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Bosch transmission control units Transmission basics How a dual-clutch automatic functions and how much processing power is necessary for modern transmission control

Customer benefit: Compared to manual transmissions, modern automatic transmissions enhance driving comfort and also save on fuel, which is because they independently determine the point at which the engine runs most efficiently. In series-produced vehicles, there are now up to nine gears to choose from.

High-tech: Modern transmissions are equipped with a great deal of digital intelligence so that they are always capable of identifying the engine’s ideal operating point. Bosch supplies the control units, sensors, and solenoid valves for all major types of transmissions. The control unit is a high-tech miniature computer that enables the complex operation of different types of automatic transmissions. The processing capacity of a modern transmission control unit is an incredible 160 times more powerful than that of the computer used for the first lunar flight.

A wide range of automatic transmissions featuring Bosch controls
Traditional automatic: The tried-and-tested transmission shifts automatically using programs stored in the control unit. In many cars, the driver also has the option of shifting to another gear with switches on the steering wheel, which prevents shifting errors. The traditional automatic often has six gears, though some ultra-efficient versions now feature up to nine gears.

Automated manual transmission: This type of transmission combines the best of an automatic and manual transmission. It offers the comfort and convenience of an automatic with the individual control of a manual transmission. The clutch remains open when idle and only uses energy when being closed. This transmission therefore also saves fuel, reducing CO2 emissions in the process.

Dual-clutch transmission: This particular model actually comprises two separate transmissions. One is used for the even gear set and the other for the odd. Two clutches shift back and forth between both transmissions within a split second, allowing for especially swift gear changes. The complex coordination in a dual-clutch transmission is only made possible by a sophisticated transmission control system with powerful processing such as that offered by Bosch.

CVT: CVT (continuously variable transmission) is an automatic without any fixed shifting point, which completely eliminates shifting response delays. As a result, the driver can accelerate without any interruption as the driving force is available at all times. The vehicle does not have to shift back and forth between fixed shifting points – a feature that provides extra driving comfort, especially when going up an incline. CVT is widespread in Asia and North America.

eClutch: The Bosch eClutch introduces the comfort of an automatic to a manual transmission in a cost-effective way. Thanks to this innovative technology, drivers can go into first gear simply by stepping on the gas pedal. The eClutch automates the clutch only, not the transmission. The clutch pedal transmits an electric signal to an actuator, which decouples the clutch. This affordable alternative to a fully automatic transmission is especially useful for drivers of compact cars that frequently find themselves in stop-and-go traffic within urban settings. The eClutch also represents an appealing option for drivers in emerging markets.

The future of transmission technology at Bosch
Coasting: Thanks to the eClutch, manual transmissions can also benefit from the fuel-saving coasting function, which is otherwise only possible with modern automatic transmissions. Coasting expands on the well-known start-stop function and enables additional fuel savings of up to ten percent. When this function is used, the engine not only switches off at traffic lights, but also while the vehicle is moving.

Electronic horizon: Bosch is driving forward connecting transmissions with the latest available navigation information. Navigation systems know the lay of the land and can transmit this data to the automatic transmission, which, in turn, can shift into neutral and use the residual momentum if city limits are coming up after a long bend, for example. This even more intelligent automatic transmission with electronic horizon can provide additional double-digit fuel savings.
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  • March 25, 2015
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Wide range of career opportunities Bosch plans to recruit some 12,000 new associates Exciting challenges for software developers

  • New hires: in growth regions and Europe
  • Growing number of jobs in software-related areas
  • From start-up to large-scale organization: Bosch offers a wide range of working environments
  • Key competence for the future: systems and software engineering
Stuttgart – In 2015, Bosch plans to recruit 12,000 trained graduates worldwide. In addition to a number of prospects for mechanical and electrical engineers, the chances for graduates with an IT background are especially favorable. “We are increasing the number associates hired for software design and development. As connectivity expands in every business sector, from Mobility Solutions to Industrial Technology, the importance of software does too,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. The number of associates needed for software design and development will continue to rise in the future. The countries with the greatest need for recruiting trained graduates are India, which is planning some 3,200 new hires; China, which is planning 2,600 new hires; and Germany, whose plans include 1,200 new hires. Three out of every four new associates will be in the field of engineering. The prospects are also favorable for people just starting their professional careers. Almost every third position is open to potential associates with no previous professional experience.

Growing demand for software developers
Bosch is already busy connecting entire cities and bringing cars online, creating access to heating control systems via an app, and automatically integrating its suppliers into the supply chain. It has also connected electric stoves and other household appliances to the internet. As a result, the amount of software and its complexity – in terms of product development and manufacturing as well as for the products and systems themselves – is growing. Consider emergency braking systems for vehicles, for example. Using a radar or video sensor, the emergency braking function is able to detect whether there is an obstacle in the lane ahead. The system’s software evaluates the information in just fractions of a second and then triggers full emergency braking, if necessary.

Bosch is prepared for these demands facing product development and manufacturing. In cooperation with universities in the United States, associates in Palo Alto, California, are developing software for applications including automated driving. The software for the Indego Connect robotic lawnmower was also developed there. Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, designs, develops, and operates software and systems solutions for the internet of things. Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions in India also employs a large number of software specialists. The specialists there, for example, have adapted the software algorithms of a video camera used in quality control in such a way that the camera can perform examinations of the human retina. This solution makes it possible to detect eye diseases more quickly and cost-effectively than before.

Wide range of career opportunities – room for creativity
Start-up fan or corporate enthusiast? They do not have to be at odds with each other because Bosch offers both. The company supports proprietary start-ups as a means of quickly translating research findings into new business fields. Bosch also taps entirely new business fields with small, powerful units. One example of this is Bosch eBike Systems, which has evolved from a start-up into a global player and the European market leader in just five years. Bosch not only facilitates the shift between corporate and start-up structures, but also the move between specialist, project, or leadership career paths.

In addition to a wide range of career opportunities and working environments, Bosch attaches great importance to ensuring room for creativity. As a result, many associates have the option to spend some of their working time on other software projects within the Bosch Group as part of an open-source approach. Associates are able to suggest their own ideas, such as for new products on the internet of things, on Bosch’s internal social business platform known as Bosch Connect. One project that grew out of this aims to make the search for parking spots in big cities easier.

Equal opportunities for women
By 2020, Bosch wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide. That figure for the company as a whole has already reached more than twelve percent, with certain countries, such as China, having already exceeded the target. “We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful,” Kübel says. For this reason, Bosch is pursuing a policy of diversity management worldwide, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths. To provide women with assistance and support on their career paths, Bosch offers special mentoring programs, networks, seminars, and training courses. In total, Bosch invests some 190 million euros each year in the further training and development of associates.

Family-friendly employer
To help reconcile the demands of associates’ professional and private lives, Bosch offers some 100 working-time models – from working from home to part-time employment and job sharing. The technology and service company believes this is one key to its innovative strength, and its guidelines for a flexible and family-friendly working culture apply worldwide and contribute to the satisfaction, productivity, and creativity of associates. In addition to family and child care options, the recognition of family time as a career stepping stone also promotes a family-friendly working culture at Bosch.

For more information online:
Job vacancies: http://bit.ly/bosch_vacancies_worldwide
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/bosch_diversity_worldwide
Work-life balance at Bosch: http://bit.ly/bosch_work_life_balance_en

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Connected industry at a glance
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  • March 24, 2015
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New business unit: Two-Wheeler and Powersports Bosch strengthens its presence in motorcycle markets around the world Broad product portfolio for all classes

  • “We are aiming to become a leading supplier in the motorcycle market,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel
  • Bosch sets up an independent supplier business for motorcycles
  • Market expected to grow to over 160 million two-wheelers worldwide by 2021
  • Bosch is world leader in the market for motorcycle safety systems
  • Products for the small motorcycles to highperformance bikes, quads, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles
Yokohama/Stuttgart – Bosch intends to reposition itself in the rapidly expanding global motorcycle market. The technology and services company is about to pool its motorcycle activities from the areas of riding safety systems, powertrain technology, and display instruments into one business unit, the newly formed “Two-Wheeler and Powersports.” The objective is to address the individual requirements of motorcycle manufacturers worldwide even more effectively. What’s more, Bosch is looking to expand its product portfolio and strengthen its expertise in two-wheeler system solutions. “Bosch technology for more efficiency and safety should be part of any car, and in the future, the same will go for motorcycles,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH. “We are aiming to become a leading supplier in the motorcycle market, too.”

Two-Wheeler and Powersports is part of the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector. With its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan – the very heart of the international motorcycle industry – and branches in the United States, Europe, India, and China, Bosch has a global reach here. In addition to powered two-wheelers, it is planned that the new business unit will serve the market for special-purpose vehicles such as quads, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles. The unit, which is starting off with about 40 associates, can draw upon a worldwide network of several thousand colleagues plus the manufacturing capacity of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

Market expected to double within five years
Globally, the need for affordable mobility is on the increase, and this is pushing demand for powered two-wheelers. Studies indicate that by 2021, more than 160 million two-wheelers will be produced annually – a third more than today. “The portion of the market relevant for Bosch, which covers driving safety systems, powertrain technology, and displays and infotainment systems, will double over the next five years,” Hoheisel says. Most of that growth will take place in Asia, studies suggest, predicting that in 2021, nearly 90 percent of all powered two-wheelers will be made in China, India and South East Asia. That group consists mainly of small motorcycles with engine displacement up to 250 cubic centimeters, one of the most common modes of transport throughout large parts of Asia.

The future of the motorcycle is safe, clean, and connected
Bosch components service the entire two-wheeler spectrum: from those in Asia’s lower price segment to powerful machines with over 1,000cc displacement, for which demand is strongest in Europe, Japan, and North America. The new business unit offers safety solutions such as ABS and Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), a type of ESP for motorcycles. Bosch is the market leader for motorcycle safety systems. The portfolio also includes electronically controlled injection systems, powertrain components for electric two-wheelers and interfaces for connecting motorcycles with smartphones or tablets as well as connected cloud services. “Our systems put even more safety, efficiency, and fun to ride into the motorcycle,” says Geoff Liersch, head of the new Bosch business unit.

With all of these features Bosch provides solutions for the most pressing challenges of the global motorcycle market: many countries are passing stricter emissions legislation, and more and more two-wheeler riders are involved in fatal accidents. In 2010 alone, more than 285,000 people died in accidents around the world. Yet according to GIDAS, the German accident database, using ABS, can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities. Additionally MSC can have a positive effect on the outcome of two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents on curves that occur due to rider error.

Modern Bosch technology reduces fuel consumption
Along with safety, the desire for fun, fuel economy, and connectivity are key drivers of Bosch’s motorcycle business. In Asia, many two-wheelers with internal-combustion engines are still fitted with a simple carburetor, whereas Bosch employs its electronically controlled injection system. By comparison, this system can cut fuel consumption by up to 16 percent, depending on conditions and environment. “This is how we are helping to reduce emissions in countries such as China and India,” Liersch says. At the same time, Bosch is giving two-wheelers digital intelligence with its engine control solutions. In conjunction with a smartphone app, these make it possible to activate the immobilizer, or read out fault memory. Bosch also offers the Bluetooth interface or connectivity control unit needed for these applications.

Related link: www.bosch-motorcycle.com
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  • March 23, 2015
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“Networked production will become the new normal” Bosch pools Industry 4.0 expertise in the “Connected Industry” innovation cluster Customers benefit from innovative solutions

  • Interdisciplinary cooperation across the board
  • Flexible multi-product lines being used in production
  • Bosch is both a lead supplier and lead user
  • Securing competitiveness in Germany, a high-cost location
Stuttgart – Bosch has concentrated its activities in the field of networked production manufacturing in a new innovation cluster. “We are pooling our Industry 4.0 expertise in the Connected Industry innovation cluster. This will make us large enough to provide our customers and the 15 Bosch divisions with the flexible and agile support they need to implement Industry 4.0,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management. “The topic of Industry 4.0 is strategically important because it offers Germany a historical opportunity to enhance its competiveness as an industrial location.” In the area of networked production, Bosch is both lead supplier and lead user.

New business ideas for a connected world
Based on the ongoing “Industry 4.0@Bosch” project, the innovation cluster currently counts around 100 associates. By further combining its manufacturing expertise with its sensor and software know-how, Bosch expects to see additional progress in the development of new business models. To this end, a network of experts will be created at the global provider of technology and services. Specialist groups have already been established at many of the company’s locations, and more than 100 pilot projects are underway. By the end of 2015, the innovation cluster will count some 200 associates. In cross-sectoral innovation clusters such as this one, Bosch develops new business ideas for a connected world. The company has established other clusters in the areas of connected building, connected mobility, and connected energy.

Pursuing a dual strategy: lead provider and lead user
Bosch offers hardware and software for networked production. As a manufacturer, the company is also a user of Industry 4.0 technology. The global provider of technology and services has extensive expertise in the realm of production, which it has acquired through the manufacture of millions of automotive components, for instance, or in the production of individual complex packaging machinery. This expertise is complemented by the software know-how of Bosch Software Innovations, the company’s own software and systems provider. In addition to this, Bosch has long mastered the software embedded in things. All of this means that it is better prepared for networked production than almost any other company.

APAS: Cooperation without protective barriers
Dr. Stefan Aßmann is the head of the new innovation cluster. The Bosch engineer previously held positions as site manager in Germany and abroad, and was also head of engineering for special machinery at Bosch. Under his leadership, many Industry 4.0 solutions have been industrialized, among them the APAS automatic production assistant. This robotic arm is the first and thus far only assistance system in production that cooperates with people without a protective barrier. Aßmann reports directly to the Bosch board member Dr. Werner Struth, who is in charge of production coordination and thus also oversees the topic of Industry 4.0.

Major improvements to productivity
As a result of networked production processes, Aßmann expects productivity to increase by up to 30 percent. “With Industry 4.0, we can also remain competitive in Germany in spite of it being a high-cost location. Networked production is set to become the new normal. This is clear at this year’s CeBIT, we will see it again at the Hannover Messe, and it will certainly continue to be a hot topic in the years to come.”

Focus on users
“We are developing new solutions for networked production and are putting them into practice at our locations in Germany and abroad,” said Aßmann. “Moreover, we offer many of the solutions we’ve developed to external customers. We also provide a broad range of software as well as drive and control technologies for industrial automation. Customers can use these solutions efficiently for their own projects. With this portfolio, we have demonstrated our expertise as lead provider and lead user in connected industry.” And yet, according to Aßmann, technical innovation is not the only consideration. “In order for Industry 4.0 to be successful, connected solutions must focus more on users and their requirements than on the technology or product.”

International cooperation
In order to meet the standards required for networked production, Bosch is also cooperating closely with other partners in Germany and abroad. One example is the company’s collaborative project with Tech Mahindra and Cisco. Together with these two partners, Bosch is pushing the networking of industrial tools forward as part of the Industrial Internet Consortium. The first outcome of their collaboration is the ability to determine the position of the Bosch Nexo cordless nutrunner on the shop floor with extreme precision. This positioning information is used to automatically select the correct torque for the respective task, making it possible to tighten safety-relevant bolts with exactly the required torque, for example. It is also possible to automatically document these settings to ensure and test product quality. Potential applications include the maintenance and construction of engines and aircraft.

One line, two hundred modules
In Homburg, Bosch already has a multiproduct line that can produce two hundred different hydraulic modules up to batch size 1 very flexibly. This is because the line’s nine stations are connected to one another in a smart network. Thanks to an RFID chip on the workpiece, the stations recognize how a product should be assembled and which work steps are required. This also enables the efficient production of small quantities. This is necessary because some modules are needed more frequently than others. The multiproduct line is capable of producing several different modules simultaneously. The corresponding work plans are automatically retrieved and displayed as photos or films on monitors – they are even tailored to the associate’s level of education and native language. Associates thus receive the best possible support with their work. Out of 2,000 different components that are automatically made available when they are needed, they assemble 200 different variants of hydraulic modules. These modules control the work and traction hydraulics in trucks or tractors, for instance to tip loading beds or lift a plow. At the end of December 2014, this multiproduct line won the “Industry 4.0” award, which was presented by the specialist magazine Produktion in cooperation with ROI Management Consulting AG. The award honored the key elements of Industry 4.0 that Bosch has already put into practice: decentralized intelligence, fast connectivity, context integration in real time, and the autonomous performance of tasks.

Industry 4.0: background
The work pieces of Industry 4.0 are intelligent. They are equipped either with barcodes, RFID chips, or internet-enabled sensors. Thanks to partially or fully automated information gathering and transmission, a virtual copy of the physical world can be created. The network of software programs, mechanical parts, and electronic parts communicates around the world via the internet. This makes constant coordination and improvements between locations or even beyond the walls of the company possible. But business models are expected to see the most dramatic change, for instance in the area of new operator models. In the future, manufacturers of production machinery may retain ownership of their machines. Rather than selling them, they may offer their customers specific produced quantities or operating hours. The potential for the development of new and profitable business models is practically unlimited.

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  • March 20, 2015
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#MediaHackDay: collaboration between Bosch and Axel Springer Media Entrepreneurs The first hackathon dedicated to “digital media in the connected vehicle” mySPIN as the basis for current and future vehicle connectivity solutions

  • First collaboration between the Axel Springer Media Entrepreneurs and Bosch
  • More than 120 independent software developers and designers work on integrating digital media into cars
  • Bosch brings the internet into the car and the car onto the internet
  • The mySPIN smartphone integration solution serves as the basis for mobile connectivity solutions
Stuttgart/Berlin – Together with the Axel Springer company Media Entrepreneurs, Bosch is staging the first joint hackathon dedicated to the connected car from March 21-22, 2015. “Connected Car MediaHackDay” will bring together more than 120 independent software developers, designers and product visionaries at the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator in Berlin. Together with Bosch and ten other interface partners, they will develop new ideas to bring digital media into the car and onto the street. A jury that includes Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Bosch responsible for vehicle connectivity, among other things, will award prizes to the best app development. The hashtag #MediaHackDay will provide live updates on the Connected Car MediaHackDay as well as a forum for related discussions, enabling everyone who is interested in the event to take part using digital media.

Direct access to Bosch system interface
Bosch is granting the participants exclusive access to the mySPIN system’s data interface for developing their ideas. The solution allows smartphones to be integrated into the car’s infotainment system quickly and conveniently. And because the apps can be operated much more comfortably and safely via the vehicle’s display and controls, this facilitates innovative functions and creative apps. “The connected car is the better kind of car,” member of the board of management Hoheisel said. “A connected car makes driving safer, more comfortable, and more efficient. Finding the fastest route with the navigation app and listening to your favorite music with online radio – all of that is already possible. I am excited to see what new and inspiring solutions the developers and designers will come up with during the hackathon,” he added.

Building on a successful concept
After a successful trial hackathon last fall, Bosch is taking advantage of this event to further pursue connected driving and collaborative product development. “It allows us to tap into the potential of innovative ideas outside Bosch and actively drive vehicle connectivity forward. This includes partnering with others across traditional industry boundaries,” Hoheisel said. He noted that the joint collaboration with Axel Springer Media Entrepreneurs is proof that Bosch is thinking beyond purely technical solutions for vehicle connectivity. “Our objective is connected mobility solutions, which also include digital content,” Hoheisel added.

Jury to award attractive prizes
At the end of the Connected Car MediaHackDay on March 22, 2015, a three-person jury will award prizes to the best ideas and their realization. The jury consists of Simon Erdem, product management team leader at autobild.de, Holger Weiss, CEO of the software company Aupeo, and Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch is furnishing the event’s top prize: vouchers with a value of 5,000 euros for Bosch products of the winners’ choice.

mySPIN – the smartphone integration solution from Bosch
mySPIN can integrate apps from iPhones and Android smartphones into the car. All compatible apps on the smartphone can then be displayed and operated via the vehicle’s touchscreen. The onscreen design and control concept adjusts to the driving situation. By integrating the smartphone and all relevant apps into the vehicles it manufactures, an automaker can offer customers an attractive range of services that are always up to date.

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event at which programmers, software developers and designers, and project managers cooperate closely to jointly develop new software. Hackathons typically last one to two days. Generally, the objective is to develop new software for a specific purpose. The term “hackathon” is a portmanteau that combines “hack” with “marathon.” In this context, “hack” means to program in a playful or exploratory way. Hackathons have become more and more widespread since the mid-2000s and are used by companies and venture capital firms to quickly develop innovative software-based technologies.

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MediaHackDay on Bosch's
ConnectedWorld blog:
bit.ly/bosch_mediahackday

MediaHackDay Homepage:
www.mediahackday.com

mySPIN on the Bosch Media Service:
bit.ly/ZxQV5n

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  • March 20, 2015
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17th Technical Congress of the VDA Bosch CEO Denner: “Connectivity makes cars more efficient”

  • Denner: “A connected car drives more proactively than any person”
  • Connectivity increases the suitability of electrified vehicles for everyday use
  • By 2025, 15 percent of new vehicles worldwide will be electrified
Stuttgart – Cars still have their best days ahead of them. Connecting vehicles to the internet makes them safer, more fun to drive, and reduces fuel consumption. “Connectivity makes cars more efficient,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the 17th Technical Congress of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in Filderstadt, Germany. As an example of this, Denner pointed to the connected electronic horizon. In the future, this Bosch technology will provide real-time information about mobile construction zones, traffic jams, and accidents. On this basis, further improvements to existing functions such as start-stop coasting will be possible. At the same time, it will enable a predictive operating strategy for plug-in hybrids. Technologies such as this reduce CO2 emissions by up to ten percent or more. “These efficiency-enhancing measures should be recognized as ‘eco-innovations’ by the EU,” Denner said.

“A connected car drives more proactively than any person”
The reductions to consumption brought by start-stop coasting and an optimum operating strategy are most noticeable in real traffic conditions. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), however, they have no effect. “A connected car drives more proactively than any person,” Denner said. Using up-to-date maps, cars can precisely calculate their remaining range in addition to the most efficient route. At the same time, intelligent connectivity increases the suitability of electrified vehicles for everyday use. “In only ten years, more than 15 percent of new vehicles worldwide will be electrified,” Denner said. Of these, more than 13 million new vehicles will be able to run on electricity alone, at least in urban traffic. To further increase the electric range of hybrids and electric cars, Bosch is working on improving electronic battery management. This can increase the electric range of a car by up to an additional 10 percent and give electromobility a further boost.

Eco-innovations can help meet EU fleet targets
Technically-sophisticated components make vehicles more economical and efficient, allowing them to meet the strict CO2 targets set by the European Commission. European regulations stipulate that in 2021, new vehicles will be allowed to emit an average of only 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. This corresponds to just over four liters of fuel consumed per hundred kilometers. In 2013, new vehicles emitted an average of 132.9 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The EU recognizes especially environmentally-friendly technologies as “eco-innovations.” Automakers can use these as CO2 credits to reduce their fleet consumption levels. The maximum possible credit is 7 grams per kilometer.
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  • March 18, 2015
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Cleaning windshields the intelligent way Not a drop of water wasted with the Bosch Jet Wiper Wiper arm to be standard equipment in new Volvo XC90

  • Bosch Jet Wiper features integrated spray nozzles
  • Dr. Bernhard Straub: “Washer fluid is deployed precisely where it is needed”
  • No impairment of drivers’ vision, significantly less water used
  • Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades rank first in ADAC windshield-wiper test
A clear field of vision is essential for safe driving. And whenever this field of vision is impaired by dirt, the Bosch Jet Wiper gets to work. As part of a Bosch system featuring a wiper drive and Aerotwin wiper blades, the innovative wiper arm will now be standard equipment in the new Volvo XC90. The Jet Wiper is far superior to conventional windshield wipers. The reason for this is its smart control, combined with spray nozzles integrated in the wiper arm. These nozzles distribute the washer fluid evenly, thus ensuring that the windshield is cleaned over the entire length of the wiper blade. “The Jet Wiper deploys the right amount of washer fluid, precisely where it is needed,” says Dr. Bernhard Straub, president of the Bosch Electrical Drives division. The benefits of this system are that drivers’ vision is not impaired by spray mist, and consumption of washer fluid is reduced by as much as 50 percent.

