Since it was founded in 1961, the Bosch Vocational Center (BVC) has trained some 2,400 apprentices in seven trades
Hardly any other Indian vocational training institute has received as many awards as the BVC
Bangalore – The German Federal President Joachim Gauck today visited the Bosch Vocational Center (BVC) in Bangalore. On his tour of the center, the president was given insights into the Bosch Group's activities in vocational training, and in particular how it trains young people in India for technical trades. “Bosch as a company has always been acknowledged for its commitment to building talent and contributing back to the industry, thus looking beyond immediate financial gains,” said Germany's Federal President. “The number of people being trained at the Bosch Vocational Center exceeds the company's own personnel needs; this demonstrates its responsibility to Indian society and makes it a true role model.”
President Gauck's tour took in the apprentices' workshop and the mechatronics laboratory, where state-of-the-art equipment and machinery are used to prepare apprentices for their later careers. The president used the opportunity to speak with a number of Indian Bosch apprentices about their experience with the German vocational training model.
A proven model for developing skills Each year, 60 young people start a three- or four-year apprenticeship at Bosch in India. Bosch trains more people than it actually needs in India, and in this way fulfills its social responsibility to provide vocational training for young people.
“We see it as an essential part of our corporate philosophy to offer apprenticeships, thus enabling many young people to get a head start in their careers,” said Peter Tyroller, the Bosch board of management member responsible for Asia Pacific. “For more than 50 years, Bosch in India has developed extensive expertise in the realm of occupational training. The proven Bosch model helps us ensure the high quality-standard of our products and maintain our competitive edge.”
A success story since 1961 Training at the BVC in Bangalore takes its lead from the German vocational training model. More than 20 percent of the curriculum is taken up with theory, while 30 percent focuses on gaining practical skills and abilities in the apprentices' workshop. The apprentices spend roughly 50 percent of their time on the shop floor, where they put what they have learned into practice. Sixteen instructors train the young people in seven trades – as electricians, for example, or as mechatronics engineers, toolmakers, and machine operators. A total of 172 apprentices are currently being trained, of which 28 are young women.
Since the Bosch Vocational Center was set up in 1961, just under 2,400 young people have been trained at Bosch. During this time, the company's apprentices have won 211 gold medals in national competitions run by the Indian Ministry of Labor and Employment to find the best apprentice. In addition, the BVC has won the Indian president's “Best Establishment Award” 46 times – a distinction that no other company in India has received.
German vocational training reaps benefits worldwide Many Bosch locations outside Germany now offer training according to the proven German method – for example, in China, India, and Brazil. In Asia especially, there is a great need for qualified skilled workers. Bosch is currently setting up a vocational training center in Vietnam. And in Thailand, a vocational training alliance is being launched. In Russia, Bosch has been offering vocational training based on the German dual model since January 2014, initially for twelve apprentices.
Moreover, an international apprentice exchange has been offered at Bosch for 50 years now. Currently, some 20 percent of each year's trainees in Germany have the opportunity to discover other countries' ways of working, and to gain intercultural experience. The aim is to help young people develop into independent and responsible professionals who are also efficient team players.
Roughly 6,100 young people around the world receive occupational training at Bosch, around 4,300 of them in Germany. In addition, the company is providing an extra 100 technical and industrial apprenticeships in Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain for young people from southern Europe. Since the company’s first apprentices’ workshop was set up by the company founder Robert Bosch 100 years ago, it has trained more than 100,000 young people.
Bosch in India Bosch has been present in India since 1922. The company currently employs some 26,000 associates at 10 manufacturing sites and 7 research and development locations in the country. In 2012, Bosch generated sales of 1.5 billion euros in India. Bosch is further expanding its business: in 2014, it will invest some 160 million euros in extending its Indian locations.
Bosch sees huge long-term growth potential in Africa
Sale of auto parts and testing equipment, workshop concepts, power tools, and security systems
Growing middle class, very low average age, and growing automotive sales
Nairobi, Kenya – On February 6, 2014, the Bosch Group opened a new sales and service subsidiary in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The supplier of technology and services plans to start operations in the east African country with five associates, offering auto parts and testing equipment, workshop concepts, power tools, and security systems. Given the rapid growth of Africa's population, a very low average age, and the increasing purchasing power of a growing middle class, the company sees huge potential for growth in Africa. In addition, Bosch expects automotive sales to rise significantly, especially in Kenya. The country's attractive position makes it a good entry point for the dynamically growing markets of eastern Africa.
