Renningen - A Global Hub Dr. Klaus Dieterich,
president of the corporate sector
Research and Advance Engineering,
Robert Bosch GmbH,

at the foundation stone ceremony for the new
Corporate Research Center in Renningen
on September 27, 2012

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  • September 27, 2012
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press release

Mr. Minister-President Kretschmann,
Mr. Bernhard,
Mr. Maier,
Mayor Faisst,
Mr. Denner,
Mr. Fehrenbach,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to welcome you most warmly to the groundbreaking ceremony for our new corporate research center. Like me, my colleagues from the Bosch corporate sector for research and advance engineering are thrilled that you, Mr. Minister-President, and you, Mr. Denner, will both be speaking here today.

Every time I come out here, I'm extremely impressed by the amount of progress made on the building site. Exactly 108 days ago at the crack of dawn – at 5:19 a.m. to be exact – we broke ground here, and in doing so ushered in a new era for our company. Since then our plans for this site have become clearly recognizable. On one hand, the anticipation is growing stronger each day. On the other, though, we’re starting to feel the great expectations that are attached to this ambitious project. The reason for this is the significance of what we’re intending to create here, namely an important hub for our entire global research and development network.

Before our very eyes, so to speak, a campus is taking shape that will encompass diverse types of research. Here, research areas that require very specialized technical facilities and equipment will find a home. This includes, for example, cleanrooms, electronics, chemistry, and physics labs, and a pilot fabrication facility. We’re also planning laboratories in which we’ll conduct research on the future of mobility, as well as facilities for software engineering and for exploring new frontiers in human-machine interaction.

This list makes the guiding principle behind this project clear. On one hand, we want to bring all our associates who work in the corporate sector for research and advance engineering – who today are spread around the Stuttgart region – together under one roof. The daily, personal interaction between our associates on site here, as well as the possibilities for more intense collaboration between the different technical disciplines, will further strengthen the innovative power of our company. At the same time, we intend to make this facility a central hub of a network that includes centers of excellence in the wider scientific community. For this reason, I am delighted to see so many university representatives here today. In particular, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the rector of the University of Stuttgart, Professor Ressel, and the vice president of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Professor Löhe.

But these are not the only close ties we strive for. We also want good relations with the community and region. Bosch wants to be a cooperative neighbor, and an integral part of Renningen. This is why we’re laying a ceremonial foundation stone, one of the oldest symbols in existence for a solid base, which also stands for strong ties and identification with a place.

Originally, a ceremonial foundation stone was part of the load-bearing structure of the actual building. With our modern, concrete-based building methods, however, this is no longer possible. The stone that we’re symbolically laying today will eventually find a permanent home in the high-rise building, where it will be displayed in a prominent position in the building’s foyer.

It also gives me great pleasure to know that the limestone for the foundation stone was quarried here on this very construction site, and that it was a local stonemason, Wolfgang Steudle, who shaped it into its wonderfully impressive form. This again underlines the strong bond we feel already with Renningen. Not only that, it also brings us closer to the original meaning of a ceremonial foundation stone.

Following the addresses by Mr. Denner and Mr. Minister-President Kretschmann, it is in this spirit that we want to lay this foundation stone for this new Bosch research and development location, as testimony to its position as both an integral part of the global research elite and of the community.

And as is the tradition, we will enclose a time capsule in the stone. The capsule contains the building plans, today’s newspaper, and some coins, among other things. In addition, Mr. Kretschmann, Mr. Denner, Mr. Fehrenbach, and I will enclose some personal objects. For my part, I’ve written down my personal wish for the future of the site and I’m enclosing it together with the wishes of our associates in the corporate sector for research and advance engineering. I'll also be adding the wishes of our associates from Research and Technology Centers in Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, and St. Petersburg.

Thank you very much for your kind attention. I would now like to give the floor to Mr. Denner.

 Presse release PI7916
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