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Expanding global presence Bosch opens new plant in Cluj, Romania Production of electronic components

  • New location houses research and development as well as manufacturing
  • Investment of more than 70 million euros
  • Workforce of some 750 planned by the end of 2014
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  • May 09, 2014
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Cluj-Napoca – On May 9, 2014, Bosch opened its second automotive technology manufacturing plant in Romania. The international supplier of technology and services’ new location in Cluj will produce electronic components and control units for the European automotive industry. These components are used, for instance, in driver assistance and safety systems as well as for energy management. In the future, Cluj will also make the electronic heart of Bosch’s eBike drive. The company has invested more than 70 million euros in the new location, which lies around 450 kilometers northwest of Bucharest and provides a total floor space for industrial use of some 38,000 square meters. By the end of the year, Bosch will already employ a total of 750 associates at the location.

“The new location in Romania is an important pillar for Bosch and will strengthen our European manufacturing and engineering network. Moreover, localizing more of our manufacturing in Eastern Europe will help us increase our competitiveness,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management, at the opening. The new plant forms part of Bosch’s Automotive Electronics division, which develops and manufactures electronic control units, semiconductors, and sensors for the automotive industry and other sectors. With 13 locations around the world, the division employs some 24,000 associates.

Local development of electronics and software in Cluj
Bosch has had a presence in Romania since November 2013 through its research and development center in Cluj. This center is focused on developing electronics and software for the products manufactured at the location. In addition, it offers engineering services to other Bosch locations as well as local customers. “It was the access to well-qualified engineers and the opportunity to work actively with the excellent local universities that were decisive factors in choosing this location,” said Hoheisel.

Bosch Group in Romania
The Bosch Group has been represented in Romania for 20 years and today employs a total of some 1,700 associates at four locations in the country. In addition to the new research and development center and automotive production plant in Cluj, Bosch has a production location for linear-motion technology and automotive technology in Blaj, as well as a communication center in Timisoara. It has a sales company for power tools, heating systems, security systems, and products for the automotive aftermarket in Bucharest. The capital is also home to a sales office for BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH.

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Eleni Scheffäl, phone: +40 (021) 4057529

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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