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Rapidly growing market for exchange parts Bosch is a Leading Provider of Remanufactured Vehicle Parts Most Extensive Program for Value-Driven Repairs

  • Exchange parts program with approx. 11 000 parts across 30 product groups
  • Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly Alternatives
  • Bosch remanufacturing saves 23,000 metric tons of CO2 across plants worldwide
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Bosch is a leading provider of industrially remanufactured vehicle parts and its exchange parts program is represented locally within all global markets. The exchange parts program currently comprises some 11 000 vehicle parts across 30 product groups, such as starter motors, alternators, A/C compressors, brake calipers, ignition distributors and diesel injection pumps. What's more, Bosch offers an extensive range of components and products for remanufacturing. Additionally the Bosch Electronic Service provides a wide range of repair options for control units and car multimedia systems. These are reconditioned or repaired to Bosch quality standards. Bosch will be presenting its entire exchange parts program at the Rematec trade fair in Amsterdam from 19 to 21 June this year.

Increasing Quantity of Remanufactured Parts on the Market
Over the last few years, the demand for high-quality remanufactured parts for vehicle repairs has increased on an international scale. Today, the exchange market in the US has a share of almost 90%. The market segment is also continuing to expand in Europe and at a considerably higher growth rate than the parts market as a whole. Bosch expects that the remanufacturing market will grow to 30 million products per year in Europe by 2015. Bosch also calculates that there will be growth in the field of system and component maintenance for hybrid and electric drives. The hybrid and electric drives segment is an area in which Bosch offers a comprehensive original equipment portfolio, while also considering the ability to repair these products as early as the development stage.

First-Class Quality Used Parts
When carrying out vehicle repairs, the workshop can choose whether to replace a defective part with a new part or a remanufactured part. For owners of older vehicles in particular, it is often not worth purchasing new components. A remanufactured part costs the end customer around 30 to 40% less than a new part – with the same two-year warranty. Bosch applies the same high quality standards to remanufactured parts as it does to the manufacture of new parts. For the global remanufacturing business, the industry standards are not regulated yet. Bosch supports various initiatives to establish uniform quality standards.

Exchange Parts Protect the Environment and Prevent CO2 Emissions
In addition to cost efficiency, environmental protection and the conservation of resources are also good reasons to use remanufactured parts in value-driven vehicle repairs. Remanufacturing of starters and alternators has been carried out at the Bosch plant in Göttingen since 1965. Remanufacturing of used parts requires less energy than manufacturing new parts. In 2010, Bosch remanufactured 3.3 million parts, reducing its CO2 emissions by 23,000 metric tons in comparison to the figures produced if new parts had been manufactured. Studies have shown that, on average, one hectare of forest absorbs of 13 tons of CO2 each year – the 23,000 metric tons of CO2 saved by Bosch is therefore equivalent to a forest area covering 1923 hectares.

Global Range with Regional Structures
Working with exchange parts requires goods to flow in two directions, making the whole process that bit more complicated. It is not only essential to ensure the correct exchange part is sent to the vehicle parts dealer or workshop as quickly as possible, but it must also be ensured that the used part is then quickly and reliably sent to the remanufacturer. Regional structures are therefore required to ensure the process runs smoothly. Bosch processes the exchange parts within a global network. As the market leader-and a reliable partner-this means Bosch is able to provide parts dealers and vehicle workshops worldwide with an extensive range of products for exchange vehicle parts from a local source.

Returning the Used Part in the Original Packaging of the Exchange Part
The simple, well-organized returns refund system implemented by Bosch ensures the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. A fast and reliable procedure is guaranteed by providing clear return conditions and implementing the “back-in-box” process of returning the used part in the original packaging provided with the exchange part. This also means that the packaging is not disposed of but re-used. Returning the used part being replaced in the original packaging also protects the part during transportation. Catalogs in various languages covering the full program, together with a detailed returns list, enable the customer to easily identify the exchange part required.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 17,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,000 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 600 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

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

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