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Increasing capacity for brake components Bosch continues to scale up production for Brakes Aftermarket Program

  • Significant increase of production capacity for brake pads in Mexico and China
  • Remanufacturing of brake calipers further expanded
  • Investment in brake disc production by Buderus
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  • September 13, 2011
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Vehicle brake systems are placed under continual and considerable strain, and are subject to constant wear. This is why automotive workshops carry out brake servicing and repair work on a regular basis. If components in the brake system need to be replaced, the workshop can find the right spare part in the extensive aftermarket range offered by Bosch, which cov­ers virtually every vehicle on the European market. This special aftermarket offering includes brake pads, brake discs and brake calipers, plus the brake hydraulics along with brake master cylinder and wheel brake cylin­der. The range also contains components for use in state-of-the-art brake systems, such as the ABS or ESP® systems that Bosch has been instrumen­tal in developing. With a special focus on commercial transactions, Bosch is currently undertaking a major expansion of its development and global production operations for high-quality brake components for the aftermar­ket.

Substantial Expansion of Brake Pad Production for the Aftermarket
Global production capacity for brake pads offered by Bosch in its after­market range will increase significantly over the next two years: Production of brake pads at the Bosch plant in Juarez, Mexico, will increase by twelve million units by the end of 2011, while Bosch is set to increase pad pro­duction in China by around four million units by October 2011. A new Bosch plant will also be constructed in Nanjing, China. This plant is set to produce around 80 million brake pads per year from 2013. This location will also be home to a new development center for aftermarket brake pads, featuring state-of-the-art test benches and testing equipment.

In Germany, Bosch is increasing its capacity for remanufacturing brake calipers at its plant in Göttingen, so that it can meet the demands pre­sented by the increasing volume for the aftermarket program. Brake disc production operations have also been significantly expanded: The Bosch subsidiary Buderus Guss GmbH, based in Breidenbach in the German state of Hesse and one of the leading original equipment suppliers for brake discs, invested EUR 36 million into the extension of its modern iron foun­dry in 2011. The Bosch aftermarket range for brake discs is also set to benefit from this increased capacity.

These investments underline the critical importance of brake spare parts for the Bosch aftermarket program. Further significant expansion is set to follow, allowing Bosch to offer workshops and trade a complete range – from hydraulic units to brake pads – as part of a maintenance and repair service from a single source.

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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 18,000 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 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. 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 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a 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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