Bosch offers energy and building technology with smart connectivity as well as services for industry, businesses, and private households
Bosch management board member Hartung: “Our technical systems expertise and understanding of regional markets are decisive success factors.”
Building automation eliminates routine tasks and cuts operating costs
Top priority for data protection and security
Stuttgart, Germany – Industrial customers and users are increasingly demanding technical solutions that increase comfort, safety and security in factories and apartment blocks while saving energy and cutting costs. They want installation and operation of the technology to be intuitive – and they want it to look good. Bosch’s response to these trends is to offer integrated solutions comprising energy and building technology with smart connectivity as well as services. These cover areas such as heating, hot water, ventilation, air conditioning, protection against intrusion and fires, facility management, power generation, and energy storage. This business is brought together in Bosch’s Energy and Building Technology business sector.
Speaking at a press event in Stuttgart, Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector, said: “Our wide-ranging technical systems expertise and our understanding of regional markets are decisive success factors. Bosch is well positioned in the market for energy and building technology, in terms of both technology and global footprint. We are strategically expanding our portfolio and our market presence: this is the foundation for further growth.”
Great potential for energy efficiency in industrial plant, machinery, and buildings Having more than doubled over the last 40 years, worldwide demand for energy is growing faster than ever. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy demand will grow by more than a third by 2040 – accompanied by a 25 percent increase in CO2 emissions. This makes energy efficiency the best place to start to avoid CO2 emissions and meet climate-change targets. The potential for savings is highest in buildings and heating: buildings account for 40 percent of global energy demand, yet electricity accounts for only a small proportion of that energy. In industry, 75 percent of all energy used is in the form of heat. Worldwide, industry could achieve energy and hence cost savings of up to 30 percent by adopting efficient technology.
Connectivity supports automation – increasing comfort and security As standards of living rise and societies age, particularly in advanced economies, expectations of comfort are growing – and so is the need for security technology such as intrusion and fire protection systems. These developments are driving demand for solutions that automate standard procedures and facilities in buildings and energy systems: such as lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and alarm systems that automatically turn on or off when entering or leaving a building. Users expect the relevant technology to be easy to install and operate, for instance by using a touch screen of the kind they are familiar with from their smart phones and tablets. A prerequisite for building and energy system automation is connectivity between facilities and devices that share information over the internet of things.
“Our connected solutions enable us to make buildings smart and energy systems fit for the future. But connectivity isn’t an end in itself. Users need to see that it really adds value: for example, that it relieves them of the burden of tiresome, time-consuming routine tasks or cuts their operating costs,” Hartung said. “When it comes to connectivity, we are focusing on open standards and open platforms. Our solutions always meet the highest standards of data protection and data security.”
Bosch solutions provide customers with full transparency, allowing them to decide for themselves how their data are used. For example, the company has set up a center of competence that defines uniform standards for the security of connected products.
Bosch to create new division for its thriving services business Connected solutions pave the way for many new business opportunities, especially for services. In this respect, Bosch has excellent prospects: the company possesses the necessary software know-how and operates its own communication centers, for example for remote monitoring and remote maintenance of buildings, energy systems, and industrial facilities. These also support telematics services, such as the eCall automatic emergency call service, which is available in 16 languages and more than 30 countries for some 1.5 million vehicles. Effective January 1, 2016, Bosch plans to set up a new division, Bosch Global Service Solutions, in order to bring together its range of services more effectively and further expand them.
Business sector further expands its range of products and its market presence As a foundation for further growth, Bosch is further expanding the range of products and the global market presence of its Energy and Building Technology business sector. In January 2015, for example, the company announced its acquisition of Climatec in the United States. Climatec is recognized in the building industry as an independent provider of services for the integration and automation of essential building systems including power generation, air conditioning, and security. The company offers consulting, planning, installation, and remote maintenance from a single source, and is active across widely differing sectors.
Bosch has founded a joint venture with the Chinese technology company Midea to produce variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. These systems employ variable flows of refrigerant to provide commercial buildings with heating and air conditioning. In the future, Bosch will be able to offer industrial customers worldwide a complete range of systems including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Start of production is planned for January 2016.
In April 2015, Bosch acquired the connectivity specialist ProSyst, a supplier of gateway software and middleware. In connected – or smart – homes, ProSyst’s software acts as an interpreter for the devices of different manufacturers.
Unrivalled industrial and software know-how for connectivity solutions Bosch’s activities in widely differing areas of business give the company a unique selling point in cross-domain connectivity: No other company compares when it comes to connecting energy, building, and industrial technology with mobility solutions and consumer goods. Moreover, for some years now, Bosch has been expanding its software competence. Today, one in three of the company’s 45,700 associates working in research and development is a software engineer. Three thousand engineers are working on the internet of things alone. For Bosch, software expertise is a key competence for the future. What is more, Bosch is the only company that is active on all three levels of connectivity: sensor technology, software, and services.
