family in Karditza.

UAB Benders Lietuva: In 2014 in Klaipėda, Lithuania’s largest port town, Benders set up a logistics centre. This serves the markets in Lithuania, Kaliningrad and Belarus. Roof tiles are supplied primarily from Benders’ German factory in Rostock. Accessories and paving stones are supplied from Sweden. A local enterprise is part-owner of the company.

Benders Suomi Oy: As a further element in Benders’ foreign investment, a logistics centre was built in 2000 in Mäntsälä, Finland. Initially, only roof tiles were sold. However, paving stones and other Benders’ products now have a place in the ranges and in the growing market here.



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 electric railway transport using our in-house developed container system has been rewarded with, amongst other things, several prestigious prizes. With wagons being run daily from Benders’ trackconnected facilities, the company also has a collaboration with Green Cargo.

Planning: The personnel at Braås Åkeri plan Benders’ transport and have telephone, SMS and email contact to inform consignees of delivery status, etc. In the busy season, over 350 lorries carry loads from our warehouses every day. The warehouses: So that we can rapidly deliver most of our products directly to building sites, we always carry large stocks.

The lorries: In their striking blue and red liveries, you have certainly seen them on the roads. Owned by the family company Braås Åkeri, the Benders’ fleet includes some sixty different vehicles (some with cranes, some for gravel transport, others for carrying prefab elements, etc.) exclusively for our use. So that you, as a customer, get your deliveries as quickly as possible, Braås Åkeri also regularly works with various hauliers.

Train transport: Our railwayconnected production facilities in Bålsta, Kongsvinger, Uddevalla and Åstorp promote efficient and environmentfriendly train transport between our plants and directly to customers. Boat transport: From our own quay at the docks in Uddevalla, we unload directly to our production facility.



SOCIAL COMMITMENT Benders has always worked closely with and supported small, local associations in the places where the company has operations. Besides such local commitments, Benders is also actively committed to a number of large organisations that run initiatives in Sweden and abroad. Children and young people are the most frequent targets of these initiatives.

Star for Life: Since 2011, Benders has been working closely with Star for Life, an organisation that helps children and adolescents find self-esteem and develop a healthy lifestyle. Star for Life has been active in schools in South Africa, Namibia and Sri Lanka since 2005. In 2014, it extended its activities to Swedish schools. www.starforlife.se.

Barncancerfonden: Benders is a business donor to Barncancerfonden. This organisation fights childhood cancer and works to help affected children, adolescents and their families get the care and assistance they need. Sponsoring: Benders’ sponsorships support local associations. These often have links to sport, but schooling and culture are also supported.

Employees: The Gothenburg half marathon, “Run for Life”, Spin of Hope and Vasaloppet (the famous long-distance skiing event) are just some examples of the company activities in which Benders has encouraged employees to participate over the years.



QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT Benders has had environmental certification since 1999. It was also the first company in Sweden to achieve environmental certification for a roof tile manufacturing operation. We have a deep concern for the environment. Before implementing our decisions, we carefully weigh the environmental impact.

Environment and work environment: Environment and work environment are central in our operations. They are integral to our daily work. We have environmental and work environment certification (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 respectively). In both these areas, we run continuous improvement initiatives. Via a close collaboration between our facilities and our “quality, environment and work environment department”, we put systematic effort into continuously developing our operations. Via risk assessments, safety patrols, reporting and dialogues at our facilities, we evaluate physical and psychosocial work environments. The aim is to create a workplace that is as pleasant and safe as possible. To remain at the industry’s cutting edge, we also take part in certain development projects with research institutes. Before implementation, decisions are weighed carefully against environmental consequences. In large and small things alike, concern for the environment is an integral part of our everyday actions. Our views on longterm sustainability express themselves in many ways. Examples include: extraction of raw materials and production as near as possible to the end consumer; recycling of materials and heat in production; and, multimillion investments in environment-friendly logistics solutions (e.g. own trains). We are conscious of the impact our operations have on the environment. This is why we work systematically with, amongst other things, environmental goals and development projects to reduce any negative impact. Environmental issues are worked into the relationships with our suppliers and business partners. This is how we ensure quality products that have long service lives and the least possible negative impact across their entire life cycles.

