The Borbet wheel factory in Solingen, Germany will close on 31 December 2022. The wheel manufacturer told its workforce on Monday 28 November at a works meeting. Around 600 employees are affected. All previous attempts to find an economically viable future for the location had failed. A transfer company will be set up.
From 1 January 2023, Michael Wellenzohn will become chief executive officer of alloy wheel manufacturer Borbet, the first non-family member to hold this position in the company’s history. Wellenzohn succeeds Margot Borbet, CEO since 2019, who in future will head the Borbet Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The team at Borbet in Germany’s Hochsauerland region are making their own contribution to help people in Ukraine. The wheel manufacturer, which is headquartered in Hochsauerland and operates two further facilities there, says a van filled with “care packages” left one of the sites on Monday and is driving the approximately 800 miles to the embattled country.
Alloy rim manufacturer Borbet is presenting new designs at this week’s Essen Motor Show 2021. Amongst other products on display at its 100 square metre exhibition stand are the Borbet N and DB8GT2 as well as a new colour option for the LX18.
Borbet has a new rim for light commercial vehicles and caravans. The Borbet CWZ design is a five double-spoke design suitable for vehicles with wheel loads of up to 1,250 kilogrammes such as the VW Crafter, Amarok, T5 and T6, Mercedes V-Class and the new EQV all-electric people carrier as well as the Citroën Jumper, Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and MAN TGE.
Wheel manufacturer Borbet says that production is continuing “without disruption” after a fire at its Solingen site in Germany. Fire services were called out on Tuesday to deal with a thermal reaction in an outside IPC container in which aluminium sludge was stored for disposal.
At the start of this year the Borbet Group became a member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). The alloy wheel manufacturer shares that its decision to join the ASI as of 1 January 2021 reflects an intention to actively address ecological challenges in the field of sustainable wheel production.
Alloy wheel manufacturer Borbet intends to invest around 5 million euros in the expansion and modernisation of its Bad Langensalza plant in Germany. According to local media sources, the project includes the installation of a pad printing centre. This facility will enable Borbet to keep abreast of the trend towards more individualised rims. Construction work is expected to be completed in June.
The latest design from alloy wheel manufacturer Borbet is aimed at Volvo XC60 drivers. The five-spoke Borbet DY is available in brilliant silver or dark grey polished matt finishes. Sized at 8×18-inches and with a 45 offset, Borbet says the “rather glamorous” DY brings elegance to the Swedish SUV.
Borbet has released its W-wheel in sizes suited to fitment on the Mini. The ten-spoke wheel from Borbet’s ‘Classic’ category is now available in 6.0 x 15 inch, offset 43. Two finishes – crystal silver and mistral anthracite glossy – are available.
Alloy wheel manufacturer Borbet has announced plans to expand its main factory in Hallenberg-Hesborn, Germany to accommodate an enlarged in-house toolmaking facility. A 1,130-square metre hall will be erected alongside the existing toolmaking centre; Borbet says the hall will be built by the end of September, and the entire project completed by the start of 2018 at the latest.
The new Borbet factory in Saxony, Germany is visible from afar – hardly surprising when bearing in mind that the plant’s floorspace sprawls over five entire hectares. The factory is located on a 12.3-hectare site near Görlitz, around four miles from the Polish border, and there is a good reason for building big: Saxony is an automotive stronghold, home to several major German vehicle manufacturers.