Connected solutions for industrial buildings and the smart home Bosch offers comprehensive connected solutions for buildings, such as the BIS building integration system, which greatly simplifies and standardizes the central monitoring and control of security and fire protection equipment. Bosch also offers EffiLink, a system platform for services such as the remote monitoring and remote maintenance of building installations. This solution makes it possible to quickly resolve up to 60 percent of faults with no need for a technician on site.
Bosch puts its expertise in connecting industrial buildings to good use in solutions for the smart home. The company is putting in place the technical foundations for this and successively launching its first products. April saw the start-up of mozaiq operations, a Bosch joint venture with ABB and Cisco. Its goal is to establish an open software platform for the smart home – and to ensure it is also open for the developments of suppliers from widely differing sectors. At the IFA trade fair in September, Bosch presented not just ovens and dishwashers, but also refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and fully automatic coffee machines that can be controlled using a smartphone.
Connected solutions for efficient energy systems Bosch offers a wide range of connected solutions and services for smart, decentralized power generation, conversion, and storage, as well as software solutions for smart control of power grids. Last spring, the company presented a new generation of connected boilers for residential buildings; installing and operating these boilers is intuitive. Their pioneering design is just as impressive on the inside, offering easy access to all the components – which makes them much easier, quicker, and cheaper to fit and service. Having sold more than 100,000 connected products, Bosch is the leading supplier of smart heating solutions that greatly increase convenience, energy efficiency, operating safety, and service quality. The new “HomeCom” portal provides installation companies with detailed information about their customers’ connected heating systems, including faults and predictions of what might have caused them. End users receive full and clear information about their central heating, along with consumption data and tailored energy efficiency tips.
To optimize the use of solar power in the home, Bosch offers a smart, connected energy system comprising an inverter, a heat pump, and a smart control unit. Any surplus electricity can be used to operate a heat pump. This takes heat from the ambient air, water, or the ground and converts it into power for heating or hot water. A data card enables the contactless installation of the Bosch inverter, making it easy to quickly get the solar energy system up and running. With the monitoring tools, users can call up and view the system’s performance online at any time.
Bosch also offers control for large systems with the new Master Energy Control (MEC System) product family. This enables industrial customers to integrate boilers, combined heat and power plants, and storage into an efficient energy system and control it using an intuitive interface such as a tablet or smartphone. Direct communication between system components, such as CHP plants and steam boilers, increases system efficiency and extends system lifetime, meaning operators save energy, cut costs, and reduce CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, the intuitive user interface allows them to view and evaluate system status quickly and effectively. With the MEC Remote optional remote connection, users can safely access their systems from anywhere.
For manufacturing companies, energy efficiency and reductions in energy costs are becoming an increasingly significant competitive factor, as well as an important consideration when choosing a location. In the field of energy services, Bosch recently began offering an integrated, connected energy efficiency solution that enables industrial customers to achieve energy savings of up to 30 percent.
Bosch develops turnkey storage solutions for power utilities and commercial customers. One example is Second Life Batteries, a Bosch project with BMW and Vattenfall. In Hamburg, used batteries from electric vehicles are being joined together to form a large power storage system. It can provide energy within seconds, and helps stabilize the grid.
Kliklok-Woodman develops, manufactures, and sells secondary packaging machinery and vertical form, fill, and seal machines for the food industry
U.S.-based company will support Bosch’s growth strategy in North America, Europe and other regions
Planned acquisition is latest in a series of deliberate steps to expand process and packaging technology portfolio
Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA / Waiblingen, Germany – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, is planning to acquire Kliklok-Woodman Corporation, based in Decatur, Georgia, U.S.A. Agreements to this effect were signed on September 21, 2015. Kliklok- Woodman is a globally recognized manufacturer of packaging machinery for the food industry. The company employs some 240 associates and supplies customers worldwide from its U.S.-headquarters and a second manufacturing facility, Kliklok International Ltd. located in Bristol, United Kingdom. In 2014, it generated sales revenue of approximately 65 million USD (49 million euros). It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed. The acquisition is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities.
More than 60 years’ experience in the packaging industry “This planned acquisition will further extend Bosch Packaging Technology’s position in the food and confectionery industry. Above all, it will enhance our system capabilities as single-source supplier,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of the Bosch Packaging Technology division. Kliklok-Woodman has more than 60 years of experience in the packaging of goods such as pastries and confectionery, frozen food, and dairy products. The company focuses mainly on the development, manufacture, and marketing of secondary packaging machinery such as end-load cartoners and top-load erectors and closers, and of primary packaging machinery such as vertical form, fill, and seal machines.
“This is great news for our customers, especially those with growing global operations, those who value single source systems responsibility, and those who desire variety in their flexible packaging formats,” says Bill Crist, CEO of Kliklok-Woodman. “We are proud of this strategic change, which has the potential to provide our successful, international associate team with further opportunities and aligns with the core values and reputation we have built over 60 years.”