Not a drop of washer fluid is wasted when using the Bosch Jet Wiper. This is also due to the reversing wiper drive, also made by Bosch. This drive alternates the rotation of the motor between the wiper arms’ two final positions – parked position and A-pillar. Its integrated electronics means that it can detect the Jet Wiper’s position on the windshield at all times. To achieve the best cleaning effect, spraying is done only when the wiper arm is moving upward. In this way, the washer liquid is immediately picked up by the two Aerotwin wiper blades and distributed over the entire windshield. “The Bosch system thus provides optimum cleaning along the entire wiper blade,” Straub says. This also ensures a clear field of vision for a video sensor used for driver assistance systems, which is normally positioned at the same height as the rear-view mirror.

Bosch Aerotwin: best wiper blades in the market
Most importantly, the end result of cleaning with the Jet Wiper is independent of driving speed. Conventional wiper systems spray the washer fluid from nozzle elements on the engine hood, and these elements are designed for a certain speed. As speed increases, the airflow diverts the spray, which means less washer fluid is sprayed on the area to be cleaned, resulting in a poor cleaning of the windshield. With the Jet Wiper, there is practically no effect from the airflow since the nozzle elements are mounted directly along the wiper arm. And that’s not all: the spray nozzles are fitted with tiny valves that open when drivers activate the wind-shield-washing function and close as soon as spraying has finished. This means there are no subsequent drips, and the wiper blades only have to wipe once. In winter, the nozzles are heated, making them ready for use even in the worst of weather.

In opting for the Bosch Aerotwin, Volvo is also choosing what are currently the best wiper blades in the market. This was recently confirmed by a test carried
out by ADAC, the German automobile club. Out of eight wiper blades tested, only three were evaluated as “good”. “The secret of our wiper blades is their twin technology,” Straub says. At the cleaning lip, the rubber is harder, and thus hard-wearing. By contrast, the back of the Aerotwin is more flexible, facilitating the reverse movement of the blade when the wiper arm switches from downward to upward motion. This means that the Aerotwin is practically silent in operation. And if a wiper blade should show signs of wear and tear, it can be quickly, easily, and inexpensively replaced, thanks to the Jet Wiper’s sophisticated clip system.

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  • March 16, 2015
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25 years of the Bosch charity organization Primavera Bosch associates offer children in slums a new perspective Good education key to successfully combating poverty

  • Bosch associates show more than 30,000 children a way out of poverty
  • Currently around 30 projects in 12 countries worldwide
  • Around 8 million euros in donations collected in 25 years
  • Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. founded by ten Bosch associates on March 5, 1990
“The women who took care of us taught us that you have to believe in yourself. And that you can find power you never thought you had before if you have goals,” the 21-year-old Crisllei from Brazil recalls. “Without Primavera, I don’t know what would have become of me.”

Stuttgart – The charitable organization Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. (Primavera – helping children in need) has helped more than 30,000 children over the past 25 years. Bosch associates set up the organization in 1990, with the aim of offering children from slums in developing and emerging countries a new perspective. Apart from helping provide for children’s basic needs, the initiative focuses on supporting education and vocational training. “Good school education and vocational training are the key to successfully combating poverty,” says Christoph Kübel, chairman of Primavera and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. With its own staff of volunteers and in collaboration with social institutions, Primavera provides support for around 30 projects in 12 countries.

Ways out of the poverty trap
Primavera supports several thousand children every year. Its main focus is on Asia, South America, South Africa, and eastern Europe. The initiative supports children and young people from the start of preschool to completion of high school or university. The organization also supports projects for street children and initiatives aimed at offering young adults vocational training. Its staff also educates children, young people, and their families about hygiene, proper nutrition, social behavior, and interpersonal skills. “We want to give young people the opportunity to find their place in society so that they can lead independent lives and take responsibility for their own fate,” Kübel explains. Praising the commitment of all involved, the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said: “Since the organization’s founding, Bosch associates have helped more than 30,000 children. That’s something Primavera and everyone involved can be proud of. And it makes me proud, too.”

Discovering new horizons
Crisllei Santos de Assis, a 21-year-old native of Brazil, has succeeded in breaking out of the poverty trap. Growing up in a favela on the outskirts of a major Brazilian city, poverty, drugs, and violence shaped her everyday life. At the age of 12, Crisllei was given a place in Grupo Primavera, which was also Primavera’s first ever aid project. Among other things, she received tutoring and courses in public speaking and presentation skills. “The women who took care of us taught us that you have to believe in yourself. And that you can find power you never thought you had before if you have goals,” the young woman says, describing her most pivotal experiences. Today, she studies business administration at a renowned private university in Campinas, Brazil, and is enrolled in an internship at the city’s Bosch location. She has words of encouragement for the young people at Grupo Primavera: “Keep at it. If you do, you can take a different path and discover new horizons.”

About the organization
Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. was founded by ten Bosch associates in Germany on March 5, 1990. Today, the organization has 880 members around the world. All Primavera projects are situated near Bosch locations to allow associates to personally volunteer and help promote alliances and projects. Bosch associates are free to recommend projects for the organization’s support. Since the organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, 100 percent of all collected donations – around 650,000 euros in 2014 – can go to supporting projects. Donations come from private individuals or are raised at events such as concerts, plays, or company parties. In 2009, future business leaders enrolled in the Junior Managers Program also set up their own project group to support Primavera e.V. In 2011, this led to the creation of the Primavera photo calendar, which is published every year and is regularly sold out well in advance of publication.

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INTEC 2015 Innovative 3D production measuring technology by Bosch Many years of experience from own manufacturing

  • Flexible, application-oriented and extensive package of solutions
  • Innovative, patented, optical measurement principles
  • Economic and automated application of measurement technology in production and quality control
Leipzig – At the Leipzig trade fair for manufacturing, tools and automation, INTEC 2015, Bosch presents innovative solutions for the optical 3D measuring- and manufacturing technology. Originally, the application-oriented solutions and systems were exclusively designed for the manufacturing and measurement facilities of the Bosch Group and have proven their value very well in daily use. Precise measurements as direct respectively close part of the manufacturing process are of crucial importance to ensure high quality, while at the same time minimizing the reject rate. Using automated, production-integrated solutions significantly reduces efforts and costs for a 100 percent control.

The FMS 100 was designed for measurement of rotationally symmetric serially produced precision parts. Rotation speeds of up to 100 rounds per minute and optical sensing arms for diameters less than 0.1 millimeters facilitate rapid form measurement for determining internal and external geometries. Standard applications include measurement of circularity and straightness, cone shape, and diameter. Modular extensions make it possible to customize the measuring machine to meet specific customer requirements. The non-contact optical sensing arms allow the measurement of the parallelism of very thin or very delicate objects without causing any alterations to the objects through contact forces. These solutions, proven in Bosch manufacturing, facilitate the economical and automated application of measuring technology with nanometer resolution in the production context by using innovative measurement principles.

The FTP 40 measurement system enables the rapid measurement of two parallel surfaces of a product in a single measuring process, without the need to move the object. This ensures excellent stability, and markedly reduces the cycle time. The FTP 40 may equally be used for the rapid measurement of flatness, thickness, and parallelism, either as a standalone device in precision measurement facilities, or, alternatively, as an industrial measurement system for optical 3D inspection in manufacturing. The major advantages of the Bosch machines’ interferometric technology are high resolution and precision, short cycle times, and non-contact, non-wearing measurement. When developing these measuring machines, great emphasis was put on achieving a highly robust design, with low sensitivity to vibrations and temperature fluctuations. The focus here was always on practicability and a proven ability of the measurement system.

At the Leipzig trade fair for manufacturing, tools and automation, INTEC 2015, from February 24 to 27 at stand B84 in hall 2, Bosch presents its solutions.

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Key technology for the connected world Five billion Bosch MEMS sensors Manufacturing milestone in Reutlingen

  • MEMS sensors have been used in automobiles for 20 years, and in consumer electronics for 10 years
  • MEMS sensors are the sensory organs of modern technical systems
  • Small, robust, intelligent, and energy-efficient
  • Bosch is a pioneer and the global leader in the manufacture of MEMS technology
Small parts, big impact: they save lives, increase driving comfort, help conserve energy, and are an essential part of consumer electronics. “MEMS sensors are a key technology for the connected world,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “They deliver high performance, but are also small, robust, and extremely cost-effective to manufacture in large volumes.” Bosch recently produced the five-billionth MEMS sensor at its plant in Reutlingen, Germany. MEMS is an acronym for microelectromechanical system. Bosch developed the underlying semiconductor manufacturing process itself, and has been manufacturing the sensors in large-scale production since 1995. “For 20 years, we have been developing smart technology for a growing number of different areas with real-life applications,” Hoheisel says. The first versions were used in motor vehicles to detect pressure and acceleration. Now, 75 percent of all sensors are used in consumer electronics. “Every second smartphone uses Bosch sensors,” Hoheisel says. The company is the leading global manufacturer of MEMS sensors.

Bosch – The pioneer of MEMS technology
The start of large scale production at Bosch in 1995 laid the foundation for modern technology. The current portfolio comprises acceleration, yaw-rate, mass flow, pressure, and environmental sensors, in addition to microphones. While it took 13 years to manufacture the first billion MEMS sensors, the Bosch Automotive Electronics division now manufactures the same quantity in less than one year at its production facility in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. This is the result of skyrocketing demand. More than four million sensors are currently manufactured every day. These little helpers have an average thickness of between just one and four millimeters. If the five billion Bosch sensors were stacked on top of each other, the tower would be 12,000 kilometers tall; that is long enough to pass nearly all the way through the Earth, which has a diameter of 12,742 kilometers.

Game consoles, cars, and smartphones – all need MEMS sensors
There are a wide range of uses for MEMS sensors. The SMI700 sensor, for example, records a vehicle’s rotational movements, lateral acceleration, and lean angle. It is at the heart of the ESP anti-skid system, which keeps the car more safely on course during critical situations. Another sensor, the SMP480, ensures quieter engine operation and also optimizes the engine’s air-fuel mixture in changing environments. This reduces fuel consumption, and provides for cleaner exhaust fumes.

In 2005, Bosch established the wholly-owned subsidiary Bosch Sensortec GmbH, which offers a wide range of MEMS sensors and solutions for applications in the consumer electronics sector, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Inertial measurement units (IMU) such as the BMI160 in the remote controls of game consoles are responsible for gaming fun, for example. They transmit the movements of the player in real time with extreme precision. The acceleration sensors in smartphones ensure that the display changes orientation when the cellphone is turned. At the beginning of 2015, Bosch Sensortec unveiled another global first: the BME680. In one housing, this environmental sensor measures air pressure, moisture levels, ambient temperature, and, for the first time, air quality.

MEMS sensors make non-electronic objects smart
The next major technological revolution has already begun. In an increasingly connected world, things are learning how to communicate. MEMS sensors are an important technological component that is key to this process. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, established in 2013, develops and markets connected, sensor-based devices, and custom solutions for the internet of things. Programmed to be a smart technology and fitted with a microcontroller, miniature battery, and a tiny radio chip, MEMS sensors can process their readings and send them over the internet to a user’s smartphone, for example.

Tiny, intelligent, robust, and energy-efficient
It is essential for sensors to be as small as possible, especially for smartphones, tablets, and similar devices. The reason for this is that such devices are called on to perform ever more functions – but have to do this in ever less available space. In consumer electronics, MEMS sensors are less than one millimeter thick. Some of the components inside sensors are a mere four micrometers (µm) thick – that is 17 times thinner than a human hair. These tiny parts are nonetheless robust and very powerful. They also have to be extremely energy-efficient. An acceleration sensor for the alarm system in a motor vehicle, for instance, has to be ready for use at all times, yet draw as little power as possible from the car battery. And in consumer electronics, low energy consumption is just as important, since it helps a smartphone’s battery last as long as possible.

For more information online:
Bosch sensors for automotive applications
Bosch sensors for non-automotive applications
Sensors – how technology maps the world around it
MEMS: the stars of the sensor world
Greater safety with peripheral sensors

Bosch press releases:
Sensors for increased safety in vehicles: New generation of Bosch inertial sensors
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions: Bosch sets up company for
   internet of things and services

Internet-enabled MEMS sensors
New Inertial Measurement Unit BMI16: Bosch Sensortec launches first IMU
   with the lowest consumption worldwide

Bosch Sensortec launches combo MEMS solution with integrated gas sensor

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Bosch MEMS enabling the Internet of Things and Services
Gyroscope for ESP: how it works
Pressure sensor: how it works
Acceleration sensor: how it works
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International industry conference Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015 in Berlin Bosch CEO Denner warns: “The connected world is not some distant dream. It's already here.” Internet of things and Industry 4.0 offer huge opportunities

  • Proper understanding of connected solutions is decisive for success
  • Solutions have to focus on users
  • Partnerships and open standards are also required
  • Support for start-ups and innovative business models needed
  • Single European digital market an urgent priority
Berlin – “Connectivity is an all-encompassing trend, one that will affect all walks of life. Especially for a strong economy like Germany, this connectivity offers major business opportunities,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the Bosch CEO, at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015, an international conference in Berlin.
At the two-day industry conference, Bosch and companies including Cisco, Volkswagen, Trumpf, GE, and Daimler are presenting a range of new solutions in areas such as connected industry and connected mobility. Roughly 800 experts are meeting to discuss business models and technical solutions, and to exchange experience. Industry 4.0 (connected industry) in particular offers Germany a historic opportunity to improve its competitiveness as an industrial location. “However, this opportunity will pass us by if German companies are too slow to take action. Germany has to quickly meet the requirements for connected industry; otherwise, the country will be squandering the competitive advantage its strengths currently give it over other regions,” Denner said.

Success depends on systemic understanding
Around the world, engineers are developing solutions for the internet of things. “At present developments are very much driven by technology. But in an area like this, technological know-how and excellent work alone are not enough. We have found that the right systemic understanding is decisive for the internet of things,” Denner said. When developing connected solutions, therefore, Bosch takes three levels into consideration: the first is connected things, which use sensors to collect data and in this way help create a virtual image of the real world. The second is secure software platforms that connect these things with the internet and with each other, that analyze data, and that make new services possible. The third is the applications and services that are developed on the software platforms and create value-added for customers.

Users in focus
In Denner's view, customer focus and customer benefit are critical for successful solutions on the internet of things: “Any connected solution has to focus constantly on users and their problems, and less on products or technologies.” For this reason, he said, a company's first thought when developing new solutions should always be its customers and their wishes. “We have to offer our customers solutions and functions that make their lives safer, more secure, and more convenient.” In Denner's view, a consistent user focus is crucial if connectivity is to succeed. Moreover, he added, alliances involving different companies are an important driver of connected solutions. Joint projects and “eco-systems” need uniform standards and open platforms as a basis, Denner said, since only then can fully compatible solutions deliver the greatest benefit for customers and consumers. In Denner's opinion, it is precisely this cooperation among companies, even those in different industries, that forms one of Germany's major strengths. “For example, we have to build broad clusters for Industry 4.0 in order to pool expertise, knowledge, and resources,” Denner said.

Collaboration with start-ups and establishment of a venture capital scene
The Bosch CEO is concerned that established industries are increasingly being challenged by new providers with clever business ideas. It was for this reason that Bosch set up the IoT Lab with the University of St. Gallen in 2012. On a scientifically sound basis, this joint “think-tank” explores and tries out new business models for the internet of things. “German industry is still technologically innovative. But to hold its own on the internet of things, it also has to create new, innovative business models,” Denner said. One thing that might help here would be if traditional industrial companies were to collaborate more closely with internet start-ups. For their part, internet start-ups need more financial support as they scale their business ideas up to the relevant market size. “Europe has waited long enough for a functioning venture capital industry rich in financial resources,” Denner said. If they cannot be assured investment, German or European start-ups will never be as big or successful as their U.S. counterparts.

Single digital market and responsible use of data
Denner sees a further crucial disadvantage for European companies in the extremely fragmented European market, which is the result of differences in data and consumer protection regulations. “We need a single digital market in Europe. This will allow us to launch connected solutions just as successfully in our home market as U.S. or Chinese companies can in theirs,” Denner said. In this connection, he called for rapid introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Denner, who is also responsible for research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management, underscored how important data protection is to society's widespread acceptance of connected solutions. “The internet of things can become a reality only if people put their trust and confidence in it.” That's why Bosch is committed to making the handling of customer data extremely transparent. Denner continued: “We are completely open about how we use our customers' data. We will tell our customers what data we want to use for what purpose, and we will ask them for their express permission.”

Bosch saw the internet of things coming years ago
The Bosch Group's strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected world. For many years, the company has been preparing systematically for the connected world, not least by expanding its own software competence. Bosch Software Innovations GmbH is the Bosch Group's software and systems unit. In the form of its Bosch IoT Suite, it provides all Bosch divisions, as well as external customers, with a versatile software platform for the internet of things. Moreover, Bosch is the leading supplier of MEMS sensors (microelectromechanical systems), which are a key technology for the internet of things. On its path to the connected world, Bosch is linking its expertise in the “world of things” and the “world of software.” In doing so, the supplier of technology and services is relying on both products and new business models, such as connected fleet management or proactive maintenance of manufacturing facilities.

Bosch ConnectedWorld – where industries meet to discuss tomorrow's world
The Bosch ConnectedWorld event is an annual conference on the subject of the internet of things. This year, some 800 international experts are meeting in Berlin to talk about current areas of application and new business models. In addition to the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner, the conference speakers include Ulrich Grillo, president of the Federation of German Industries, and Dr. Richard Mark Soley, CEO of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Internet:
Details about the Bosch ConnectedWorld Conference, February 17-18, 2015
http://bit.ly/1zkBMTv
Bosch Software Innovations blog – What established companies can learn from start-ups
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The internet of things Bosch acquires middleware specialist ProSyst Software for smart homes, mobility, and connected industry

  • ProSyst employs around 110 associates in Cologne, Germany, and Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Software enabling device connectivity over internet of things
  • Established Java and OSGi specialist for gateway software and middleware
Berlin, Stuttgart – Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group, intends to acquire the company ProSyst. Agreements to this effect were signed on February 13, 2015. ProSyst employs some 110 associates in Cologne, Germany, and Sofia, Bulgaria. The company specializes in the development of gateway software and middleware for the internet of things. These facilitate the interaction between connected devices in the smart home, connected industry, and mobility segments. The company’s customers include leading appliance manufacturers, automakers, and chip vendors, as well as telecommunications and energy service providers. The acquisition is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed.

Device management for the internet of things
ProSyst’s solutions are built on the Java programming language and OSGi technology. “On this basis, the company has been developing successful gateway software and middleware that serves as a link between devices and the cloud for more than ten years. This link is essential for interconnecting buildings, vehicles, and machines,” said Rainer Kallenbach, the president of Bosch Software Innovations. “In Bosch, we have a strategic partner with a strong global sales network. This alliance means that we can play a bigger role in the growing market for the internet of things and decisively expand our global position,” said Daniel Schellhoss, the founder and managing director of ProSyst. Applications for Java and OSGi include the smart home and industrial manufacturing segments. Software that is written in Java and combined with OSGi technology can be automatically installed, updated, and uninstalled remotely without the need to reboot the device each time. This remote access is frequently realized via gateway software, which also ensures that devices can be intelligently controlled. For example, the software can receive and assess information on electricity prices or weather forecasts, and then pass it on to the central heating system to increase its operating efficiency.

Uniform networking for central heating systems, household appliances, and security cameras
The ProSyst software also assumes a kind of “translator” role. If things such as central heating systems, household appliances, and security cameras are to be interlinked in a smart home, they must all “speak the same language.” This is especially difficult when the products are from different manufacturers, use different communication protocols, or are not web-enabled.

“In combination with the Bosch IoT Suite from Bosch Software Innovations and the Bosch Group’s expertise as a leading producer of sensors and appliances, the ProSyst software will enable our customers to launch new applications on the internet of things more quickly and be one of the first to tap into new areas of business,” Kallenbach said. “The ProSyst software is highly compatible with the Bosch IoT Suite, our platform for the internet of things. Above all, it complements our device management component by supporting a large number of different device protocols. This will allow us to achieve an even better market position than before.”

The Bosch Software Innovations subsidiary is a provider of one-stop solutions in the area of the internet of things. Service activities round out the company’s offerings. Its core product is the Bosch IoT Suite. Bosch Software Innovations employs around 550 associates around the globe at locations in Germany (Berlin, Immenstaad, Stuttgart), Singapore, China (Shanghai), and the U.S. (Chicago and Palo Alto).

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Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015 The road goes online: Bosch makes parking easier and more convenient Web-enabled sensors on asphalt pavement report available parking spaces

  • Cars also automatically identify and report available parking spaces
  • Real-time parking map shortens nerve-wracking search
  • Stress-free search for parking spaces in downtown areas and parking garages
Today, looking for a place to park is often a time-consuming and frustrating process. In the future, Bosch sensors – installed on the road’s surface and in passing cars – will automatically identify and report available spaces. With the help of a real-time online parking map, drivers will be able to find an available parking space conveniently and without any hassle.

Stuttgart – The search for an available parking space in downtown areas and parking garages is a nerve-wracking and time-consuming daily chore for drivers. But it could soon be a thing of the past. Bosch has developed solutions to create real-time maps of available parking spaces with the help of wireless sensors installed on the pavement. These sensors recognize whether a parking space is occupied or not, and share this information via the internet. In the future, even cars passing by available parking spaces will be capable of reporting them. The ultrasonic sensors installed in many modern cars to support their parking assistance functions identify gaps along the side of the road. Since many vehicles are now online, this information can also be transmitted over the internet and displayed on a real-time map. Transmitting this real-time information to users’ smartphones or directly to their cars’ navigation devices can help shorten drivers’ often taxing search for parking spaces.

“With these solutions, Bosch is demonstrating how sensors and internet connectivity can make many people’s everyday lives significantly easier, even when it comes to parking. Our solution offers drivers more convenience and saves them time,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management and in charge of automotive electronics. The solution will be unveiled at the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin. The international industry meeting takes place in Berlin on February 17 and 18, 2015 and showcases solutions for the connected world.

Search for parking spaces: nerve-wracking, expensive, and bad for the environment
In Germany, the average search for a parking space takes ten minutes, according to a survey of drivers on behalf of Europe’s market leader in the field of parking management. The survey reveals that Germans drive 4.5 kilometers when looking for somewhere to park, resulting in vehicle costs of 1.35 euros per search. In short, the faster people find a parking space, the less nerve-wracking, expensive, and environmentally damaging the experience. The solution developed by Bosch could make a major contribution to changing things. The wireless sensors installed on the pavement are built into stable, semicircular plastic housing similar to the kind often used to mark lanes on roads. The wireless sensor is capable of recognizing whether a car is parked over it. A tiny, energy-saving radio transmitter in the sensor reports this information to a receiver (similar to a home wifi router) that is capable of gathering data from hundreds of sensors. “The status information is then transmitted over the internet to a database. A software program creates a parking map of the respective area practically in real time,” says Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, head of the Connected Parking project at Bosch. “Depending on the application, we could be talking about a level of a parking garage, a street, or an entire downtown area.”

Energy-saving wireless technology
Another advantage of the new development is that the sensors can remain in place for several years, doing away with the time and expense needed to change batteries or sensors. The power supply lasts for such a long time because the sensors require extremely little power for data transmission and feature an advanced energy management system, eliminating the need for elaborate and failure-prone cabling. “Connected parking shows how Bosch will actively shape the connected world. Sensors, software, and services – this is our ‘3S’ program for the connectivity business. We use sensors to record the environment and software to convert information into usable data. The resulting service offers users a concrete benefit,” Dirk Hoheisel says.

Drive-by parking space recognition
Another solution developed by Bosch allows cars to recognize parking spaces as they drive past them. “Many cars already feature parking assistance functions, which means they are also equipped with Bosch ultrasonic sensors,” Nicodemus says.

“As the vehicle drives past, these sensors identify spaces between the cars parked along the side of a road. Because more and more cars are also online, this information can be transmitted to a database at a high speed.” The more cars participate in this system, the more detailed and up-to-date the map.

Internet:
Information on Bosch’s ConnectedWorld conference:
http://bit.ly/1zkBMTv
Information on Dr. Dirk Hoheisel:
http://bit.ly/1LLJ6gx
Study on the search for parking spaces:
http://bit.ly/1I0WZbj
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions:
http://bit.ly/1B89pr5
Bosch Sensortec:
http://bit.ly/1sUSnwj
Bosch Software Innovations
http://bit.ly/1yvmwi5

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Smart industrial tools Bosch is driving torque behind first European testbed for the Industrial Internet Consortium Connected industrial tools improve quality in the factory

  • Collaborative effort with Tech Mahindra and Cisco
  • Better quality and higher efficiency in manufacturing
  • Major potential for industry as a whole
  • First announced testbed for the Industrial Internet Consortium
Collaborating to achieve the highest quality standards in the connected manufacturing of the future: three international companies are working to ensure that industrial tools automatically do what needs to be done at the right location.

