Acquisition in California: Seeo Inc. to be part of Bosch
Pure lithium anodes: an innovative leap in cell construction
More than twice the range possible with solid-state cells
Hayward/Stuttgart – Bosch is debuting a new battery technology for electric cars that could be production-ready in as little as five years. “Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. The acquisition of the U.S. start-up Seeo Inc. (Hayward, CA near the Silicon Valley) will help make this possible. In addition to its own development in the area of battery technology, Bosch now has crucial know-how in innovative solid-state cells for lithium batteries as well as exclusive patents. “Solid-state cells could be a breakthrough technology,” Denner said. “Disruptive start-up technology is meeting the broad systems knowledge and financial resources of a multinational company.” Up to now, the declared industry target has been to double batteries’ energy density and halve their costs by the end of this decade. With the new solid-state cells, Bosch sees the potential to more than double energy density by 2020, and at the same time reduce the costs considerably further. A comparable electric car that has a driving range today of 150 kilometers would be able to travel more than 300 kilometers without recharging – and at a lower cost.
Strategic expansion of existing battery research The acquisition of Seeo Inc. fits seamlessly into Bosch’s electromobility strategy. Bosch already offers a wide range of components for electromobility, from motors and power electronics to batteries. So far, Bosch has realized 30 production projects related to electromobility. At the same time, engineers are working on further refining the technology, and in doing so, making electromobility a more practical proposition. After all, by 2025, the company forecasts that roughly 15 percent of all new cars built worldwide to have at least a hybrid powertrain. In Europe, more than a third of all new cars will be electrically powered – the majority as plug-in hybrids. To this end, in 2014 Bosch joined GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi Corporation in establishing the joint venture Lithium Energy and Power GmbH & Co. KG, whose objective is to develop a more powerful generation of lithium-ion batteries. Seeo Inc.’s technology complements the work done thus far with Bosch’s Japanese partners. The result will be a combination of groundbreaking start-up technology with Bosch’s systems and technology know-how, GS Yuasa’s cell competence, and Mitsubishi Corporation’s broad industrial base.
Bosch has first samples For years, automakers and suppliers have been trying to create more powerful batteries. Cells are an important building block – the battery of an electric car consists of numerous interconnected cells. Cells are thus a substantial part of the value-added. The performance of an energy storage device can be improved with various methods. For example, in cell chemistry, the material that the positive and negative poles (cathode and anode) are made of plays a major role. In current lithium-ion batteries, one of the reasons energy capacity is limited is because the anode consists to a large degree of graphite. Using solid-state technology, Bosch can manufacture the anode out of pure lithium, which considerably increases storage capacity. In addition, the new cells function without ionic liquid, which means they are not flammable. “The pure lithium anode represents a huge innovative leap in battery cell construction,” Denner said. Thanks to its acquisition of Seeo Inc., Bosch now possesses the first sample cells which have the potential to meet the high standards of the automotive industry where durability and safety are concerned.
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Market leader in garden power tools in the European core market
44 percent of the increase is due to new products like intelligent cordless tools and connected lawnmowers
Stuttgart/Leinfelden – Bosch Power Tools has achieved a turnover of 277 million euros with garden tools in 2014. That corresponds to sharp growth of ten percent in local currency, a nominal growth of nine percent. “2014 was a strong year for Bosch Power Tools – especially in the garden tools business,” said Henning von Boxberg, President of Bosch Power Tools, at the Garden press conference in Stuttgart. “Our innovative strength is the basis of our success. The user is at the center of our growth strategy – and at the center of the development of every single product. Bosch innovation makes gardening easier for our users.” There is particularly high demand for easy-to-handle, lightweight, high-performance cordless tools. Networked solutions are also becoming increasingly important. In the European core market, where Bosch Power Tools sells more than 90 percent of its garden power tools, Bosch has seen twice as much growth than the market average over the last five years. In 2014, Bosch had a market share of around 35 percent. With eight out of ten, Bosch is also at the top of the bestseller list for garden power tools in European homecenters.
Success due to innovative products: full power until the end Growth is also driven heavily by cordless tools. In 2014, Bosch Power Tools achieved a third of its turnover with cordless products. The basis for the high performance of the Bosch cordless tools is the optimum coordination of key components such as the motor and the gearbox, combined with an intelligent electronic system called the “Syneon Chip”. This ensures that optimal power and maximum endurance are always available for projects in home gardens. In addition, the tools retain their full performance until the battery is empty. The Bosch cordless tools therefore enable hobby gardeners to cut, mow and trim at full power until the end.
