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Bosch Poised to Take Over Unipoint Group Taiwan Starters, Alternators and Wiper Blades Set to Strengthen Automotive Aftermarket Business

  • Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division expands its business through starters, alternators, temperature control parts and wiper blades
  • Bosch strengthens and enhances its position in Asia
  • Unipoint Group achieved sales of USD 124 million in 2010 and currently employs around 2,360 people
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  • August 10, 2011
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STUTTGART — The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division is set to take over the Unipoint Group, as well as its affiliated companies and the Unipoint and NSA brands. The company is a key producer of starters, alternators, temperature control parts and wiper blades for the aftermarket. In 2010, the Unipoint Group achieved sales of USD 124 million. It currently employs around 2,360 people at two production locations in China mainland and Taiwan as well as various sales locations. The two companies signed an agreement confirming the deal on August 9, 2011. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction remains subject to the approval of the regulatory and competition authorities.

The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division has acquired the Unipoint Group with the intention of strengthening its position as the leading supplier of starters and alternators, and also views it as an investment in the temperature control product segment. In addition, it adds another Asian production base to the wiper blade business unit. "Our aim is to further strengthen the position of Bosch as the leading supplier of starters, alter-nators and wiper blades in the Automotive Aftermarket. We also wish to expand our business in Asia," said Robert Hanser, Chairman of the Divisional Board of the Automotive Aftermarket Division.

The Unipoint Group was established in 1972 and has been majority-owned by its founding family ever since. It is set to be integrated into the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division. Aside from the provision, sale and distribution of vehicle parts, this division's main focus is providing workshops with diagnostics equipment and services, as well as promoting the Bosch Service and AutoCrew workshop concepts. In 2010, the Automotive Aftermarket division achieved sales of around EUR 4.1 billion and employed over 10,000 associates worldwide.

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. 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: Automotive Technology, 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.

PI7471 - August 10, 2011

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