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Expanding the flexible working culture Bosch supports psychological health of its associates

  • Central works agreement on supporting psychological health
  • Healthcare as an integral part of a flexible working culture
  • Chief personnel officer Kübel: “Diagnose and prevent psychological stress”
  • Chairman of the combined works council Löckle: “Act before it’s too late”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is adding a healthcare element to its flexible working culture. In particular, the supplier of technology and services is pledging to protect and support its associates’ mental health. Together with employee representatives, Bosch has drawn up a central works agreement on this issue for its German locations. The agreement is scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2015. It provides for additional preventive, rehabilitation, and reintegration measures to supplement the company health management program. The aim is to identify psychological stress at an early stage, to heighten associates’ and supervisors’ awareness of this issue, and to provide integrated support programs. The hope is that the agreement will help the issue of mental health to be dealt with more openly. And although psychological stress can be triggered by events both on and off the job, its effects often manifest themselves at the workplace. For this reason, Bosch regards the new regulations as a contribution to better work-life balance.

Supporting health, preventing stress
Commenting on the new central works agreement, Christoph Kübel, the director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, says: “Healthy working conditions help people do their job well and also enhance their sense of well-being outside the workplace. That is why we want to prevent psychological stress and deal responsibly with this issue in our interpersonal relationships. Such conditions are part and parcel of modern life , but they are often swept under the carpet.” In Kübel’s view, it is important to create an atmosphere of understanding at the workplace as well, and be able to talk openly about this issue.

Anyone can be affected: creating understanding and sensitivity
With the new agreement, Bosch is adding to its company health management program, particularly when it comes to preventing mental illness. The new program element makes use of media such as leaflets, events, e-learning courses, and forums on the Bosch intranet. In addition, supervisors will receive a special guide to dealing with psychologically distressed associates. “Everyone deals with stress and pressure differently. It’s important for people to know what the sources of stress are, and to work with their supervisor to find a remedy if stress becomes excessive,” says Dr. Falko Papenfuss, the chief medical officer at Bosch. It is therefore scheduled to make a training program available for all supervisors by 2016 at the latest. “We hope this measure will make all associates aware of the causes of psychological stress – stress that can have a negative impact and even do permanent harm to health.”

Germany-wide network: making it easy to get help
“Nobody is immune to psychological stress, whether the pressure comes from outside or within,” says Alfred Löckle, the chairman of the combined works council at Robert Bosch GmbH. “But offers of preventive help have to be accepted by supervisors and associates alike, before it’s too late. Hence this agreement. We want to do away with the stigma that attaches to mental illness, and make it easier to address such conditions openly.” To facilitate this, Bosch is establishing a comprehensive network of contacts. In addition to direct supervisors, the focus will shift further toward company medical services, in-house social services, and in-house integration teams. The employee representatives are also available as a first point of contact for confidential consultation. At each location, they will receive extra training as in-house contact persons. When it comes to rehabilitation and reintegration into working life, existing programs for assistance and dialogue are being systematically expanded and networked. The aim of these programs is to support associates confronted with extreme stress situations, and to help them become fit for their jobs again.

Protecting anonymity and personal privacy
When designing these preventive and assistance services, special attention was paid to ensuring anonymity, data protection, and personal privacy. Following any initial consultation with associates suffering mental stress, for example, supervisors are obliged to refer them to in-house specialists. At Bosch, therefore, rehabilitation and reintegration measures are accompanied by company medical personnel, who have to maintain doctor-patient confidentiality. In-house social services conduct confidential advisory sessions either directly or together with external specialists. For this purpose, Bosch has a number of cooperation and service agreements in place with inpatient and outpatient facilities and agencies from the public healthcare system. Associates whose health insurance is covered by Bosch BKK receive fast access to consultant neurologists or specialists in psychosomatic conditions.

Mental illness in Germany
Although psychological stress may have its causes at work or outside work, its effects may only become evident at the workplace. In Germany, workers themselves frequently do not recognize psychological stress, and if they do, they will often try to suppress or hide it for fear of jeopardizing their careers. When consulting primary care physicians, patients will generally describe physical symptoms, but rarely touch on psychological symptoms. The result of this reticence is that many workers become seriously ill on the job and miss more days of work than others. According to the 2014 BKK health report, associates with psychological conditions are on sick leave an average of 40 days each year, which is longer than associates with heart and cardiovascular problems, who miss an average of 22 days. The 2012 Stress Report Germany indicates that healthy leadership behavior protects worker health. Of those workers who receive support from their supervisor on a day-to-day basis, only 17 percent complain of health issues. In cases when workers seldom receive assistance or none at all, the number of those who fall ill increases to 38 percent. According to the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the total annual number of working days lost due to mental illness increased from approximately 34 to 60 million days between 2001 and 2012.