All Bosch products with interchangeable batteries are equipped with the “Syneon Chip”, for example the new AHS 55-20 LI hedgecutter. Its special feature is the “Quick Cut Technology”, an innovative cutting technology with an optimized cutting rhythm: The blades remain open a moment longer than the blades of conventional hegdecutters, enabling them to grip twigs and branches cleanly by first cut. The hedgecutter is a part of the “Power4All” battery system, which comprises DIY and garden tools: The same 18 volt lithium-ion battery can be used to operate a current total of 15 power tools – from leaf blower to jigsaw. This enables users to do without batteries and chargers that they do not need, thus saving money. Thanks to “Power4All”, the 10.8-volt lithium-ion batteries are also compatible for DIY and garden tools. At the Garden press conference, Bosch presented numerous new garden tools, which will be introduced in the following season. Altogether, almost half of the turnover that Bosch Power Tools has achieved with its garden tools in 2014 can be attributed to products that are less than two years old, for example, intelligent cordless tools and connected lawnmowers.
Bosch Indego Connect: Connectivity for home gardens Autonomous lawn care at the perfect time – “Predictive Mow” with Indego Connect by Bosch. The basis for this is an extension for the “Bosch Smart Gardening” app, which calculates the best time to mow your lawn. This function uses a complex algorithm together with information on ambient conditions such as temperature and rainfall to make this calculation. By using this internet weather forecast the Indego Connect only mows your lawn when the conditions are suitable – not too hot, not too wet, not too cold. In addition to the previous manual control or scheduled mowing times in the calendar, “Predictive Mow” provides optimized autonomous lawn care.
Professional garden tools: systematic range expansion At the beginning of 2015, Bosch launched lawnmowers and brushcutters for professional users for the first time. “Professional users expect their tools to have high performance, long runtime, to be weather-resistant, and to be robust and easy to start. In addition to this, health aspects in day-to-day use are also important,” stated Henk Becker, member of the management board of Bosch Power Tools responsible for engineering, professional power tools and measuring tools. “With our cordless garden tools for professionals, Bosch is also meeting these requirements of the professional user: high comfort, low noise, low vibrations and low emissions.”
Bosch is systematically expanding its range for commercial garden care and landscaping: the core of the system is the new 9.0 Ah battery, the most powerful 36-volt battery for garden tools in the world. The 9.0 Ah battery is equivalent in size and weight to the 6.0 Ah batteries (which are still available) while also offering a 50 percent longer running time. Alongside lawnmowers and brush cutters, Bosch will introduce three new hedgecutters and a blower: the GHE 60 T Professional, GHE 60 R Professional and GHE 70 R Professional hedgecutters and the GBL 860 Professional blower. Thanks to their high-performance batteries and EC motors, all of the tools are as powerful as petrol tools, but they also offer the many advantages of battery technology: they are at least 50 percent quieter, create less vibrations, produce no emissions and do not require maintenance. In addition, the complete system, including batteries and charger, are IP-certified as weatherproof.
The same applies to the GEN 230 V-1500 Professional mobile power unit. This product is a world's first, and will provide users with power without needing a mains connection, enabling them to work with Bosch cordless garden tools all day long, even in places that are far from plug sockets. The mobile power unit stores up to 1,650 watt hours of energy thanks to its innovative lithium iron phosphate technology and provides a constant power output of 1,500 watts. With this energy, the GRA 53 Professional lawnmower, for example, could mow 4,500 square meters of lawn, which is equivalent to a soccer pitch. This means Bosch is fulfilling the standard requirements of professionals in commercial gardening and landscaping – uninterrupted working and independence from the grid, the whole day long. The mobile power unit has two 230-volt sockets and can also supply electricity to corded tools or chargers of other cordless tools.
Bosch Power Tools is world number one in the power tools, accessories and measuring tools business segments, while in garden tools it is number two. It has a workforce of some 19,000 associates at 37 locations in 17 countries.
