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Major investment in Frauenfeld Bosch Power Tools puts new coated abrasives plant into operation

  • Some 10,000 square meters of new space at sia Abrasives in Frauenfeld
  • Investment volume of 55 million Swiss Francs
  • Prerequisite for further growth has been met
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  • May 02, 2012
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Stuttgart/Frauenfeld – Bosch Power Tools has put a new coated abrasives plant into operation at the Swiss location of Frauenfeld (Canton of Thurgau). In future, a large part of the product range will be manufactured in the new plant at the headquarters of sia Abrasives, which has been part of the Bosch Group since 2009. The plant spans an area of 10,400 square meters, which means that the production area has been increased by about a third. At a total cost of some 55 million Swiss Francs (about 45 million euros), the new building is one of the most significant investments made by Bosch Power Tools in recent years. “This investment is a clear commitment by Bosch to the Frauenfeld production location and to the sustained expansion of our abrasives business”, explained Stefan Hartung, president of Bosch Power Tools. For sia Abrasives, the new building represents the largest single investment in the company’s history of over 135 years. About 700 associates work at the Frauenfeld location.

Automated manufacturing process increases flexibility
The new abrasives plant provides a considerable further increase in delivery capacity and flexibility. Crucial to this is a new manufacturing concept that enables a largely uninterrupted production flow. Thanks to minimal changeover times, it will also be possible in future to integrate small quantities into the production sequence. Moreover, controlled processes and state-of-the-art sensors ensure even higher product quality. This is made possible by new measurement procedures: 1,000 process parameters – twenty times more than on the machines previously used – are permanently measured and controlled.

The plant was built in accordance with strict ecological criteria. Thanks to a new bonding agent preparation system, for example, industrial wastewater is no longer produced. Optimized ventilation processes and heat recovery systems significantly reduce energy consumption, and all pollutants are completely incinerated in a regenerative exhaust air cleaning system.

New sales opportunities with extra-wide sanding belts
The new plant puts Bosch Power Tools in a position to produce an additional 40 million square meters of abrasives per year – assuming that the manufacturing width is one meter, this would be equal to the circumference of the Earth. All in all, manufacturing capacity has been more than doubled. “With this plant, we are meeting the constantly increasing demand for our abrasives and fulfilling the prerequisite for further growth”, emphasized Stephan Keller, head of the abrasives product unit of the Bosch Group. sia Abrasives is also using new machines which enable up to two-meter-wide sanding belt rolls to be produced. The extra-wide sanding belts open up new market segments and additional sales opportunities because the demand for them – for example in the chipboard industry – is constantly increasing.

sia Abrasives is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality abrasives. Headquartered in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, the company has for 135 years been developing, manufacturing and selling complete abrasive systems, tailored to specific requirements and applications, for the surface treatment of every type of workpiece. sia Abrasives maintains direct contact with trade and industry customers in over 80 countries through its own branches or representatives. Since 2009, the company has been part of the Bosch Group. Within the Bosch Power Tools Division, sia Abrasives is a specialist for coated abrasives, bonded abrasives, fleece and foam abrasives.

Detailed information can be accessed at www.sia-abrasives.com.

The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 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 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com.

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