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2014 EFQM Forum in Brussels Bosch Group receives EFQM Excellence Award 2014 Bari location named this year’s overall winner

  • Bosch plant in Bari (Italy) named overall winner, and garners three additional prizes
  • First Italian organization to receive prestigious management award in the “Large enterprises” category
  • Bosch board member Bulander: “Recognition of the continuous efforts all our associates make for business excellence”
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  • October 21, 2014
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Brussels – At yesterday’s 2014 Excellence Award ceremony of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in Brussels, Belgium, the Bosch Group received a total of four accolades. The winner of the Excellence award – and thus the overall winner of the competition – is the Bosch plant in Bari, Italy. The Italian plant garnered a further three prizes in the “Creating a sustainable future”, “Managing with agility,” and “Succeeding through the talent of people” categories. The Bosch plant is the first Italian organization to win the overall award in the “Large enterprises” category. “We are delighted to have received the EFQM excellence award, especially in its 25th anniversary year. We have achieved a lot: even so, I would like to encourage our associates to continue to strive for business excellence,” said Dr. Rolf Bulander after the ceremony. Bulander is the member of the Bosch Group board of management responsible for automotive powertrain and quality. He is also member of the Board of Directors of EFQM. For the Bosch Group, one of the founding members of the EFQM, the award is a further acknowledgement of its activities in the area of business excellence. Bari is the third Bosch plant to be named overall winner, following the successes of Bursa, Turkey (2003 and 2008), and Bamberg, Germany (2012).

Bari plant: high degree of associate commitment
The EFQM judges were particularly impressed by the strong commitment and motivation of the associates in Bari. “The plant has been able to achieve a near-perfect blend of passion and precision,” said Marc Amblard, chief executive officer of EFQM. “The speed with which they adapt to changes in their operating environment enables them to deliver sustainable and outstanding results.” On behalf of the 2,000 associates currently employed at Bari, the plant management accepted the award at the ceremony in Brussels. “We would like to thank all our associates for their great dedication and their active contribution to achieving our strategic objectives,” said Jens Last, the commercial manager of the Bari plant. “Their passion for continuous improvement is the basis of our success story.”

Ongoing work on competitiveness
After the award ceremony, Bulander quoted the company founder Robert Bosch: “In my experience, there is nothing worse for a company that wishes to prevail and remain at the cutting edge than to have no competition.” Bulander continued, “no company can afford to rest on its laurels. Only if we believe this can we continue to earn such laurels.”

About Bosch in Italy
Bosch set up operations in Italy in 1904, when the first representative office was inaugurated in Milan. The Bari plant is an operational unit of the Diesel Systems division, which itself is part of the Bosch Group’s Mobility Solutions business sector. Bari plant produces common-rail diesel injection pumps. It is the largest Bosch entity in Italy, as well as the largest manufacturing facility for automotive components in southern Italy.

About the European Foundation for Quality Management
EFQM is committed to help organizations improve performance through the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30,000 organizations. The objective of the EFQM Excellence Award is to recognize excellent performance by organizations, whether private, public, or non-profit.
It recognizes industry leaders who have shown an indisputable track record
of success in turning strategy into action and continuously improving their organization’s performance. All applicants are assessed by a team of independent, trained assessors, who spend an average of 500 hours assessing each applicant.

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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