Stuttgart – A collaborative effort between Bosch and two international companies, all members of the Industrial Internet Consortium, is driving forward tool connectivity with the aim of improving quality and efficiency in industrial manufacturing. The first outcome of their collaboration on the “Track and Trace” project is the ability to determine the position of a cordless nutrunner on the shop floor with extreme precision, among other applications. This positioning information is used to automatically select the correct torque for the respective task, making it possible to tighten safety-relevant bolts with exactly the required torque, for example. It is also possible to automatically document these settings to ensure and test product quality. Open standards are set to enable the seamless integration of industrial power tools used to drill, tighten, measure, and solder into an overall system of networked tools in the future. The potential applications of connected hand-held nutrunners, riveting tools, and measuring equipment include the construction and maintenance of engines and aircraft. “There is no other solution like this out there; it harbors major potential for industry as a whole,” says Dirk Slama, the project manager at Bosch. The supplier of technology and services is cooperating on “Track and Trace” with Indian IT company Tech Mahindra and U.S. IT company Cisco. This effort is the first European testbed for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

Innovative solution for increased efficiency and competitiveness
The new solution is made possible by connecting the tools with each other and with the production data for the products to be manufactured. Thanks to the tool's positioning information and the precisely determined location of a component, such as an aircraft on the shop floor, the user knows that the tool is currently located at the vertical stabilizer, for example. Backend software automatically sends instructions that specify the torque needed to tighten bolts there. “Connected tools contribute not only to product quality and safety, but also to making production more efficient, which improves competitiveness,” Slama says. There are additional benefits to “Track and Trace.” For instance, the constant collection of tools' data provides companies with a detailed overview of the conditions of their tools at all times. This can enable the automation of a number of routine tasks, such as the replacement of wear parts on power tools after a specified number of rotations or hours of operation.

Avoid errors, increase safety
The design and assembly of complex industrial and consumer goods requires exacting work. Machinery, vehicles, and aircraft necessitate the highest standards of quality. Often, bolts must be tightened with precisely the right amount of torque. In aircraft construction, for example, there are precise regulations that specify the kind of screw and the amount of torque that must be used to join specific parts. Joints on the wings require a different amount of torque than those on a window. When it comes to passenger aircraft, there are thousands of such bolts that must be tightened and precisely documented. Connected tools speed up this time-consuming task. “We are able to record the torque used to tighten hundreds of thousands of bolts, for example, and store that information in a database. The information makes it possible to quickly identify any discrepancies, and it provides users with clues as to the possible causes of faults,” Slama explains. As a result, connected tools also aid in troubleshooting and error avoidance. If a worker tries to use a tool mistakenly for the wrong task or at the wrong place, the tool powers itself down, preventing errors from occurring in the first place. This contributes to improving safety, quality, and productivity.

Open standards ensure universal use
Thanks to open standards, this system of connected tools can be used universally. Industrial power tools used to drill, tighten, measure, solder, and rivet fit seamlessly into an overall system of connected tools, regardless of the brand or type of tool. A computer system is used to manage and regulate the tools. The testbed highlights several key aspects of digitally connected manufacturing. One of these aspects is cross-industry cooperation on equal footing among companies who are working to create open standards for the purpose of data exchange. Hardware, software, localization technology, backend integration, and safety features are all integrated in the solution architecture. This results in a number of new options, such as data analysis.

International cooperation advances connectivity
The testbed partners are each lending their different areas of expertise to the project: Bosch is supplying the Nexo cordless nutrunner, while Bosch Software Innovations is contributing the software necessary to gather and evaluate data in the form of their Bosch IoT Suite. The Nexo collects and stores tightening data and transmits it wirelessly. Tech Mahindra is responsible for the application programming. Cisco is providing the nutrunners' precision location identification feature (triangulation) by evaluating wireless signals. Tests are underway at Bosch Software Innovations in Berlin and at Tech Mahindra in Bangalore, India, to determine how the components interact with each other. Plans call for the first pilot applications with new industrial users in 2015.

Internet:
Details about the Industrial Internet Consortium:
http://www.iiconsortium.org
Details about Industrial Internet Consortium testbeds:
http://bit.ly/1DQ6SX4
Details about the Industry 4.0 platform:
http://bit.ly/1w1NLz9
Details about the Nexo cordless nutrunner from Bosch Rexroth:
http://bit.ly/1GuvKBE
Details about the Bosch ConnectedWorld Conference in Berlin from
February 17-18, 2015
http://bit.ly/1zkBMTv
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Packaging Technology division: Bosch plans to acquire Osgood Industries Global expansion of liquid food product portfolio

  • Osgood Industries, Florida, develops, manufactures and distributes fill- and seal equipment for pre-formed containers in liquid food industry
  • US-based company fosters strategic growth in key market segment and enables additional regional growth in North America and other regions
  • Planned acquisition is latest of several targeted moves of Bosch to strengthen process and packaging technology portfolio
Farmington Hills, Michigan / Waiblingen – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, plans to acquire Osgood Industries, Inc., based in Oldsmar, Florida. Agreements to this effect were signed on February 6, 2015. Bosch thereby intends to further strengthen its engagement in the liquid food industry in North America and additional markets. With sales of approximately 26 million USD in 2014, Osgood Industries employs about 150 associates. The transaction is pending the successful completion of all necessary antitrust approvals. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Well-known worldwide in packaging industry
Osgood Industries is well-known in the packaging industry for its expertise in developing, manufacturing and servicing complete rotary and linear machinery lines. They accurately fill pre-formed containers with products which require clean or ultraclean hygienic standards. This comprises both standardized and customized applications. The types of foods typically packaged in this classification include ice cream, yogurt, dessert, salad and cheese, among others. The acquisition will involve a comprehensive service portfolio of maintenance, spare parts, customer engineering, rebuilds and retrofits of existing equipment.

Important step in PA 2020 strategy
“With Osgood Industries, we are further adding to our strategic activities in the area of liquid food,” said Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. “This is an important step for us on our journey to fulfilling our PA 2020 strategy, so we are eager to complete this transaction. The experience of the Osgood team, their dedication to customer satisfaction and their expertise in this growing segment make this a much-valued addition to the Bosch team.”

Global sales channels help growing in liquid food market
Martin J. Mueller, president of Osgood Industries: “For almost four decades Osgood Industries has taken pride in developing the highest-quality products for our customers. As a family-owned and operated business, we look forward to joining Bosch, with its worldwide sales channels and rich heritage. Bosch has demonstrated its commitment to growing in this market and we are proud to be part of that growth.”

Bosch and Osgood Industries have an already established business relationship. Osgood Industries is a North American sales agent for Bosch Packaging Technology, representing Bosch’s portfolio of thermoforming, fill- and seal-technology. The planned acquisition of Osgood Industries follows two major strategic acquisitions Bosch has recently made:

  1. In August 2013, Bosch acquired Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S., based in Meyreuil near Marseille, which develops and sells machinery for making and filling polyethylene (PET) containers for liquid and paste-like foodstuffs.
  2. In October 2012, Bosch acquired Ampack in Königsbrunn, Germany. Its portfolio includes filling machinery for cups and bottles. This machinery is mainly used to fill and package highly sensitive foodstuffs such as dairy products, baby food, and hospital food.
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Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 25,000 associates in more than 100 locations. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico according to preliminary figures.

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Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5,600 associates (2013), the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 290,000 associates generated sales of 48.9 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic goal is to deliver innovations for connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life”.

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Car Symposium 2015 Bosch CEO Denner “Electric cars are good, but connected electric cars are better”

  • Dr. Volkmar Denner: “Electrification will take combustion engines to new heights”
  • Falling battery prices will halve costs by 2020
  • E-bike as model: Europe's most successful electric vehicle is about enjoyment
Powertrain electrification is picking up pace. The currently low oil price will not change that fact. This was the message underlined by Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany. Bosch expects roughly 15 percent of all new cars built worldwide to have at least a hybrid powertrain by 2025. For the Bosch CEO, advances in battery technology are the key to lower vehicle prices. Denner, whose responsibilities on the board of management include research and advance development, believes that by 2020 batteries will deliver twice as much energy density for half the present cost.

Electrification enhances the attractiveness of combustion engines
The EU has set strict fleet CO2 targets for 2021. For this reason alone, Bosch expects hybrid powertrains to become the standard for SUVs. This will give diesel and gasoline engines an extra boost. “Electrification will take combustion engines to new heights,” Denner said. With electric support, the combustion engines of the future will consume significantly less fuel and be even cleaner. And the additional torque from the electric motor will add to driving enjoyment. Moreover, falling battery prices will make hybrids considerably more affordable.

Denner used the example of China to show how important it is in a mass market for electric cars to be suitable for everyday use. There are already more than 120 million electric scooters on China's roads. And in China, Bosch sells the electric wheel hub drive for such e-scooters. With a top speed of 40 kph, this popular form of transport is fast enough for the traffic conditions in megacities.

And their range of roughly 50 kilometers is sufficient for everyday journeys. “The reason these two-wheelers are such a success is that they are a perfect match for Chinese commuters' needs,” Denner said. And because they are designed to meet these needs, many models are less expensive than two-wheelers with combustion engines. According to Denner, the task now is to make such tailor-made solutions possible for cars as well.

One app to recharge the battery, nationwide
The main factor helping to make electromobility convenient will be connecting vehicles with the internet of things. “Electric cars are good but connected electric cars are better,” Denner said. At the moment, recharging vehicles is complicated. But this is expected to become much more convenient. Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group's software and systems unit, has developed an app that makes it significantly easier to reserve the charge spots of different providers and pay for the electricity. Up to now, doing this would have required a different customer card for each provider. Now all drivers need is a smartphone, the app, and a PayPal account to recharge anywhere in Germany. Bosch also complements this with a software platform that links 80 percent of all charge spots in Germany. As this example shows, Bosch no longer sees itself solely as a supplier of automotive components. The company is now combining its expertise in all three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and will in the future be offering its customers integrated mobility solutions.

Fun as a reason to buy: e-bikes show the way
However, rational arguments alone are not enough to win drivers over to electric powertrains. In Bosch's view, emotion and fun play a decisive role. The example of e-bike drives illustrates this. Bosch's “electric tailwind” makes riding a bike a joy – for serious athletes as well as recreational cyclists. Bosch is now the European market leader in this area, and its e-bike drives feature in more than 50 bike brands. “The e-bike is the most successful electric vehicle in the EU,” Denner said, adding that customers pay considerably more on average for e-bikes than they do for classic ones. “For more than 100 years, riding a bike was a mechanical process. No one saw any reason to change it. Then along came the e-bike, and completely redefined a market everyone thought would never change,” Denner said. The same could be true for the auto industry, he added. The Bosch CEO stressed that the supplier of technology and services will be using its comprehensive systems and connectivity know-how to take electromobility a decisive step forward.
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Preliminary figures for 2014 Fast pace of growth: Bosch Group increases sales and margin
Global success thanks to innovations

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Our innovation strategy is paying off, our competitiveness and market position have improved further”
  • Sales up more than forecast, by 6.2 percent to 48.9 billion euros
  • Sales margin up by nearly one percentage point to 6.1 percent
  • Mobility Solutions business sector grows more than twice as fast as the automotive market
  • Full acquisitions of ZFLS and BSH strategically complement portfolio
Stuttgart – According to preliminary figures, the Bosch Group increased its sales by 6.2 percent in 2014, to 48.9 billion euros. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, sales growth was 7.2 percent. Sales results were negatively impacted by exchange-rate effects to the tune of nearly 500 million euros. The supplier of technology and services also improved its earnings situation in 2014. According to preliminary figures, Bosch Group earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came to nearly three billion euros, with an EBIT margin of roughly 6.1 percent. This is roughly one percentage point better than the value for 2013, adjusted for one-off and extraordinary effects. “Despite difficult economic conditions, we managed to meet our business targets for 2014,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Our innovation strategy is paying off. Our business success over the past year is proof of this. In 2014 we further improved our market position and competitiveness in many areas.” In addition, the acquisition of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and the planned full acquisition of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH will enable Bosch to strengthen its position in the two growth areas of smart homes and automated driving.

Business development in 2014 by business sector
According to preliminary figures, the Mobility Solutions – formerly Automotive Technology – business sector achieved significant sales growth in 2014. With its comprehensive portfolio of components, systems, and services, this Bosch sector was able to grow more than twice as fast as the automotive market. The major drivers of this growth were gasoline direct injection systems and high-pressure diesel injection systems, along with display instruments and infotainment systems. Energy and Building Technology sales in 2014 were roughly on a par with the previous year. Demand developed particularly well for communications systems and web-based video systems. In Consumer Goods, Bosch enjoyed a successful 2014 with power tools for professionals and measurement tools. The Industrial Technology business sector’s Drive and Control Technology division was greatly affected by weakness in the mechanical engineering sector in important regions in 2014. Despite higher demand for packaging machinery produced by the Packaging Technology division, the business sector’s overall sales were lower than in 2013. After adjusting the 2013 sales figures for consolidation effects, the latest figures are slightly higher.

Business development in 2014 by region
According to preliminary figures, the Bosch Group achieved sales growth of some 17 percent in Asia Pacific. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, growth there was roughly 20 percent. In North America, sales were some 8.6 percent higher year on year. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, sales growth was almost in double digits. In South America, sales were down slightly year on year after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. In nominal terms, sales were more than ten percent lower than in 2013. In Europe, the sales of the supplier of technology and services grew by some two percent in spite of the economic difficulties the region is experiencing.

Recruitment in central and eastern Europe and in Asia
Worldwide, the Bosch Group’s workforce totaled some 290,000 associates on December 31, 2014. That is some 9,100 more people than in the previous year. Most of this recruitment took place in central and eastern Europe and in Asia.

2015 – global economic growth expected to be low
According to its latest forecasts, Bosch is expecting economic growth in 2015 to be moderate. Current forecasts project global economic growth of 2.7 percent. Despite these conditions, the Bosch Group is expecting 2015 to deliver further sales growth and further improvements in result and margin.

Seizing business opportunities and finding technological answers
In the years to come, the Bosch Group is aiming to seize the business opportunities that will present themselves through developments in the areas of connectivity, automation, electrification, and energy efficiency, as well as through the increasing importance of emerging markets. “We want to play an active part in shaping the wide-reaching and profound changes to our market and technological environment, and we want to prepare for a connected world,” Denner said. This is particularly true of the Automotive Technology business sector, which Bosch renamed Mobility Solutions at the beginning of the year. Denner went on: “We see ourselves as a supplier of solutions for the mobility of the future, which will be automated, connected, and electrified. That includes components, systems, and software solutions as well as services.”

Car, train, or bicycle – in the future, it will all be simply combined
“Bosch possesses extensive expertise in mobility’s key fields – automation, connectivity, and electrification. Combined with our systems integration competence, this means we are better positioned than almost any other company to develop innovative mobility solutions for our customers,” Denner said. These solutions include software-based business models and services such as fleet management. Together with partners, Bosch already has test fleets on Germany’s roads. Status updates broadcast by the vehicles are analyzed and prepared to customer specifications. This allows customers such as leasing companies or insurers to plan maintenance and repairs more efficiently and increase the availability of vehicles.

Other new business models include mobility concepts that allow users to choose the right mode of transportation for a given situation. For example, they will be able to combine car sharing with public transportation and a taxi. “In the smart cities of tomorrow, it will be possible to offer intermodal mobility concepts alongside other services,” Denner said. Bosch and its partners in the “Stuttgart Services” project are for example setting up a single system through which to access mobility applications and municipal services such as libraries.

The Asian growth region – growth with local developments
In developing its innovative solutions, Bosch still places great importance on local development expertise in emerging markets. “In 2015, too, innovations will be major drivers of our sales growth. Local developments for each market are especially important,” said Denner, who is also responsible for research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management. In 2014, Bosch opened a second research and development center for mobility solutions in Vietnam. In India, the company has opened a research and technology center. The new center’s focus is on connected technologies for the internet of things.

Single European digital market as condition for successful innovations
Bosch’s CEO sees connectivity over the internet as a major driver of technological development. Denner stressed that connectivity offers numerous opportunities not only for the Bosch Group but also for Germany and for the whole of Europe. However, for connectivity to become a business success in Europe, he feels that the establishment of a single digital market is essential. “The fact that the European economic area is fragmented by various sets of rules for data and consumer protection prevents European companies from enjoying the levels of success of their competitors in the United States or in China,” Denner said. He pointed out that while the United States offers a huge single market for business ideas emerging from Silicon Valley, the way data protection is dealt with in Europe means there are still 28 separate markets instead of just one. He thus called for Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation to be finalized as quickly as possible. “Once all market participants are bound by a single, binding legal framework for data protection, companies and consumers alike will enjoy legal protection and legal certainty.” Moreover, Denner went on, there is a need to press on with systematic efforts to build extensive, powerful, and reliable broadband networks.

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Strengthening Mobility Solutions business sector Bosch completes acquisition of ZF Lenksysteme Antitrust authorities approve

  • The growth area of electric steering is the basic technology for driver assistance, automated driving, and electric cars
  • Integration in the Bosch Group as separate division
  • Company will be called Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH
Stuttgart/Schwäbisch Gmünd – On January 30, 2015, the Bosch Group completed its acquisition of ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s 50-percent share in the joint venture ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (ZFLS). The antitrust authorities have approved the acquisition. This means that Bosch now owns all shares in the formerly 50:50 joint venture. It will be incorporated into the Bosch Group as a new division with the name Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH. A vote was held among ZFLS associates to determine the new name.

ZFLS employs more than 13,000 associates in eight countries. The company develops, manufactures, and sells steering systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles worldwide. In 2013, it registered sales of around 4.1 billion euros. With a total of 20 locations in places such as Europe, the U.S., China, India, Brazil, and Malaysia, the company is active in the world’s most important automotive markets.

ZFLS is a leading manufacturer of modern, fuel-saving electric steering systems, with which it currently generates around 60 percent of its sales. Alongside its potential to save up to 0.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, electric steering is the basic technology required to realize a number of assistance systems in cars as well as automated driving. For example, electric steering systems are one of the prerequisites for automatic evasive steering support in critical situations, the lane-keeping assistant, and the start-stop coasting function in which the engine shuts off while coasting. ZFLS also offers suitable, systems-capable electric steering systems for the growing electric vehicle market.

Electric steering is also increasingly being used in commercial vehicles. At the 2014 IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, ZFLS presented the new commercial-vehicle steering system Servotwin, which marks the first step into the electrification of commercial vehicle steering. This hydraulic-electric steering for commercial vehicles paves the way for the introduction of driver assistance systems in the commercial segment as well.

Bosch’s customers will benefit from the increased range of products on offer, which now includes steering systems. A main focus of ZFLS’s R&D activities is the networking of components into software-controlled complete systems. For example, the company brought a solution to series production which allows a car hooked up to a trailer to be maneuvered from outside the vehicle with a smartphone. Thanks to the development of the Servotwin electro-hydraulic commercial-vehicle steering system, this principle also now works in trucks with well over 40 metric tons of load volume. The corresponding prototype was presented at the 2014 IAA.

A compact, locally-engineered, and especially cost-effective electric power steering system for Asian markets shows that the company not only offers solutions for the premium segment. This means that even customers who drive more affordable compact cars can benefit from the increased efficiency offered by these products.

In total, around 1,400 of the new division’s associates, or more than one in ten, work in development. In 2013, the company spent roughly 238 million euros on research and development. Since its establishment some 15 years ago, the company has filed around 750 patents.
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Bosch steps up open innovation Bosch offers start-ups access to innovative technologies Hardware accelerator program to be launched with UnternehmerTUM’s TechFounders

  • Wanted: innovative ideas and new applications for a high-precision laser module used for distance measuring
  • Start-ups to receive a development budget of 25,000 euros, access to a high-tech prototyping workshop, office space, coaches, and mentors
  • First round of the program set to begin in April 2015
  • Start-ups can apply until February 27, 2015
Stuttgart – Bosch and UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at Munich Technical University (TUM), are launching an accelerator program for start-ups that is based on Bosch technical innovations. The participating start-ups will receive exclusive access to innovative product platforms and professional support. As a result, they will be able to develop potential new products and business models faster than usual. In the past, such access was reserved to established customers. “Cooperation with the TechFounders accelerator program has opened up the possibility to make new Bosch product platforms available to selected start-ups,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “This open innovation approach is an extension of our internal research and development activities.”

Wanted: start-ups with innovative ideas in areas where high-precision laser modules for distance measuring can be applied
Bosch is launching the first accelerator program on April 20, 2015, and will be making a high-precision laser module for distance measuring available to the participating start-ups. This Bosch innovation has made it possible to enhance products with information on distance. The Bosch Power Tools division is currently using the technology in room measurement products for professionals and DIY enthusiasts. By cooperating with TechFounders, Bosch stands to gain access to applications in other sectors. For instance, new applications could be developed in areas such as robotics, sporting equipment, automation tools for industry, or gadgets for personal use. This is why Bosch has made the module for distance measuring available as an open development platform and opened up the module’s interfaces.

On offer: professional and financial support
Creative start-ups from any industry are invited to apply, provided that they recognize the potential of the technology and aim either to equip their products and technologies with it, or to develop new innovative applications. The start-ups will receive intensive support from TechFounders coaches, as well as from experienced Bosch mentors and entrepreneurs. In addition to this, the teams will be allocated office space and given access to TechShop, a high-tech prototype workshop. Bosch Power Tools will provide the required tools free of charge. Furthermore, start-ups will receive a development budget of 25,000 euros. The UnternehmerTUM program is unique because it does not require the start-ups to offer equity in their companies in exchange for participating. Interested start-ups can apply until February 27, 2015, at www.techfounders.com.

“Many of the innovations made by Bosch’s Power Tools division are not relevant for our market. However, they have the potential to enable solutions in other sectors that could set new standards. Together with TechFounders, we are looking for entrepreneurs that are willing to tackle this challenge,” says Henk Becker, member of the Bosch Power Tools executive management.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Bosch institutionalized its cooperation with start-ups and young entrepreneurs in 2007 with the founding of Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH. The subsidiary finances innovative start-ups that are strategically relevant for Bosch. “We look forward to cooperating with UnternehmerTUM and TechFounders. Over the course of the program, we will support the participating start-ups with our vast experience,” says Dr. Claus Schmidt, managing director of Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH.

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UnternehmerTUM supports start-ups and established companies in the process of setting up and expanding their businesses as well as with market entry. The UnternehmerTUM fund offers seed capital for promising young technology companies with international market potential. With more than 20 rapidly-growing spin-offs and over 1,000 participants in its training program, UnternehmerTUM plays a leading role in Europe.

TechFounders accelerator program
In launching the TechFounders accelerator program, UnternehmerTUM is pooling its strengths. For many years already, it has offered a platform for cooperation between established companies and start-ups, and TechFounders is the latest evolution of this platform. TechFounders offers start-ups access to a high-tech ecosystem, experienced mentors and industrial partners, as well as a development budget of 25,000 euros. Bosch is TechFounders’ second industrial partner, after the BMW Group.

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Bosch cooperates with BMW and Vattenfall Batteries from electric vehicles for a stable power grid Second Life Batteries project

  • Connecting electromobility and energy storage systems
  • More than 100 vehicle batteries to stabilize power grid
  • Storage systems a core element of the move to alternative forms of energy
       What to do with valuable batteries once they have reached the end of
       their life cycle in electric vehicles? A project involving three partners is
       connecting old batteries in Hamburg to form a large-scale storage
       system to keep the power grid stable.


Stuttgart – Electromobility and power storage are two core elements of the move to alternative forms of energy. A project is bringing Bosch, the BMW Group, and Vattenfall together to drive progress on both technologies by interconnecting used batteries from electric vehicles to form a large-scale energy storage system in Hamburg. Its energy is available within seconds and can help keep the power grid stable.

Bosch, BMW, and Vattenfall believe in this concept and as a result have launched the Second Life Batteries alliance. BMW is supplying batteries from its ActiveE and i3 electric vehicles, while Vattenfall has agreed to operate the massive storage system at its site for a period of ten years. Bosch is in charge of integrating the batteries and managing the system. The storage solution will become part of an already existing Vattenfall virtual power plant. This allows the partners to combine various small, decentralized power generating systems to market them as a shared power plant.