Background information:
“Bosch simplifies telecommuting, private phone calls, and internet use at the workplace” press release: http://bit.ly/1DcDUB3
“Bosch adds to its family-friendly working culture” press release: http://bit.ly/1r6eVqV
“500 Bosch executives test flexible working models” press release: http://bit.ly/1p3QSEt
“Bosch as an employer: work-life balance at Bosch” press kit (German):
http://bit.ly/1LRDUrU

Internet:
Preventive healthcare at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1KC4tj7
Bosch as an employer: http://bit.ly/1kuDdrM
Guidelines for a flexible working culture at Bosch: http://bit.ly/ZRVR5Z
Work-life balance at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1vQqaDN
Mental health in the working world (German): http://bit.ly/1J3zLMo
German Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs (German): http://bit.ly/1JOdDvd

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MORE project – Bosch executives test flexible working models (German):
http://youtu.be/d5rQBjMrj_g

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  • July 31, 2015
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Expanding and improving the service portfolio Bosch plans Global Service Solutions division Enhancing process quality and efficiency

  • Provider for global service solutions
  • Comprehensive approach for shared services
  • Less red tape, better service quality
Effective January 1, 2016, Bosch plans to set up a new division, Bosch Global Service Solutions (SO). It will bring together all the internal and external services offered by the company. As well as continuing successful services such as eCall, customer support, and business process outsourcing, SO will also become the comprehensive Bosch-internal provider of shared service functions relating to administration and sales. The division will emerge from the Service Solutions business unit, which is run by Bosch Sicherheitssysteme GmbH and headquartered in Frankfurt. At a later date, it is to be carved out as an independent legal entity. This organizational change will not affect associates’ terms of employment. “In light of rapidly changing markets, and especially of the accelerated technological change brought about by the internet of things, Bosch will further expand its services portfolio,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the Bosch board of management. The Service Solutions business unit has developed very well in recent years, posting continuous double-digit growth. Worldwide, it creates some 500 new jobs each year. In total, the unit currently employs some 5,000 associates.

Focus of the internal and external portfolio
Internally, the company hopes this move will help it continuously improve its processes. The global shared services that already exist at Bosch, or are planned for the future, are to be brought together and given a common standard basis. Bosch has already launched a raft of individual shared-service initiatives in areas such as accounting and HR management. The creation of a new division will give rise to new potential for improving service quality and efficiency, as well as for reducing red tape.

At the same time, the new division’s task will be to further expand its portfolio of services for external customers. Apart from various shared-service solutions for transport and buildings, the focus will also be on customer communication and customer support. Here, the company can combine its technical expertise with the proven capability of an experienced control center operator and communication service provider. In the field of transport, for example, Bosch offers the automatic eCall emergency service in ten languages for leading automakers in 27 European countries. Also in the transport sector, it offers CCTV-monitored truck parking spaces at rest areas that can be booked in advance. For buildings, Bosch already offers cloud-based video surveillance that can be connected to a control center that intervenes in response to certain events. Solutions in the area of customer communication and support include the monitoring and smart evaluation of social media platforms, which gives companies effective support with their marketing and sales activities.

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Phone: +49 711 811-6285
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  • July 30, 2015
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International presence Bosch sees strong growth in North America Further expanding the company’s local activities

  • Significant sales increase in first six months of 2015
  • Investments of nearly 370 million euros planned for the current year
  • Bosch a leading provider and exponent of Industry 4.0 in the U.S.
  • New Thermotechnology plant in Mexico
Farmington Hills, United States/Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch’s business in North America continues to develop very well. In the first six months of 2015, the technology and services company achieved a significant increase in sales in the region, in which it employs nearly 29,000 associates. “Based on the current economic situation, we expect to continue growing through the end of the year,” said Dr. Werner Struth, the board of management member of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Americas. In 2014, Bosch already managed to increase its total sales in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in nominal terms by 8.6 percent to 8.5 billion euros. Adjusted for exchange-rate effects, the increase was as much as 9.3 percent. “We are on track to double our sales in the Americas by 2020,” Struth said. All four Bosch business sectors in North America are performing very well. Mobility Solutions and Industrial Technology have been especially successful, Struth said, and the Consumer Goods and Energy and Building Technology business sectors are recording stable growth.

Investments underscore the region’s importance
Over the past ten years, the company has invested approximately 2.2 billion euros in expanding research and development and local manufacturing. Bosch wants to continue expanding its activities in North America over the next few years as well. “We are planning to invest nearly 370 million euros in North America in the current year. This commitment underscores the region’s importance to the Bosch Group,” Struth said. In August 2015, the company will officially open a new plant for Thermotechnology in Tepotzotlán, Mexico. The site has been producing gas-fired instantaneous water heaters for the Mexican and Latin American markets since June 2015. Plans also call for expanding the Bosch plants in Juárez, San Luis Potosí, and Mexico City, Mexico in the years ahead.

