Bosch is opening a manufacturing facility for automotive technology at the extended site in Blaj. In the future, it will mainly make speed sensors for driver assistance systems such as ABS and ESP.
Capital expenditure: In total, Bosch will have invested some 50 million euros in the factory extension and new manufacturing lines by the end of 2013. The site now covers a total surface area of some 40,000 square meters, with the new manufacturing facility taking up roughly 21,000 square meters.
Jobs: Roughly 300 new jobs will be created by the end of 2013. At present, 570 associates are employed at the Blaj location. Bosch Rexroth has been manufacturing linear-motion technology there since 2007, for use in mechanical engineering.
Organizational assignment: In organizational terms, the new facility will belong to the Chassis Systems Control division. This division manufactures and develops components and systems for active and passive safety, as well as driver assistance systems. Chassis Systems Control operates at more than 35 locations worldwide, and employs some 16,000 associates.
Bosch in Romania The Bosch Group employs some 1,400 associates in Romania. Apart from Blaj, it has operations at the following locations: in Bucharest, it has a sales company for power tools, heating systems, security systems, and products for the automotive aftermarket. In Timi?oara, it runs a communication center. In addition, the manufacturing and development of automotive technology is planned to start at a new location in Cluj in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Bosch provides know-how and infrastructure support
Bosch is working for energy-efficient industry on many fronts
Darmstadt – Bosch is an industrial and research partner for the “eta factory.” This refers to a project of the Technical University of Darmstadt, named “Energy-efficient factory for interdisciplinary technology and application research.” The objective of the project is to further reduce and improve energy consumption in industrial production. The project members believe that the energy-saving potential is as high as 40 percent. To put this to the test, researchers and users will optimize the energy efficiency of the eta factory under everyday conditions. A model factory will be set up for research purposes on the university campus. What makes the project special is its interdisciplinary approach to reducing energy consumption. All a factory's sub-systems, such as the building, technical infrastructure, and machinery and equipment, are considered as a whole and their energy requirements optimized.
Moving to new forms of energy “Networking the energy requirements of individual manufacturing lines and peripherals such as the roof and the façade is a source of huge potential. The eta research project's integrated approach is the main reason for us to take part,” said Dr. Werner Struth, the management board member of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for manufacturing coordination and environmental protection. “Not using energy in the first place, or using it efficiently is still the best way to usher in a move to alternative forms of energy,” Struth added. As well as specialist and process-related know-how, the Bosch subsidiaries Bosch Rexroth and Bosch Thermotechnik will contribute technical infrastructure. For example, Bosch Rexroth will supply the factory's production line. Bosch Thermotechnik's support includes an ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) system.
Bosch: working on many fronts for energy-efficient industry In global terms, the industrial sector is the second largest consumer of energy. This is why Bosch is working hard to improve the energy efficiency of its own manufacturing facilities. At the company's Homburg location in Germany, for example, Bosch energy experts have optimized the energy consumption of its energy-intensive cleaning systems. At the beginning of June, this systematic approach earned the location the “Deutscher Ideenpreis” (German prize for ideas). In addition, Bosch Rexroth offers its customers energy-efficiency advice. The Rexroth 4EE methodology (4EE stands for “for energy efficiency”) is also an integrated approach to optimizing production machinery. Here, energy use is optimized not only for individual stages of production, but also for entire manufacturing systems. And with its ORC systems, Bosch Thermotechnik offers a technology for the intelligent use of waste heat, which is one of the focal points of the eta project.
Bosch Group: 20 percent by 2020 The secondary sector accounts for more than 30 percent of global energy demand. The Bosch Group's aim for 2020 is to reduce the CO2 emissions of its manufacturing facilities by 20 percent from their 2007 level. Energy efficiency is to be improved by 20 percent. More than half of the 260 locations of this supplier of technology and services have been certified according to the international ISO 14001 environmental standard. More information is available online at www.csr.bosch.com.
About the eta factory Two universities, three research institutes, and twelve companies are involved in the eta project for a model energy-efficient factory of the future. Scientific leadership of the project lies with the Institute for Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools of the Technical University of Darmstadt. It is supported financially by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Federal State of Hesse, and industrial partners. The project will initially run for four years. Its findings are also to be used in the education of young scientists. An industrial committee will channel the findings into plans for the energy-saving manufacturing facilities of the future. More information about the eta factory is available online at http://www.eta-fabrik.de.
