CoremanNet won the 2015 Federal Ecodesign Award in the service category
CoremanNet achieves return rates of approximately 90 percent
CoremanNet as independent brand, operating in Europe and represented in NAFTA and China
Berlin – CoremanNet was awarded the Federal Ecodesign Award by the German Federal Environment Ministry and the German Federal Environment Office. According to the jury, the service for circular economy was awarded the renowned distinction in the “service” category for being a service provider “completing material cycles, significantly saving resources and being applicable to other sectors.” The award was issued in the course of a gala at the Federal Environment Ministry on November 23, 2015. By now, CoremanNet already runs the world’s largest service network for the return of automotive spare parts for their remanufacturing. Throughout the upcoming years, solutions for additional sectors are to further the growth even more.
CoremanNet allows systematic circular economy With its international logistics network and its innovative IT solution, CoremanNet allows a systematic circular economy for used parts. CoremanNet retrieves the so-called cores from the market, identifies them and checks them based on technical criteria. Afterwards, they are sorted and provided to the remanufacturers with the required quality and on time for the remanufacturing. CoremanNet systematically records the transferable rights to return cores. A balance of rights to return and returned parts is available to all participating trade levels and at any time.
Saving resources by means of effective core management With a return rate of approximately 90 percent and the largest collection volume on the automotive aftermarket, CoremanNet achieves top results and thus allows industrial remanufacturing of cores. In comparison to the production of new parts, this allows savings of raw materials of approximately 85 percent and energy savings of some 55 percent. On an annual basis, this allows saving 400,000 metric tons of CO2 on the automotive sector in the EU.
Sector-independent core management At first, Bosch developed the CoremanNet collection service for its own exchange-parts range Bosch eXchange. Since then, CoremanNet has become established as an independent brand with a network consisting of 17 locations across Europe for the collection and processing of cores and being represented in the NAFTA region and in China, as well. CoremanNet offers its services to all market players – also to those ones not related to the automotive industry. All information concerning the core-collection service can be consulted online at www.coremannet.com.
Ecodesign jury nominated 34 projects out of 288 candidates The Federal Ecodesign Award, awarded for the fourth consecutive time this year, honors products, services and concepts standing out for their ecological and creative quality. For this year’s Ecodesign competition, a total of 288 candidates applied for the product, concept, service and young-talent categories. Out of these candidates, the experts of the Federal Environment Office and design experts selected a total of 137 projects. Out of these, the jury, made up to several prominent personalities, nominated 34 projects. Four of them were finally awarded the 2015 Federal Ecodesign Award. In 2016, the award winners and nominees will be presented at a touring exhibition on fairs and in museums all over the Federal Republic of Germany being accompanied by workshops and events.
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With its logistics network and an innovative return software solution, CoremanNet offers an attractive service for the circular economy for used products. 17 locations worldwide, receive used parts, so-called cores, from the market, identify them and provide them to the remanufacturing plants. CoremanNet is a brand of the Bosch Group and part of the Automotive Aftermarket division (AA).
The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.
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.
45 000 customer opinions about 400 companies operating in 35 sectors
Bosch Car Services rank top among the independent automotive workshops
With its 16 500 partners, Bosch Car Service is one of the largest workshop networks worldwide
For the second time in a row, Bosch Car Services received a top ranking in the category “independent workshops” at the German Fairness Prize “Deutscher Fairness-Preis”. In 2015, the Deutsche Institute für Service-Qualität (German Institute of Service Quality) and the news channel n-tv awarded the prize for the second time ever. Once again they asked the consumers to evaluate the fairness of companies towards their customers. Therefore, the organizers collected and analyzed a total of approximately 45 000 customer opinions about more than 400 companies. At the “independent workshops” category, the customers asked considered Bosch Car Services to be particularly fair, reliable and transparency. They thus highly voted Bosch Car Service workshops. As deputy for the Bosch Car Services, Heike Niehues, commercial director for Bosch workshop concepts, received the prize in Berlin in early October.
