Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Dr. Uwe Thomas to Succeed Robert Hanser from July 1 Change at the Top of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division

  • Robert Hanser has led the division for seven years
  • Successful change in strategy from trading company to systems provider for the global workshop market
  • Dr. Uwe Thomas has held senior positions at Bosch since 1989
  • June 20, 2013
  • Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts
  • Press releases

press release

Karlsruhe – After seven years of success as Chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Divisional Board at Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Hanser is stepping down on June 30, 2013 due to his age. From July 1, he will join the board of management of Bosch Management Support GmbH; a body of senior experts who act in an advisory capacity for Bosch across the world.

Under Hanser's leadership, the Automotive Aftermarket division underwent a fundamental change in strategy from a pure trading company to a comprehensive systems provider for the global workshop market. The diagnostics division was expanded and production sites were also set up worldwide to manufacture parts for the workshop market. Today, the Bosch division has a turnover of over EUR 5 billion and around 17,000 associates at 150 locations worldwide, giving it a strong position in the automotive aftermarket.

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Uwe Thomas (56) will take over the leadership of the Divisional Board of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Karlsruhe. Dr. Thomas has had a career with Bosch spanning many years. After studying Business Studies and receiving his doctorate at the University of Mannheim, he joined the Automotive Aftermarket division at Bosch in 1989 as Department Manager for product management of trade products. After holding several positions in the division in Paris and working as Director of Exports, at the start of 2001 he joined the board of Robert Bosch AG, Vienna, where he was responsible for the retail sales division in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2003, he was appointed sole director of the Austrian Bosch subsidiary. Dr. Thomas has been Chairman of the Divisional Board of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, Hildesheim, since March 2006.

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.

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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.”

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