Construction enters next phase Topping-out ceremony at new Bosch center for research and advance engineering First associates to move in at end of 2014

  • Construction proceeding according to plan
  • Structural work completed in only 16 months; interior work underway already
  • Head of Research Dr. Dieterich: “Bosch research is being networked for millions of ideas.”
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Stuttgart – Construction work on the Bosch Group’s new research and advance engineering center has reached an important milestone. After only 16 months of construction, architects, builders, researchers, and many other project participants can now celebrate the site’s topping out. Structural work is finished on all the research and laboratory buildings. In some buildings, interior work has already begun. Albrecht Fischer, the head of the Bosch Real Estate and Facilities corporate department, thanked all of the project participants present: “The structural work in Renningen is proceeding according to plan. Even the long winter and cool spring couldn’t stop progress on construction.” By 2015, the new research campus on the outskirts of Stuttgart will be the new hub of the Bosch Group’s global research and advance engineering activities. The first associates are set to begin working in Renningen at the end of 2014.

In total, the supplier of technology and services is investing 310 million euros in the new location. Its roughly 1,200 associates will research new materials, methods, and technologies, and develop new systems, components, and manufacturing processes. In addition, the research center will accommodate around 500 interns and students working on diplomas and PhDs. Over the past 16 months, twelve buildings have been constructed on the approximately 31-hectare northern part of the site. When completed, they will offer around 110,000 square meters of floor space. Modeled on a university campus, the buildings are spaced generously around the northern part of the site. In this way, Bosch wants to create attractive workplaces and a modern environment in which creativity and collaboration can flourish. On the southern part of the site, the location’s own membrane wastewater treatment facility and a service building are currently under construction.

Great expectations and anticipation
“We can barely wait until it’s finished. Our researchers are looking forward to their new campus, to the improved working conditions, and to being in Renningen,” said Dr. Klaus Dieterich, president of Corporate Research and Advance Engineering at Bosch. Currently, Dieterich and his approximately 1,200 engineers are spread around the Stuttgart region at locations in Gerlingen, Schwieberdingen, and Waiblingen. By bringing its research activities together under one roof, Bosch hopes to unlock considerable networking potential. As Dietrich explained, “Bosch research is being networked for millions of ideas.” The new campus will be the hub of the Bosch Group’s international research and development network. This network currently encompasses nine locations in six countries. Bosch is not just consolidating its own research activities in Renningen. The company will also focus on expanding its networking activities with other institutions in the wider scientific community.

Logistical challenge: the relocation
The company plans to carry out the relocation to the new research campus over the course of six months. The time frame is so long, Dieterich said, because “very little of our researchers’ equipment can be packed in simple moving boxes. Many of our laboratories and research facilities must be first painstakingly disassembled, packed, and transported before they can be put into operation again in Renningen.” The relocation will begin in fall 2014. The main building and the research buildings on the eastern part of the site will be the first to be occupied. “By summer 2015, the last researchers will have moved onto the research campus,” Dieterich said. In total, some 12,000 moving boxes as well as 1,800 pieces of machinery and equipment from 270 laboratories at existing locations will need to be moved to Renningen.

More information on the new research and advance engineering center in Renningen can be found at www.bosch-renningen.com.

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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.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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

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