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Hannover trade fair 2014 Bosch presents a broad range of networking solutions for industry and buildings Production assistant nominated for Robotics Award

  • German Chancellor Merkel announces visit to Bosch Rexroth booth
  • Simple machine control thanks to open core engineering
  • Efficient small-scale power stations for decentralized electricity supply
  • Early detection of faults ensures higher machine availability
Hannover/Stuttgart – At this year’s Hannover trade fair from April 7 – 11, the Bosch Group will be presenting an extensive range of networking and process optimization solutions for industrial facilities and building complexes of all sorts. “Our innovations in areas such as smart factories and the internet of things make it quite clear that we are one of the industrial sector’s leading providers of both hardware and software,” said the Bosch management board member Dr. Werner Struth. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will be visiting the Bosch Rexroth booth (hall 17, booth B38) at 9:50 a.m. on April 7.

Bosch will be represented in Hannover by Bosch Rexroth, Bosch Thermotechnology, Bosch Energy and Building Solutions, and Bosch Software Innovations. One highlight the company will be presenting is a special automation solution that has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award.

Bosch Rexroth simplifies the exchange of data
Production control, traceability, quality assurance, and the vision of connected production are together driving an ever greater flow of information from automation to the world of IT and back. With its open core engineering interface technology, Bosch Rexroth makes this exchange much simpler. Users can now access all their machine controls and drives directly from their usual IT programs and languages, with no need for specialist knowledge. This reduces the effort required and increases the flexibility to use any program for demand-driven gathering and evaluation of production data beyond the field of machine automation. At its trade fair booth, Bosch Rexroth will be presenting a concept study for an assembly line that has no higher-level control system; instead, as they pass along it, parts say what needs to be done to them at each processing station. The station’s decentralized intelligence detects what kind of processing a custom product requires at any given step, with data determining for instance what color of plastic part should be fitted. In a real production environment, this kind of line will be capable of producing a wide variety of extremely complex products.

Efficient power supplies for large and small buildings
Bosch Thermotechnology will have a presence in hall 27, booth J50, on the decentralized power supply booth organized jointly by Deutsche Messe and the German combined heat and power association of the German electrical and electronics industry association (ZVEI). There, it will be exhibiting a large containerized cogeneration system and an organic Rankine cycle plant. One such plant is in operation at the Flörsheim mineral landfill site close to Frankfurt, where it is recovering the hitherto untapped waste heat from a cogeneration plant and using it to generate electricity. Bosch developed this innovative solution and installed it on the grounds of the landfill site. A smaller modular cogeneration unit suitable for business premises or buildings housing two to six families will also be on display. The decentralized, combined generation of heat and power offers a high level of overall efficiency and thus has an important part to play in any smart energy system.

Bosch Energy and Building Solutions will also be on the joint decentralized power supply booth. Experts from the energy efficiency service provider will be on hand to explain how to spot potential savings – whether in space or process heating, cooling, air conditioning, compressed air, or lighting – and thus optimize the power demand of commercial building complexes. The company achieves an average energy saving of 20 percent through a combination of tailored energy concepts, services, and modern technology.

The joint fuel cell initiative booth in hall 27, booth E51, is where Bosch Thermotechnology will be presenting the Buderus Logapower FC10 fuel cell heater. This system for decentralized generation of heat and power for single- and twin-family homes is based on a solid oxide fuel cell with an operating temperature of 700°C. It achieves an electrical efficiency of over 40 percent, which makes it more efficient than other decentralized CHP plants. The system can bring the cost of electricity in a single- or twin-family building down by 25 to 40 percent. At the same time, it lowers CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent compared to conventionally generated heat and power.

Early detection makes maintenance easier and increases productivity
Preventive maintenance: As machines and computers become increasingly networked, the prospects for maintenance are particularly exciting. Visitors to the booth of Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, will be able to experience a live demonstration of how the right software can precisely predict faults in an industrial machine. This means unplanned down times are avoided, maintenance and repair costs are optimized, and overall productivity is increased. Bosch Software Innovations is represented at the BITKOM booth in hall 7, booth C04.

