Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Automechanika 2012 Bosch Presents Future-Oriented Product and Service Offers for Workshops and Trade Innovative Complete Solutions

  • Continuous expansion of the aftersales portfolio
  • Global orientation strengthened through acquisitions
  • Cross-linked workshop enables efficient maintenance and repair procedures
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  • September 11, 2012
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Frankfurt/Main, September 11th, 2012 – The Bosch division Automotive Aftermarket purposefully expands global growth areas and secures its posi-tion as market leader in terms of workshop business with a wide product portfolio consisting of parts, workshop equipment and services. “We prepare workshops for the future”, explains Robert Hanser, president of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division, at the Automechanika in Frankfurt. “Considering rapid technological changes, the objective is to support workshops with equipment, know-how and services and thus to secure their future.”

From a trading house to a complete supplier for workshops and trade
With a strategic change from being a trading house towards being a system supplier for workshops, with targeted company acquisitions and the expansion of the global manufacturing capacities the Automotive Aftermarket division is well prepared for further growth. “We expanded our offer with the acquisition of thirteen companies throughout the last six years”, division president Hanser reports. Among the more recent acquisitions is the one of the Unipoint Group in Taiwan in December 2011. Unipoint is a significant producer of starters, alternators, temperature regulators and wiper blades that helps expanding the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket business in Asia. The acquisition of the US-American company SPX Service Solutions, that achieved a turnover of 920 million US dollars in 2011, is currently planned. “With this by now the largest acquisition throughout the history of our division we will be able to enhance our range of diagnostic solutions – an area, which currently grows twice as fast as the complete aftermarket business”, says Robert Hanser.

“The global economy slowdown also affected us in so far as our turnover figures throughout the first five months of the year are only slightly better than the results of the previous year, we thus underachieved our expectations”, Robert Hanser said. “Nonetheless we are increasingly able to compensate slow-downs in Europe through growth markets like Asia Pacific thanks to our global presence and orientation.”

Self-learning diagnostic tool Esitronic live
With a new fair concept at the Automechanika Bosch presents live at four workplaces and apart of many technological innovations how the networking of Bosch workshop technology enables highly efficient maintenance and repair procedures. For the first time the further development of the current workshop software Esitronic 2.0 towards a global self-learning diagnostic tool is being demonstrated. With its online connection the future software package Esitronic live, installed onto a Bosch diagnostic tester, is permanently updated with recent Bosch data. Wherever a workshop mechanic successfully solved a problem with the help of Esitronic, the diagnostic process is analyzed by the Bosch server. If a mechanic somewhere else is confronted with the same problem at the same vehicle model, this successful diagnostic process is offered to him. The system thus learns from practical experiences resulting from everyday workshop life. This simplifies and accelerates troubleshooting – and thus increases the workshop’s efficiency.

Furthermore workshop professionals can use the new Bosch workshop community “Open Innovation Platform” in order to discuss about technical questions, share experiences and to enter into dialogue with Bosch workshop specialists. Currently “Drivelog”, a new internet platform summing up offers concerning mobility for drivers and workshops, has also been launched.

Offers for value-driven repairs
For a value-driven repair also for older vehicles Bosch further expanded the replacement parts range eXchange, which already contains about 13,000 parts. CP4 high-pressure injection pumps have been added recently. The returning process of used parts is carried out quickly and simple through the “CoremanNet” refund system, which other remanufacturers also joined already. Due to its contribution to conservation of resources CormanNet was added to the “Green Directory” – the green visitor orientation guide of Messe Frankfurt – of this year’s Automechanika. Just like “Bosch Electronic Service” that carries out economically efficient repair and reconditioning of electronic components all across the world, reaching from enginge control units, ABS and navigation systems to telematic and multimedia components. The repair task is finished within a maximum of 48 hours plus one day for transport and back hauls respectively.

New units expand the Bosch workshop technology range
For diesel specialists Bosch developed the new diesel tester EPS 625 for maintenance tasks concerning conventional in-line and distributor type injection pumps. The economical beginner unit completes the Bosch workshop range for diesel maintenance. Despite the introduction of the new refrigerant R1234yf car workshops will have to deal with maintenance and repair tasks concerning air conditioning systems working yet with the old R134a refrigerant. For this reason Bosch presents both new air conditioning service units ACS 752 and ACS 651 that enable economical and environmentally friendly air conditioning service due to high-precision measurement and easy handling. Both of the new wheel balancers WBE 4200 and WBE 4400 for motorcycle, passenger car and van tires endorse the Bosch workshop range concerning tires. For quick and easy tire service the units are equipped with the “Easyfit System”.

In addition Bosch expanded and enhanced its workshop offer through parts, diagnostic systems, training offers for maintenance and repair tasks concerning hybrid and electric vehicles as well as with regard to commercial vehicle workshops. At the Bosch Automechanika stand in hall 9 visitors can thus experience live two workplaces with a gasoline and a diesel car, but also another workshop workplace for a hybrid or electric vehicle as well as one for a heavy truck.

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.

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

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.”

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

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