Bosch already further strengthened its local presence last year. In the United States, for example, the company opened its first communication center in Fort Lauderdale, while to the south it began operating a new software development center in Guadalajara, Mexico. This software development center offers programming and application services for the automotive industry and Bosch plants in North and South America. “A strong local presence is crucial in being able to make the very most of opportunities in the region,” Struth said.

Opportunities with connectivity and automation
In North America, Bosch believes that the areas of connectivity, automation, electrification, and energy efficiency in particular harbor great potential. As a result, the company is a leading provider and exponent of connected industry in the United States. At the plant in Anderson, South Carolina, Bosch is optimizing its production processes by analyzing big data, for example. The site is also using smartwatches for its manufacturing activities. These high-tech devices promptly notify associates if a machine malfunctions. Thanks to real-time monitoring, it is possible to prevent disruptions to the manufacturing process and thus gain additional production hours. As a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Bosch is working with a number of American and other partners on concrete use cases of connected manufacturing.

Apart from Germany, the United States is another key location for Bosch in terms of its efforts to further develop automated driving. Since 2011, a team in Palo Alto, which is located in Silicon Valley, has been driving forward the development of functions for the necessary software and sensors, while colleagues in Abstatt, Germany, are responsible for systems integration in the vehicle. Bosch has been performing automated driving tests on public roads since early 2013. So far, engineers have successfully driven several thousand kilometers on both the German A81 autobahn near Stuttgart and U.S. Interstate 280 in California.

Bosch in the Americas:
The company’s presence and growth opportunities at a glance

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Melita Delic, phone: +49 711 811-48617
Agnes Grill, phone: +49 711 811-38140
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  • July 22, 2015
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50 million electric steering systems Key technology for electric, automated driving

  • Electromobility and automated driving require electric steering
  • A production milestone: 50 million electric steering systems produced worldwide
  • Servolectric® from Bosch saves up to 0.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers
  • Production worldwide, in Europe, North America and China
  • Seven out of ten Bosch power steering systems are currently electrically driven
Stuttgart/Schwäbisch Gmünd – Electric steering is expanding fast: as an indispensable component in driver assistance systems, such as lane-keeping or parking assistance, it is appearing more and more frequently as a standard feature in modern cars. In addition, it saves on fuel compared with hydraulic power steering – up to 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers driven, depending on the driving cycle. The growing importance of electric steering systems can be credited with a major milestone at Bosch: at Schwäbisch Gmünd, the 50 millionth Servolectric® came off the production lines on 22 July 2015, twelve years after the start of production. “The next 50 million certainly won’t take another twelve years”, says Christian Sobottka, Chairman of the Automotive Steering Business Division of Bosch, in view of the heavy demand.

The market shares for electric steering will keep on rising. For electrification and automated driving – two important trends for the future of the global automotive industry – electric steering is a key technology. For example, only electric steering is used in electric cars, since the power supply from a combustion engine is not available for hydraulically assisted steering.

Automated driving: interaction of steering, brake and sensors
During automated driving, vehicles take the wheel themselves in certain situations, for example during freeway driving, and by doing so they ensure greater safety and comfort. The interlinking and interaction of the steering system with all the important components in the vehicle are central factors. These include for example the ESP brake control system, the engine control unit and the surround sensors. These components are designed and produced by Bosch – one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers – also in their millions. A further focus of research and development activities is the interlinking of the components to create software-controlled total systems. Bosch has for example perfected a solution that allows a rig comprising a car and trailer to be maneuvered from outside the vehicle using a Smartphone.

Out of ten Bosch-made steering systems, seven have an electric drive
Electric steering systems are coming off Bosch production lines in Europe, North America and China. At present, around 70 percent of its power steering systems are being built with electric drive. By comparison: in 2009 that proportion was still 40 percent. For 2020, Bosch expects that hydraulic systems will only make up ten to fifteen percent of the total steering systems produced.