Still valuable
Lithium-ion batteries still have high storage capacity at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles. As a result, they are still very valuable and can be used extremely efficiently as stationary buffer storage for many years to come. The project allows the three partners to gain numerous new insights into potential areas of application for such batteries, their aging behavior, and their storage capacity. Bosch’s management algorithm is intended to ensure maximum service life and performance as well as other benefits.

The company has already gained its first experiences in the field. In Braderup, located near the German island of Sylt, Bosch has built one of Europe’s largest energy storage systems to temporarily store the energy generated by a wind farm if needed. To do so, the company has connected thousands of small lithium-ion batteries to form a large-scale network. In Kelsterbach, a community close to Frankfurt, Bosch has installed a similar lithium-ion storage system at a housing complex. This knowledge is also making a difference in the Second Life Batteries project.

“The project is important because it combines two strategically significant goals,” says Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner, who believes in the future of the electric drive. “In electromobility, we see a future mass market accompanied by many new business models and solutions,” the physicist adds. “Stationary energy storage systems that enable people to continue making good use of used batteries are part of this. Such decentralized storage systems allow us to make a major contribution to a secure power supply.”

Core element of the move to alternative forms of energy
Energy storage systems are considered to be a core element of the move to alternative forms of energy. They can absorb solar power during the daytime and release it at night – or secure wind power for moments when the wind is calm. By doing so, they help better integrate the often fluctuating supply of renewable energy into the power grid. Electromobility can also benefit from this development by making it possible to charge vehicles with solar power at night along with a host of other options. In addition, a storage system can supply its energy rapidly to stabilize power grids as part of a virtual power plant, for example.

Two megawatts of capacity
The current plans call for the construction of a storage unit with an output of two megawatts (MW) and an installed capacity of two megawatt hours (MWh) in Hamburg. The energy will be fed into the energy balancing market to balance out short-term fluctuations in the power grid. More than 100 vehicle batteries will be interconnected to achieve these targets. The entire system is compact enough to fit in a small building. It provides enough output in mathematical terms to supply 30 four-person households with power for seven days. The partners expect the storage unit to be operational by the end of 2015.

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Bosch strengthens energy and building technology business with Climatec acquisition Purchase of leading U.S. energy, building, and security solutions provider expands global footprint

  • Bosch becomes single-source provider of energy, building automation and security solutions for public, commercial and industrial customers in the US
  • Combined portfolio meet demands of growing market
  • Climatec to operate as a largely independent entity
Farmington Hills, MI – Robert Bosch North America Corporation has acquired Climatec, LLC, a leading provider of energy efficiency, building automation, security and life-safety solutions for the U.S. market. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Climatec, LLC generated sales of 170 million dollars (128 million euros) in 2013. According to preliminary figures, Climatec increased its sales in 2014 to about 190 million dollars (143 million euros). The company employs some 670 associates at a total of twelve offices across Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Climatec has been majority-owned by Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. since April 2012. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“With the addition of Climatec, we are expanding our global presence especially in the growing North American market, strengthening our portfolio and becoming a comprehensive supplier of solutions in the area of energy, building automation and security services,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector. “The entrepreneurial spirit, industry expertise, customer focus and shared cultural values that have made Climatec successful are an excellent match for Bosch. Our heating, energy service, security systems, software, sensors and storage technology expertise, combined with the Climatec portfolio, positions Bosch to achieve Energy and Building Technology business sector sales of ten billion dollars (eight billion euros) in 2020.”

“Over its 40-year history, Climatec has established itself as a trusted provider of building comfort, safety and efficiency solutions across nearly all building segments. I was immediately impressed by Bosch’s determination to create an environment that would preserve our business model and customer focus,” said Terry Keenen, president, Climatec, LLC. “I am confident that this acquisition will strengthen our position for sustained growth, benefitting our customers and employees.”

Integrated competencies for a growing market
The market for integrated energy services, building automation systems and system integration is growing significantly in the U.S. and around the world. As global energy needs have doubled over the last four decades, customer demand for energy efficiency has increased. And recent years have seen greater demand for comfort, connectivity and security. Rising energy costs, increasingly complex energy systems and a changing regulatory environment foster major growth opportunities in the residential and commercial building sector as well as the services segment.

The Bosch Energy and Building Technology business sector combines several areas of expertise: broad technical systems know-how in video surveillance systems, intrusion and fire detection, access control, alarms, evacuation and public address systems, professional audio and conference systems, as well as water heating and comfort heating systems. As the global market leader in microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), Bosch offers software and sensor technology for internet of things connectivity. The company also offers services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes.

Climatec is recognized in the building industry as an independent single-source integrator of critical building systems including energy services, building automation and security system integration in the U.S. market. The company provides consulting, planning, implementation and 24/7 remote management of comprehensive comfort, security, safety and efficiency solutions. Climatec is active in several market segments and industries including education, healthcare, the public sector, industrial/manufacturing, computing services, office buildings, federal, state and local government, hospitality and energy.

Combining these strengths, Bosch can now offer customers a complete portfolio of networked and efficient energy, building automation and security solutions.

Climatec continues as largely independent entity
Climatec will operate as a largely independent entity, maintaining its offices in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Operations will continue to be run by the same management team. Climatec will continue to represent and integrate numerous leading manufactures’ product lines across its wide range of services, including Bosch products. As before, the Bosch Security Systems division, Fairport, NY, will continue to sell their security and safety products in the North American market through leading distributors and system integrators.

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About Bosch
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch invested some 4.5 billion euros ($6.0 billion) in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”
Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*Due to a change in accounting policies, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. The decision to forego the application of proportionate consolidation affects mainly BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (2013 consolidated sales volume of some $9.7 billion). 2014 exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32850. 2013 exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812.

About Climatec
Founded in 1975, Climatec is a leading provider of advanced building technologies and energy efficiency solutions. It serves building owners across nearly all market segments including education, health care, office, hospitality, industrial, federal, state and local government. Climatec’s automation and efficiency solutions improve building comfort and deliver significant energy and operational savings. Its life-safety and security solutions create productive environments that protect building occupants and business assets. Climatec is headquartered in Phoenix with offices across Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas, and has over 600 full-time employees. Visit www.climatec.com for more information.

About Pegasus Capital Advisors
Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. is a private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to companies across a variety of industries since 1996. Pegasus partners with management teams of growth companies, with a focus on those that benefit from the business implications of global resource scarcity. Sectors where this trend is most pronounced are food, water, energy, health & wellness and security. Pegasus currently manages approximately $2.0 billion in assets. Visit www.pcalp.com for more information.

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“Connected industry” as an opportunity for Germany Bosch CEO Denner: Industry 4.0 offers major opportunities for Germany

  • New business models will be possible, new competitors will emerge
  • Potential competitive advantage for high-cost locations as well
Stuttgart – Connected industry, also called Industry 4.0, offers German companies numerous opportunities for new business and improved productivity, and thus also for increased competitiveness. This was the message from Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, at an event with representatives of the business community in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart. “Connected manufacturing processes have the potential to improve productivity by up to 30 percent,” Denner continued. “Thanks to Industry 4.0, we can also be competitive in a in high-cost country like Germany.” At the same time, the CEO of the technology and services company warned that not all companies have recognized these opportunities. On the one hand, he said, this means that many have not confronted the challenges of connected production early enough. “On the other hand, small and medium-sized enterprises and the mechanical engineering sector in Germany risk losing out to international competitors in this area.” In many cases, countries such as China, the U.S., and Korea are driving forward connectivity far more decisively, Denner argued.

Customized products at mass-production cost
On the path to connected industry, Bosch sees itself as both a leading proponent and leading supplier of software and hardware. The company is currently working on connecting its more than 250 manufacturing locations worldwide. “Industry 4.0 also enables high flexibility in production,” Denner said. “On a connected assembly line, we can for example produce many different hydraulic valves for agricultural machinery side by side, and add new variants at any time – without any complex retooling.” That makes customized products possible in cost-effective mass production as well.

Too slow by international standards
Denner is concerned that the increasing trend toward connectivity and the changes resulting from this are in many cases being given far too little attention in Germany. “Our progress is too slow by international standards. A lot will happen more quickly than many currently believe. But if we tackle it now, the internet of things and Industry 4.0 have the potential to help bring strong growth back to Europe.” Denner called on business and political leaders to quickly and concertedly work on creating the necessary practical conditions for connected manufacturing, as Germany otherwise risks wasting its head start in this field.

Background: Industry 4.0 – manufacturing on the internet of things
In conjunction with fast data networks and software, sensors on components and machines enable objects to exchange information with one another without the need for human intervention (“internet of things”). In the future, even objects that up to now have not contained any electronics will be able to communicate with each other. The data created in the process will allow useful new information to be derived and interrelationships to be analyzed. For example, a machine can identify wear and tear and arrange for maintenance in good time. In this way, unplanned downtime can be reduced and productivity increased.
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Automated driving Bosch makes Hollywood fiction a reality K.I.T.T. replica co-stars at the CES in Las Vegas

  • Test cars fitted with Bosch technology can already drive themselves
  • Bosch is developing automated driving in California and Germany
  • Bosch sensors are the eyes and ears of modern vehicles
  • Bosch iBooster paves the way for automated driving
  • Bosch to present its technology portfolio at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace
Hollywood did it first: in the 1980s, the dream factory created the action series “Knight Rider”, featuring a speaking and – more importantly – self-driving Pontiac Firebird Trans Am named K.I.T.T. Nearly 30 years later, automated driving is no longer just another TV fantasy. “Bosch is making science fiction reality, one step at a time,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, who sits on the Bosch board of management. Cars equipped with Bosch technology can already drive themselves in certain situations, such as in traffic jams or when parking. Bosch will be presenting its solutions at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace during the CES in Las Vegas (January 6-9, 2015).

As one of the world's largest providers of mobility solutions, Bosch has been working on automated driving since 2011 at two locations – Palo Alto, California, and Abstatt, Germany. The teams at the two locations can draw on a worldwide network of more than 5,000 Bosch engineers in the field of driver assistance systems. The motivation behind the development at Bosch is safety. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million traffic fatalities occur each year, and the numbers are rising. In 90 percent of cases, human error is the cause.

From predictive emergency braking to traffic jam assistance
Assisting drivers in critical traffic situations can save lives. Studies suggest that, in Germany alone, up to 72 percent of all rear-end collisions resulting in casualties could be avoided if all cars were fitted with the Bosch predictive emergency braking system. Drivers can also reach their destinations safely and with minimum stress using the Bosch traffic jam assistant. At speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour, the assistant brakes automatically in heavy traffic, accelerates, and keeps the car in its lane.

“With driver assistance systems, Bosch expects to generate sales of one billion euros in 2016,” Hoheisel says. Assistance systems are the cornerstone for automated driving, which will become established in a gradual process. Bosch already has its sights on highly automated driving, in which drivers no longer have to constantly monitor the vehicle. “With Bosch highway pilots, cars will be driving automatically on freeways by 2020, from entrance ramp to exit ramp,” Hoheisel predicts. In the decade that follows, vehicles driving fully automated will be available, capable of handling any situations that arise.

Bosch sensors are the car's eyes and ears
Automated driving affects every aspect of the car – powertrain, brakes, steering – and requires comprehensive systems expertise. It is based on sensors featuring radar, video, and ultrasound technology, sensors Bosch has been manufacturing by the millions for many years. “Sensors are the eyes and ears that let vehicles perceive their environment,” Hoheisel says. Powerful software and computers process the collected information and ensure that the automated vehicle can move through traffic in a way that is both safe and fuel efficient.

As vehicles gradually take over more and more driving tasks, safety-critical systems such as brakes and steering must satisfy special requirements. Should one of these components fail, a fall-back is needed to ensure maximum availability. Bosch already has such a fall-back for brakes: the iBooster, an electromechanical brake booster. Both iBooster and the ESP braking control system are designed to brake the car – independently of each other – without the driver having to intervene.

iBooster: essential for automated driving
In this way, the Bosch iBooster meets an essential requirement for automated driving. The brake booster can build up brake pressure independently, three times faster than an ESP system. If the predictive brake system recognizes a dangerous situation, the vehicle stops much faster. At the same time, the iBooster can also provide the gentle braking required by the ACC adaptive cruise control, all the way down to a complete stop. Moreover, it is practically silent.

The iBooster is also a key component for hybrid and electric cars. One reason is that it does not require a vacuum, which otherwise has to be generated in a complex process by the combustion engine or a vacuum pump. Second, because in conjunction with ESP hev (designed especially for hybrid and electric vehicles), the brake booster can recover nearly all braking energy and convert it into electricity, which extends the e-vehicle's range. Thanks to the iBooster, nearly all typical traffic delays can be used to recover maximum braking energy for the hybrid or electric vehicle's electric motor. If the car has to brake sharply, or if the generator is unable to provide the necessary brake torque, the brake booster generates any additional brake pressure required in the conventional way, using the brake master cylinder.

Bosch technology at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace
At 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, Bosch will not only be presenting its extensive product portfolio for driver assistance functions and braking systems at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace. The company will also be exhibiting a true Hollywood legend: K.I.T.T. replica from the action series “Knight Rider”.

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Household appliances: Bosch completes acquisition of Siemens's share in BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH Antitrust authorities give green light

  • Company to be known in the future as BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
  • Household-appliance manufacturer to be run as a largely independent operation
  • Expansion of activities in connected buildings and appliances
Stuttgart and Munich – On January 5, 2015, following the antitrust authorities' approval, the Bosch Group completed its acquisition of Siemens's 50 percent share in BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. The former 50:50 Bosch-Siemens joint venture can therefore now be run as a wholly owned Bosch subsidiary. The household-appliance manufacturer with its roughly 50,000 associates generated sales of some 10.5 billion euros in 2013. Following listing in the commercial register, the company will be known as BSH Hausgeräte GmbH.

The complete takeover of BSH will play a role in expanding Bosch's activities in the area of connected buildings and appliances. As part of smart home concepts, household appliances are to become even easier to use and more energy-efficient in the future – appliances will become even more user-friendly. For example, BSH has developed “Home Connect,” an app that allows users to control connected appliances from their smartphone or tablet PC using a wifi connection. BSH has already premiered its first appliances – ovens and dishwashers – featuring Home Connect, and more are to follow.

“Our strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected world,” says Dr. Karsten Ottenberg, who will continue to be at the helm of BSH in the future. The company will be run as a largely independent operation within the Bosch Group. “In the shape of Bosch, we shall continue to have a values-focused owner that fully supports our strategy,” Ottenberg says. As one of the world's leading household-appliance companies, it remains BSH's objective to further expand its position in the global market and to gain market share, especially outside Europe. BSH intends to double its sales by 2025. To achieve this, investment in research and development, as well as in the BSH brands, is to be stepped up, according to Ottenberg.

In acquiring all shares in BSH, Bosch is expanding its non-automotive business. With its consumer goods business now fully consolidated, roughly one quarter of Bosch sales will come from this business sector. The share of total non-automotive Bosch sales will then be more than 40 percent. In this way, Bosch will come a significant step closer to its target of generating roughly half its sales from non-automotive business.
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International CES 2015 in Las Vegas (January 6-9) Bosch shows smart solutions for a connected world Designed for a convenient, efficient, and secure life

The world is becoming ever more connected. And at times it seems as though the internet and globalization have developed a momentum of their own. Companies like Bosch can help shape these developments, however. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Bosch will be showcasing intelligent solutions designed to enable consumers to lead convenient, efficient, and secure lives. These sustainable solutions for a connected world range from smart sensors to smart energy solutions, from eMobility to automated driving, from smart software to smart cities, from telematics to thermotechnology, from home appliances to power tools.

Energy conversion is a core Bosch area of expertise. Bosch offers owners of residential and commercial buildings packages that combine technology and services. Bosch solutions intelligently link and control the generation and consumption of power and heat. This will make the power supply even smarter and more efficient, as well as more decentralized. Bosch’s expertise spans multiple areas here. Its technical systems know-how is the basis of heating and security control systems. The company also offers software and sensor technology as well as services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes. This allows customers to use energy and resources more efficiently, and to reduce costs. The internet of things makes it possible for devices and systems in buildings to communicate with one another.

By 2015, Bosch expects about 75 percent of the world's population to have access to the internet. At the same time, six billion things will be connected to the internet. This development will also bring about major changes in the market for energy and building technology in the coming years, and will pave the way for new services and business models. Bosch already has considerable experience in this realm, for instance with the 50,000 networked heating systems it has already sold. Bosch Security Systems already generates more than half its sales in the video surveillance segment with internet-enabled cameras.

Smart thermostat to control the heating at home via smartphone
Bosch is presenting a wi-fi-enabled remote room controller with a modern touch screen and a corresponding app, which allows users to control their heating systems via their smartphones. Compatible with a wide range of Bosch’s Greenstar gas and oil-fired boilers, the sophisticated smart thermostat allows heating to be adjusted from a smartphone or tablet using a wireless internet connection. The sleek black glass wall-mounted panel is simple to install and connects to the boiler using a low voltage two-wired connection. Through an easy-to-use free app, homeowners can take complete control of their heating and hot water, whether at home, at work, or on holiday. The app not only allows remote adjustment of heating and hot water settings, but also provides valuable information on gas consumption for both heating and hot water, helping homeowners to manage bills in an era of rising energy costs. And users can rely on the extremely high safety and data security standards Bosch has developed. Since all customer data is stored on the controller at the user’s home, privacy is assured – Bosch itself has no access to the data.

Open software platform for the smart home
For a home to be “smart,” it is crucial that all the appliances and systems in the home – e.g., washing machine, heating units, lamps or window blinds – can simply and securely exchange data with each other as well as with smartphones and tablets. ABB, Bosch, and Cisco plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart home devices and applications. In addition to developing and operating a software platform, the companies intend to invite appliance electronics manufacturers, home automation vendors, and service providers to join a business ecosystem. The business ecosystem will aim to facilitate collaboration and incorporate a wide range of user requirements when developing the software platform.

Home Connect app connects home appliances from different brands
A common language for all domains is decisive when it comes to the connected home. Bosch is presenting the world's first solution that allows various home appliances from different brands to be controlled and a host of features used with just one app. In addition, Bosch is showcasing the first networked home appliances equipped with this system, including a fridge, an oven, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. The system is designed as an open platform that will keep evolving to cover a growing range of services.

Smart energy system increases efficiency and saves costs
Bosch is demonstrating how smart connectivity can be implemented for electrical and thermal energy using a photovoltaic system combined with the latest in heat pump technology. This solution allows users to consume the lion's share of the electricity they themselves generate from solar power in their own homes – which significantly reduces their electricity costs – while also powering the heat pump so it can extract heat from the air, water, or ground and convert it into energy that can be used for heating or hot water. The Bosch system features an energy management system that knows when the heat pump requires electricity and – provided there has been enough sunshine – answers that need with solar power.

At the heart of the smart control system is e.Control, which is connected to the household's electricity meter and monitors power flows within the home. The system is designed to always prioritize supply to any home appliances currently in operation. Should the photovoltaic system connected to a Bosch inverter generate any surplus power, e.Control sends a signal to the heat pump to heat the hot water tank. This means optimum use is made of the household's solar power, since it avoids feeding any surplus electricity into the grid at too cheap a price. What's more, it relieves the public grid.

Smart energy storage solution
Integrating the Bosch Power Tec BPT-S 5 Hybrid storage solution into this energy system boosts the degree to which a household can make use of self-generated electricity from the photovoltaic system. Even when the sky is overcast or after sunset, the storage system continues to provide the heat pump with a reliable supply of electricity. If the storage system has been integrated, any surplus electricity is sent to the powerful lithium-ion batteries before a signal is sent to the heat pump. When the hot water tank is heated, electrical power is converted into thermal energy, which in effect increases the stored energy. So running such a system is a large step toward achieving independence from the public grid.

Smart security systems for enhanced security at home
Another innovation being presented is a way to access surveillance video remotely. Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas dynamic transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams, and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables users to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material.

Bosch is also showcasing burglar alarm systems. The B-Series intrusion control panels provide convenient security monitoring of homes and small businesses. These flexible panels offer customized security and remote operation from smart phones and tablets. B-Series panels can be programmed to control individual rooms or up to four distinct areas of a home or business property. This enables arming or disarming certain areas – such as a guest suite, sunroom, kitchen, or detached garage – without affecting other rooms. The panels check for open windows and doors, monitor smoke detectors, activate panic devices and perform other services to keep homes and businesses secure. The Remote Security Control app allows system operation from iOS or Android devices. Arm or disarm the system, check status and control monitored devices over the panel’s cellular connection, the internet, or through a local wireless network using a hand-held device. Event notifications – such as alarms or other warnings – can also be sent directly to mobile phones to keep owners informed about the status of their homes or businesses while they are away.

In addition, Bosch is presenting the Z-Wave Home Control Gateway. This solution allows Bosch B-Series control panels to be connected with Z-Wave devices including lighting controls, door locks, temperature sensors, IP cameras, and more, in order to provide customers with home automation and remote monitoring capabilities. Programming possibilities include automatically arming the security system when an exterior door is locked or disarming the system when the door is unlocked. When a user leaves home, tapping an “away” button on a smartphone can also trigger the doors to lock, the security system to arm, interior lights to turn off and the thermostat to adjust to conserve energy and reduce costs. These are just a few of the options available for effortless home control, as the intuitive wizard makes it easy for integrators to program trigger- or schedule-based automation tailored for each customer. A web interface allows the user access to a system dashboard and home control via an iOS or Android smartphone or other web-enabled device.

Smart mobility solutions: more safety and convenience on the road
20 years ago, the internet revolutionized computing. Over the next few years, it will revolutionize the car. At the CES, Bosch is demonstrating how it is making cars an active part of the internet – and bringing drivers a range of benefits. Bosch already has extensive know-how in all relevant areas. The company offers hardware that establishes the connection to the outside world, a flexible basic software suite that brings together service providers and users, as well as numerous related services.

The physical enabler for any smart solution is Bosch’s connectivity control unit. This small box is connected to the in-car network and comprises a GMS module for communication, and usually also a GPS module that provides data on the current position – important information for many services. Bosch offers the unit in various configurations for applications in passenger cars, trucks, as well as motorcycles. As early as 2016, for example, Bosch expects every new long-haul commercial vehicle in Europe and the United States to be offered with a networking solution.

The wholly-owned subsidiary Bosch Software Innovations offers a modular software suite that can be flexibly utilized. For example, it has been in use as the basis for a networked and easy-to-use vehicle charging infrastructure in Singapore since 2011 and as the basis for a fleet management service in Germany since 2013. From 2015, it will form the platform for an innovative intermodal transportation concept in Stuttgart.

Bosch’s new telematics services provide greater transparency and a clearer overview for fleet operators. Via the interface for the on-board diagnosis (OBD) system in the vehicle, journey and service data is sent to Bosch for data analysis. On the basis of this evaluated data, the fleet operator can optimize operating and maintenance times. Thanks to the integration of GPS vehicle tracking, services such as an electronic logbook and a theft warning system are also available. This helps to reduce the overall cost of the vehicle.

A truly lifesaving solution is the in-vehicle emergency notification service eCall. If the system detects that the vehicle has been involved in an accident, this information is sent to a Bosch communication center which is manned around the clock. The center’s multilingual associates contact the driver and alert the police as well as emergency services if necessary.

Bosch is pushing connectivity forward in workshops
Connectivity doesn’t end when the car has to go in for service or repair. Since vehicle electronics are getting ever more powerful and complex, Bosch has made it possible for workshops to access certain vehicle data helpful for error diagnosis and repair online. Bosch’s “Flex Inspect” diagnostic system can automatically read out the fault memory, check the battery, tire inflation pressure, and chassis geometry. On the basis of this, a customer service advisor is able to immediately discuss any necessary repairs with the driver. During the repair work, the technician can make use of augmented reality technology. After focusing the diagnostics tablet computer’s camera on the engine compartment, relevant information such as repair instructions and necessary tools are superimposed on the image. The time-consuming consultation of service manuals is thus unnecessary. Even parts that are hidden behind covers or the dashboard can be depicted as three-dimensional images. Error diagnosis and repair has never been so easy.