“This entry into the east African market is an important milestone for Bosch. It shows the strategic importance we attach to east Africa,” said the Bosch board of management member Uwe Raschke at the opening ceremony in Nairobi. “Our focus is on affordable, Bosch-quality products that are adapted to the requirements of our customers.” Before the end of the year, Bosch intends to open a further five locations in Africa: in Algeria, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, and Nigeria. According to preliminary figures, the company's more than 600 associates in Africa generated sales of some 340 million euros in 2013.
Bosch in Africa Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906. The focus of the company's activities is South Africa, where there are two manufacturing sites, in Brits and Midrand. They primarily manufacture automotive components and assemble packaging machinery. There are additional regional subsidiaries in Egypt and Morocco. All four Bosch business sectors – Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – have operations in Africa. Bosch also actively promotes talented young people in sub-Saharan Africa, and is one of the initiators of “Afrika kommt!”, a German business program for junior executives from sub-Saharan Africa. As an active member of this program, Bosch (together with 20 other companies) has been offering scholarships to African junior executives so that they can spend a year in Germany completing a professional training program since 2008. The goal of the program is to foster mutual exchange and learning between budding African executives and German companies.
Information in real time thanks to fully virtual supply chain
Bosch board member Asenkerschbaumer: networks are now more efficient, flexible, and eco-friendly
VDA president Wissmann: intelligent production a major competitive advantage for Germany
Expert judges praise the solution's consistency
Frankfurt. Bosch has received the Association of German Car Manufacturers' (VDA) Logistics Award. The global supplier of technology and services has been awarded the prize for completely virtualizing physical flows of goods, which can now be tracked in real time with intelligent software systems. The analysis of the data obtained helps manage and further improve processes. Successful data sharing across the company has been one of the project's major achievements. Standardized data can now be exchanged and shared between companies seamlessly and in real time. This makes it possible to optimize production and supply networks in a comprehensive manner. “Suppliers and customers can open up their processes for each other and integrate them with each other. This is making the vision of consistent data transmission in industrial supply chains reality. The result is efficient, flexible, and eco-friendly production and logistics networks,” said Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, the deputy chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the awards ceremony in Frankfurt. For instance, over the course of a pilot project at Bosch's Homburg site in Germany, the efficiency of logistics processes was improved by some 10 percent.
Intelligent production strengthens Germany as an industrial location Matthias Wissmann, the VDA president, emphasized the significance of the awarded innovation: “Intelligent production and logistics processes strengthen Germany's competitiveness as an industrial location. With their product and process innovations, German suppliers are playing a major role in ensuring that the German automotive industry is always one step ahead of the competition. With the help of the award, outstanding, innovative logistics concepts can serve as inspiration for all companies that are looking for creative and intelligent logistics solutions.” The standardized data-sharing concept that Bosch has now applied across the board is based on the findings of the RAN research project (radio frequency identification (RFID)-based automotive network). The project was set up with the aim of developing new management concepts for automotive industry production networks.
Using virtual reality to improve the real world “Changes in industrial production, which in Germany are generally referred to as Industry 4.0, have long been underway. These changes are now being put into practice and are thus becoming visible,” said Asenkerschbaumer, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for purchasing and logistics. On the path to integrated industry, the company is building on the Bosch Production System, which has been successfully applied for years. In the past, the approach focused on optimizing physical production and logistics processes – in other words, on the things that take place in the real world. But new IT technologies have now made it possible to virtualize these processes and flows of goods. This is done via automated data collection, which gathers data on the status of products or transport containers throughout the production and logistics process. Technical aids such as RFID technologies can be used for this purpose. In the past, the physical flow of goods was entered manually into an IT system, a time-consuming exercise that reflected past status rather than present status. Error rates were high and data was never up to date. The flow of information was not in sync with the flow of goods.
From data to knowledge, from knowledge to benefit The large quantity of current and thus high-quality data can be analyzed with the help of software. Intelligent algorithms are applied to illustrate the relationships and interactions between parts of the process. This information can be applied to help further improve the entire system. “The production process optimizes itself,” says Andreas Müller, a Bosch project manager, pointing out the benefits of the modern approach. “New data provides new insights, and these make it possible to further improve the system. In turn, the improved system generates new data, which helps build new, beneficial knowledge. It's a virtuous circle.”
