Thermotechnology

Expanding Bosch's international presence Bosch opens Thermotechnology plant in Mexico Production of gas-fired instantaneous water heaters for regional markets

  • Investment of 5 million dollars, some 100 new jobs by 2016
  • Very dynamic growth in the Mexican market
  • Bosch celebrates 60 years in Mexico
Tepotzotlán, Mexico/Stuttgart, Germany – On August 28, 2015, Bosch officially opened its first Thermotechnology plant in Mexico in the city of Tepotzotlán, located approximately 50 kilometers north of Mexico City. Since June 2015, the international supplier of technology and services has been producing gas-fired instantaneous water heaters there for the Mexican and Latin American markets. It plans to employ some 100 associates at the site by 2016. Bosch expects to see rising demand on the Mexican market for energy-efficient hot water generation. “As a result of its increasing importance as a business location, Mexico is a key pillar in our growth strategy for the North American market,” said Bosch board of management member Werner Struth at the opening in Tepotzotlán. “Locating production here allows us to position ourselves closer to our customers and better tailor our products to the local market,” Struth added.

In addition to production, the site will also house R&D and certification departments. The company is investing some five million dollars into the 8,700-square-meter site.

Bosch in Mexico experiencing very dynamic growth
Bosch is clearly on course for growth in Mexico. In 2014, the company increased its sales by nearly six percent. This trend has continued this year. “We once again saw good sales growth in Mexico during the first half of 2015. We expect to sustain this positive development through the end of the year,” Struth said.

Expansion of production and R&D
Over the past ten years, Bosch has invested more than 400 million euros into expanding production and R&D in Mexico. During this period, the number of associates has more than doubled to over 12,300. In 2014, Bosch opened its first center for software development and engineering services for the American market with a new development location in Guadalajara. In addition, the company is investing further into automotive technology production in the cities of Toluca and Juárez, Mexico, creating up to 4,000 new jobs in the process. There are also plans to expand the Bosch plants in San Luis Potosí and Mexico City, Mexico in the years ahead.

Bosch in Mexico
This year, the Bosch regional company in Mexico is celebrating its 60th anniversary. During this time, a single sales office in Mexico City has grown to nine locations, eight of which are production sites including the newly opened Thermotechnology plant. Bosch Mexico is an important part of the company's localization strategy, which aims to supply automotive customers in North and South America directly from local plants. In addition to automotive technology, Bosch also manufactures power tools, thermotechnology, and security systems in Mexico, and focuses on local product development. For instance, roughly 300 engineers in Mexico are currently working on new automotive technology solutions specifically for the North American market.

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For inquiries regarding Bosch in Mexico:
Agnes Grill, phone: +49 711 811-38140
Marco Quero, phone: +52 (55) 52 84 43 80

For inquiries regarding Bosch Thermotechnology:
Silke Bartels, phone: +49 6441 418-1711
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  • August 28, 2015
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100 collectors supply a hotel with hot water Bosch realises large-scale solar thermal system in Bangalore Over 30 tons of carbon saved annually

  • Planning, installation and commissioning of a plant with a total output of approx. 150 kilowatts
  • 208 square metres of collector surface
  • Information events and training for Bosch partners
Bangalore (India)/Wetzlar (Germany) – Bosch Thermotechnoloy has taken a large-scale solar system into operation in Bangalore, India. A total of 100 solar thermal collectors from Bosch now afford maximum hot water comfort in the “Novotel Bengaluru Techpark”, a business hotel in the South Indian city of Bangalore. The project was realised under the Renewable Energy Solutions Programme initiated by the German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH  dena) and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) under its Renewable Energies Export Initiative.

About one third of the hotel roof is now covered by rack-mounted collectors. The solar heat is stored in a 6,000 litre buffer tank, which supplies the hot water to the 215 hotel rooms, the restaurant kitchens and the in-house laundry as needed. Before the system was taken into operation, water was heated by a diesel generator, which consumed about 17,000 litres of fuel per year. The phasing out of public fuel subsidies and the deregulation of the Indian diesel market made this form of hot water generation especially uneconomical.

The solar thermal system from Bosch was taken into operation in December 2014 and has since covered about half of the hotel’s hot water requirements – also at peak load times. In the first six months of operation, some 4,700 litres of diesel and, consequently, 15 tons of carbon were saved – which adds up to about 30 tons for a full year.

Bosch partners use the system for information and training purposes
The new solar thermal system from Bosch is great benefit not only in environmental and economic terms. It also benefits Bosch’s partners such as engineers, planners, architects and, most importantly, local installers, who may regularly use the system for training purposes and information events. This underlines the importance of the growing Indian market for renewable energy, while at the same time providing the knowledge and expertise required for the installation and operation of solar thermal systems.