New display techniques and an appealing smartphone integration solution
On one hand, new connected services are leading to an ever increasing amount of information. On the other hand, driver distraction must be minimized. At the CES, Bosch is showcasing technical solutions that help to prioritize information and display it in a highly intuitive way. A particularly attractive approach is display-based instrument clusters. These replace conventional displays and project all of the instrument, navigation, and multimedia information into the driver's field of vision. Depending on the situation and the driver’s wishes, they offer different layouts. Two Bosch solutions for fully display-based instrument clusters are already in series production in the BMW i8 and the Audi TT, with more to come. Another cost-effective solution is the Bosch combiner head-up display. The system does not project the information onto the windshield but instead onto a small special plastic screen positioned below it. This image is superimposed on the scenery outside the vehicle in such a way that these appear to merge with one another at a distance of around two meters in front of the vehicle. Since 2014, the system has been installed in a variety of BMW Group vehicles.

Connectivity with the outside world is currently achieved mainly via the smartphone. With its mySPIN solution, Bosch is offering a highly appealing way to integrate Android-based phones as well as iOS-based ones. mySPIN creates a perfect device-vehicle link and ensures much safer and more reliable in-car use. Other Bosch infotainment systems being showcased at the CES demonstrate natural voice input or a navigation system that offers a proactive driving strategy based on real-time traffic info. To keep the new assistance and convenience functions up-to-date, the Bosch subsidiary ESCRYPT is showcasing a solution for secure wireless software updates.

Assisted driving and e-bike demos at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace
The mobility of the future is electrified, automated, and connected. At the outdoor area of the vehicle intelligence marketplace, Bosch is showcasing innovations that bring us a step closer to automated driving. A demonstration vehicle featuring the Bosch traffic jam assistant will prove that self-guided driving in heavy traffic already has become reality. The car can brake, accelerate, and steer within its lane completely independently. The driver still has to monitor the vehicle, but the overall burden is much lower. Visitors are also welcome to try out e-bikes of various brands featuring Bosch e-bike drive units on a dedicated course. There will also be an overview of Bosch’s various sensor technologies as well as its wide range of electromobility solutions, from e-bikes and e-scooters to hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

Smart devices, software, and sensors
Bosch is the global market leader in the area of microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), a key technology when it comes to connecting things over the internet. Today, every second smartphone in the world is equipped with Bosch sensors. Bosch's strategic aim is to offer solutions for connected mobility, networked production, as well as for networked energy systems and buildings. Intelligent sensors represent the next level of technical advancement. These are equipped with a radio interface and a microcontroller. As a result, sensors are able to transmit relevant data via the internet, for instance to mobile end devices. Software integration is decisive for the next wave of advancement in micromechanics, which are already widespread in automotive and consumer electronics.

All objects can be fitted with sensors and wi-fi devices and assigned their very own web address for exchanging data. This connectivity is the cornerstone of the internet of things. It is what makes connected living happen. Bosch provides sensors for a wide range of uses in the automotive and consumer electronics applications. Every second smartphone in the world is equipped with a Bosch sensor. Following the technological trend to a greater range of measurable variables and increased intelligence, Bosch Sensortec will unveil a new multi-functional sensor at CES 2015 that integrates four measurands, enabling a new range of applications in areas such as consumer electronics, wearables, and the IoT. Bosch brand Akustica will also highlight its high-performance, HD voice microphone portfolio.

The aim is to transmit only relevant information to the internet, and not raw data. This local data processing calls for the special kind of systems know-how that Bosch brings to the table. But there is practically no limit to what can still be connected via sensors. As a result, things that were free of electronics in the past, such as doors and windows, will be able to transmit data on their status to the internet. In brief, micromechanics make the internet of things possible. With its new company Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, Bosch aims to develop new solutions in this realm. The company focuses on the segments Smart Home, Transport, Logistics and Traffic, Smart Activity, and Connected Industry.

A new dimension in charging: Bosch Wireless Charging System
Bosch is the world's first supplier to enable the advantages of inductive energy transfer to be used with cordless tools. With its Wireless Charging System, Bosch is presenting a new dimension in charging technology and providing new ways to make working with cordless tools efficient, cost-saving, and time-saving. The technology, which is used in other areas in devices such as charging stations for electric toothbrushes and recently also in cellphones, is based on contactless energy transfer. An alternating magnetic field is generated in the transmitter using a coil. The receiver also contains a coil which is penetrated by the alternating magnetic field. This induces a voltage and generates a current flow. In the case of Bosch's Wireless Charging System, this means that the charger emits a magnetic field which is received by the battery and transformed into charging current. However, the power transferred is more than 50 times greater than that used in ordinary electric toothbrushes (one watt), in order to reach the same charging times as those provided by conventional power tool battery chargers.

3D printer for creative and functional purposes
The Bosch brand Dremel is presenting the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market. This adds a new dimension to the brand’s robust portfolio of versatile tool systems. The Idea Builder is yet another high-quality, easy-to-use tool from Dremel designed to inspire and empower the end users to build on their own ideas with the support and mentorship of the Dremel Experts. Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on www.Dremel3D.com to coach users through the building process.

Overview of Bosch at CES

January 5, 2015, 8 a.m. PDT
Bosch Press Conference
with Dr. Werner Struth,
Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Level 2, Ballroom F

January 6-9, 2015

Bosch Booth 71032
Sands Expo, Smart Home Marketplace

Bosch Outdoor Experience
Bosch eMobility World
Bosch eBike Ride Course
Bosch Driver Assistance Driving Experience on Las Vegas city streets
Las Vegas Convention Center, Vehicle Intelligent Marketplace
Gold Lot near North Hall

January 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT
Panel “Getting to Low Power and Maximum Functionality through Sensor Fusion” with Stefan Finkbeiner, General Manager & CEO of Bosch Sensortec
Venetian Hotel, Level 1, Marco Polo 702 conference room

January 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT
Keynote panel “Fast Innovation: Disrupt or Be Disrupted”
with Dr. Werner Struth,
Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
and John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
Theater of the Westgate Hotel (formerly the LVH hotel).

January 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT
Panel “Obstacles on the Road to Self-Driving Cars" with
Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N261 conference room

January 7, 1-2 p.m. PDT
Panel "Evolution of the Smart Home" with
Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations
Venetian Hotel, Level 1, Room Casanova 605

January 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT
Panel "Eye on Automotive Technology" with
Jim Fish, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N261 conference room

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Changes on the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Effective March 31, 2015, Wolf-Henning Scheider will be leaving the company. As from July 1, 2015, he will become chairman of the board of management of MAHLE GmbH.
  • Dr. Rolf Bulander will head up the Bosch business sector Mobility Solutions from April 1, 2015. As before, he will be responsible for the Diesel Systems, Gasoline Systems, and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, and will also have corporate responsibility for quality. In addition, he will be assuming responsibility for the Electrical Drives division.
  • Effective April 1, 2015, Dr. Markus Heyn will be appointed to the board of management. There, he will assume responsibility for Automotive Original Equipment Sales, Marketing and Sales, the Automotive Aftermarket division, and the subsidiaries ETAS GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH.
  • As before, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel will be responsible for the Chassis Systems Control, Car Multimedia, and Automotive Electronics divisions, as well as for Automotive Systems Integration. Effective April 1, 2015, he will also assume responsibility for the Automotive Steering division.
Stuttgart – Wolf-Henning Scheider (52) is leaving the Bosch Group effective March 31, 2015, and joining MAHLE GmbH. Effective July 1, 2015, he will become chairman of its board of management. For some years, Bosch and MAHLE have enjoyed a close business relationship. Since 2008, they have run the Bosch Mahle Turbosystems joint venture, which develops and manufactures exhaust-gas turbochargers. Scheider is spokesperson for the Automotive Group and has been a member of the Bosch board of management since 2010.

The shareholders and supervisory board thank Scheider for his many years of good service in various functions with Robert Bosch GmbH. Over the course of his career, Scheider was president of the Car Multimedia division, as well as president of the Gasoline Systems division from 2006 to 2010.

Effective April 1, 2015, Dr. Rolf Bulander (56) will assume responsibility for the Mobility Solutions business sector. Operationally, he will be responsible for the Diesel Systems, Gasoline Systems, and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, and will also have corporate responsibility for quality. In addition, he will be responsible for the Electrical Drives division in the future. Bulander, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering, has been with the company for 26 years and was appointed to the board of management in 2013. Prior to that, he was president of the Gasoline Systems division.

At the same time, Dr. Markus Heyn (50) will be joining the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Following a proposal by the shareholders, this was decided by the supervisory board. His future areas of responsibility will include Automotive Original Equipment Sales and Marketing and Sales. He will also be responsible for the Automotive Aftermarket division and the ETAS GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH subsidiaries. Heyn, who also has a PhD in mechanical engineering, has been with Bosch since 1999. Most recently, he was president of the Diesel Systems division.

As part of the reshuffle of responsibilities, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel (56) will retain responsibility for the Chassis Systems Control, Car Multimedia, and Automotive Electronics divisions. He will also assume responsibility for the new Automotive Steering division. The latter change is subject to the antitrust authorities approving the complete acquisition of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH. In addition, Hoheisel will remain responsible for Automotive Systems Integration. Hoheisel, who has a PhD in electrical engineering, has been a member of the board of management since 2012. He was previously a member of the executive management of the Car Multimedia and Chassis Systems Control divisions.

The shareholders and supervisory board wish Dr. Rolf Bulander, Dr. Markus Heyn, and Dr. Dirk Hoheisel every success in their new functions.

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Bosch heads up research project IT solutions to stabilize connected logistics systems Using real time data from production and logistics to aid decision making

  • ProveIT project receives funding from German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Focus on developing a software platform for informed manual interventions in connected logistics systems
  • Aim: cost-effective and reliable supply chains
Stuttgart – Industry and commerce now depend more than ever on reliable logistics. In practice, however, supply chains face numerous challenges from disruptions such as traffic jams, technical issues, missing goods, and any number of other unforeseeable circumstances. This then calls for manual correction. In the ProveIT project (production plan based recovery of vehicle routing plans within integrated transport networks), researchers are now developing an IT platform that will give dispatchers the tools they need to make objectively assessed and dependable interventions in connected logistics systems. The aim is to build up reliable, cost-effective supply chains that are not disrupted due to misguided reactions and interventions. Following approval by the German parliament, the research project is receiving funding of 2.8 million euros from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Robert Bosch GmbH is acting as the lead partner.

Logistics chains and the butterfly effect
The logistics sector still lacks this sort of decision aid. As supply chains become more and more complex, covering large areas and running according to tight schedules, any disruption – as well as any reaction to a disruption – has a knock-on effect on the entire logistics network. Without access to a reliable set of data and a high-performance IT platform, it is extremely difficult for logistics employees to assess what corrective action makes sense in any given situation. The ProveIT platform will supply dispatchers with the information they need to respond correctly to disruptions. It is also designed to restore disrupted transport networks to their normal operational state quickly. Reliable logistics networks are also a core component of connected industry (industry 4.0).

Incorporating production data
The project team is drawing on a range of familiar technologies, including vehicle tracking using GPS and software for transport planning. What's new is that production information is also incorporated into the decision making process. How urgently does the auto plant, say, need the materials it ordered? Is it a case of topping up supplies, or will production break down if the materials are not delivered promptly? Big data relating to unit sales of products and the traffic situation can also be incorporated into the platform, which will pool all this information and provide users – both companies and logistics service providers – with a range of services for planning and managing logistical processes. For instance, if actual data begin to depart from target data, the platform will warn users and display appropriate responses. The responses offered will take into account the implications for the whole transport network, considering actions holistically rather than in isolation. To enable the platform to factor in real-time data such as vehicle position or delivery status, the project partners are also developing an application that truck drivers can use on their mobile devices.

Bringing together partners from industry, IT development, and research
Together, the members of the project consortium possess all the expertise needed to develop and run the ProveIT platform. Robert Bosch GmbH is heading the project and, like ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is an industrial user of the platform. The logistics service provider Geis has assumed responsibility for the planning of transport operations and operational implementation. The IT providers LOCOM and PTV are developing system solutions for transport planning and management, while the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is overseeing the components used to manage irregularities and disruptions. Responsibility for the global concept and scientific approach lies with the Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics (IFL) at the KIT. In the first phase of the project, the consortium will build up a common system architecture, which will then be tested and refined in pilot operation.

More efficient logistics
ProveIT won't just benefit industry and its suppliers; commerce and transport companies stand to gain as well. The project provides improved tactical support by stabilizing logistics systems in the event of disruption and bringing them back on schedule. This makes supply chains more cost-effective – the project partners anticipate that ProveIT will be able to reduce total mileage by 5 percent for a given transport volume, with all the savings that brings in terms of energy, costs, and CO2 emissions. The project is due to run until fall 2016.

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Robert Bosch GmbH
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Geis Transport und Logistik GmbH
LOCOM Software GmbH
PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG
Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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Christmas 2014 – High-tech gifts high on wish lists Sophisticated Bosch sensors under the Christmas tree Sensors as electronic “sensory organs”

  • New and in demand: fitness wristbands
  • One in every four Germans plans to purchase a tablet PC
  • Bosch is the global market leader for micromechanical sensors
        Going high-tech for the holidays: Christmas gifts for many Germans will
        include smartphones and tablet PCs. This trend means fascinating sensors
        are becoming commonplace. Bosch equips many of these must-have
        devices with tiny “sensory organs.”


Stuttgart – This year, many of the Christmas gifts waiting under the tree to be unwrapped will be modern electronic devices. Roughly one in four Germans (26 percent) is planning to purchase a smartphone or give one away as a gift, and just as many people would like to do the same with tablet PCs, according to a representative survey conducted by BITKOM, the major association of the digital industry in Germany. Some of the world’s most sensitive gauges are installed in such devices, thus finding their way into consumers’ homes. Tiny sensors are responsible for determining the position of cell phones and tablets, which then turn the image on screen in the corresponding direction.

Smaller than the diameter of an atom
The sophisticated detection elements in the sensors (MEMS sensors, microelectromechanical systems), which measure just a few millimeters in length, are manufactured out of silicon. The moving structures created within them are no bigger than a few thousandths of a millimeter. Whenever a sensor is moved, a very small electric current is generated that provides information on position, geomagnetic field, and acceleration – all details that make it possible to control and operate cell phones and tablets. The intuitive operation of these devices accounts for a large part of the fascination they have for users.

The finest movements measured in the sensors occur within a space no larger than the diameter of an atom. Bosch is the global market leader in the field of sensors. Approximately three million sensors are manufactured every day and installed in roughly every second smartphone worldwide.

Fitness trackers are new on the list of the most popular high-tech devices, according to the BITKOM survey. The survey reveals that 16 percent of people in Germany would like to purchase a fitness wristband or give one away as a gift. For the first time, these fitness trackers are among the most popular high-tech gifts. MEMS sensors are also used in these devices, for example, to turn the jolts and vibrations measured while the wearer is jogging into a motion profile.

A world record-setting sensor
Bosch has set a world record, creating the world’s smallest and most energy-efficient sensor unit – the BMI160 – to ensure that all these devices have as long a service life as possible. Among other things, an acceleration sensor and a yaw-rate sensor (gyroscope) are found in the unit’s tiny housing, which measures 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.8 mm. The sensor gauges the position of cell phones with great accuracy. Other devices that benefit from sensors are remote controls, game controls, smart glasses, and head-mounted displays. The latter are worn like ski goggles, and give their wearers the sense of being in a virtual space. When they move their head, the virtual image changes accordingly.

Conventional sensors often consume a lot of power. But even when the BMI160’s acceleration sensor and gyroscope are in full operational mode, typical power consumption amounts to a mere 950 microamperes, which is less than half the market standard – a world record.

“That is why our chip can now run the entire day. It no longer needs to be switched off from time to time to conserve the smartphone’s battery,” says Torsten Ohms, project manager for the development of the chip at Bosch Sensortec. This means that the cell phone can now use the sensors to record all the user’s activity throughout the day. At the end of the day, it can then show them how much energy they used up going to work, at the office, and walking up and down stairs. “Users looking to lose weight, for instance, can choose their evening meal based on how many calories they burned over the course of the day,” Ohms says. In the days immediately following Christmas, this may prove to be one feature of the latest high-tech gifts that is in particularly high demand.

Sensors at the 2015 CES
Bosch will be attending the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show from January 5-9, 2015, where it will present its smart sensors that facilitate intelligent solutions for a connected world, all designed to make life more comfortable, more efficient, and safer.

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http://bit.ly/1s1tAAS
Background information on record-breaking sensor:
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Background information on MEMS sensors:
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Open software platform for the smart home ABB, Bosch, and Cisco to Establish Joint Venture Partner ecosystem planned with appliance manufacturers

  • New software platform allows simple exchange of data between different types of devices enabling a new range of services
  • Partner alliance to be open to all appliance manufacturers and service providers
Mannheim/Stuttgart/Munich – ABB, Bosch, and Cisco plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart home devices and applications. A shareholder agreement to this effect was signed on November 27, 2014. The joint venture is to be domiciled in Germany. The plan is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The companies involved expect that the joint venture will be able to commence operations at the beginning of 2015.

For a home to be “smart,” it is crucial that all the appliances and systems in the home – e.g., washing machine, heating units, lamps or window blinds – can simply and securely exchange data with each other as well as with smartphones and tablets. The aim of the joint venture is to develop and operate an open software platform that will enable this simple exchange of data between different manufacturers’ devices. In the future, therefore, users will not have to worry about technological compatibility when operating their electric and electronic devices at home. The new platform will also make it possible to provide a range of services related to household devices, in areas such as energy management, security technology, and entertainment. This will help enable new business models: Software developers, for example, will be able to create a wide variety of apps for these areas of use.

In addition to developing and operating a software platform, the companies intend to invite appliance electronics manufacturers, home automation vendors, and service providers to join a business ecosystem. The business ecosystem will aim to facilitate collaboration and incorporate a wide range of user requirements when developing the software platform.

About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

About ABB
In 2013, ABB Germany generated sales of EUR 3.37 billion with approximately 10,000 employees. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

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Packaging Technology division: Bosch and Klenzaids plan joint venture in India Expansion of activities within pharmaceutical sector

  • Joint venture expected to employ some 380 associates
  • Product portfolios are an ideal complement to each other
  • Strengthening of global market presence, especially in liquid pharmaceuticals
Mumbai, India / Waiblingen, Germany. Processing and packaging specialist Bosch Packaging Technology and Klenzaids Contamination Controls Pvt. Ltd. are planning a joint venture in India. Both companies signed agreements to this effect on November 28, 2014. The plan is for Bosch to acquire a 49 percent share in Klenzaids, an owner-managed company that produces processing, packaging, and clean-room technology for the global pharmaceutical industry. By setting up the joint venture, the two partners aim to extend their global reach, particularly in liquid pharmaceuticals and packaging machines for clean-room environments. The Klenzaids and Bosch Packaging Technology product portfolios complement each other across the board. In particular, the joint venture will allow the companies to better satisfy Indian customers’ growing demand for complete lines from a single source. Based in Mumbai, Klenzaids generated sales of around six million euros in 2013 and employs some 350 people. Bosch Packaging Technology, which last year achieved global sales of 1.1 billion euros and employs some 5,600 associates worldwide, already has a presence in India through its Verna location in the state of Goa. The joint venture is set to be headquartered in Mumbai and is expected to employ some 380 associates. The plan is subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The purchase price for the shares acquired by Bosch was not disclosed.

Better products and services for customers in India
The joint venture is being set up primarily to benefit Indian customers. Klenzaids will contribute its expertise in clean-room and processing technologies as well as peripheral systems, and Bosch will contribute its strength in innovative filling technologies. Klenzaids provides customers in the private and public sectors not just with plants, systems, and accessories but also with turnkey solutions: buildings and equipment that a customer can use as soon as they are built or assembled to process and package its particular product. These solutions include laboratories with the highest protection class for use in the field of biosafety.

Profitable growth and value orientation
Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, said: “We already have a long history of trusted collaboration with Klenzaids. The company is known for employing excellent people and for providing high-quality products and services. I am delighted at the prospect of a future together.” Hamish Shahani, managing director of Klenzaids, said: “Joining forces and pooling our resources will give us a stronger starting position in the emerging Indian market. Despite our different regional backgrounds, Bosch and Klenzaids have a lot in common. Both place great emphasis on profitable growth, innovative strength, reliability, a motivated workforce, and strong value orientation.”

Complete lines from a single source
Klenzaids is an Indian family-run business with a product portfolio that includes laboratory and transfer systems designed to meet clean-room requirements. These machines are indispensable for the sterile production of liquid pharmaceuticals. One of the company’s USPs is its ability to supply laboratories that meet biological safety class standards 2-4. Class 4 laboratories have to satisfy the highest safety requirements, such as being able to guarantee the absolute isolation of microorganisms from the environment. Among the company’s other strengths are isolators and processing technologies for the production of liquid pharmaceuticals.

Strategically important complement to Bosch’s Goa location
Bosch Packaging Technology has been developing, building, and selling vertical and horizontal flow wrapping machines for packaging food as well as filling and sealing machines for liquid pharmaceuticals at its location in Verna since 2012. To date, Bosch Packaging Technology has sold over 1,500 packaging machines to leading brand companies in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Steffen Berns, president of Bosch India, said: “Following the inauguration of our manufacturing unit in Verna, this is the second milestone for our packaging technology business in two years. I am extremely confident that this new partnership will further strengthen our product portfolio and market reach. The activities of both parent companies dovetail perfectly, and our pharmaceuticals unit as well as our customers will benefit immensely from this joint venture.”

Klenzaids Contamination Controls Private Limited, founded in 1978 and based in Mumbai, is a leading supplier of clean-rooms, pharmaceutical machinery, accessories and delivers regulatory compliant turnkey, "design-build” projects to the pharmaceutical and life-science industry. Additional services and training support the customers to comply to manufacturing techniques and practices under international regulatory norms. From its headquarter located in Mumbai with support centers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune and its manufacturing facilities at Umbergaon, South Gujarat, India, a team of 350 dedicated and experienced employees serve customers in India and in export markets such as United States of America, Canada, Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, and Italy.

Additional information is available online at www.klenzaids.com

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5,600 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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The company suggestions scheme turns 90 Bosch: Associates' ideas save 395 million euros From a “suggestions book” to global ideas management

  • Company founder Robert Bosch introduced the suggestions book in 1924
  • Two associates at Bosch foundry have received the highest possible cash reward of 150,000 euros
  • Christoph Kübel, Bosch director of industrial relations: “Associates' ideas enhance our innovative strength”
Stuttgart – For 90 years now, Bosch has systematically benefited from its associates' creativity and innovative spirit. In the past ten years in Germany alone, the company has saved some 395 million euros thanks to suggestions for improvement made by its associates. Last year, the global supplier of technology and services paid out 7.7 million euros to associates at locations across Germany in reward for their ideas, which had saved Bosch some 33 million euros. In total, a good 21,900 associates submitted their suggestions, an increase of 2.4 percent over the previous year. In the fall of 1924, Robert Bosch announced the launch of a company suggestions book. In so doing, he laid the foundation stone for what has since become a global ideas management program. His aim was to “perfect work processes and improve products, or reduce the cost of producing and managing them.” Bosch recently received the 2014 DeutschenIdeenPreis (German idea prize) for the best ideas management program in the automotive supplier category.

“The creativity of our associates continues to fuel our innovative strength,” said Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, on the occasion of the anniversary. “The experience, creativity, and proactive thinking of each associate makes us more competitive and leads to better products. Often, small ideas that are beyond the scope of everyday tasks can make a big difference,” Kübel said. According to Kübel, such ideas are also the product of a working culture that values cultural diversity and promotes creativity.

Ideas management: more than making suggestions
At Bosch, associates at every location are encouraged to submit suggestions for improvement. Ideas can include, for instance, ways of optimizing operations, improving product quality, avoiding waste, or promoting environmental protection. Associates are also encouraged to submit ideas that may even go beyond their direct areas of responsibility. If an improvement is implemented and results in cost savings, the associates concerned are given a cash reward of up to 150,000 euros. In addition to this company suggestion scheme, Bosch also relies on systematic ideas generation. “We don't just submit suggestions, but also generate ideas,” said Peter Schmid, who is charge of the Bosch Group's ideas management program. “For example, coordinators attend workshops to learn how they can use creativity techniques to actively support associates at their locations. Knowledge platforms, advisory services, networks, workshops, and further training can contribute to continuous improvement.” Associates can even train to become “Bosch Innovation Agents.”

