Production of spark plugs, brake pads, and testing equipment
Research and development center for Asia Pacific markets
Nanjing, China – The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division has invested some 120 million euros in new facilities in Nanjing, China. In the future, the plant will manufacture spark plugs, brake pads, and testing equipment for workshops – predominantly for customers in Asia Pacific. In addition, the location will serve as a research and development center. “The new plant is the biggest investment we have ever made in expanding our production capacity anywhere in the world,” said Robert Hanser, president of the Automotive Aftermarket division, Robert Bosch GmbH, at the plant’s official opening on March 20. “This is a clear demonstration of the importance we attach to Asia Pacific’s high-growth markets, and above all to China.” He went on to say that this additional production capacity would put Bosch in a position to meet the needs of workshop customers in the region more quickly and flexibly.
Bosch’s proven production processes ensure high product quality When it reaches planned capacity in 2015, the new plant will be able to produce some 125 million spark plugs per year to Bosch’s high quality standards. Annual production capacity for brake pads will be 80 million units, while some 25,000 testing systems will also be produced each year for workshops in the region. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and Bosch’s production processes will ensure that product quality at the new plant is just as high as at all the group’s other production facilities around the world. Over 2,000 people are already working at the Nanjing plant, and the workforce is set to total some 3,500 Bosch associates by 2015. In addi-tion, the new research and development center will feature a team of over 100 engineers working to develop safe, efficient, and practical solutions for Bosch’s workshop customers in Asia Pacific.
Current Bosch product range comprises around 1250 types of spark plug
Virtually all vehicle manufacturers now place their trust in Bosch spark plugs
Modern spark plugs protect the engine and catalytic converter
On January 7, 1902, Bosch was granted the patent for a high-voltage magneto in combination with a spark plug. This invention was the first to guarantee reliable ignition of the air-fuel mixture in internal combustion engines, meaning Bosch spark plugs helped to achieve a breakthrough in the automotive industry. For 111 years, Bosch spark plugs have played an essential role in the development of high-performance, economical and environmentally-friendly engines. Today, virtually all vehicle manufacturers put their trust in Bosch spark plugs in their original equipment. Boat engines, jet skis, garden and forestry equipment, stationary gas engines, water pumps and emergency generators also use Bosch spark plugs.
111 years – 11 billion Bosch spark plugs In the last 111 years, Bosch has developed over 20,000 different types of spark plug and produced over 11 billion spark plugs in total. In addition to production in Germany, spark plugs are also currently being manufactured at Bosch locations in Brazil, China, India and Russia. Working closely with engine manufacturers worldwide, Bosch engineers have consistently developed the spark plugs since their conception. The current Bosch product range comprises around 1250 types of spark plug with 26 different electrode layouts. Thanks to innovative material combinations, complex construction details and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, Bosch spark plugs enable clean and efficient fuel combustion in gasoline engines and protect both the engine and the catalytic converter. Among motorists, Bosch spark plugs have been synonymous with quality and reliability for many years. For instance, readers of the German automobile magazine "auto motor und sport" have chosen Bosch as "Best Brand" in the spark plug category every year since 2005.
111 years of Bosch spark plugs: Overview
1902: Bosch granted the patent for a high-voltage magneto in combination with a spark plug
1914: First Bosch spark plug factory opened in Stuttgart.
1927: "Heat range" concept introduced by Bosch - Bosch still uses the same standard measurement for a spark plug's thermal productivity today. It is important for ensuring optimal calibration in each engine
1939: Spark plug factory opened in Bamberg.
1968: One billion spark plugs produced by Bosch
2012: Eleven billion spark plugs produced by Bosch
New filters protect against runny eyes and sneezing attacks while driving
Replace the car’s cabin filter at least once a year
Activated-carbon cabin filters provide for pollution-free air inside the car
About 12 million Germans suffer from pollen allergy – and counting. One out of six suffers from itching, sneezing attacks and hay fever – especially in spring. This can lead to dangerous situations while driving, since a sneezing driver is a blind driver. That’s why people suffering from pollen allergy should keep the windows closed while driving. To prevent the allergenic pollen to get into the car through the ventilation or air-conditioning systems, most cars are nowadays equipped with a cabin filter. In an effective manner it keeps pollen, dust and even pollution out of the passenger compartment. Nevertheless – just as with any filter – the effect of the cabin filter also decreases once the filter capacity is exhausted.
Annual On-Time Filter Replacement Prior to Pollen Season Provides Protection “Cabin filters cope with a restricted amount only and should thus be replaced once a year”, the patient counseling of the German Allergy and Asthma Association recommends. “In doing so, a trained specialist workshop should clean the filter surroundings, the channels and the evaporator at the same time”.
In order to achieve an optimum filter effect during the critical pollen season, the cabin filter should be replaced already in early spring, Bosch filter experts recommend, too. In this context exchanging the standard filter by an activated-carbon filter is well worth it. Its activated carbon layer – made out of coconut shells – absorbs gaseous pollution thanks to its spongy structure. In addition to pollen and fine particulates, Bosch activated-carbon cabin filters even retain stinking and harmful gases such as ozone or nitric oxide. Any workshop can quickly and easily replace the filter or the standard filter by an activated-carbon filter.