Start of production planned for first quarter 2014
190 new job opportunities by 2016
8,000 square meters of production space
Engels – The Bosch Group laid the foundation stone for its new Thermotechnology production plant in Engels. Bosch and Buderus branded industrial hot water and domestic heating boilers will be produced there starting in the first quarter of 2014. The global supplier of technology and services will invest more than 20 million euros in the site. “The new plant will meet the growing needs of our Russian governmental, commercial and residential customers for reliable and modern boilers from our brands Bosch and Buderus,” said Gerhard Pfeifer, Bosch Group representative in Russia and the CIS. The new facility will create 190 new job opportunities by 2016.
The new plant is being built on the existing Bosch production site in Engels. A new 8 000-square-meter facility will house production of six models of three-path boilers with a capacity of 2.5 megawatts to 6.5 megawatts for industrial use. Furthermore, more than 30 models of Bosch and Buderus wallhung gas boilers with a capacity of 18 kilowatts to 35 kilowatts for heating and hot water will be produced there.
Bosch has been present in the Saratov Region, 850 km from Moscow, since 1996. Today, business units engaged in the production of automotive components and power tools are active in Engels, employing 1 500 associates.
The first Bosch products appeared on the Russian market in 1904. The company now provides a wide range of quality products and services in the areas of automotive equipment and spare parts, power tools, heating technology, security systems, industrial packaging equipment and integrated system solutions for the automation of manufacturing processes. Bosch's revenue in Russia in fiscal year 2012 was approximately 1 billion euros. The company employs more than 3,000 associates in Russia.
Berlin – The digital networking of industrial production is moving forward, and Bosch sees major potential for Germany as a result. According to Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany is well prepared for the next Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). "Thanks to the close cooperation of suppliers, users, research, and educational institutions, Germany is well-positioned to seize the opportunities arising from this development," said Denner at the annual conference of the ZVEI, the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektroindustrie (Germany's central association for the electrical engineering and electronics industry) in Berlin.
Industry: the driver of economic development Denner emphasized that the advent of Web 3.0, the internet of things and services, has given rise to two major opportunities in Germany's industrial production. First, German companies develop, sell, and export technologies and products for industrial networking. Second, the use of these technologies enhances the efficiency and competitiveness of German industry. The manufacturing industries account for over 20 percent of Germany's gross domestic product (GDP), and thus continue to play an important role in the country's economy. "The example of Germany shows that the industrial sector and the maintenance of its competitiveness continue to be drivers of economic and social development," said Denner. This is why countries like the United States, for instance, are attempting to (re-) industrialize their own economies. The European Commission (EC) has also published strategic papers addressing this topic. To ensure a healthy economy, the EC recommends increasing the industrial sector's share of GDP to 20 percent by 2020, up from 15 percent today. The Chinese government is focusing increasingly on the sophisticated manufacture of high-quality products.
Next step: applications and products According to the Bosch CEO, German companies are leaders in the realm of mechanical engineering, and this regardless of the growing competition from Asia. In the IT sector, too, German companies have extensive know-how and a skilled workforce in the areas of embedded systems and automation technology. With the "Platform Industry 4.0", which is supported by the BITKOM, VDMA, and ZVEI associations, a framework has been established for the implementation of networked production. Now, said Denner, applications and related products must be brought to market quickly. He called on the conference participants to take part in implementing the digitization strategy. "Germany's companies must play an active role in shaping the path to networked production. We cannot afford to fall behind."
Bosch: playing two roles on the path to Factory 4.0 Denner also sees Bosch playing two roles on the path to the networked factory. While the company uses technologies and software to network its own manufacturing base, it also develops solutions in this area. For instance, a software suite developed by Bosch Software Innovations networks equipment in order to optimize the entire maintenance process. While seamless data sharing is one of the challenges of industrial networking, Bosch has already implemented a successful concept at the diesel injector manufacturing facility in Homburg, Germany. Here, the entire injector production process – from the supplier to the carmaker – is controlled by RFID technology (radio frequency identification).
Web 3.0: not an end it itself – new business models required Denner, who is also responsible for corporate research and development, expects the internet of things and services to give rise to a new quality of technical collaboration. Bosch aims to connect a broad range of technical devices and systems to the internet. However, a great deal of development work is required on the path to Web 3.0, and many customers must still be persuaded of its benefits. Today, many people remain unaware of the possibilities of Web 3.0. "Web 3.0 is not an end in itself. The increasing digitization of all areas of life is giving rise to new business models, and this offers significant market potential," said Denner.
According to Bosch forecasts, more than six billion things will be connected to the internet and to each other by 2015, among them vehicles, security systems, personal computers, and smart phones. However, sensor-based information will be required if the internet of things is to experience a breakthrough. "Data must turn into knowledge, and knowledge must turn into benefits. Bosch will exploit the technical possibilities of Web 3.0 to develop lucrative services and business models that will improve people's quality of life."