Clever ideas – making clogged pipes a thing of the past
Two associates at the Bosch site in Lohr, Germany, received the highest possible cash prize of 150,000 euros. Ferdinand Schneider and Xhafer Istrefi, who work at a foundry of the Bosch Drive and Control Technology division, came up with an inexpensive way to clean pipes through which molten steel flows: they use oxygen. “In the past, clogged pipes resulted in frequent down-time, and there were often delays before the next processing steps could take place,” Schneider says. The two associates went ahead and improved the process, without thinking of a potential cash reward. “We didn't submit our idea as a suggestion for improvement until we noticed while testing it out that production numbers had improved,” Istrefi says.

U.S. plant in Charleston: leading the field in ideas management
The suggestions scheme that the company founder Robert Bosch introduced in Germany is now part of a comprehensive ideas management program. Designing and implementing customized idea generation shapes the basis of innovation. Today, Bosch ideas management is successful around the world. The program comprises a network of more than 60 coordinators, who support Bosch locations in systematically coming up with ideas for improvements. This is in addition to the ideas that associates come up with by chance. The Charleston location in the United States has been especially successful of late. HR boss Kübel described the plant as having by far the best ideas management. In Germany, the Ansbach plant leads the field.

Suggestions for improvement 2.0 – standardized ideas management around the world
In the future, ideas management around the world will be even simpler. Many associates can already submit ideas electronically, and now the different IT systems used at Bosch locations in Germany and beyond are set to be standardized. At the Jaipur site in India, for instance, an online system has already been introduced. At easily accessible terminals, each associate can see whether or not their supervisor has already looked at their idea, and whether it has already been put into practice. At Bosch, today's ideas management program reflects the words of Robert Bosch, which continue to inspire associates around the world: “We should all strive to improve on the status quo: none of us should ever be satisfied with what they have achieved, but should always endeavor to get better.”

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Bosch as an employer: www.bosch-career.de
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1485Zrk
DeutscherIdeenPreis: http://bit.ly/1FV1Gjf

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Dual education system in Asia German Minister visits new Bosch training center in Vietnam

  • Proven Bosch occupational training model paves the way for professional competence development
  • Some 50 Bosch trainees in Vietnam since the center opened one year ago
  • Demand for qualified skilled workers rising in Asian growth markets
Ho Chi Minh City/Stuttgart – Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, visited Bosch's training center in Vietnam today. Last year, the company became the first to introduce occupational training based on the tried-and-tested German “dual system” in Vietnam. Since then, some 50 young Vietnamese men and women have taken the first step toward their future careers by training to become industrial mechanics at Bosch. The occupational training model combines theoretical instruction at a vocational school with practical training at the company.

“The strong economic relations between Vietnam and Germany are boosting demand for an increasingly well-trained Vietnamese workforce,” Gabriel said during his visit to Bosch as part of his trip to this year's Asia Pacific Conference of German Business in Vietnam. “Initiatives such as Bosch's cooperation with a local vocational school are breaking new ground in vocational training in Vietnam.” Vietnam's prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung has also expressly encouraged Bosch to promote the system's further development in the country.

High demand for Bosch occupational training model in Asia
At Bosch, vocational training can look back on a long tradition. Robert Bosch set up the first occupational training department at his company in 1913. Today, the supplier of technology and services is training some 6,900 apprentices in a total of 20 countries. Nearly 2,000 of those apprentices are based outside Germany.

In Asia especially, the need for qualified skilled workers is growing at an increasingly rapid pace. “For Bosch, Asia Pacific is an important growth region. We see professional competence development both as a part of our localization strategy and as essential for our growing business in this dynamic region,” said Peter Tyroller, the Bosch board of management member responsible for Asia Pacific. Over the past ten years, Bosch has more than doubled its sales in Asia Pacific to 11.1 billion euros. The company aims to double its sales in the region again by 2020. In addition to large countries such as China and India, the growth markets of Southeast Asia are set to make an increasing contribution to this development.

Along with the center in Vietnam, six other Bosch locations in Asia offer training according to the German model. In Thailand, the “dual system” was introduced in 2013. In China, Bosch opened the first of four training centers in 2007. The center of excellence for vocational training in India has been in existence since 1961 and has repeatedly been named the best in the country. In light of the increasing competition for the best people, Bosch plans to continue opening additional training centers around the world in the future.

Bosch in Vietnam
Bosch has been present in Vietnam since 1994 and opened its first branch office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2008. Since July 2014, Bosch's headquarters in Vietnam have been located in Dang Nai province. The Bosch plant in Dong Nai produces pushbelts for continuously variable transmissions. In 2010, Bosch set up its first software engineering center in southeast Asia. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, the center employs around 650 associates. In July 2014, Bosch opened an additional development center for automotive technology there. Altogether, Bosch currently employs some 2,000 associates in Vietnam.
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Bosch corporate communications René Ziegler heads up press relations work at Bosch

Stuttgart – Effective November 17, 2014, René Ziegler is taking charge of media and public relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. Within the Bosch press department, the 34-year-old has so far been responsible for economic and business affairs as well as electronic and digital media. In the future, the politics and economics graduate will be responsible for all topics concerning the global supplier of technology and services. In this function, he will report to his predecessor Dr. Christoph Zemelka, who is now senior vice president of corporate communications. Ziegler has been working in communications in the Bosch Group for some ten years now. During this time, he has held several posts in various communications disciplines. Before moving to the press department, he worked in change and communications management.

Jörn Ebberg spokesperson for mobility issues
Jörn Ebberg has been with the Bosch press department since July 2014. The main focus of his work as press spokesperson is on automated driving. A 33-year-old social sciences and economics graduate, Ebberg gathered professional experience at various agencies following his journalistic training. Before joining Bosch, he worked for Motor Presse Stuttgart.

Nicole Neuer joins economic and business affairs team
Nicole Neuer joined Bosch as a spokesperson for economic and business affairs at the start of October 2014. The economics graduate joined the department from BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, where she was deputy head of corporate press and public relations. Before that, the 37-year-old was involved in communications work at companies in various industries.

Agnes Grill coordinates international press work
In November 2014, Agnes Grill moved from Bosch communications in China to the corporate press department in Germany. The 31-year-old will act as spokesperson for international issues. A media management graduate, Grill has worked for Bosch since 2012, coordinating media relations in Asia Pacific from her base in Shanghai.

Christian Fronek deputy head of corporate communications
At the beginning of this month, Christian Fronek assumed the position of deputy head of corporate communications. The 41-year-old joined Bosch in 2005, initially as a spokesperson for business topics. He coordinated media relations in central and eastern Europe as well as for the Consumer Goods business sector. He was later responsible for communication on numerous change projects before being transferred to the U.S. and heading up communications there. He has been head of internal and digital communications since 2011.
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German Packaging Award 2014 Bosch Packaging Technolgy two-in-one biscuit packaging line receives honors German Packaging Institute awards prize in the category “packaging machines”

Nuremberg/Beringen – Bosch Packaging Technology has been rewarded with the German Packaging Award (Deutscher Verpackungspreis) in the “packaging machines” category. Granted by the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut – dvi), the award recognizes the company's innovative two-in-one biscuit packaging system, first presented at Interpack 2014 in Duesseldorf earlier this year. The system is a development of the Swiss location Beringen. Daniel Bossel, product manager, and Christian Reichardt, mechanical development engineer, at Bosch Packaging Systems AG in Beringen accepted the award at a ceremony as part of the “BrauBeviale” (Trade Fair for Production and Marketing of Drinks) in Nuremberg.

Format changeover in record time
The two-in-one packaging system allows food manufacturers to switch from slug to pile packs and vice versa in less than three minutes. Additionally, product count changes can be completed quicker now than with conventional slug or pile packaging machines. Thanks to this flexibility, manufacturers are able to run special promotions with short notice and react quickly to market changes, for example for seasonal or promotional campaigns. What is more, the two-in-one system presently occupies a smaller production area than two separate conventional machines for both packaging types. The whole line is designed to be a single, Seamless System, from product discharge through to primary and secondary packaging. The speed of all components is balanced to optimize production flow and eliminate bottlenecks. The packaging line therefore contributes significantly to increasing overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

The German Packaging Award
Since 1963, the German Packaging Award has been presented annually by the German Packaging Institute in five different categories. Under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Institute honors outstanding technical solutions in packaging production that improve quality and add value to consumers, markets and the environment. To be nominated, a machine or technology must improve quality, profitability and efficiency in the packaging process. All winners of the German Packaging Award are entitled to take part in the WorldStar international competition, a prize awarded by the World Packaging Organization since 1970.

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MRR rear radar sensor enters series production Bosch helps make changing lanes safer

  • Vehicle blind spots are a constant hazard when changing lanes and cause many serious accidents
  • A leading European manufacturer is putting Bosch's MRR rear mid-range radar sensor system for rear-end applications into series production
  • MRR technology is based on fourth-generation Bosch radars
Drivers are taught to assess surrounding traffic before changing lanes by checking their rearview and side mirrors and looking over each shoulder. But even for those who scrupulously follow this sequence of checks, the vehicle's blind spot – the area alongside and just behind the vehicle – is a constant source of danger and often the cause of serious accidents. Drivers are not able to see into this area using either the rearview or side mirrors, but it is big enough for even a minivan to disappear from view and be missed by a cursory glance over the shoulder before switching lanes. To help minimize this risk, Bosch developed the lane-changing assistant, which receives the information it needs from the new mid-range radar sensor for rear-end applications. “The MRR rear means drivers are effectively looking over their shoulders all the time, because it reliably and accurately recognizes other road users in their vehicle's blind spot,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division.

Sensors monitor all traffic in the area behind the vehicle
A leading global car manufacturer is currently putting the Bosch system into series production for one of its high-volume mid-sized vehicles. To make changing lanes safer, this European manufacturer has concealed two sensors in the rear bumper – one on the left, one on the right. These two MRR rear sensors monitor the area alongside and behind the car. Powerful control software collates the sensor information to produce a complete picture of all traffic in the area behind the vehicle. Whenever another vehicle approaches at speed from behind or is already present in the blind spot, a signal such as a warning light in the side mirror alerts the driver to the hazard. Should the driver still activate the turn signal with the intention of changing lanes, the lane-changing assistant issues an additional acoustic and/or haptic warning.

The MRR rear system can do much more than just assist with lane-changing, however. These sensors also form part of Bosch's cross-traffic alert system, which supports drivers reversing out of perpendicular parking spaces when their rear view is obstructed. Able to recognize cars, cyclists, and pedestrians crossing behind the reversing vehicle from the left or right at a distance of up to 50 meters, the system alerts the driver to the imminent danger of collision by issuing a timely audible or visible signal.

Significantly smaller and lighter than a pack of butter
Bosch's mid-range radar sensor has been a great success. And it is just as effective when facing forward and used to provide information for other driver assistance systems. “Both product versions are based on fourth-generation Bosch radar technology,” Steiger says. The MRR is a bistatic multi-mode radar with four independent receiver channels and digital beam forming (DBF). It operates in the 76-77 GHz frequency band that is standard for automotive radar applications in almost all countries worldwide. Whereas the MRR rear has an aperture angle of up to 150 degrees and a range of up to 90 meters, the forward-facing version looks significantly further: with an aperture angle of up to plus/minus 45 degrees, it can detect objects up to 160 meters away.

Bosch uses the mid-range radar sensor for front-end application to offer solutions such as ACC adaptive cruise control and predictive emergency braking systems, either alone or in parallel. And it so happens that from 2016 onwards, radar- or camera-based predictive emergency braking systems will be a requirement for vehicles hoping to obtain the highest rating in the Euro NCAP test. The Bosch MRR system's compact design also works in its favor. Significantly smaller and lighter than a 250-gram pack of butter, the radar sensor fits into even the smallest cars. As Gerhard Steiger says: “The Bosch mid-range radar sensor is a customized, cost-effective solution that enables radar sensor technology to be fitted as standard in all vehicle segments.”
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“Virtual Cockpit” in the new Audi TT Display-based instrument cluster bundles all of the instrument readings in the driver's field of vision Bosch is the system supplier

  • Extraordinary luminous intensity, high resolution, intense color depth
  • Maximum flexibility in the display of information
  • Automotive Interiors Expo Award: “Interior Innovation of the Year”
The new Audi TT comes equipped with an innovative display and operating concept. A display-based instrument cluster replaces the previous technology and bundles all of the instrument, navigation, and multimedia information right in the driver's field of vision. Audi calls this driver-oriented concept the “Virtual Cockpit”. Bosch is the system supplier for this instrument cluster.

The crystal-clear, high-contrast TFT display features extraordinary luminous intensity of 800 candela (cd) for perfect readability under all light conditions. The screen has a diagonal size of 12.3 inches, particularly high resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels, and color depth of 24 bits.

One of the big advantages of a display-based instrument cluster is its versatility in displaying content. The new Audi TT comes with two basic display modes. The traditional mode shows large, digitally produced round gages – but there are no mechanical pointers or other moving parts. The second mode trims down the virtual round speedometer and tachometer and shifts them to the lower corners, leaving plenty of room for a large navigation display, music selections or telephone connections. However, the flexibility inherent in the system would permit other displays as well, even allowing differences in the various vehicle models.

Three-dimensional reproduction of objects
The extremely high overall design quality of the display-based instrument cluster is in total compliance with the development requirement for the very best in display quality. It is achieved by the use of a high-performance dual-process architecture. One processor takes care of the graphics while the other handles the remaining functions. Thanks to the exceptionally high computational power, up to 60 frames per second can be generated so that even very fast changes are displayed in a completely seamless flow without any artifacts – an essential requirement for reflecting the specific driving dynamics of a sports car.

In addition, the available computer power is used for the three-dimensional display of objects on the monitor. The most striking visual effect results from the complex, spatial graphics of the round gages, including shadows, so that they appear to be almost real. The graphics module (VCM – visual computing module) has been especially modified for use in the car.

One special design feature is the display shape with the cropped corners corresponding to the installation space planned for the new Audit TT and a complex housing molded to match. The instrument cluster is connected via CAN (controller area network) and MOST (media-oriented systems transport) buses.

The innovation in the “Virtual Cockpit” of the new Audi TT also impressed the jury of the “Automotive Interiors Expo Awards 2014”, who awarded it first place in the category “Interior Innovation of the Year – Series Vehicles” in June 2014.

Bosch also supplies radar and video sensors, lambda sensors, gasoline direct injection systems, and fuel pumping modules for the new Audi TT.
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World map of automotive powertrains: how people drive in Europe, the Americas, and Asia Every fifth new vehicle in Japan is a hybrid, spark-ignition engines predominate in China, diesel holds sway in Europe and India

Gasoline engines: Worldwide, gasoline engines are the most popular powertrain. China leads the field: there, nearly 100 percent of all new car purchasers choose a gasoline engine. In the U.S. and Japan, the figure is roughly 75 percent. Engines with port-fuel injection still feature in more than every second gasoline-powered vehicle. Downsizing is becoming ever more popular, and with it the efficient and economical Bosch gasoline direct injection systems. Combining gasoline direct injection with downsizing can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent. At the same time, turbocharging helps the engine deliver more torque, especially at low engine speeds. This improves acceleration and adds to driving enjoyment.

Diesel: In the EU and India, every second new car is a diesel. But outside these core markets as well, the diesel is becoming increasingly popular. The United States, for example, is a growth market. Bosch estimates that diesel's market share there will rise from 3 percent today to as much as 10 percent in 2018. In South Korea as well, diesel is becoming more and more popular. For many Europeans, its benefits are already clear: a modern diesel consumes as much as 25 percent less fuel than a comparable gasoline engine, and delivers as much as 40 percent more torque.

Hybrid and electric vehicles: In Japan, nearly every fifth new car now features a hybrid powertrain. This makes the country the undisputed pioneer of electrification. In just a few years, registrations of hybrids will be significantly higher outside Japan as well. Bosch forecasts that of a predicted 113 million total vehicles sold worldwide in 2020, 6.5 million will be strong hybrids, 3 million will be plug-in hybrids, and 2.5 million will be all-electric (assuming a total of 113 million vehicles sold in 2020). Even now, Bosch is developing a broad product portfolio for this mass market. It ranges from hybrid systems to plug-in hybrids and powertrains for all-electric vehicles. In addition, Bosch is developing entry-level hybrids based on a 48-volt electrical system.

Flex fuel: Powertrains that can drive on both gasoline and alcohol (ethanol) are especially prominent in Brazil. The second largest market for this technology is the United States. The Bosch systems run on pure ethanol as well as any mixture of ethanol and gasoline. Drivers are more independent, since such a flex-fuel system allows them to choose the more affordable ethanol.

CNG: Worldwide, CNG powertrains are becoming increasingly popular. For ten years now, sales have been growing worldwide by 25 percent. In South Korea, CNG-powered vehicles have already captured an 11 percent share of the market. Bosch offers a complete system that allows vehicles to run on this inexpensive fuel at all times. This is a significant advantage for drivers, since CNG is up to 50 percent cheaper than gasoline, and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent.
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Expanding the company’s international presence Bosch steps up activities in Africa New branch offices in Angola and Mozambique

  • Increasing significance of Africa as major growth market
  • Growing middle class, well-educated young people, and an abundance of raw materials point toward positive development for many African countries
  • Two further locations in Algeria and Ghana planned by end of 2014
Stuttgart – Bosch is steadily expanding its presence in Africa. The supplier of technology and services opened two new African branch offices at the end of October 2014 – one in Luanda, the capital of Angola, and the other in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. This brings the total number of African countries in which Bosch has a regional subsidiary or branch office to seven. These will soon be joined by Algeria and Ghana, where the company is opening two new locations by the middle of next year. These activities underline Africa’s growing significance as an important growth market for Bosch: “The growing middle class, ever more well-educated young people, the continent’s wealth of raw materials – all these point toward positive economic development for many African countries,” said Bosch management board member Uwe Raschke. This makes the region attractive for Bosch, he explained. “We can contribute to improving quality of life for local people with our products and services. In this respect, we are concentrating on the needs and demands of the individual markets and of our local customers,” Raschke said.

The new branch offices in Angola and Mozambique will initially focus on the sale of automotive spare parts, workshop concepts, power tools, security systems, and thermotechnology. In the future, though, machinery for the safe and resource-conserving packaging of pharmaceutical products and foodstuffs such as rice and flour will also be offered. The expansion of local know-how is also an important concern for Bosch. For instance, the company offers training for local automotive workshops. These are often jointly conducted with local partners, such as automobile associations or other institutions.

Bosch in Africa
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906. The company’s more than 600 associates in Africa generated total sales of some 340 million euros in 2013. The focus of the company’s activities is currently South Africa, where there are two manufacturing sites, in Brits and Midrand. They primarily manufacture automotive components and assemble packaging machinery. Bosch has further regional subsidiaries and branch offices in Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, and Nigera. In addition, the company’s subsidiary Bosch Rexroth has held a 50 percent stake in its sales partner Hytec Holding since the beginning of October 2014, making it one of the leading manufacturers of hydraulics and drive and control technology in Africa.

Bosch also actively promotes talented young people in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, it was one of the initiators of Afrika kommt!, an initiative of German industry for junior managers from sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008, Bosch has been part of a group of some 20 companies who offer scholarships to African junior executives so that they can spend a year in Germany completing a professional training program. The goal of the program is to foster mutual exchange and learning between budding African executives and German companies.

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International presence Bosch forecasts strong growth in India Denner: We want to double our Asian business by 2020

  • More than 680 million euros invested in India since 2010
  • Substantial increase in number of innovations per year
  • Excellent growth potential for motorcycle powertrain systems
Bangalore/Stuttgart – The Bosch Group is forecasting further strong growth for India over the next few years, and expects to see positive economic development in the country over the medium and long term. Accordingly, the company sees India as a key pillar of its growth strategy in Asia Pacific. “Over the past ten years, Bosch has doubled its sales in Asia Pacific to 11.1 billion euros in 2013. By 2020, we are aiming to double our sales in the region again,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, during a press briefing in Bangalore, India. Denner forecasts that after registering projected economic growth of around 4.8 percent this year, India will likely grow by 6 percent in 2015. This makes the country one of the global engines of growth alongside China. “We expect to see India establish itself as the world's fifth largest vehicle manufacturer by the end of this decade,” Denner said.

The Bosch Group has been active on the subcontinent since 1922. In 2013, the company generated sales in India of approximately 1.2 billion euros, a three-fold increase over ten years ago. Bosch currently employs 27,000 associates at ten production sites and seven R&D locations in India. Since 2010, the Bosch Group has invested around 680 million euros in the expansion of manufacturing and research facilities there, of which some 160 million were invested in the current year alone.

Innovative solutions from India
India is home to the technology and services company's largest development center outside Germany, employing 10,500 engineers. “We develop innovative solutions there which are used in products around the world,” said Steffen Berns, president of the Bosch Group in India. The rising number of patents filed testifies to the successful work at the center: from 20 registered innovations in 2008, this figure rose to 220 last year. “That's a more than ten-fold increase within five years,” Berns said. Among the innovations developed by the Bangalore-based center is a compact retina camera with special software that can detect conditions such as cataracts at an early stage. This fast and cost-effective eye diagnostic tool was specifically designed to meet the needs of the Indian market, and can be easily put into use in similar regions as well.

Dynamic growth in two-wheeler market
Bosch also sees excellent opportunities in the booming two-wheeler market: last year it registered a growth rate of 14 percent, making it one of the most dynamic markets in India. “We predict that the number of two-wheelers sold annually on the subcontinent will reach 27 million by 2020,” Denner said. Worldwide, the number of motorbikes and electric e-scooters sold is expected to increase from 100 million today to 150 million by the end of the decade. By comparison, Bosch forecasts that some 110 million new cars will be sold worldwide in 2020.

Against this backdrop, Bosch is also entering the global motorcycle market with new powertrain systems. Especially in Asia and India, efficient powertrains can play an important part in reducing environmental impact. For this reason, Bosch has developed an affordable and robust engine management system that is specially designed for the Indian and Asian markets. Currently, many machines in Asia are still fitted with carburetors. It is precisely here that Bosch believes its technology offers a decisive advantage: “Compared with the mechanically controlled carburetor, and depending on situation, the electronically controlled fuel-injection system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 percent,” Denner said. This also significantly reduces emissions and conserves valuable resources. In addition, Bosch already supplies safety solutions for two-wheelers including ABS and the new MSC motorcycle stability control, which improves safety when braking and accelerating, even when the rider is leaning into a bend.
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ESP mandatory in the EU from November 1, 2014 Bosch invention saves thousands upon thousands of lives

  • Effective November 1, 2014, ESP will be mandatory for all newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles
  • Since its introduction, ESP has prevented 190,000 accidents and saved more than 6,000 lives across Europe
  • Bosch has manufactured 100 million ESP systems since series production began in 1995
  • While 84 percent of all new vehicles in Europe were equipped with ESP in 2014, the figure for all new vehicles worldwide was only 59 percent
In the European Union, the ESP electronic stability program will soon be a universal standard. Effective November 1, 2014, all newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles one year later. “ESP saves lives,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. An accident research study by Bosch confirms its effectiveness. In 2011, ESP prevented more than 33,000 accidents involving injury and saved more than 1,000 lives in the EU member states (of which there were 25 at the time), even though ESP was only installed in an estimated 40 percent of vehicles. Since being launched in 1995, ESP has prevented 190,000 accidents and saved more than 6,000 lives across Europe.

After the seat belt, ESP is the most important vehicle safety system – it is even more important than the airbag. Bosch has manufactured 100 million ESP systems since series production began in 1995. While 84 percent of all new vehicles in Europe were equipped with the anti-skid system in 2014, the figure for all new vehicles worldwide was only 59 percent. “ESP is an unparalleled success story that we hope to replicate outside Europe as well,” says Gerhard Steiger. According to independent studies, up to 80 percent of skidding accidents on the road could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with the anti-skid system.

ESP – a true all-rounder that offers a lot of added value
Swerving on dry, wet, muddy, or slippery roads often results in severe traffic accidents. Using smart sensors, ESP compares 25 times per second whether the car is actually moving in the direction that the driver is steering it in. If the measured values do not match, the anti-skid system intervenes and first reduces engine torque. If that is not sufficient, it additionally brakes individual wheels, generating the counterforce needed to keep a vehicle on course.