Bosch's goal: optimize growing conditions for asparagus
Bosch's approach: connected wireless sensors transmit field temperature to the farmer's smartphone
Benefits: farmers save time and money
Bosch pools its expertise in sensor technology and in the internet of things
Stuttgart – Bosch has developed a new type of wireless sensor that is helping to improve asparagus yields, and this achievement has been recognized with a Silver Medal from the AGRITECHNICA Innovations Commission. AGRITECHNICA is the world's largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment (November 10-14, 2015, in Hannover, Germany). The sensor measures the temperature in the beds where the popular vegetable is grown and transmits it to the farmer's smartphone. Farmers can use this data to track the temperature changes of their crops in detail and optimize the growing conditions. In explaining its decision, the Commission stated that the wireless sensor increased the share of marketable produce and therefore boosted farmers' incomes. The system also saves time and money, as farmers need to visit their fields less frequently. “This practical solution improves the information farmers have at their disposal. It can either be expanded for further use in asparagus growing or transferred to other crops,” wrote the Commission.
Sensors help foil regulate temperature Asparagus grows especially well between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. One way farmers maintain this temperature is by covering the mounds with strips of two-sided foil: one side is black, the other white. To heat the mounds using sunlight, the foil is laid with the black side facing up. To cool them when it gets too warm, the foil is laid with the white side facing up.
The Bosch solution consists of several sensors embedded at various depths in the ground to measure the temperature. Cables send the temperature readings to a small box, which transmits the data via radio to a cloud that is based on the Bosch IoT Suite. From there the data is routed to an app on the farmer's smartphone. The Bosch IoT Suite is a comprehensive software solution that can be used to develop, provide, and operate applications in the internet of things. Developers from several Bosch divisions came together to work on the sensor solution, led by Bosch's own startup, Deepfield Robotics. “We have once again combined our expertise in sensors and in the internet of things,” said Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner about the software solution.
Premiere in November The connected sensors will be presented to the public at AGRITECHNICA, the world's largest trade fair for agricultural equipment, running from November 10-14, 2015, in Hannover, Germany.
Investment of 5 million dollars, some 100 new jobs by 2016
Very dynamic growth in the Mexican market
Bosch celebrates 60 years in Mexico
Tepotzotlán, Mexico/Stuttgart, Germany – On August 28, 2015, Bosch officially opened its first Thermotechnology plant in Mexico in the city of Tepotzotlán, located approximately 50 kilometers north of Mexico City. Since June 2015, the international supplier of technology and services has been producing gas-fired instantaneous water heaters there for the Mexican and Latin American markets. It plans to employ some 100 associates at the site by 2016. Bosch expects to see rising demand on the Mexican market for energy-efficient hot water generation. “As a result of its increasing importance as a business location, Mexico is a key pillar in our growth strategy for the North American market,” said Bosch board of management member Werner Struth at the opening in Tepotzotlán. “Locating production here allows us to position ourselves closer to our customers and better tailor our products to the local market,” Struth added.
In addition to production, the site will also house R&D and certification departments. The company is investing some five million dollars into the 8,700-square-meter site.
Bosch in Mexico experiencing very dynamic growth Bosch is clearly on course for growth in Mexico. In 2014, the company increased its sales by nearly six percent. This trend has continued this year. “We once again saw good sales growth in Mexico during the first half of 2015. We expect to sustain this positive development through the end of the year,” Struth said.
Expansion of production and R&D Over the past ten years, Bosch has invested more than 400 million euros into expanding production and R&D in Mexico. During this period, the number of associates has more than doubled to over 12,300. In 2014, Bosch opened its first center for software development and engineering services for the American market with a new development location in Guadalajara. In addition, the company is investing further into automotive technology production in the cities of Toluca and Juárez, Mexico, creating up to 4,000 new jobs in the process. There are also plans to expand the Bosch plants in San Luis Potosí and Mexico City, Mexico in the years ahead.
Bosch in Mexico This year, the Bosch regional company in Mexico is celebrating its 60th anniversary. During this time, a single sales office in Mexico City has grown to nine locations, eight of which are production sites including the newly opened Thermotechnology plant. Bosch Mexico is an important part of the company's localization strategy, which aims to supply automotive customers in North and South America directly from local plants. In addition to automotive technology, Bosch also manufactures power tools, thermotechnology, and security systems in Mexico, and focuses on local product development. For instance, roughly 300 engineers in Mexico are currently working on new automotive technology solutions specifically for the North American market.
Contact persons for press inquiries: For inquiries regarding Bosch in Mexico: Agnes Grill, phone: +49 711 811-38140 Marco Quero, phone: +52 (55) 52 84 43 80