Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Expansion at the Karlsruhe site Bosch invests some 100 million euros

  • Automotive Aftermarket division remains on stable growth course
  • Development and modernization of logistics
  • Expansion of the distribution center
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  • December 20, 2011
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KARLSRUHE – Bosch is extending its capacity in the Automotive Aftermar­ket division and expanding its distribution center at the Karlsruhe site. By 2018, the company will have invested a total of some 100 million euros in extending storage capacity, as well as in modernizing warehouse technol­ogy and material flow. “This investment will allow us to continue to grow and strengthen our leading position in the global spare parts industry,” said Robert Hanser, president of the Automotive Aftermarket division. Bosch employs approxi­mately 1,300 associates at the Karlsruhe site, which is also the location of the headquarters of the Automotive Aftermarket divi­sion.

Between 2013 and 2015, several extensions providing a total storage area of approximately 20,000 square meters are set to be built on the Bosch site in Karlsruhe. The total capacity of the high-rack warehouse is set to in­crease by 50 percent to approximately 160,000 pallet positions. It is planned that the new storage areas will go into operation in 2014. Work to modernize the existing distribution center will begin in parallel to this, and is set to be completed by 2018.

“This expansion demonstrates the importance we place on the Karlsruhe site,” Hanser said. The present distribution center, which covers a total floor space of 70,000 square meters, was opened in 1978. From here, ap­proximately 450,000 spare parts for vehicles – from antilock braking sys­tems to spark plugs – are sent to 140 countries around the world. Every day, more than 20,000 deliv­ery items are processed here and around 120 containers leave the center.

With more than 10,000 associates in 140 countries, the Automotive After­market division is the world's leading supplier of vehicle spare parts, diag­nostic systems, workshop technology, and services for passenger car and commercial vehicle repair shops. In addition, the division manages the Bosch Car Service workshop franchise, the world's largest independent chain of repair shops with more than 15,000 workshops, as well as the approximately 500 repair shops of the AutoCrew franchise.

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.”

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. Ninety-two 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.

PI7622 - December 20, 2011

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