ESP is the logical next step in the further development of the ABS antilock braking system created by Bosch in 1978. Today, ESP is much more than a mere anti-skid system. A number of value-added functions now account for most of its performance, including the ability of ESP to prevent a vehicle from rolling backwards during hill starts. It is also able to stabilize swerving trailers and to reduce the rollover risk of sports utility and light commercial vehicles.

ESP is the basis for many driver assistance systems
The electronic stability program also plays a key role when it comes to many driver assistance systems and automated driving, which is why its development is always ongoing. Bosch offers ESP as a modular concept that offers the right system for all circumstances and requirements, which ranges from the affordable ESP light for entry-level cars in emerging markets and special systems for commercial vehicles all the way to ESP hev regenerative braking systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.

With its customized solutions, Bosch supports the worldwide efforts of manufacturers and governments to make active safety systems standard equipment in every vehicle. Other countries have also begun to recognize that ESP is extremely important for road safety. Since September 2011, ESP has been mandated for all vehicles in the United States and Canada with a gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 metric tons. Australia and Israel have also made ESP mandatory. Similar regulations will take effect in Japan, Korea, Russia, and Turkey in the years ahead.

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2014 EFQM Forum in Brussels Bosch Group receives EFQM Excellence Award 2014 Bari location named this year’s overall winner

  • Bosch plant in Bari (Italy) named overall winner, and garners three additional prizes
  • First Italian organization to receive prestigious management award in the “Large enterprises” category
  • Bosch board member Bulander: “Recognition of the continuous efforts all our associates make for business excellence”
Brussels – At yesterday’s 2014 Excellence Award ceremony of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in Brussels, Belgium, the Bosch Group received a total of four accolades. The winner of the Excellence award – and thus the overall winner of the competition – is the Bosch plant in Bari, Italy. The Italian plant garnered a further three prizes in the “Creating a sustainable future”, “Managing with agility,” and “Succeeding through the talent of people” categories. The Bosch plant is the first Italian organization to win the overall award in the “Large enterprises” category. “We are delighted to have received the EFQM excellence award, especially in its 25th anniversary year. We have achieved a lot: even so, I would like to encourage our associates to continue to strive for business excellence,” said Dr. Rolf Bulander after the ceremony. Bulander is the member of the Bosch Group board of management responsible for automotive powertrain and quality. He is also member of the Board of Directors of EFQM. For the Bosch Group, one of the founding members of the EFQM, the award is a further acknowledgement of its activities in the area of business excellence. Bari is the third Bosch plant to be named overall winner, following the successes of Bursa, Turkey (2003 and 2008), and Bamberg, Germany (2012).

Bari plant: high degree of associate commitment
The EFQM judges were particularly impressed by the strong commitment and motivation of the associates in Bari. “The plant has been able to achieve a near-perfect blend of passion and precision,” said Marc Amblard, chief executive officer of EFQM. “The speed with which they adapt to changes in their operating environment enables them to deliver sustainable and outstanding results.” On behalf of the 2,000 associates currently employed at Bari, the plant management accepted the award at the ceremony in Brussels. “We would like to thank all our associates for their great dedication and their active contribution to achieving our strategic objectives,” said Jens Last, the commercial manager of the Bari plant. “Their passion for continuous improvement is the basis of our success story.”

Ongoing work on competitiveness
After the award ceremony, Bulander quoted the company founder Robert Bosch: “In my experience, there is nothing worse for a company that wishes to prevail and remain at the cutting edge than to have no competition.” Bulander continued, “no company can afford to rest on its laurels. Only if we believe this can we continue to earn such laurels.”

About Bosch in Italy
Bosch set up operations in Italy in 1904, when the first representative office was inaugurated in Milan. The Bari plant is an operational unit of the Diesel Systems division, which itself is part of the Bosch Group’s Mobility Solutions business sector. Bari plant produces common-rail diesel injection pumps. It is the largest Bosch entity in Italy, as well as the largest manufacturing facility for automotive components in southern Italy.

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EFQM is committed to help organizations improve performance through the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30,000 organizations. The objective of the EFQM Excellence Award is to recognize excellent performance by organizations, whether private, public, or non-profit.
It recognizes industry leaders who have shown an indisputable track record
of success in turning strategy into action and continuously improving their organization’s performance. All applicants are assessed by a team of independent, trained assessors, who spend an average of 500 hours assessing each applicant.
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Competition for software developers Bosch organizes hackathon in Berlin New approach to software development and customer orientation

  • Bosch is seeking driver assistance apps designed for the mySPIN smartphone integration solution – ones that drivers can use safely and conveniently on vehicle displays
  • Some 30 independent software developers and designers taking part this weekend in Berlin
  • First Bosch event of its kind in Germany
Stuttgart/Berlin – On October 18 and 19, 2014, Bosch will host its first hackathon in Germany. Some 30 independent software developers, designers, and innovative web users will converge on the Rainmaking Loft in Berlin for the event. They have been invited to develop innovative apps for Bosch's mySPIN software. mySPIN makes it very easy to integrate smartphones into a car's infotainment system – good news for drivers, as it is much handier and safer to use apps on vehicles' own screens and control systems. A panel of judges will award prizes for the best new apps immediately after the final presentation on Sunday. Reports and discussions relating to the Bosch hackathon will be posted on Twitter and Facebook during and after the event. The hashtag is #BoschHackathon.

Exclusive access to Bosch software package
Bosch is using the Berlin hackathon to explore new approaches to connected driving and end-customer orientation. “This hackathon is an excellent opportunity for us to tap into the potential of creative ideas outside the company,” says Torsten Mlasko, general manager of Bosch SoftTech GmbH. Bosch will be giving the external software developers exclusive access to the developer package for its mySPIN solution. Over two days, the software developers participating will work in small project teams, using this data to develop creative ideas and initial prototypes for new mySPIN apps. “The way our software package is designed means it offers app developers a quick and uncomplicated means of transferring their applications to the vehicle – it's what makes our software so special,” Mlasko says.

Reaching out to digital target groups
At the same time, the event in Berlin is a way for Bosch to reach new digital target groups in a creative and interactive environment. “By organizing the Bosch hackathon, we're deliberately seeking to cultivate our communication with digital target groups,” explains Martin Gansert. In his work as social media manager in Bosch corporate communications, he is responsible for blogger relations. “Alongside classic press events and blogger gatherings, a hackathon allows us to work closely together with social media influencers,” Gansert says.

mySPIN – Bosch's smartphone integration solution
mySPIN is capable of integrating iOS and Android smartphone apps into vehicles. All compatible apps that are saved on a smartphone can be displayed and controlled on the screen in the vehicle. The way apps appear and are controlled via the vehicle display is adapted to the respective driving situation, and the smartphone itself is controlled using the vehicle's touch screen. By integrating the smartphone and all relevant apps into their vehicles, automakers can offer their customers an attractive range of always up-to-date services.

Apps are what drives mySPIN
A variety of popular applications are already available for Bosch's mySPIN solution, including media player, maps, calendar, and contacts apps. However, further well-known apps such as Parkopedia, Stitcher, News OnBoard, hotelseeker, eventseeker, and cityseeker can also be used at any time. And now, following their recent introduction at the Paris Motor Show, Rivet News Radio, Audiobooks, and Newsbeat have also been added as new app partners for mySPIN. This enables drivers with a compatible GPS app to benefit from all kinds of useful assistance. For example, while driving the fastest route to the next appointment in their personal calendar, they might listen to their favorite tunes on internet radio and find a suitable hotel room.

“Apps are the lifeblood of mySPIN, and more of them will be added all the time,” Mlasko says. After all, the technical hurdles for new applications are low, and Bosch provides software development kits for this purpose. Automakers are able to specify the individual apps that can be used in a vehicle and update this list flexibly whenever needed. Vehicles manufactured by Jaguar and Land Rover are already available with Bosch's smartphone integration, which can be used worldwide.

Attractive prizes up for grabs
On October 19, a panel of five judges will conclude the inaugural Bosch hackathon by awarding prizes to the best ideas and practical app solutions. Among the attractive prizes are a weekend in London, a Bosch e-bike weekend, and vouchers for Bosch products. The judges will be Nicole Y. Männl, car blogger at “auto-diva.de”; Ludovic Privat, co-founder and editor of the GPS Business News portal; Morten Faust, head of product development at the software company Aupeo!; Dietmar Meister, head of smartphone and cloud solutions at Bosch SoftTech GmbH; and Carolin Tolksdorf from Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH.

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event in which programmers, software developers, designers, and project managers work closely together to develop software in a team. Hackathons usually last between one and seven days, and the goal is generally to develop new software for a defined purpose. The term “hackathon” is a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon.” In this context, “hack” effectively means playful, exploratory programming. The hackathon phenomenon has spread widely since the middle of the last decade. Hackathons are used by companies and venture capital firms as an agile way of quickly developing innovative software-based technologies.

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http://bit.ly/1lWcHs8
mySPIN in Bosch Media Service:
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Chancellor Merkel convenes specialist conference Bosch Chief Personnel Officer Kübel: “Germany needs more women bosses” Mixed leadership teams boost competitiveness

  • Second “women in leadership positions” conference in Federal Chancellery
  • Flexible worktime arrangements and respect for family commitments conducive to women's careers
  • Integrated approach instead of individual actions
Stuttgart – “If more women in Germany are to opt for a leadership career, we need an integrated approach involving business, politics, and society.” This was the appeal made by Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations of Robert Bosch GmbH, at a specialist conference attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. “Mixed leadership teams can help Germany remain a leading economy.” Speaking at the Federal Chancellery to leading representatives of politics, academia, and business, Kübel stressed that corporate and working culture play a vital role in this context. “Germany needs more women bosses. Flexible working models, respect for family commitments, and the elimination of prejudice can all play an important role in attracting more women leadership candidates.” In his view, women play a crucial role in a company's success, yet they far too rarely manage to get a foot on the executive career ladder. Given the foreseeable lack of qualified personnel, businesses that fail to exploit this potential are shooting themselves in the foot, Kübel added.

Diversity management: casting off traditional roles and mindsets
“In everyday practice, women on a leadership career path often have to deal with adversity,” Kübel says. “Frequently, they find themselves confronted with obsolete role models and mindsets.” For this reason, Kübel is convinced that real change is needed on every level, not least to overthrow hackneyed stereotypes based on gender. Worldwide, therefore, Bosch carries out diversity management, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths. By 2020, the supplier of technology and services wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide. Bosch as a whole has already reached a 12 percent share, with certain countries already having exceeding the target, such as China (23 percent) and Spain (21 percent). To give women permanent support on their career paths, Bosch offers special mentoring programs, networks, seminars, and training courses.

Girls' Campus: kindling young women's interest in technology
Kübel said that Bosch wants to make a contribution to society, and give it the benefit of its experience: “For us, there is no doubt that mixed leadership teams are more successful, and can thus make Germany as a whole more competitive.” This is why Bosch supports initiatives to kindle children's interest in technology at an early age. Chancellor Merkel was especially interested to hear about the “Girls' Campus” program: this project, organized jointly by Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, offers female high-school students a year-long program of weekend seminars, at which they gain insights into the world of work, are shown around companies, receive tuition in technical subjects, and learn presentation techniques. The aim is to kindle young women's enthusiasm for science and technology. Apart from Girls' Campus and Girls' Day, Bosch also takes part in more than 250 education alliances across the German school system as part of the “Wissensfabrik” (knowledge factory) initiative.

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Bosch as an employer: http://bit.ly/1kuDdrM
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1q8kzGS
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Innovation dialogue involving politics, industry, and academia Federal government asks Bosch CEO to join steering committee Denner: “Germany can lead the world in connectivity”

  • Dialogue participants discuss subjects with technological and future relevance
  • Bosch CEO Denner: “In the race for a connected world, Germany must use its strengths”
  • Bosch start-up platform encourages entrepreneurship in the company
Berlin – Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel has appointed the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner to the steering committee of the innovation dialogue, in which the federal government consults with the business and academic communities. At its regular meetings, the committee focuses on technological subjects and the effect that political, economic, and social conditions will have on such things as Germany’s future innovative strength. The discussions are attended by the federal chancellor and the ministers for economic affairs, education, and special tasks on the one hand, and representatives of the business and academic communities on the other. The committee is chaired by Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, president of Germany’s National Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech). “The future of German business lies in connectivity, both technologically and organizationally. It is both appropriate and necessary that politics, industry, and academia should work together to strengthen Germany’s status as a seat of innovation,” said Denner, who is both CEO and CTO of the Bosch Group. “In particular, the close networks between business and science are one of Germany’s main strengths in the global competition among knowledge-based societies,” Denner went on.

Germany needs more innovative business models
The Bosch CEO is confident that “Germany can lead the world in connectivity. We are in an excellent position to do so.” When it comes to connected manufacturing, Denner stressed that Germany still has a strong industrial base. “Our know-how in manufacturing things, combined with our expertise in IT and automation engineering, gives us a very real advantage in the race for the connected world.” However, Denner does not believe that Germany’s future competitiveness is set in stone. While German industry has always been a technological pioneer, “innovative business models still tend to be the hallmark of Silicon Valley. In the internet age, German companies also have to be innovative in their business models.”

Bosch start-up platform: encouraging entrepreneurship in the company
The Bosch CEO sees a need to catch up in two areas above all: first, in technical infrastructure (e.g. poor broadband networks) and, second, in its culture of entrepreneurship, which is still underdeveloped. “The number of start-ups in Germany has fallen constantly over the past ten years. This is clearly not the development we need,” Denner said. Increasingly, therefore, Bosch is encouraging entrepreneurship within the company. Only recently, the company’s own start-up platform went into operation. It provides support to Bosch associates wanting to set up their own company. Denner went on: “Our associates have proved that they are good researchers. Now we want them to be good businesspeople as well.” While associates focus on making their innovations ready for the market, the start-up platform helps them with administrative matters such as management accounting and financing.
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Taking flexible working culture further Bosch simplifies telecommuting, private phone calls, and internet use at the workplace Focus on results, not physical presence

  • Consistent rules make telecommuting easier
  • Personal e-mails, web access, and phone calls at the workplace
  • Chief personnel officer Kübel: “Flexible working models should be the norm”
  • Combined works council chairman Löckle: “A clear set of rules that gives our associates more freedom”
Stuttgart – Bosch has introduced a consistent set of rules that simplify telecommuting. It is also allowing its associates to manage personal e-mails,
surf the web, and make private phone calls at the workplace. The supplier of technology and services is aiming to continue its move away from a culture of physical presence to a more flexible one that focuses on results. At the same time, this move helps Bosch achieve a better balance between work and private life. Together with the combined works council, two new combined works agreements have been drawn up that will apply to Bosch associates in Germany. Bosch recently put in place guidelines for a flexible, family-friendly working culture.

Culture change for more freedom and creativity
“The reason we want to drive this change in our working culture forward is that we are convinced that flexible working models are beneficial,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. “Giving associates the choice of where and when to work increases job satisfaction, delivers better results, and strengthens creativity.” Kübel adds that this is why Bosch wants to make telecommuting the norm.

Simplifying flexible working
Telecommuting is already an option at Bosch. But new, simpler rules for associates and executives are set to make it even easier to choose where and when to work. Until now, associates had to get their supervisor’s individual approval before they could work temporarily at another location or from home. Now associates have the fundamental right to do so, provided this is compatible with their job. In manufacturing operations as well, management is working to introduce flexible solutions, including shift arrangements that are compatible with part-time working and systems that allow associates to stand in for one another. “We hope that flexible shift systems will benefit the company and its associates to an equal degree, serving the business interests of the one while allowing the others to reconcile the demands of family and working life,” says Alfred Löckle, the chairman of the combined works council.

Personal e-mails, phone calls, and web access at the workplace
From now on, anyone at Bosch who wants to surf the web or use internet banking during their lunch break, say, will be able to use their Bosch company PC to do so. Associates may also use their company e-mail address or company phone to conduct personal business. In a world where work and personal life are connected, Bosch wants to make its associates’ everyday work easier. “I have a smartphone of my own,” says Arne Brixel, a production planner at the Bosch plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, “but it’s definitely more convenient to use my work laptop to book a train ticket or quickly pay a bill.”

Guiding principle – a better balance between work and private life
Bosch already offers its associates around 100 working models, including various part-time options, job sharing, and working from home. “That’s why we have also made sure the rules make a clear distinction between work and private life,” Löckle says. “Every associate can define break times and set time periods in which they do not wish to be disturbed.” Guidelines for associates and for executives will help them both to make use of the advantages of telecommuting and to overcome their reservations. Löckle feels executives have a particular responsibility in this regard: some bosses also have to learn to let go, and to accept that mere physical presence should not be confused with hard work.

More focus on results, less physical presence
The consistent rules for telecommuting give associates clarity on issues relating to logging their working hours, insurance coverage, and information security. In accordance with employment law and collective-bargaining arrangements, hours worked while telecommuting will be logged as normal. It will even be possible to make up for free time taken during the week by catching up with work on a Saturday. Bosch sees its clear commitment to telecommuting as an important step toward achieving a better balance between work and private life. “Many of the associates in my team can work just as well from home or from the office using a laptop and a cellphone,” says Anne Cater, a department head at the Bosch Thermotechnology division’s Lollar location. “Our Bosch Connect social business network also makes it easier for associates to work together no matter where and what time of day they are working.”

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Bosch as an employer: www.bosch-career.com
Guidelines for a flexible working culture at Bosch: http://bit.ly/ZRVR5Z
Balancing work and private life at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1vQqaDN

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New Bosch Center for Research and Advance Engineering Associates begin moving to new research campus Building project to be completed by early summer 2015

  • Some 800 associates expected to move in by the end of 2014 Project on schedule: Remaining construction and move to be completed by early summer 2015
  • Bosch CEO Denner: “The new Renningen location will enhance the Bosch Group’s innovative strength”
  • Campus-like atmosphere promotes creativity and more networking
Renningen – The time has finally come for the first researchers and engineers to move into the Bosch Center for Research and Advance Engineering in Renningen. Almost two and a half years after the groundbreaking ceremony, some 800 associates are set to start working at the new research campus by the end of 2014. The center in Renningen will be the hub of Bosch’s global research network. Until now, corporate research and advance engineering activities have been spread out at locations in Gerlingen, Schwieberdingen, and Waiblingen. With the move of the first 800 out of a total of 1,700 associates, the Bosch location is now officially open for business. By tightening its network of researchers, the global provider of technology and services aims to further enhance its innovative strength. “The new Renningen location will enhance the Bosch Group’s innovative strength. Bosch’s strategic aim is to develop solutions for a connected life. To this end, we are creating an even tighter network of researchers and engineers in Renningen and beyond,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management. With its new hub, the research network of the global provider of technology and services will comprise eight locations in six countries from 2015 onward. Bosch is investing some 310 million euros for the new research center, which is located outside of Stuttgart.

Logistical challenge – A move in several steps
By the end of 2014, Bosch researchers will have moved into buildings at the eastern end of the site, as well as into the main building. The buildings on the western half of the site will be completed in the first quarter of 2015, at which point associates will be moving in. The move to the new research campus is gradually taking place over a period of about six months, and involves mastering special logistical challenges. Many of the laboratories and research facilities must be carefully dismantled, packed, transported, and rebuilt for operations in Renningen. In total, some 1,800 machines and technical equipment from 270 laboratories are being moved from existing locations to Renningen. By early summer 2015, more than 12,000 boxes will be moved to the new research campus.

Campus with ideal research conditions
“For the first time, Bosch is pooling its research and advance engineering activities in the greater Stuttgart region at a single location. This highlights the importance of research at Bosch,” said Dr. Michael Bolle, president of corporate research and advance engineering at Bosch. The new research center is tailored specifically to the needs of researchers. Based on the concept of a university campus, the buildings are generously spread out across a large site. The specially developed office concept offers an attractive work environment that promotes creativity and cooperation. “The interior design of the buildings and the floor plan reflect our innovation process. For each phase of this process, our associates will have ideal working conditions,” Bolle said. Thanks to the close proximity of office spaces to workshops and laboratories, researchers can put their ideas to the test without delay.

A powerhouse of innovation – 20 patents per working day
In 2013, Bosch filed a total of 4,964 patents, an average of 20 per working day. This makes the company one of the world’s top ranking in terms of patent applications. Last year, the global provider of technology and services spent 4.5 billion euros on research and development, almost 10 percent of its sales. The company currently employs some 42,700 researchers and engineers. At locations around the world, some 1,300 associates work for the company’s corporate research and advance engineering department.

More information on the new Center for Research and Advance Engineering can be found at www.bosch-renningen.de.

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Every third motorcycle in Europe features ABS Bosch makes motorcycling safer MSC in the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure

  • Trend toward safety features continues undiminished
  • ABS can prevent a quarter of all motorcycling casualties
  • MSC motorcycle stability control can help in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents occurring in bends due to rider error
  • New KTM 1290 Super Adventure features Bosch MSC as standard
Performance and handling are not the only outstanding features of new motorcycle models. “The trend toward more safety features also continues undiminished,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. Over the past six years, the share of bikes equipped with an ABS antilock braking system has risen 600 percent. “Now, every third motorcycle made in Europe has ABS on board,” Steiger says. At present, MSC motorcycle stability control offers bikers the best possible safety. At the end of 2013, Bosch was the first– and so far only –supplier to start production of this safety system. “Like ESP in cars, MSC offers the best possible support for every situation, whether braking or accelerating, and even when the rider is leaning over at a steep angle,” Steiger says.

Clear evidence of the benefit of these safety systems is provided by GIDAS, the German In-Depth Accident Study. ABS can already prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents involving casualties. Further GIDAS analyses show that MSC can help in two-thirds of the motorcycle accidents that occur in bends due to rider error.

Following its multiple award-winning 1190 Adventure and Adventure R, the Austrian manufacturer KTM is now offering this system in its recently debuted 1290 Super Adventure. For the first time, it will also be available with innovative optional features: hill hold control and a lean angle-dependent drag torque control.

Bosch MSC offers a new dimension of safety
MSC motorcycle stability control currently offers the best possible safety for motorcyclists. Technically, the system is based on a Bosch ABS, plus an electronic composite brake function. All the rider has to do is apply the front or back brake. The system automatically applies the second brake, ensuring that the best possible braking force is applied to each wheel. An additional lean-angle sensor measures the actual lean of the motorcycle, allowing the system to instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the current riding status. In this way, it provides the best possible support in bends. Given that nearly every second fatal motorcycle accident happens in a bend, this is especially important. Precise regulation offers a smooth progression in brake pressure as the rider leans in for the corner, as well as boosting deceleration on the straight. And by analyzing tilt rate and linear acceleration, the system can tell sooner when the front or rear wheel is about to lift off, allowing MSC to intervene with a corrective action. Brake force is distributed flexibly and fast between the front and rear wheel according to the driving situation, ensuring the safest and best possible deceleration.

MSC and more in the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure
A number of additional functions make the 1290 Super Adventure stand out from its predecessor, the 1190 Adventure. As a new standard feature, the composite function in the MSC adjusts the distribution of brake force between front and rear wheel to the linear gradient of the road. When riding uphill, for example, the rear wheel is braked more than on a level stretch, since it can transfer more braking force in such a situation. A hill hold control and drag torque control are also available as options. Hill hold control automatically maintains brake pressure, even when the rider releases the hand and foot brakes. The brake is not opened until the rider has opened the throttle and engaged the clutch. There is no longer any juggling of clutch, brakes, and throttle, which is especially tricky during hill starts. For its part, the drag torque control counteracts the critical situations that arise when drive torque suddenly increases or drops. In such cases, the driven wheel can lose traction and start to skid. This can happen when engine braking torque is too high – when changing to a lower gear too soon, for example – or when the rider suddenly lets go of the throttle on a slippery road surface. MSC detects the lean angle and the risk of traction loss, and instantly computes the best possible values for acceleration and braking. This provides a considerable boost to safety in such situations.