Expansion of global market presence in food sector In particular, Kliklok-Woodman’s range of secondary packaging machinery will complement Bosch Packaging Technology’s portfolio for the food and confectionery industry. “Kliklok-Woodman will help boost Bosch’s presence in this market, and the acquisition is an important step on the road to fulfilling our PA 2020 growth strategy,” Klefenz adds. The expansion of market share, particularly in growth regions, the development of new business fields, and the enlargement of the portfolio to enter new segments of the food industry are central to this strategy.
In recent years, Bosch Packaging Technology has made a number of acquisitions to strengthen its worldwide market presence and extend its product portfolio. The planned acquisition of Kliklok-Woodman follows the purchase of Ampack (Germany) in 2012 and Osgood Industries (USA) in 2015. In the former case, Bosch extended its product portfolio to include cup- and bottle-filling machines for liquid food products, while in the latter it strengthened its market presence in the North American food packaging industry.
Contact in North America: Alissa Cleland, Phone: +1 248-876-1587
Contact in Germany: Dirk Haushalter, Phone: +49 711 811-58503
After having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Groupemploys more than 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations as per April 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of 11.3 billion US dollars (8.5 billion euros)* in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For more information, visit www.bosch.usa
Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,100 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* 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 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions 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 sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.
Mobility solutions: growth in weaker market environment
Groundbreaking development in battery technology for electric vehicles
Assistance systems: sales expected to reach one billion euros by 2016
Services: Bosch is connecting cars beyond the hood
Frankfurt/Stuttgart, Germany – The Bosch Group's mobility business is growing considerably faster than the global automotive market. “Bosch is assuming a leading role in the transformation that is about to sweep through the automotive sector. Automation, electrification, and connectivity – Bosch is already enjoying success in all three areas,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The Mobility Solutions business sector is expecting sales growth in 2015 of around ten percent, or five percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects1. In the same time period, global vehicle production will only increase marginally. One reason for Bosch's success is efficient combustion technology. This year, the supplier of technology and services will sell 15 percent more gasoline direct injection systems and ten percent more high-pressure diesel injection systems. Sales of ESP systems will also grow once again by a quarter. “Our innovative strength in all the mobility growth trends is helping us attract new customer groups and tap business opportunities beyond the automotive industry,” Denner said.
Mobility solutions: new customers, new services Whether for private or commercial vehicles, multimodal transportation offerings, fleet management, or smart transportation infrastructure, Bosch brings together vehicle technology, the data cloud, and services to offer complete mobility solutions. In the future, the customers for these solutions will include new market players such as Tesla, Google, two-wheeler manufacturers, and car-sharing providers. Bosch is also already working on specific projects with insurers, leasing companies, and other fleet operators.
Breakthrough in battery technology: solid-state cells for electric cars At this year's IAA, Bosch is presenting solutions and innovations in the growing fields of connectivity, automation, and electrification. Each year, Bosch invests nearly 400 million euros in turning electromobility into a reality. That this is bearing fruit was underscored by Denner, who presented a possible breakthrough innovation in battery technology. Having bought U.S. start-up Seeo Inc. (Hayward, CA), Bosch now possesses essential know-how in the area of innovative solid-state cells. This technology complements the developments the company has already achieved with its Japanese partners GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi Corporation. To date, the aim has been to double energy density and halve its costs by the end of this decade. With the Seeo technology, Bosch sees the potential to increase the energy capacity of lithium-ion cells even further. “Bosch is applying its knowledge and a great deal of financial resources to help electromobility achieve a breakthrough,” Denner said.
Automated driving: sales in the billions on the horizon In particular, the trend toward self-driving cars is already a major sales driver for Bosch. More and more new vehicles feature assistance systems such as lane-keeping support or emergency brake assist. Sales of radar and video sensors will once again double in 2015 for the second year in a row. This high demand means sales of Bosch driver assistance systems will exceed one billion euros as soon as 2016. As Denner explained, “Automated driving will arrive gradually by a process of developing and refining driver assistance systems.” The company has some 2,000 engineers working on this alone – a good 700 more than two years ago.
The company has also set itself ambitious goals for connectivity. Bosch technology is making vehicles an active part of the internet, but this development will go beyond cars in the future. Bosch already supports providers of car and bike sharing and operators of trains and buses with software solutions. It is in the services business where Bosch's versatility is particularly advantageous. The supplier of technology and services is in a better position than any other company in the automotive sector to connect mobility with energy, building, and industrial technologies.
1Since February 2015, Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH (formerly ZF Lenksysteme GmbH) has been consolidated as part of the Mobility Solutions business sector.
Contact person for press inquiries: René Ziegler, phone: +49 711 811-7639
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.
Contact person for press inquiries: Florian Flaig, phone: +49 711 811-6282