Cooperating to improve the value-added chain By standardizing the flow of data between companies, additional partners can be involved in efforts to optimize processes, including customers and suppliers. “Networked and thus intelligent production and logistics can only become reality once solutions are consistently applied between companies. By implementing this approach with its partners, Bosch has successfully realized the vision of supply chain management,” said Professor Wolfgang Stölzle of the University of St. Gallen, in explaining the judges' decision. Over the course of the pilot project, Bosch is working an engine manufacturer and a supplier of reusable containers.
Outlook: process, sensor technology, and software expertise Bosch is currently implementing the new approach at its own manufacturing sites around the world as well as with additional partners. The company is also working to further develop its technical solutions. Today, RFID tags are common information and data carriers. In the future, web-enabled sensors will also transmit status information about objects. The quantity and quality of data will continue to increase. Intelligent software solutions and high-performance algorithms will evaluate data, and this will open up new potential for improvement. As a leading global manufacturer of sensors, Bosch can rely on its own products in this area. Bosch Software Innovations, a Bosch subsidiary, offers customized software and system solutions. “By combining our expertise in the areas of processes, sensor technology, and software, we can further enhance our own and our partners' value added. On the path toward integrated industry, we see ourselves as a leading user and a leading supplier of software and hardware,” Asenkerschbaumer said. Especially at the interfaces between value-added networks, there is potential to cut costs and create new services.
About the VDA Logistics Award The VDA Logistics Award was presented for the seventh time this year. It was the second time that Bosch received the honor. An innovative Bosch logistics concept was also singled out by an expert panel in 2009. The award recognizes the efforts of companies whose logistics solutions serve as role models for other companies in the automotive industry. The judges' evaluation is based on the cost-effectiveness of the solutions in question. With the prize, the VDA aims to highlight projects that can increase the competitiveness of the German automotive industry. The judges panel is made up of representatives from academia, an OEM, a supplier, specialist media, a logistics association, and the VDA.
To mark the 2014 Auto Expo trade show, Bosch is showcasing innovations and product highlights for the first time in an exposition of its own, to be held in Greater Noida near New Delhi. At this “Bosch Tech Expo,” customers from around the world will be able to see innovative technology for themselves, for example during test drives, and to talk in-depth with experts. The exposition will take place near the trade fair site from February 5 to 8. The highlights that will be on show include technologies for the connected car, more safety, and driving comfort, and efficient systems that reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
These are just some of the highlights that will be on show at the “Bosch Tech Expo” for …
1) …more road safety
Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control is the first system to assist riders when braking sharply in curves. This means that this safety system can defuse many critical situations, and significantly reduce the number of fatal accidents in curves.
Front-ABS 9M light: This is the entry-level version for two-wheelers at the bottom end of the price range, especially in the Asian emerging markets. It controls the front-wheel only, which makes it even more affordable. For the system to work, the front wheel has to be equipped with a hydraulic brake system, a configuration which is typical for many motorbikes in India. This function will also save lives: in India alone, 40,000 people die in motorbike accidents every year.
2) …more driving comfort and connectivity
Navigation and entertainment systems: New networked solutions reduce stress for drivers and enhance driving comfort by providing new entertainment functions. One highlight is mySPIN, an appealing solution that smoothly integrates the smartphone into the vehicle and ensures safe in-car use. It transfers the contents of the smartphone screen onto a larger, easier-to-use touchscreen located on the central console. Both iOS and Android terminals can be integrated into mySPIN.
In 2015, Bosch will be launching an expanded parking assistant. The system will include a remote control that helps maneuver the car in crowded garages. In the future, the car will be able to look for a space in parking structures on its own with the help of a 360-degree video sensor.
3) …efficient systems that reduce emissions
Denoxtronic: Bosch already offers cost-efficient exhaust-gas treatment solutions. They include the Denoxtronic system for cars and commercial vehicles – a system that can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent. This is achieved by injecting liquid urea – also known as Adblue – into the exhaust gas flow. This reacts with the exhaust gas and turns nitrogen oxide into harmless steam and nitrogen. By the end of 2013, Bosch had produced 5 million Denoxtronic systems, and this total will have doubled by the end of 2015.