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
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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 16,500 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 800 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). 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 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 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. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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