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Expansion of the battery range New Bosch two-wheeler battery with innovative lithium-ion technology

  • Particularly lightweight Bosch M Li-ion motorcycle battery
  • Lithium-ion technology drives electromobility
  • Bosch offers its battery range on all markets worldwide
The new Bosch M Li-ion battery for motorcycles, scooters, quads and jet skis is a real powerhouse. Thanks to its innovative lithium-ion technology, it features just one third of the weight of comparable lead-acid batteries. Due to the usually pretty high installation position of batteries in motorized two-wheelers, the particularly lightweight M Li-ion battery can even reduce the bikes’ center of gravity thus optimizing its driveability and handling. In addition, the new battery features a deep-cycle resistance which is up to ten times higher than in case of conventional batteries. It is particularly vibration-resistant and can be installed in any position. Thanks to its low self-discharge rate, the lithium-ion battery maintains its charge up to four times longer thus allowing it to overcome extended winter breaks without any problems.

On time for the sales launch, the Bosch M Li-ion battery is available for all common motorized two-wheelers, quads and jet skis on the market. Using the innovative lithium-ion technology, Bosch will continue to expand its range of starter batteries in future. “Lithium-ion technology is an important and driving technology for electromobility in general,” said Dr. Uwe Thomas, chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket business division. “With it, Bosch wants to assume a leading role also in the trade sector in the area of starter batteries.”

Comprehensive Bosch battery range meeting all requirements
With its broad range of batteries for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, two-wheelers, leisure and off-highway applications, Bosch is represented on all markets worldwide. Specifically for the application in passenger cars equipped with start/stop systems, the Bosch range includes the particularly high-performance EFB and and AGM battery series. The EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) technology has a much higher deep-cycle resistance compare to conventional starter batteries. For commercial vehicles, the Bosch range includes the TE series, which is also equipped with EFB technology. Starter batteries with AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) technology are the top-power products within the Bosch battery range. Their charge/discharge-cycle stability is up to four times higher. With their dynamic recharging and particularly high short-distance stability, AGM batteries even meet the requirements of passenger cars equipped with start/stop systems, regenerative braking and numerous electrical comfort functions.

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Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Phone +49 9001 942010
E-Mail: Kundenberatung.Kfz-Technik@de.bosch.com

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Market of the future: Augmented Reality Bosch plans to acquire a stake in the Augmented Reality specialist Reflekt GmbH

  • Bosch investment strengthens the position in an important field of technology
  • Bosch and Reflekt jointly developed the world's first software platform for the industrialization of Augmented Reality
  • A wide variety of applications are possible in virtually any industrial sector
For the last two years, Bosch has already been closely cooperating with Reflekt GmbH in the development of Augmented Reality (AR) applications for production, service, training and marketing applications. Bosch now plans to extend this successful cooperation by taking a minority stake in the AR specialist. Contracts to that effect were signed on December 16, 2015. Since its foundation in 2012, the Augmented Reality startup Reflekt has evolved into one of the most renowned companies in the area of industrial AR solutions. Its international team in Munich (Germany) consists of more than 25 employees. The transaction is subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.

Investing in an important future technology
“In the future, Augmented Reality applications will be used in many areas of our lives. In the industrial sector and the automotive aftermarket, AR applications will save time and reduce costs,” says Dr. Eng. Hans-Peter Meyen, Member of the Divisional Board of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division. Reflekt CEO Wolfgang Stelzle adds: “We are convinced our long-term partnership with Bosch will be strengthened by this investment. The reputation and market position of Bosch will accelerate our international expansion and product development.”

Augmented Reality applications enhance the perception of reality by combining reality with augmented information. Once the user points his smart-phone or tablet camera onto a specific area, additional digital information such as explanations, 3D objects or videos are shown on the display of the device. In automotive workshops, for instance, Augmented Reality allows technicians to see components true to scale and in their correct location, even though they may not be visible on the product without disassembly. Work instructions, error codes and the required tools are displayed as well. “Together with Reflekt, we will continue to advance our worldwide position in this important pioneering field,” Meyen says.

Software platform for the industrial development of Augmented Reality
Having been involved in AR applications at an early stage, Bosch and the AR specialist Reflekt have evolved into worldwide leaders in the industrialization of Augmented Reality. Together, both companies developed the “Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP)”; the world's first software platform for the industrialization of AR. Using CAP, highly complex AR applications and their digital and visual contents can be integrated quickly and easily in technical documentation or diagnostic procedures. The platform enables integration into existing IT infrastructures. Also, it enables easy integration of data such as text information, circuit diagrams, videos and augmented 3D animations. CAP thus allows the industrialization of AR applications. In this way, Bosch and Reflekt have already developed a range of AR applications throughout the last two years. Combining the AR competence of Reflekt with Bosch expertise in the area of documentation and solutions development for service, production and training, a unique product has been created. This enables, for the first time, the wide-spread use of AR in industrial environments.

Besides applications for the automotive sector, Bosch also sees a variety of useful possibilities to apply Augmented Reality in other industrial sectors. As part of the total solution, Bosch offers licensing of the CAP system combined with consulting, engineering and complete authoring services.

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Bosch:
Heiderose Dreiner
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Heiderose.Dreiner@bosch.com

Reflekt:
Dirk Schart
Phone +49 89/122045-15
ds@re-flekt.com

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.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

Founded in 2012, RE’FLEKT has evolved into Europe’s leading experts for business solutions including Augmented and Virtual Reality. At the location in Munich, employees from different nations create interactive applications for industry, media and marketing. RE’FLEKT focuses on the development of user-oriented applications for mobile devices and smart goggles. Its customers include Alstom, Audi, BMW, Bosch, Hyperloop, Porsche, ProSiebenSat1 Media and ThyssenKrupp among others. RE’FLEKT conducts its own research in cooperation with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Technische Universität München.

Additional information is available online at www.reflektone.com

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Online catalog for all Bosch Automotive spare parts Bosch eCat-online - now with 360-degree pictures and a lot of additional product information

  • For easier identification, the products can be watched from all sides
  • eCat-online with a lot of additional information about Bosch products
  • Free-of-charge online catalog for anyone - and in 28 languages
By now, more than one million users visit the Bosch spare-parts online catalog at www.bosch-automotive-catalog.com every year. Bosch eCat-online has now been expanded by means of additional product information and 360-degree pictures in order to ease the quick and reliable identification of Bosch products. Thanks to the 360-degree view, users can now watch more than 5,000 spare parts from all sides.

In addition, Bosch eCat-online now also provides additional product information such as installation instructions, service information and safety instructions. Additional links to assembly instruction videos, special catalogs and other web pages complement the current range of information for trade, workshops and end consumers. In 28 languages, Bosch eCat-online provides information about all Bosch spare parts for cars and commercial vehicles. The online catalog is free of charge and can be used by anyone. Out of the extensive Bosch product portfolio, users can quickly find the required products intuitively and without prior technical knowledge.

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For ecological quality and sustainable consumption Circular-economy service CoremanNet wins Federal Ecodesign Award

  • 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).

Additional information can be accessed at www.coremannet.com

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.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*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.

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