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Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena's aim is to ensure that energy is used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate. dena is working with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large to achieve this aim. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG. www.dena.de

Renewable Energies Export Initiative
The Renewable Energies Export Initiative supports German companies – especially small and medium-sized ones – in developing foreign markets and exporting renewable energy technologies. At the same time, the Initiative promotes the increased use of renewable energies abroad in order to increase the market potential for German technologies and German expertise. The Renewable Energies Export Initiative was launched in 2002 on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German government. The Initiative has since been controlled and financed by the BMWi and implemented by numerous partners in Germany and abroad. www.export-erneuerbare.de

dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (dena RES Programme)
The German Energy Agency’s dena RES Programme supports companies from the renewable energy sector in developing new markets. To this end, energy technology is installed in high-profile facilities in attractive target markets and supported by extensive PR, marketing and training activities. The aim of these beacon projects sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) under its Renewable Energies Export Initiative is to demonstrate the quality of German products in the field of renewable energy sources and facilitate a sustainable entry into new markets for the participating companies. www.export-erneuerbare.de/EEE/resprogramm

Bosch Thermotechnology
Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading European manufacturer of energy-efficient heating products and hot water solutions. In fiscal 2014, the company generated sales of 3.1 billion euros (67 percent outside Germany) and employed approx. 13 400 people. Bosch Thermotechnology has strong international and regional brands and manufactures a diversified product range in Europe, America and Asia.

Further information is available online at www.bosch-thermotechnology.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.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, 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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  • July 21, 2015
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Passion for power Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary From a boiler manufacturer to a system supplier

This year Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary. The company started as a small boiler manufacturer under the Loos family name. In the past decades it developed to a the leading global system supplier for industrial boilers. Since its foundation the company time and again revolutionised the heat and process energy technology in the large performance range: New and further developments continuously improved the efficiency and the durability of boiler systems.

The product range today comprises in addition system combinations with integration of combined heat and power units and renewable energies as well as products for waste heat utilisation. Internally developed, intelligent controls and web-based remote functions facilitate a higher energy efficiency and provide for an optimum interaction of different energy generators. Passion for power – this is our guiding principle. "We are building on a solid foundation that we have created in the past decades. For the future it is of high importance to use and to network energy much more efficiently. To achieve this we are developing concepts, we are offering system solutions and we are conducting research and development," explains Markus Brandstetter, managing director of Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.

The history of the company begins in 1865, when Philipp Loos founded the "Dampf-Kessel-Fabrik PH. LOOS" in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Palatinate). In 1917 today's headquarters in Gunzenhausen (Bavaria) came into being in order to develop a series production of vertical steam and hot water boilers. The boilers from Loos proved to be successful on the market. New production locations were established in Schlungenhof near Gunzenhausen in 1958 and four years later in Bischofshofen, Austria.

Advantage through innovation
In 1952 Loos developed and patented the horizontal three-pass flame tube/smoke tube boiler with internal water-flushed rear flue gas reversing chamber – today market standard worldwide. During the course of its history the boiler manufacturer brought further innovations on the market that today still are setting benchmarks in the industry. In 1977, for example, the company developed a fully automatic water level control for a 72-hour operation without permanent supervision. Further procedures and boiler system modules e.g. for water treatment, heat recovery and PLC-based control technology followed. These components optimised not only boiler operation but also greatly facilitated system planning and installation.

High quality boilers from Germany and Austria
In the past, boiler pressure vessels were laboriously joined with rivets. The introduction of the welding technique at the beginning of the 20th century lead to significant quality improvements and optimised working processes. In 1966 Loos introduced automation into production and as the world's first boiler manufacturer the company used an numerically controlled flame cutting machine for plate cutting. Today state-of-the-art-manufacturing and testing facilities, welding robots, laser cutting machines and X-ray chambers in connection with the expertise of the specially trained employees ensure the highest in quality and perfection. Up to 1 800 customised industrial boilers per year with transportation weights of up to 108 tons leave the production facilities in Germany and Austria.

Globally active
Over 115 000 systems in more than 140 countries: When Bosch Industriekessel talks about its market today, then this is a trip around the world. In the 1980s already first sales subsidiaries were established outside Europe, for example in Asia. Due to the continuous expanison of our sales and service networks at home and abroad the export share currently makes up more than 60 percent.

The 150th anniversary – a joint success
150 years after the foundation of the company Bosch Industriekessel looks back with pride on this eventful history, characterised by technical revolutions and innovations. The partnership and the trustful cooperation with planners and plant construction companies as well as the expertise and the passion of around 700 employees have significantly contributed to this success.

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  • July 16, 2015
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Leading smart heating supplier Bosch Thermotechnology on the growth track Sales revenues climb 7% from January to May

  • Glock: „Excellently positioned for EU energy label thanks to energy-efficient systems technology“
  • Joint venture with Midea for air-conditioning systems
  • New generation of devices is web-enabled and intuitive to operate
Stuttgart – Bosch Thermotechnology has grown strongly between January and May. Sales revenues in the first five months of 2015 were up by 7% on the same period of the previous year. “The past years have seen us make massive investments in the development of innovative technologies and we more than doubled our respective budget over the past ten years. This is now paying off. More than 100,000 networked products sold make us the leading supplier in the smart heating market,” said Uwe Glock, Chairman of the Bosch Thermotechnology Division, on the occasion of a business press meeting in Stuttgart. Bosch Thermotechnology is also making progress in the CPI (Commercial, Public, Industrial) business. The joint venture with Midea for VRF (variable refrigerant flow) air-conditioning systems agreed in March represents a major step forward on the way to becoming an international systems supplier. Cogeneration solutions such as combined heat and power (CHP) units are another field of growth. At total efficiency rating of over 80% means that the carbon-friendly CHP technology is much more energy-efficient than the separate generation of heat and electricity.