“APAS assistant” mobile automation solution
Bosch’s “APAS assistant,” its automated production assistant, has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award. This award for innovative robot systems is presented by the Hannover trade fair, Industrieanzeiger magazine, and the Robotation Academy. Its patron is Lower Saxony’s minister for economic affairs, labor, and transport, Olaf Lies. An independent jury assesses new technologies that are applied in areas such as industrial automation.

“APAS assistant” is mobile and flexible and forms part of the “APAS family” of ready-to-go automation solutions. It has a “sensor skin” that enables it to avoid collisions. This is why it is the first robot system to be certified for collaborative operations – without the need for any other protective precautions – by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) association. The “APAS family” is rounded off by “APAS inspector,” a mobile optical inspection system, and “APAS base,” a flexible automation platform. Together these systems offer a glimpse of the technologies that will be put to work in tomorrow’s connected “Industry 4.0.” In these flexible, networked smart factories, people, machines, and products will all communicate with each other and work together more closely.

The 2014 Robotics Award will be presented in hall 17, booth G24 (Forum Robotics, Automation, and Vision) between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The “APAS family” can be found in hall 17, booth D17. More details on the “APAS family” are available online at http://www.bosch-apas.com.

The Netherlands is the partner country of this year’s Hannover trade fair
Under the heading “Global Challenges, Smart Solutions,” the Netherlands will be presenting solutions to the industrial challenges of the future. Bosch has been represented in the Netherlands since 1903, and there are currently some 3,600 people working for the company at 16 locations there. The most important plants are in Tilburg, Boxtel, Deventer, Weert, and Schiedam. All four Bosch business sectors are active in the country: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

The Dutch mechanical engineering sector is made up of more than 2,600 medium sized enterprises. Bosch Rexroth is involved in numerous machine concepts and major projects in the country, acting as development and system partner for the entire automation process. Its projects range from the nanometer-scale positioning of electronic circuits to lifting machinery for offshore platforms weighing over 48,000 tons.
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Good performance in 2013 Bosch Thermotechnology increases market shares globally Innovative smart heating solutions

  • Sales revenues up by 3.5 percent in exchange rate-adjusted terms
  • Dynamic development in Asia
  • Thermotechnology Head Glock: “Buildings are the most important starting point to reach the climate targets”
Stuttgart – Bosch Thermotechnology performed well in the past year and projects even stronger growth for 2014. “The anticipated recovery in Europe is slow, but there have recently been more and more positive signs in key thermotechnology markets,” says Uwe Glock, President of the Board of Management of the Thermotechnology Division. “We are satisfied with the performance in the past year, although the economic situation in Europe, our main market, remains difficult. We were able to improve our cost position significantly. This allowed us to start the year 2014 in a stronger state and we now want to further expand our good market positions, especially as the world market leader in heating systems for residential buildings.” Last year, global sales revenues from heating systems, air-conditioning technology and DHW heating systems for private and commercial buildings, public and industrial facilities increased by 2 percent to EUR 3.12 billion. In exchange rate-adjusted terms, they picked up by as much as 3.5 percent. At 13,500, Bosch Thermotechnology's headcount was slightly down by 1.5 percent on the previous year.

Bosch Thermotechnology expects good growth opportunities to arise also from intelligently networked energy technology in buildings: “Our innovations are setting technological standards in smart heating,” says Glock. An installed base of over 25,000 networked products means that Bosch Thermotechnology has great experience in this market. “The Internet of Things allows devices and systems in a building to communicate with each other. This trend will transform the market significantly in the coming years and also enable new services,” says Uwe Glock. The EasyControl Pro app is a practical example, which permits to monitor several systems from a distance. This way, operating faults are identified at an early stage and the installer can procure the required spare parts without previously having to be on site. Users can rely on the very high security and data protection standards developed by Bosch.

