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Packaging Technology division: Bosch plans to acquire Tecsor in France Entry into PET blow-molding technology

  • Strategically complements acquisition of Ampack GmbH in 2012
  • Addition to business unit Liquid Food
  • Blow-molding and filling up to 32,000 PET bottles per hour
Meyreuil / Waiblingen – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, plans to acquire the assets of Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S., based in Meyreuil near Marseille, France. Agreements to this effect were signed on June 11, 2013. Tecsor develops and sells machinery for making and filling PET containers for liquid and paste-like foodstuffs. Set up in 2005, the company generated sales of roughly two million euros in 2012. Tecsor employs 14 associates. It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed. The planned acquisition is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

Main customers in the food and beverage industry
PET containers are used in the food and beverage industry – as milk bottles or yogurt cups, for example. Using a special blow-molding technology, a machine developed by Tecsor can make and fill between 6,000 and 32,000 bottles per hour.

Addition to liquid foodstuffs business unit
“With Tecsor, we are further adding to our activities in the area of liquid foods,” said Friedbert Klefenz, president of the Bosch Packaging Technology division. In October 2012, the packaging specialist took over Ampack in Königsbrunn, Germany. Its portfolio includes filling machinery for cups and bottles. This machinery is mainly used to fill and package highly sensitive foodstuffs such as dairy products, baby food, and hospital food.

Use of machines saves materials, energy, and costs
Ampack is the technology leader in the segment of near-sterile and aseptic processing of pre-formed cups and bottles. Following the acquisition of Tecsor, Bosch can round out its existing portfolio of products in this area to include its own production of cups and bottles. “The new machinery we offer will save our customers materials, energy, and costs. For its part, Bosch Packaging Technology will improve its chances in the market,” Klefenz said.

About PET
PET (polyethylene terephthelate) is a thermoplastic, recyclable synthetic material that is often used for the production of plastic containers. Specially designed machinery and a thermo-molding process are used to shape the container (bottle or cup) from a PET blank. This process is the basis of the Tecsor business model. In acquiring this process, Bosch Packaging Technology hopes to enter the machinery business for PET containers.
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Bosch Compact New Bosch plant in Romania: facts and figures Second manufacturing facility in Blaj

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.

Contact persons for press inquiries:
Germany: Melita Delic, phone (+49) 711 811-48617
Romania: Eleni Scheffäl, phone +40 021 4057529
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  • June 11, 2013
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Factory of the future Bosch is partner in eta project for model energy-efficient factory Joint research project with TU Darmstadt

  • Target: up to 40 percent lower energy consumption
  • 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.

Video link: For an animated video of the model factory, click here: http://bit.ly/10V5lug
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Expanding international presence: Bosch starts construction of a new boiler production facility in Russia Total investment will exceed 20 million euros

  • 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.
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  • June 07, 2013
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