From ABS light to MSC – a solution for every class of motorcycle
Having taken a modular approach, Bosch can offer an ABS to suit any type of motorized two-wheeler that features a hydraulic brake system. The portfolio ranges from a single hydraulic brake channel to control the front wheel, to a dual-channel system, to the top-of-the-line ABS 9 enhanced, featuring an eCBS (electronic combined brake system) function. In the latter case, all the rider has to do is apply one of the brakes, front or rear. ABS 9 enhanced then automatically activates the second brake to bring the optimum brake force to bear on both wheels.
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HotPowCon research project successfully concluded Better power electronics for electric vehicles Developing packaging and interconnection technology for high operating temperatures

  • Key technology for electromobility in Germany
  • New joining process is lead-free, inexpensive, and reliable
  • Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Stuttgart – Thanks to a new packaging and interconnection technology (PIT), it is now possible to manufacture electronic power modules that operate reliably even at temperatures as high as 300 degrees Celsius. The new PIT is the outcome of the recently concluded three-year Hot Power Connection (HotPowCon) research project, which received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Since control electronics have to cope with very high operating temperatures, especially in hybrid and electric vehicles, the new PIT will serve as an important foundation for the further development of electromobility in Germany.

Saving energy and cutting costs
Electronic power modules such as inverters, DC/DC converters, and battery chargers are key components in electric vehicles. To push electromobility into the mainstream, the automotive industry needs power modules that are as inexpensive, energy efficient, and compact as possible. It also has to be possible to integrate logical entities such as microprocessors into the modules in order to enhance their functionality. Until now, there was no lead-free, reliable, and inexpensive PIT that was suitable for these combined logical power modules and could withstand their high operating temperatures. Existing joining techniques were either extremely expensive or used lead-based solders that harm the environment. What is more, power modules required complex cooling processes to manage the heat they generate as a result of working with high electrical output. The choice of joining technique determined the upper limit to their operating temperature.

Prepared for large-scale series production
The HotPowCon consortium has now developed a system of workable tin-based pastes that permits joining by way of isothermal solidification. This means all the module’s components can be soldered in a single joining process. The new PIT is lead-free and based on inexpensive materials. Because it can withstand very high temperatures, it greatly reduces cooling requirements. That in turn reduces power consumption and helps to cut costs. In their work on this PIT – choosing what materials to use and developing the necessary process and plant technology – the researchers paved the way for it to be used in industrial series production. They used demonstrators to show that the PIT is reliable at high temperatures.

Multidisciplinary research team
HotPowCon brought together large companies, medium-sized enterprises, universities, and research institutions. Robert Bosch GmbH led the project, and partners included Siemens AG, Heraeus Materials Technology GmbH & Co. KG, Chemnitzer Werkstoffmechanik GmbH, Seho Systems GmbH, the Institute of Applied Systems and Circuits at the University of Rostock, the Center for Microtechnical Production at the Dresden University of Technology, and the Fraunhofer Institutes for Reliability and Microintegration IZM and for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS. Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG were associate partners. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provided around half of the project’s budget of 5.5 million euros, funding the HotPowCon project as part of its “IKT 2020” research program. The newly developed PIT is also suitable for use in manufacturing inverters for photovoltaic systems, and will find application in other sectors in the future.

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Project partners:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Siemens AG
Heraeus Materials Technology GmbH & Co. KG
Chemnitzer Werkstoffmechanik GmbH
SEHO Systems GmbH
Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM
Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS
University of Rostock, Institute of Applied Systems and Circuits
Technische Universität Dresden, Center for Microtechnical Production

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Volkswagen AG
Daimler AG
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Bosch’s technological leap: Display-based instrument cluster Progressive new concept

  • Sophisticated high-performance dual-processor architecture
  • High flexibility when processing content
  • Mineral glass pane over the display exudes quality
The instrument cluster represents a leap in technology, just like the vehicle itself: in the BMW i8, the driver is presented with display-based instrumentation. There are no mechanically moving parts whatsoever, and, thanks to the large monitor, the cluster provides a maximum in flexibility for processing and displaying content. It joins the car on its journey into a future that is increasingly shaped by driver assistance and infotainment systems and associated connectivity capabilities. Such a future therefore requires innovative display and control concepts.

The biggest advantage of a purely display-based instrument cluster is its versatility. It gives designers and developers complete freedom when devising the graphics and layout for the display area, thus leading to unprecedented design possibilities. Almost any conceivable shapes and colors can be utilized for a wide variety of operating states. The monitor furthermore allows specific navigation and online content to be presented to the driver clearly.

When designing the instrument cluster for this plug-in hybrid vehicle, the development engineers settled on a crystal-clear high-contrast TFT display with a diagonal screen size of 8.8 inches. The monitor is positioned in the driver’s field of vision and presents the vehicle’s current speed on the left, while the instrumentation on the right changes depending on which of the i8’s driving modes has been selected.

Encouraging economical driving
In "Comfort" mode, the display shows a power meter on the right that indicates the energy utilization on a dial, including the e-boost from the electric traction motor and the recuperation via the vehicle brakes. "Eco Pro" mode is based on the "Comfort" display but provides a more detailed representation of the transition states between the propulsion technologies, which can encourage the driver to adopt a particularly economical driving style. In both modes the basic dials are displayed in gray and blue tones. In contrast, "Sport" mode presents two red instruments with a rev counter on the right, leaving no doubt of the i8 drive concept’s intrinsic power capabilities. In all modes, the space between the two sets of instruments is used flexibly to display, for example, navigation, radio or telephone information.

Perfect visual feedback
The sophistication of the instrument cluster for the BMW i8 required meticulous development work on the part of the Bosch engineers. An example of this can be seen in the exceptionally fluid motion of the pointers as they move over the dials. Both the hardware and software were carefully selected to guarantee the necessary performance for perfect visual feedback, even for highly dynamic animations.

This instrument cluster furthermore utilizes a highly innovative dual-processor architecture, with one processing unit dedicated to handling the graphics and the other for the remaining functions. A level of computing power was chosen that additionally allows the electronics of a head-up display to be controlled via the instrument cluster. Data connectivity is provided by two bus systems: CAN (Controller Area Network) and MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport).

The TFT display is covered with an optically bonded pane of mineral glass, just like the latest smartphones and tablet PCs, thus underscoring the cutting-edge design and modern look and feel of this instrument cluster.

For the BMW i8, Bosch also supplies various sensors, a gasoline direct injection system, starter motors, the power electronics for the starter generator, the front wiper system, and electric water pumps.
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Annual Press Conference 2014 Bosch registers double-digit growth in China Continuous innovation and localization efforts

  • Consolidated sales increase of 18 percent to a total of CNY 41.2 billion (5 billion euros)
  • Pioneering innovations for a connected world
  • Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for local sustainable development
  • Double-digit growth expected again in 2014
Beijing – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, recorded consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion* (5 billion euros) in China in 2013 – a significant year-on-year growth of 18 percent. “This outstanding performance demonstrates the lasting strength and success of our innovative technologies and localized solutions for the Chinese market,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific. He added: “China expects to witness further stable economic growth, which will ensure a healthy business environment with dynamic opportunities. We aim to further strengthen our position in China, and we strive to achieve double-digit growth in the years to come as well.”

Bosch’s Automotive Technology business sector grew almost twice as fast as the market in China in 2013. Sales development of Bosch’s other three business sectors in China reflects the development of the respective industries in the past year. Power Tools, part of Bosch’s Consumer Goods business sector, reports moderate sales revenue growth. In the Energy and Building Technology business sector, the Thermotechnology division performed well thanks to its expanded portfolio and energy-efficient condensing appliances, while the Security Systems division experienced a slight decrease. In the Industrial Technology business sector, the Drive and Control Technology division has not yet fully recovered: however, there are signs that the construction market is stabilizing. The Packaging Technology division achieved moderate growth.

Continuous localization efforts
Bosch continues to intensify its localization strategy in its various business operations. In the last three years, Bosch has invested over CNY 10 billion in China, with the aim of further enhancing its local value chain, and especially of cultivating local R&D competence. In the past year for example, Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket and Chassis System divisions opened plants in Nanjing and Chengdu respectively, and a new Automotive Test and Technology Center in Donghai. This year, the Bosch joint venture Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems plans to open a plant in Shanghai for the production of turbochargers for gasoline engines. There are also plans for a plant for diesel systems in Qingdao.

Bosch currently has a total of 17 technical centers in China. The number of Chinese associates working in R&D increased to 3,300 – more than 10 percent of Bosch’s total headcount in China. The more than 150 patents filed in China last year – nearly 20 percent more than in the previous year – are a sign of Bosch’s increasing local R&D competence. “We are focusing on affordable products, especially in the mid-price segment, which are tailored to local customer needs without compromising Bosch quality,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. As an example, Bosch Thermotechnology launched its first series of air-source heat pump water heaters in China in March this year. These take account of specific local needs for relatively small volumes of 150 and 200 liters, as well as of energy-saving requirements.

Associates as cornerstone of business development
By the end of 2013, Bosch had increased its workforce in China to over 32,000. Two-thirds of its local management team are Chinese. Bosch offers a comprehensive incentive package with diverse associate training programs. In 2013, Bosch Training Center offered over 900 training sessions. As a result of these efforts, Bosch has now been named “Top Employer” by the Corporate Research Foundation, an independent international human resource institute, for three years running. “Our dedicated associates are our great strength and I would like to give credit to them for Bosch’s business success in 2013,” said Dr. Chen Yudong. “It is their hard work and innovative ideas which make our success possible. The innovations provided by our talented associates will continue to be a main driver of our future success.”

Pioneering innovations for a connected world
Bosch estimates more than 75 percent of the global population and 6.6 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015, which will bring more convenience in daily life and significantly improve energy efficiency. In line with this trend, Bosch is reaching out to new business areas and promoting new business models, especially by leveraging and combining its wide-ranging expertise in existing areas of business. “The internet of things and services is now a hot topic in China, and we expect stronger momentum in the coming years. As an innovative company, Bosch is ready for the business opportunities it brings us,” said Dr. Chen Yudong.

Leveraging its sensor and software technologies, Bosch is sparing no effort to establish the framework and foundations of connectivity. Bosch Sensortec, the Bosch subsidiary that specializes in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology, has had its Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai since 2013. Bosch Sensortec develops and markets micro-mechanical sensors for consumer electronics, mobile phones, safety systems, industrial technology, and logistics. Now every second smartphone worldwide uses Bosch sensors. While MEMS technologies are regarded as the hardware basis for connectivity, Bosch Software Innovations is capable of providing software solutions. It launched a pilot project for promoting electric vehicle application in Shanghai in 2013. Automated driving is another example of the potential and advantages of connectivity technologies. With connectivity-capable components such as sensors, cameras, and electronic control units, Bosch can offer driving assistance functions which will lead to automated driving in the future.

Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for sustainable development
In China, rapid industrialization and urbanization create enormous challenges for the environment, and make immediate energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts necessary. Stricter environmental protection regulations already show the government’s determination to tackle these challenges. “The fastest way to get results is by improving the efficiency of energy conversion. Bosch offers innovative technical solutions for energy efficiency, ranging from mobility to home appliances”, Peter Tyroller said. For example, on the path to electrification, Bosch’s aim for 2020 is to reduce the fuel consumption of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by a further 20 percent from their 2012 levels. Bosch’s Thermotechnology division has also successfully developed a condensing wall-mounted boiler with thermal efficiency of as much as 111 percent.

As a sustainable manufacturer, Bosch has introduced its EHS (environment, health, and safety) standards in all its manufacturing sites in China, especially for energy saving, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Thanks to the joint efforts of 150 fully dedicated associates involved in supervising and controlling work across China, Bosch China reduced its relative energy consumption by almost 24 percent and relative CO2 emissions by 21 percent across China in 2013, compared with their 2007 levels.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Germany:
Melita Delic
Phone: +49 (711) 811-48617
Email: melita.delic@bosch.com

Asia Pacific/China:
Ms. Hong Hong
Phone: +86 (21) 2218 1254
Email: hong.hong@cn.bosch.com

In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, solar energy products, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs over 32,000 associates in 63 legal entities and facilities, with consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion in fiscal 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures).

For more information, visit www.bosch.com.cn

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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Auto China 2014 Bosch shapes the future of electric, automated, and connected driving Global innovations pave the way for sustainable development of Chinese automotive industry

  • Higher environmental and safety needs driving innovations in powertrain and automated driving technologies
  • Connected driving: safety, comfort, and convenience
  • Continuous localization efforts ensure double-digit growth of Bosch automotive business in China
Beijing – Bosch, a leading global supplier of automotive technology and services, is bringing its latest automotive technologies to the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2014). Focusing on electrification, automation, and connectivity, Bosch is presenting a series of future-oriented automotive technologies and solutions to meet Chinese users’ increasing needs for cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more comfortable driving experiences.

“The global automotive industry is going through a profound technological revolution, and China will be an important part of it,” said Wolf-Henning Scheider, the board of management member of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the company’s global automotive business. “To keep up with the trend of electric, automated, and connected driving, Bosch has developed a comprehensive portfolio of automotive technologies in these three areas. And our continuous innovations help us stay at the forefront of the industry.”

Environmental and safety regulations are shaping the future of mobility
Globally, ever-stricter regulations for fuel consumption, emissions control, as well as road safety are driving the development of powertrain and automated driving technologies. “There is still considerable potential in internal-combustion engines, if various measures are taken,” Scheider explained. “By 2020, the fuel consumption of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles can be further reduced by another 20 percent from its 2012 level.” Improved injection and engine management systems, turbocharged downsized engines, as well as start-stop and regenerative braking systems are some of the solutions to increase the efficiency of cars with internal combustion engines. They are all on display at the Bosch booth.

Besides improving the conventional powertrain, electrification will play an increasingly important role in the future of mobility, especially to help reduce air pollution in large cities and to aid in resource conservation. “Our portfolio of electric solutions encompasses a broad spectrum from e-bikes and e-scooters, through mild and plug-in hybrids, all the way to fully-electric powertrains,” Scheider said. “With varying levels of electrification depending on the vehicle class, Bosch is dedicated to helping China reach its stricter fuel-efficiency targets and emission standards.”

For instance, in combining the four efficient functions of recuperation, boosting, start-stop, and coasting, the boost recuperation system (BRS) can lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions up to 15 percent. Another revolutionary new powertrain technology is the hydraulic hybrid, which features a pressure accumulator filled with nitrogen which stores deceleration energy, as well as a hydraulic motor which converts accumulated energy into propulsion. On average, the system reduces fuel consumption by 30 percent, or even up to 45 percent in city driving with frequent acceleration and breaking.

Road accidents have become one of the primary causes of injury and death. Around 60,000 people die in road accidents each year in China and a majority of traffic accidents are caused by human error. As the first supplier testing automated driving on German roads, Bosch continuously invests in developing automated safety and assistance functions, and is committed to the future of accident-free driving. Today, more than 5,000 engineers at Bosch are developing more powerful safety and assistance systems which form the basis for automated driving. In China, advanced driver-assistance systems are being marketed and increasingly installed in vehicles produced by Chinese automakers. Moreover, the Bosch iBooster is a pioneering braking solution for hybrid and electric vehicles. It is an electromechanical brake booster that doesn’t require a vacuum, but effectively provides braking assistance and allows almost all the energy lost in typical braking to be recovered.

Connected driving: safety, comfort, and convenience
To achieve the vision of fully automated driving, vehicle connectivity is one of the prerequisites. “Fully automated driving will be possible only with connected driving. For it to work, at least 50 percent of the vehicles in flowing traffic have to be sharing data with each other in real time.” explained Scheider. “The aim of vehicle connectivity is accident-free, comfortable, and informed driving, as well as the convenience of an increased range of services for users.” By 2025, Bosch expects that almost all newly-registered vehicles will be “connected” and share data with each other in traffic.

One of the solutions Bosch offers in this field is the new connectivity control unit (CCU). For an efficient fleet management, the CCU helps to monitor vehicles and analyze their condition. Another example is Bosch mySPIN, which features a system for integrating smart phones into the vehicle. Compatible with both IOS and Android operating systems, mySPIN enables smart phone apps to be operated on the dashboard display exactly as they are on the phone. This means they can be used safely while driving, thus increasing comfort and safety.

Increasing localization for sustainable development in China
“Thanks to long-term cooperation with local car makers, Bosch has been increasing localization, particularly in research and development as well as manufacturing,” said Dr. Xu Daquan, the executive vice president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. “We will continue to work with our partners in China closely and support them by providing innovative automotive solutions and services.” Thanks to its product excellence and close partnerships, Bosch China received a total of over 40 excellent supplier awards from more than 20 original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in 2013.

Over the last five years, Bosch’s automotive business in China registered a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent, achieving sales of CNY 32 billion in 2013. In addition, three new automotive operations were inaugurated in China last year, involving a total investment of around CNY 2.5 billion. By the end of 2013, Bosch China had established 26 automotive manufacturing sites, 11 automotive technical centers, two automotive test centers, and over 1,600 Bosch Car Service workshops.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Yinguang Yuan, phone: +86 21 2218-1370
Udo Rügheimer, phone: +49 711 811-6283

In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, solar energy products, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs over 30,000 associates in 58 legal entities and facilities fiscal 2012.

For more information, visit www.bosch.com.cn.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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Double-digit growth over the past decade Bosch China continues steady business performance in 2012 Increasing local agility to sustain long-term growth

  • Total revenue at CNY 41.7 billion (5.1 billion euros)
  • Compound annual growth rate of 25 percent makes China a Bosch success story over the past decade
  • Double-digit growth expected in 2013
Shanghai – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, generated consolidated sales revenue of CNY 41.7 billion (5.1 billion euros) in China in 2012. “After many years of strong growth, our business in China stagnated on a high level in 2012. Even so, China remains Bosch’s second largest overseas market. For 2013, we again expect to see considerable growth in China,” said Uwe Raschke, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific. He added: “The compound annual growth rate of 25 percent over the past decade makes China a Bosch success story. And we strive to achieve double-digit growth in the future.” A number of measures were introduced to improve local agility in 2012, and these will continue in 2013. They include greater local decision-making powers, a higher share of local value add and supplies, more products oriented to local markets, and a continuation of the company’s long-established policy of substantial local R&D activities.

2012 is a mixed year in terms of business development for Bosch in China. With the lasting strength of innovative technologies and localization solutions for the Chinese market, the Automotive Technology business sector managed to grow in line with the market. The Industrial Technology business sector, however, felt the effects of the downturn in mechanical engineering. And as the real estate market recovered, the Consumer Goods and Building Technology business sector witnessed moderate growth.

Bosch Group business developments 2012-2013
For 2013, Bosch expects global sales growth of 2 to 4 percent. The measures to improve result that were started in 2012 – such as limits on fixed costs, capital expenditure, and company acquisitions – are to be continued. The supplier of technology and services will also continue to rigorously pursue the main lines of its strategy – with systems for environmental protection, energy efficiency, and safety. Bosch believes that there is huge energy-efficiency potential, as well as sales potential, in modernizing buildings’ power supply, energy management, and insulation.

On January 1, 2013, Bosch brought together the areas of its business that deal with this to form a fourth business sector, Energy and Building Technology. This new business sector generated sales of 5 billion euros in 2012. The company also expects sales growth to come from innovative and beneficial products, web-based business models, and the further expansion of its international presence. At the company’s recent annual press conference in Germany, Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, said: “Bosch’s broad footprint has never been as valuable as in the age of connected life.”

Comprehensive localization efforts
“Bosch continued to step up its localization activities in China, paying increasing attention to prospects for long-term growth,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. “We see talent and innovation as the two main drivers of our future development. And in view of the results, our efforts have paid off,” he added. Bosch continued to invest heavily in China in 2012, with investments reaching a total of CNY 3.6 billion (440 million euros). Bosch’s localization policy manifests itself in various ways.

There has been continuous investment in R&D and local engineering competence has improved. In 2012, Bosch filed 126 local patents in China, 75 percent more than in the previous year. By the beginning of 2013, headcount was over 34,000 – 11 percent more than in the year before. And at 16 percent, the increase in Chinese associates working in R&D was even higher. They now number 3,200.

By appointing Chinese executives the new local presidents of a number of divisions in mid 2012, Bosch strengthened its local decision-making power. To meet regional market demands, Bosch stepped up its “Go West” strategy, especially in Chengdu, where Bosch established a communication center that will act as a service hub for the entire country. In addition, a plant for the Chassis Systems Control division will open this year, and further plants for Packaging Technology and Power Tools will be completed in 2014. In Nanjing, the Automotive Aftermarket division just opened a new plant, which will be the Bosch Group’s biggest spark-plug production base as well as the R&D hub for Asia Pacific.

Tailoring solutions to customers’ requirements
As domestic consumption becomes increasingly important in the economy, China is undergoing a profound transition. “Consumers with increasingly differentiated demands are flexing their economic muscle, and their purchasing behavior is evolving dramatically,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, and continued: “With a focus on these customers, Bosch has broadened and intensified its access to end-users through products and technologies, channels and market presence.”

Local innovations that make products more affordable without compromising Bosch quality performed a prominent role in the expansion of the company’s portfolio. Products such as the inexpensive AB light airbag control unit and the mid-price T-edition power tools for Chinese tradespeople were developed using Bosch expertise from a number of areas. The Thermotechnology division is developing a low output wall-mounted boiler for the Chinese housing market. To further strengthen its bond with consumers, Bosch is attaching more importance to its B2C platforms, and has opened new gates for customer communications, such as the Bosch Car Service’s newly inaugurated Beijing workshop.

In the future, Bosch wants to progress from customer satisfaction to customer enthusiasm. User experience, with a focus on connectivity, will be the primary contributor to meeting this objective. As of January 1, the company has established a fourth business sector, Energy and Building Technology. This sector shows great potential, from both an economic and an environmental perspective. It will focus on two main areas: the control of heating and security systems, and energy-management services.

Enduring and comprehensive efforts to support industrial upgrading
Rapid industrialization has made China the world’s leading manufacturing base, but also places enormous pressure on the environment. “As China seeks to transform its economic growth pattern to one of lower environmental impact and greater innovative competence, industrial upgrading is essential,” said Dr. Chen Yudong. “Besides technical innovations, talent is the key to the success, especially the blue-collar workers who are the bedrock of our manufacturing operations,” he added.Thanks to its dual system for training blue-collar workers, Bosch has sustained its competitiveness for over a century in the manufacturing world. Since its Chinese equivalent, the "Apprentice Class Program," was introduced in 2007, the system has been made available in Suzhou, Beijing, Changsha, and Nanjing. More than 200 apprentices have completed the program and showcased the skills they acquired.

In addition to manufacturing quality, Bosch provides innovative solutions for energy efficiency. For mobility, Bosch proactively develops cleaner technologies. Locally made products include the Denoxtronic 6-5 exhaust-gas treatment system and the start-stop system. For manufacturers, Bosch has introduced its “Rexroth for Energy Efficiency” program, which allows industrial systems to be optimized and offers an energy saving potential of up to 44 percent.

By partnering with customers and suppliers, Bosch intends to boost the competence of related industries along the value chain. The more than 60 “best supplier” awards it has received are evidence of Bosch’s successful cooperative practices with customers. On the other hand, Bosch spares no effort in cultivating local suppliers that meet Bosch’s global standards. As an incentive, Bosch confers preferred-supplier status on suppliers that deliver outstanding products or services every year.

Actively taking on social responsibility
In each of the past two years, the independent international human resource institute Corporate Research Foundation has named Bosch a “Top Employer.” It is Bosch’s aim to offer its associates attractive working conditions and career development opportunities. As a corporate citizen, and in accordance with its wider presence in China, Bosch makes a valuable contribution to society. In 2012, Bosch China Charity Center kicked off its three-year plan, increasing its efforts in the less developed mid-western regions and focusing on areas such as poverty and vocational training. By integrating its responsibilities for both associates and society into its daily activities, Bosch is determined to drive forward a sustainable and mutually beneficial development in and with China.

Bosch at the International Automobile Exhibition in Shanghai, Hall E2
Under the theme of “Clean and Economical, Safe and Comfort”, Bosch will present a series of leading automotive technologies and system solutions on the 15th International Automobile Exhibition in Shanghai, April 21 - April 29, including innovative safety technologies and driver assistance systems committed to “accident-free” driving, powertrain electrification systems, diesel common rail systems, gasoline direct injection systems, start/stop systems, CNG system for natural gas and combined diesel-gas-drivetrains.
The press release will be available here on April 20:
http://www.bosch.com.cn/new/web/press/press_release_en.htm

Contact person for press inquiries:
Agnes Grill
Phone: +86 18501675033
In Germany:
Melita Delic
Phone: +49 711 811-48617

In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, solar energy products, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs over 34,000 associates in 58 legal entities and facilities, with consolidated sales of CNY 41.7 billion in fiscal 2012.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.

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