Recovery in important European markets
Sales in the UK, Turkey and Russia showed a very positive trend in 2013. Russian production of industrial boilers and heating appliances starts in Russia in July 2014 and will help to further stimulate growth in this region. A moderate recovery was reported in Spain, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic, while demand in the Netherlands continued to decline for market-related reasons. France, the Benelux countries and Italy also reported moderate demand. Bosch Thermotechnology was able to grow in its most important market, Germany, and expects the recovery to accelerate in 2014. Overall, the European market will be stable in 2014. This market accounts for 90 percent of Bosch Thermotechnology's revenues.

Asia a growth driver
In China, Bosch Thermotechnology's sales revenues increased by over 50 percent in 2013 – just like in 2012. Bosch Thermotechnology meanwhile holds a market-leading position as a systems supplier for heating and air-conditioning technology and DHW heating. “We benefit from the fact that we are the first European company to produce gas condensing boilers for the region in China,” says Glock. The same applies to locally produced air-conditioning systems for commercial and industrial use and industrial boilers: “Our high quality standards and the excellent education enjoyed by installers as well as our service are very much appreciated in China.” Sales in North America, where highly-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems are only slowly becoming accepted, were disappointing.

Increased energy efficiency for effective climate protection
“Unfortunately, politicians in many countries are still reluctant to promote refurbishment measures in buildings in order to improve energy efficiency and, hence, climate protection”, says Uwe Glock, who believes that, if things stay this way, the European Union will miss its target of cutting energy requirements by 20 percent by the year 2020. Accounting for 40 percent of the worldwide energy requirements, buildings are the most important starting point when it comes to reaching the climate targets. Commercial and industrial plants also offer huge potential. Optimised energy management can help reduce the energy requirements of large plants by 20 to 30 percent. This would be a major step towards a successful change in energy policy.

Smart heating helps optimise heating systems in buildings
“Smart heating” opens up additional possibilities to optimise heating systems in buildings. The term refers to the intelligent networking of heating systems, which can be controlled using a smart phone or tablet computer, for instance. Bosch Thermotechnology already offers many smart heating products meeting the specific requirements of the individual local markets.

In Germany, for instance, the “Buderus Easy Control” and “Junkers Home” apps for heating control were launched back in 2011, and three boiler series are Internet-enabled as a standard feature. Buderus boilers can be integrated into building control systems such as RWE Smart Home or MyGekko. In Sweden, Bosch Thermotechnology offers an app which finds the most favourable electricity tariff for the operation of electric heat pumps. Smart grids whose electricity prices change during the day are already common practice in Sweden. The app makes it possible to operate heat pumps primarily at times when power is particularly cheap. In the Netherlands, Bosch Thermotechnology offers the WLAN-enabled “Nefit Easy” controller with modern touch screen design, which allows users to control their heating systems from the comfort of their smart phone. It meets the special requirements of the Dutch market, e.g. the definition of a room that is relevant for temperature control.
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Efficient generation of process heat New heat recovery steam boiler from Bosch The ideal addition to combined heat and power units

The new heat recovery steam boiler HRSB from Bosch Industriekessel is the ideal addition to energy concepts involving combined heat and power generation. It provides an efficient way of using accumulated flue gas heat by converting it into process steam. The new type series will be available from March 2014 and, depending on the version, will generate between 400 and 4 100 kilogrammes of steam per hour.

The heat recovery boiler, which is certified in accordance with the Pressure Equipment Directive, consists of a highly efficient tubular heat exchanger – whose efficiency it is possible to boost even further thanks to the option of integrating an economiser. In addition, the boiler is insulated with effective heat-insulating materials and features state-of-the-art safety equipment. Meanwhile, the tried-and-tested, PLC-based BCO boiler control makes operation exceptionally straightforward and convenient.

Used in conjunction with a combined heat and power unit, the heat recovery boiler can play a significant part in strategies for using primary energy efficiently. The hot flows of flue gas from the upstream combustion processes are conducted via the tubular heat exchanger and used for steam generation purposes. This additional option for using heat means that combined heat and power units can generally be designed on a larger scale than thermal heat-driven plants. The result is that the plant operator is able to obtain more of its own electricity, which in turn leads to excellent savings on energy costs and short payback periods.

