Bosch injection system Bosch reaps the dividends of gasoline direct injection

  • Dr. Rolf Bulander: “Business with gasoline direct injection technology is growing strongly”
  • Double-digit market growth thanks to global downsizing trend
  • One-third of all new cars in China will feature gasoline direct injection by 2020
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  • April 07, 2014
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From Europe to North America and China, gasoline direct injection is set to become a standard feature in key auto markets. This trend is primarily being driven by more stringent emissions standards. More and more countries around the world are introducing legislation to reduce CO2 emissions standards for new vehicles. Automakers are therefore turning to more efficient powertrain concepts, in particular compact, downsized engines featuring Bosch turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, such as the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine from Ford and the 1.4-liter Turbo FSI engine from the Volkswagen Group. And there's plenty more to come: by 2016, half of all new vehicles in Europe alone will be equipped with gasoline direct injection.

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“Business with gasoline direct injection technology is growing strongly,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, the member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for powertrain technology. In 2012 Bosch supplied more than five million systems, and this figure is set to rise to nine million by 2015. That means Bosch is already the market leader in this segment. In fact, Robert Bosch GmbH has achieved an even higher market share for gasoline direct injection systems than its already impressive figures for classic port fuel injection systems. At the same time Bosch is enjoying comfortable double-digit growth across global markets with its gasoline direct injection technology.

“In a few years’ time, America and China will also be joining in”
Europe is both the cradle of this technology and its leading market. In 2013, some 40 percent of all new cars in Europe were equipped with gasoline direct injection technology. By 2020, Bosch expects to have a market share of up to 60 percent in the region. “At the moment our gasoline direct injection business is booming in Europe. But in a few years’ time a lot of the action will also be taking place in America and China,” says Bulander. Over the next few years the U.S. market for gasoline direct injection will skyrocket, largely because well over 90 percent of all vehicles in that region are powered by gasoline engines. At the same time the U.S. government has set stringent standards that automakers will be required to meet by 2025.

Legislators in China are exerting similar pressure. The percentage of gasoline engines in the passenger car segment is well over 90 percent there, too. In addition, the market will gain even more momentum from the middle of this decade onward thanks to China's burgeoning middle classes. Bosch therefore predicts that one-third of newly-registered vehicles in China will be equipped with gasoline direct injection technology by 2020.

To keep pace with this growth in all three regions, Bosch has European manufacturing sites in Bamberg and Nuremberg (Germany) and Bursa (Turkey), and also manufactures components for direct injection in Charleston (U.S.), San Luis Potosi (Mexico), Wuxi (China), and Daejeon (Korea).

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

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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