How fair, reliable and transparent are German companies? In order to determine the fairest companies, the customers were asked questions such as: Does the company offer a fair price-performance ratio? Is there a transparent communication of product features, contractual services and prices? Can the customers trust the reliability of the products and services offered? Apart from brand-linked and independent automotive workshops, companies operating in different sectors – reaching from computer manufacturers and cruise operators to travel business, online shops and insurance companies – were analyzed as well. This year, the organizers evaluated companies operating in a total of 35 different sectors. “For us, the ‘Deutscher Fairness-Preis’ award, once again documenting the trust car drivers have in the work of Bosch Car Services, is both a duty and an incentive to continuously improve both the customer orientation and the service quality,” Niehues said at the award ceremony.
Bosch Car Services – the workshop network with the longest tradition worldwide. More than 90 years ago, the Bosch Car Service full-service workshop concept was founded under the name of Bosch Dienst. On a worldwide scale, it is thus the workshop concept with the longest tradition. This workshop network consists of independent companies meeting the high Bosch quality standards. The workshops are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and test equipment and have up-to-date knowledge concerning both maintenance and repair of latest vehicle systems thanks to regular trainings. Bosch tests the service quality of Bosch Car Service workshops regularly by means of independent workshop tests. To this day, there are some 16 500 Bosch Car Service workshops in 150 countries. Every year, 50 million cars are maintained and repaired by the Bosch Car Service network – that is, three vehicles every two seconds. All together, the Bosch Car Service workshops worldwide have some 90 000 employees.
Bosch quality and expertise for motorcycle original equipment and two-wheeler workshops
Broad range of two-wheeler spare parts
Esitronic Bike for effective ECU diagnosis
New: “Motorcycle technology and Bosch Esitronic Bike” training
The global motorcycle market is growing rapidly. According to studies, the annual production of two-wheelers will raise to more than 160 million units until 2021 – that is, about a third more than today. The increasing demand affects all classes of two-wheelers, reaching from city scooters to sport bikes. In terms of original equipment, several manufacturers rely on Bosch products such as, for instance, electronically controlled injection systems, electric drives and safety features like ABS or the MSC motorcycle stability control. Bosch is market leader for motorcycle safety systems.
Special range of spare parts, diagnostics and training for two-wheelers Apart from original equipment, Bosch also offers a broad range specifically for two-wheeler workshops as well as for motorcyclists. This constantly updated and expanded range of high-quality spare parts, workshop equipment for diagnoses, servicing and repairs as well as special trainings is perfectly aligned with the specific requirements of two-wheelers. It has recently been expanded by new products and offers:
Bosch M Li-ion motorcycle battery Thanks to its innovative lithium-ion technology, the ultra-light battery features a ten times higher deep-cycle resistance than comparable lead-acid batteries. It delivers optimum starting power and ensures reliable performance, even at high temperatures. Not containing any acid, the M Li-ion battery is leak-proof and can thus be installed in any position. In addition, it is absolutely maintenance-free and features a long service life thanks to its low self-discharge. As a consequence, it survives the winter break unharmed. Moreover, it has been designed to cope with the extreme operating conditions of sport bikes and racing motorcycles. In Germany, the new motorcycle battery will be available from November 2015 onwards.
Gigalight Plus 120 halogen bulb In comparison to conventional halogen bulbs, the new Gigalight halogen bulb provides up to 120 percent more light on the road. This increase in light output is achieved by the optimized filament size and the glass bulb filled exclusively with xenon gas. Used in motorcycle headlights, Gigalight Plus 120 increases the visibility and thus also the safety when driving at night or under bad weather conditions. In addition, the bright light ensures a relaxed ride.
Horns For many years now, Bosch has offered horns with state-of-the-art technology and a powerful sound. Bosch also offers a broad range of horns specifically for motorized two-wheelers.
Spark plugs Due to high engine torque, spark plugs used in motorcycle engines have to cope with extremely heavy strains. Bosch spark plugs for two-wheelers are thus designed for temperatures exceeding 1 000 °C and high pressures within the combustion chamber. They stand out for their good cold-starting performance and optimum combustion. The correct electrode gap is preset at the factory. The Bosch spark plug range for two wheelers covers most of the popular motorcycles, scooters and quads - and is constantly being extended.
Spare parts for injection systems For motorcycles equipped with an injection system and Bosch components, the matching spare parts are available, too. This includes injectors, different types of sensors and lambda sensors.