The heat recovery boiler can be combined with combined heat and power units in the electrical power range from approximately 0.5 to 4 megawatts. Thanks to its modular design and compact dimensions, it is the ideal choice for both new plants and modernisation projects alike.

By launching the heat recovery steam boiler HRSB, Bosch is expanding its already extensive product range to offer more options in the area of efficient process heat, hot water and electricity generation. Perfectly harmonised system solutions from a single source significantly simplify the planning and installation of the energy systems. Additionally, a wide range of services such as customised maintenance packages are available to ensure the system will keep running efficiently for years to come.
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Preliminary figures for 2013 Significant progress: Bosch Group increases sales and result Opening up new market segments for connected living

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “The breadth of our technological expertise and our presence in diverse sectors of the economy are crucial advantages in a connected world.”
  • Sales up 2.7 percent to 46.4 billion euros
  • Disregarding extraordinary burdens from photovoltaics, EBIT margin at roughly 6 percent
Stuttgart – According to preliminary figures, the Bosch Group increased its sales by 2.7 percent in 2013, to 46.4 billion euros, and this despite the difficult economic environment (adjusted previous-year figure: 45.2 billion euros). In the form of negative exchange-rate effects to the tune of some 1.5 billion euros, the strong euro places a considerable burden on the sales revenue disclosed by the supplier of technology and services. Earnings have developed fundamentally better, but are once again affected by the situation of the Solar Energy division, which remained difficult in 2013. In early 2013, the company announced its decision to exit its activities in crystalline photovoltaics.

*Note: Due to changes in the law, Bosch no longer includes its fifty-fifty joint ventures in its accounting. This mainly concerns Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and ZF Lenksysteme, whose consolidated sales comes to some 7 billion euros. Due to these changes, current figures for sales, result, and headcount are only partially comparable with the figures previously published for 2012.
Progress in earnings
According to preliminary figures, and leaving aside the extraordinary burdens caused by photovoltaics, the Bosch Group EBIT margin comes to some 6 percent. This is roughly one percentage point more than in the previous year. Including the extraordinary burdens as a result of photovoltaics, which are likely to total 1.3 billion euros, EBIT margin some 3 percent. “The many measures taken to improve profitability are clearly working. In fact, we have made better progress with result than expected,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2014, Bosch will continue to work without let-up on improving its competitiveness and fitness for the future. As regards the targets for sales growth and margin, Denner said: “We have already made progress. We will continue to focus on profitability, growth, and agility.”

Seizing growth opportunities – opening up new market segments
The company wants to unlock existing potential for growth and open up new market segments. Various future trends are relevant for Bosch here. Apart from energy efficiency and connectivity, there is the high-spending aging population in the industrialized countries and the rapidly growing middle class in the emerging markets of Asia and South America. Bosch is also working intensively on the mobility of the future, which will be electric, automated, and connected. In 2013, Bosch launched many products and services related to these trends. They include highly efficient gasoline and diesel injection systems, driver assistance systems such as motorcycle stability control, mySPIN smartphone integration solution, telematics services for the management of vehicle fleets, and robotics applications such as the “Indego” lawnmower.

Shaping and participating – Bosch in the connected world
Bosch especially wants to open up new market segments with solutions for connected living. “The breadth of our technological expertise and our presence in diverse sectors of the economy are crucial advantages in a connected world. We want to play an active role in shaping that world, and at the same time take advantage of the business opportunities it offers. Bosch’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected world,” Denner said. For many, connectivity is already a reality. By 2015, some 75 percent of global population will be online, along with more than 6 billion devices. In Bosch’s view, however, this only scratches the surface of the potential opportunities. In the future, the company will make all its electronic appliances web-enabled. “Connectivity will open up new possibilities for all our areas of work. This goes for mobility, for industrial technology, and especially for energy and building technology – also in connection with our consumer goods,” Denner said.