Quality: Our products are made and inspected in accordance with the applicable standards. Each employee contributes to our quality and to customer satisfaction. All our work is based on: getting things right from the start; tackling any shortcomings where they arise; and, finding long-term solutions to problems so that they do not occur again. Raw materials: Cement, sand, gravel, granite and water are the main components of our products. Our cement comes largely from Cementa, one of the world’s largest producers and a company with a major focus on sustainability. We have worked with Cementa ever since we started in 1960! To shorten transport, our sand, gravel and granite are sourced from nearby quarries. The water for our facilities comes primarily from our own wells. Surplus materials and cleaning water are reused in production.


Certification and environmental impact assessment systems: In 1999, Benders became the first Swedish operation to achieve environmental certification (ISO 14001) for a roof tile factory. Our products are registered and environmentally assessed in accordance with Sweden’s systems for this, i.e. BASTA, Byggvarubedömningen, SundaHus and Svanen. Benders Byggsystem AB has quality and environmental certification (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001). Its products are registered and environmentally assessed in the Byggvarubedömningen, SundaHus and Svanen systems. We are greatly experienced in projects that have to be certified (e.g. in LEED, BREEAM, Svanen and Miljöbyggnad).

Ecoline: Many of our products are available as Ecoline variants. These have titanium dioxide additives that, throughout the entire lifetimes of the products, convert harmful nitrogen oxides in the air into harmless nitrate.

The “Climate Leap”: Benders is taking part in the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Leap” initiative. This aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Sweden. To reduce it greenhouse gas emissions, has for example our Strängnäs facility changed its heating plant to boilers that are fired by wood pellets rather than by oil.

Colourings: To ensure optimum environmental safeguards, we manufacture all our colourings ourselves.

Roof guarantee: When you buy a complete concrete-tile roof with original accessories from Benders, you also get a 30-year guarantee covering strength, watertightness and frost resistance.


Materials guarantee: The products in our ranges are of a uniformly high quality that withstands many years of attrition in tough conditions. There is a full 10-year guarantee on Bendersproduced construction products.

Recycling: Benders’ recycling programmes cover everything from paper to crushed concrete products. Ethical requirements: Benders places great importance on ensuring that our suppliers (both of raw materials and of commercial goods) follow our Code of Conduct, work in an ethically correct manner and comply with international conventions on human rights.

CE marking: Our CE documents are readily available from our website, www.benders.se. Return system: All pallets used in packaging our products are of the return type. We use this feature to the full.



What can we do for you? For almost 60 years, driven by the desire to acquire a thorough knowledge of the industry in which we work, we at Benders have been expanding our expertise. We have sought to translate our value words into fantastic products and attractive concepts. Our customers are our most important assets. We want to do everything to give them construction products and solutions of the highest class. operations to embrace concrete-based products that complement our longstanding roofing and landscaping ranges. Our investments in traffic products, retaining wall elements, stairways, foundations and prefabricated framework element systems all felt entirely natural. They were all in the material we know so well, concrete. When we than added ranges such as our in-house developed natural stone, we were truly addressing the challenge that we had set ourselves, i.e. to become a complete supplier in the manufacture and distribution of construction products. Putting everything together, the result is that we can now offer not just weathertight roof tiles and decorative paving stones. Indeed, we can now erect entire buildings and, additionally, make their surroundings highly attractive. Whether it is a question of apartment blocks or multistorey car parks in urban environments or small houses or machine halls in the countryside, we can provide the stable foundations they rest on and the strong walls that frame them. With tile-covered roofs, we can also protect the buildings and give each one of them their distinctive character. We can then adorn their settings with sinuous garden paths or other beautiful outdoor areas. As for public areas and facilities, our products make them attractive, comfortable places for the people who use them or live there. Furthermore, our pinned kerbing, safety island elements and bus stop kerbing have made urban streets and through roads safer and more functional. Even if we are now well on the way to our self-appointed goal, we will still be eagerly investing in our operations and driving them onwards. This is something that, naturally enough, will ultimately benefit our customers and, we hope, make us an even more attractive and complete supplier of concrete and granite construction products.

Ove Bender, group manager


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