Esitronic Bike: Bosch diagnostic software for two-wheeler workshops As is the case with automobiles, the number of electronic safety and comfort systems is constantly increasing in the area of motorized two-wheelers as well. More and more frequently, two-wheeler workshops thus need test systems and software for ECU diagnosis, maintenance and repair. Based on the Esitronic 2.0 workshop-software package, Bosch therefore developed Esitronic Bike specifically for two-wheeler workshops. The software includes common European and Asian motorcycle makes and runs on Bosch KTS-series diagnostic testers. Together with the ECU diagnosis, the workshop is thus provided with any required data and information about the electrical components installed on the motorcycle. Regular updates make sure the data is always up-to-date and includes new models as well. At the current version, for instance, the special ECU function for brake bleeding at the Bosch motorcycle ABS has now also been added.
The special training “Motorcycle technology and Bosch Esitronic Bike” will inform the participants about the effective application of the Esitronic Bike software in everyday work at the workshop. Starting in November 2015, Bosch will offer this training at the Service Training Center in Plochingen close to Stuttgart.
Leading workshop software with new user-friendly functions
Step-by-step instructions for assembly and disassembly of vehicle components
User-friendly linkage of target and actual values
Simple, efficient and reliable handling of service and repair tasks
The tried and tested Bosch workshop software Esitronic supports workshops concerning vehicle diagnosis and repair tasks by providing current target values as well as troubleshooting and repair instructions. By now, more than 70 000 automotive workshops in more than 100 countries use Bosch Esitronic. In Germany, one out of two workshops uses the Bosch workshop software. Esitronic is the leading workshop software on the independent workshop market in Europe. Thanks to regular updates, current data for almost all types of vehicles is available to the workshops at any time. By means of the Esitronic Truck and Esitronic Bike modules, Bosch also provides comprehensive support for the specific requirements of commercial-vehicle and two-wheeler workshops. At the current Esitronic updates, Bosch implemented additional user-friendly improvements into the workshop software.
New user-friendly functions Vehicle identification can be done, for instance, by means of the KBA code of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority or by the Vehicle Identification Number VIN. Once the vehicle has been identified, the workshop software Esitronic purposefully supplies the mechanic with any required data and information for the respective service or repair task to be performed. Maintenance schedules, for instance, are directly linked to the required diagnostic steps and to the reset of the service-interval indicator at the respective control unit. The direct linkage of target and actual values is yet another novelty. With just one click, this allows the mechanic to compare the measured actual values with the respective target values. Moreover, the error code leads directly to additional diagnostic of repair instructions. Bosch Esitronic automatically records all of the individual steps of the diagnosis. This protocol can then be printed out for the customer. In the same manner, values recorded during a test drive can later on be reproduced and reconstructed at the workshop.
Step-by-step instructions for the assembly and disassembly of vehicle components Assembly and disassembly instructions of components inside the vehicle and on its exterior – including lighting devices, operating and display units as well as sensors – have now also been integrated into the Esitronic software package. Body and paint shops as well as workshops not dealing with this type of tasks at their daily work will particularly benefit from the easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions. High-resolution photos with integrated notes show the respective working steps for the most common models on the vehicle market. Bosch Esitronic also supports mechanics for service tasks such as changing the brake fluid, replacing the diesel particulate filter or even the windshield. Any required working steps are displayed in a simple and easily understandable manner – also for tasks not forming part of everyday business.
According to EU regulations, commercial vehicles must be equipped with a tire-pressure control system (TPMS) since November 2014. For the tire service on commercial vehicles, Bosch Esitronic thus also includes any required information for direct and indirect TPMS. In combination with the TPA 200 tester, workshops can easily test and program tire-pressure sensors without any problems.
Professional advice: Even faster with the Esitronic software
Error memories of all control units can be deleted on older vehicles as well. For new vehicles, it is done within less than 10 seconds.
The Esitronic software also includes data for all common electric and hybrid vehicles.
Esitronic can easily be integrated into ASA workshop networks. In this case, Bosch takes over the asanetwork license fees for the workshop.
Besides updates on DVD, regular intermediate updates are also issued online.
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