Systematic preparation: activities and partnerships
As the world’s leading sensor manufacturer in terms of sales, the web-enabled MEMS sensors supplied by Bosch are a key technical component for connectivity on the internet of things and services. Moreover, at the beginning of the year Bosch set up a subsidiary for the development and sales of connected terminal devices and solutions based on them. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH is headquartered in Reutlingen, where the electronics competence center is based. The company was originally an innovation cluster. Bosch uses these cross-divisional clusters to develop new business ideas for a connected world. There are further clusters related to connected buildings, connected mobility, and connected energy. For example, Bosch will be working with partner companies to make a software platform available for standardized data exchange in smart homes. “Alliances are key drivers of the trend toward connectivity,” Denner said. Since November 2013, Bosch has been testing technologies that will allow the digital networking of an entire city in the “Monaco 3.0” pilot project. “Our broad footprint and technological expertise, combined with the creativity and motivation of our associates, are absolutely essential for innovation and growth,” Denner said. Apart from exploiting new market opportunities for connected living, Bosch will continue to make use of every opportunity that presents itself for its traditional business.

Volatility calls for agility
Driven mainly by internet technologies, the connected world is dynamic, complex, and volatile as well. “The way the internet has risen over the past 20 years, as well as some of its repercussions, could not have been predicted. This will be true of future developments as well. As a result, we have to be fast and agile when dealing with a connected world,” Denner said. Increasingly, therefore, Bosch will be starting up new business activities to test their potential. Here, a key role will be played by Bosch Start-up GmbH, a company recently set up in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It will assume the role of an incubator for new business ideas and models. The team will help Bosch researchers quickly launch products and services. Bosch Start-up GmbH will make things such as infrastructure and business economics know-how available to new units with potential for growth. “An entrepreneurial mindset on the part of all associates and a culture that sees failure as part of the learning process are key factors for success. We want to further encourage and strengthen these factors,” Denner said. “We have to boldly venture into new territory and push back boundaries.

Business developments by business sector and region in 2013
The sales developments of the business sectors are also affected by significant exchange-rate effects. The Automotive Technology and Consumer Goods business sectors are especially hard hit by these effects. Regardless of this, the Automotive Technology business sector developed extremely positively in 2013. Its business with gasoline direct injection and diesel injection systems grew significantly. The Car Multimedia division was very successful with display instruments and infotainment systems. In Industrial Technology, the packaging machinery business was able to record good growth. By contrast, the global weakness of the mechanical engineering sector caused a considerable slump in the Drive and Control Technology division. In Consumer Goods, Bosch was once again successful with power tools in 2013, both for professional and DIY users. Developments in the Energy and Building Technology business sector were overshadowed by the situation in the Solar Energy division, which was again difficult in 2013. The Security Systems division was able to generate strong growth with communications services, while the Thermotechnology division was successful with energy efficient condensing appliances.

Significant sales growth outside Europe
The strong euro had significant negative effects on the development of regional sales. Nonetheless, nominal Asia Pacific sales exceeded their previous-year level by some 5 percent. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, sales growth even reached double digits. In North America, nominal growth was more than 3 percent according to preliminary figures. At roughly minus 3 percent in nominal terms, sales developed negatively in South America. When adjusted for exchange-rate effects, however, sales grew by a high single-digit figure. Despite an economy that remained very weak, nominal sales in Europe grew slightly, by some 2 percent.

Slight increase in headcount in Asia and North America
Worldwide, the Bosch Group had a total of some 281,000 associates at the beginning of 2014 (adjusted previous-year figure: 273,000 associates). In current business, headcount increased by roughly 1,000. Most of these new jobs were in Asia and North America.

Moderate economic prospects for 2014
According to current forecasts, Bosch expects the economy to develop moderately in 2014. As things stand at present, global GDP is expected to grow by 2.8 percent. The company sees risks in the further development of the countries affected by the euro crisis, as well as in a further appreciation of the euro. Against this background, the Bosch Group expects sales to grow slightly in 2014, with its earnings situation continuing to improve.

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