“On the way towards thermotechnology of the future, we rely on three business segments, namely heating systems for residential buildings, water heaters as well as commercial and industrial heating and air-conditioning systems. We are making good progress in all three segments and want to outgrow the market,” said Uwe Glock.

State-of-the-art gas condensing technology enables highest energy efficiency
Bosch Thermotechnology is the world market leader in heating systems for residential buildings. “Gas will be the most important source of energy in the coming decades,” said Uwe Glock. Thanks to its high efficiency of up to 99% and its good availability, gas condensing technology has become the standard heating technology in residential buildings. Combined with other energy sources in a hybrid system, it can increase the energy efficiency by up to 50% compared to old devices. Buildings account for 40% of the global energy consumption, with electricity representing only a minor portion. Heat generation holds the greatest energy efficiency potential. Over 70% of the heating systems in Germany use obsolete technology. If all heating systems in Germany were converted to condensing technology, carbon emissions could be reduced by 50 million tons per year. This is the most simple and most effective lever to reach the climate targets.

A milestone in design and technology
At the ISH in March, the world's leading industry event, Bosch's thermotechnology brands Junkers/Bosch and Buderus presented revolutionarily simple and forward looking generations of devices for the top segment. The innovative modular concept and the well-thought-out layout of the components afford excellent access to the individual components inside the device. In addition, the devices can be expanded retroactively. The new design of the devices is particularly striking, featuring bold glass fronts in black or white. Developers and customers have jointly broken new ground in terms of design and haptics. “Our devices not only look good but will also change the market; their installation is up to 30% faster, they can be networked and are easy to operate via the touch screen,” said Uwe Glock. The first devices of this series will be launched in October 2015. The next technological milestones will be gas heat pumps for single and two-family homes in 2016 and the second generation of the fuel cell heating system in 2017.

Products for every customer requirement – also on an international scale
Bosch Thermotechnology relies on customised products also to cater to the different consumer requirements and conditions in the growth markets outside Europe, primarily China, Russia and Turkey. Take for instance the LCK mini heating boiler for the Chinese market, which is so small that it fits into an upper kitchen cabinet. Bosch is the only European manufacturer to produce gas condensing boilers for the Chinese region and is the local market leader in this segment.

The leader in smart heating
100,000 networked products make Bosch Thermotechnology the leading supplier of smart heating solutions for greatly increased comfort, energy efficiency, operational safety and service quality. The new “HomeCom” portal, for instance, provides installation firms with detailed information about the networked heating systems of their customers, including operating problems and their potential causes. The end user gets clearly presented information about their system as well as consumption data and individualised energy efficiency tips.

Excellently positioned for the EU energy label
Starting September 2015, all heating devices and systems must bear an energy label, which shows their efficiency in classes from A++ to G. “Our energy-efficient systems mean we are excellently positioned to benefit from the European energy label for heating systems,” said Uwe Glock. The label for individually composed systems must be calculated by the installer, whereas systems suppliers can supply pre-labelled packages. “The new energy label will open up good opportunities especially for systems suppliers like our company, as we can give the installer especially effective support. We provide them with pre-labelled, ready-to-sell systems. We expect this customer focus to pay off,” said Uwe Glock.

Leading market position in the international hot water market
The international domestic hot water business is characterised by attractive growth rates but also by regional differences between requirements and preferences. Bosch Thermotechnology’s regional positioning in this segment forms the basis for further growth. The company is currently building a new production facility for instantaneous gas water heaters in Tepotzotlan, Mexico, from where Bosch Thermotechnology will serve the Latin American market. Solar thermal collectors for the region are also produced in Brazil. In Europe, Spain and Portugal are the large domestic hot water markets, which are supplied by Bosch Thermotechnology’s production facility in Portugal. Africa has also become an interesting domestic hot water market, where Bosch Thermotechnology benefits from the geographic proximity to the Portuguese production plant. For the Asia/Pacific region, Bosch Thermotechnology produced instantaneous water heaters in Shanghai and solar thermal systems in Bangalore.

Aiming to become a systems supplier for CPI systems
Bosch Thermotechnology delivers industry-specific energy concepts and systems solutions for the heating and air-conditioning of commercial buildings and Industrial facilities. With 150 years of experience and more than 110,000 industrial boilers sold in over 140 countries, Bosch has unique knowledge of the specific requirements of different sectors and operators. The VRF air-conditioning systems for commercial buildings produced in a joint venture with Midea have added another important technology to the systems portfolio. Customers get innovative and customised solutions – from planning to remote access/service. The Master Energy Control System, for instance, combines the steam, hot water and electricity generators from Bosch Industrial into intelligent systems: the direct communication between the system components such as the CHP unit and the steam boiler results in increased system efficiency and extends the life of the system. Complex systems may be remote-controlled down to individual assemblies.

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  • July 03, 2015
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