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From potato crisps to car bodywork: employers in Gifhorn

Fabriklagerhalle von innen  (Copyright: BUTTING)

Gifhorn’s proximity to Wolfsburg has had an impact: the district has developed over recent decades to become a top supplier location for the automotive sector. But creature comforts are also provided for thanks to delicious snacks from Hankensbüttel, which are sold around the world.

Continental Teves – where horsepower is tamed

Characteristic black lettering on an orange-yellow background next to a horse preparing to jump in a dynamic pose – this is the logo of Continental AG, a DAX corporate group. The company employs over 220,000 people at 427 locations in 56 countries. Once just a tyre manufacturer, Continental is now a full-range supplier in the automotive sector and is among the world’s largest automotive suppliers.

Alfred Teves originally founded the machine and fitting factory which bears his name in Gifhorn in 1911. The company made a special name for itself with brakes: Teves was one of the first companies in Europe to produce hydraulic braking systems, among other things for award-winning racing cars from Auto Union and Daimler-Benz. ‘Off-the-peg’ brakes aren’t sufficient when it comes to safely controlling high-horsepower vehicles and taming the power of roaring racing engines.

Continental AG took over the company in 1998. Nowadays, over 1,000 employees manufacture not just brakes but also stability and chassis systems as well as electric engines on site at the Gifhorn factory. Interested in a job at Continental?
 You can find current vacancies in the career portal – you can search specifically by location, position, or entry level here.

Putting ideas on the road – IAV Automotive Engineering

When new cars are designed, planned and constructed, prestigious manufacturers from around the world trust in the expertise of IAV Automotive Engineering. The combined expertise of engineers from a wide range of fields has been available here for over 30 years. After all, a great deal of thought is needed before a new vehicle is ready for series production and industrial manufacturing can begin: in Gifhorn, IAV runs its own development centre, which focuses on safety issues, among other aspects.

IAV Automotive Engineering places particular value on an integrated approach: regardless of whether it’s combustion or electric engines, hardware or software, safety or performance – at IAV, innovative ideas are quite literally put on the road.

And how does that work? The engineers from IAV see themselves as a link between the idea and series production: first, the ideas are run through in simulations and the first prototypes are built. Then, the engineers develop and test the components. If everything goes well up to that point, the product is built and put on the test bench. The first models can take to the tarmac only after the product gets the green light here.

From predevelopment, to research and groundwork, to the finished product: manufacturers in the automotive sector get comprehensive support at IAV Automotive Engineering. And this is reflected in the company’s motto on its website: ‘Our goal is to pave the way for your success’.

The company employs 6,700 people worldwide, in addition to the site in Gifhorn, where more than 3,500 people work. Further sites are located in Germany, Europe, Asia, North and South America. Over 150 vacancies are currently posted in Gifhorn alone – from architects and development engineers to test engineers for steering systems. Why not take a look at the Gifhorn job portal of IAV Automotive Engineering!

On land and in the air: Bertrandt offers solutions for the mobility of the future

When it comes to mobility, nearly every manufacturer relies on Bertrandt as a supplier. The corporate group has been developing products for the international automotive and aviation industry in Europe, China and the USA for over 40 years.

Founded in Möglingen, Swabia, in 1974, the range of services provided by the company is huge: car bodies, chassis and electronics for cars and commercial vehicles, drives and expertise for motorcycles, as well as designing and development for renowned aviation companies such as Airbus are all on offer here. Over 13,000 employees at 53 sites represent top expertise in the mobility sector – and the trend looks set to increase: the number of employees grew by 30 percent in the last five years alone.

An important Bertrandt site has been located in Tappenbeck in the Gifhorn district since 1995, and also includes the production sites in Nordsteimke and Triangel. Expertise at this site focuses on the development of car bodies, interiors, electronics, assemblies and chassis. This also involves technologies for the future: for instance, Bertrandt demonstrated how hardware and software can interact perfectly based on the example of a driverless car at the Hannover Messe in 2017.

Bertrandt currently has at least 80 open positions, as well as student research projects and final projects, at the Tappenbeck site – so it’s worth taking a look at the job portal here, too!

Everything flows – at Butting

This company truly has a long history: Butting coppersmiths was founded in Crossen an der Oder in what is now Poland back in 1777. Well over 100 years later, Hermann Butting turned the small craftsman’s workshop into a large industrial company. The enterprise had to be abandoned due to the Second World War. It was rebuilt in Knesebeck near Gifhorn in 1945, initially on a temporary basis in the Knesebeck clubhouse. Construction of a new building began on the site of a closed brickyard in 1949.

The family company has been managed by its seventh generation since 2000 – in addition to its headquarters in the Südheide region, there are also further sites in China, Canada and Brazil, and around 2,000 employees now work for Butting. More than 1,300 people work in the Knesebeck factory alone; around 100 apprentices are continually undergoing training in ten professions.

And what does Butting produce? Quite simply: anything that flows or runs can be transported and stored with the help of Butting’s products. Each year, over 80,000 tonnes of steel are processed to become pipes and tanks, which are used in a variety of industries. For instance, Butting delivers containers for the paper industry, riser tubes and torch heads for chemical plants and refineries, stainless steel tanks and pipes for the food and fuel industry, as well as oxygen and pressure tanks. Butting products are used by the biggest players in heavy industry – including renowned brands such as ExxonMobil, Statoil and Total.

Butting is currently looking for employees in administration and manufacturing – you can find all of the vacancies on the Butting job portal.

And now it’s time for a snack: Lorenz Snack-World

It’s 1889; Hermann Bahlsen takes over a cake company in Hanover at the age of 30 and names it ‘Hannoversche Cakesfabrik H. Bahlsen’. Things get started with ten employees and an unparalleled success story has its inception. The first milestone is the ‘Salzletten’ pretzel sticks introduced in 1935 (now known as ‘Saltletts Sticks’). Hermann’s son Klaus brought the recipe for them back from a trip to the USA. Today, more than 80 years later, the legendary pretzel sticks are still in everyone’s snack bowls – they’re a must at any proper party.

Over the decades, the range grew continually – the company is now particularly famous for biscuits and potato crisps. By 1972, the demand for sweet and salty snacks was so great that an additional factory was opened in Hankensbüttel. Little by little, the company grew and divided into ‘sweet’ and ‘salty’ products. Bahlsen KG in Hanover has been responsible for biscuits and cakes since 1999, while predominantly salty snacks were produced from that point onwards by the Lorenz Bahlsen Snack Group, which was renamed Lorenz Snack-World in 2001 and opened its own marketing and sales company in Austria.

Today, Lorenz Snack-World manufacturers over 50 products at seven sites with 3,000 employees throughout Europe – from classics including the familiar pretzel sticks and moreish peanut flips to trail mix, taco crisps and the famous Tacitos salsa.

If you’d like to taste-test the corporate group’s full range of products, a trip to the factory outlet in Hankensbüttel is a must. The treats are heavily discounted here, and some are even half price. Enjoy the snacks – or apply for an exciting job in Hankensbüttel now on the job portal. After all, Lorenz Snack-World is one of Germany’s top employers according to FOCUS magazine’s 2017 survey!

Crisps from Lorenz Snack-World. (Photo: Allianz für die Region GmbH / Jörg Scheibe)
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