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Andreas Ziegele
phone: +49 7171 31-3481
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  • July 22, 2015
  • Press releases
  • Mobility Solutions
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Future of mobility Bosch and TomTom partner on innovative mapping technology for automated driving

  • High-precision maps are essential for highly automated driving
  • Bosch is using TomTom maps in its automated test vehicles
  • Freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany to be digitized for automated driving by the end of 2015
  • Maps for highly automated driving have to be accurate to decimeter precision
  • Collaboration will result in innovative vehicle positioning concepts
The development of automated driving is a puzzle with many pieces. Together with the Dutch map and traffic provider TomTom, Bosch is getting closer to the complete picture. The two companies have agreed to collaborate in the area of maps for highly automated driving. Under this agreement, TomTom is designing the necessary maps, while Bosch, on the basis of its systems engineering work, is defining the specifications these maps have to meet. Even now, the maps are already being used in the automated vehicles Bosch is testing on certain public roads in Germany (A81) and in the United States (I280). Commenting on the importance of this venture, the Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel says: “Only with high precision maps will automated driving on freeways be possible from 2020.” And Jan Maarten de Vries, Vice President Automotive at TomTom, adds: “By the end of 2015, we want to have new high-precision maps for automated driving for all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany.” Road coverage will subsequently be extended to the rest of Europe and North America.

Multiple map layers, significantly increased accuracy
Maps for highly automated driving and the maps used in current navigation systems differ primarily in two respects. First, accuracy is significantly higher – down to decimeter precision. Second, the map material for highly automated driving consists of multiple layers. The traditional base navigation layer is used to calculate routes from A to B, including the sequence of roads to be driven. The localization layer uses a novel positioning concept providing highly accurate map data, which the automated vehicle uses to accurately calculate its position within a lane. To do this, the vehicle compares its sensed environment with the corresponding information in the localization layer. In this way, the vehicle can accurately define its position relative to the road and its surroundings. On top of the localization layer, the planning layer contains not only attributes such as lane divider types, traffic signs, speed limits, etc., but also 3D information about road geometry, including curves and slopes. With the help of this very detailed lane information, the automated vehicle can decide things such as when and how to change lane.

In highly automated driving, safety and comfort depend crucially on map material that is up to date. For example, up-to-the-minute speed-limit information has to be available instantly. Only then can vehicles select the best proactive driving strategy. In this regard, Bosch and TomTom rely on several elements and services to keep the map data up to date: the TomTom mapping fleet will continue to be regularly on the road, accurately mapping new roads and routes. And to register recent changes on the roads, such as changed lane configurations or new traffic signs, TomTom and Bosch plan to use feedback from fleets of vehicles equipped with the necessary sensors. Information about changed road conditions captured this way will be transferred to a server, verified, and entered in the digital map database. The updated map will then be fed back to the highly automated driving vehicle, enabling it to see effectively beyond its sensors.

Extension of existing, successful partnership
For Bosch and TomTom, this collaboration in the area of maps for highly automated driving is an extension of an already existing, successful partnership. For Bosch’s connected horizon, TomTom also provides dynamic map information via their real-time service backend – albeit without any localization layer. In this way, the connected horizon makes it possible to predict the route ahead and adapt driving strategy accordingly. This solution was demonstrated for the first time in 2014, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show in Hanover. The system recognizes potential black spots behind hills, or the start of a traffic jam, at an early stage, and automatically reduces the speed of the vehicle well in good time. This considerably reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. In addition, smoother driving behavior means more comfort for the driver and improved fuel efficiency for the vehicle.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Jörn Ebberg, phone: +49 711 811-26223

TomTom
Yann Lafargue, phone: +31 (0)208500002
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  • July 21, 2015
  • Press releases
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Bosch achieves energy savings of up to 30 percent with efficiency solutions for industrial customers Great potentials exist in the manufacturing process

  • Using energy efficiency as a competitive factor
  • Bosch is a long-term energy partner for manufacturing enterprises
  • Projects have been carried out for customers from widely varying sectors
Stuttgart – energy efficiency is increasingly becoming necessary to be able to safeguard the future of manufacturing enterprises sites. Compared to other countries, the energy costs of many sectors in Germany represent a share of 5-8% of the total costs of product manufacturing, which is rather high. Efficient usage and the reduction of energy costs is thus an essential competitive factor. In order to be able to identify all potentials, take advantage of them and profit from savings, a holistic approach is required. With the "energy efficiency system for manufacturing enterprises", Bosch has developed a modular service portfolio especially for the requirements of industrial enterprises. "Through our own experiences with plants and our expertise in the area of energy, we show enterprises how they can achieve a competitive advantage through energy efficiency." says Michael Blichmann, manager of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions GmbH. "For example, we reduce large energy cost pools and vary fixed costs."

Holistic approach ensures high savings
The energy efficiency system includes a comprehensive range of services: from energy strategy consultation and energy savings optimisation, by means of transparent description of energy flows, to energy optimisation of the manufacturing process and the infrastructural energy supply. An essential factor for success in this regard is the solutions that intelligently combine the production and distribution of process energy as well as the efficient usage of mechanical energy during the manufacturing process. Michael Blichmann: "We develop individualised energy solutions based on the requirements of the enterprise and are able to provide all forms of usable energy." Thus Bosch combines, among other things, the generation of pressurised air, heat and cold in a decentralised solution, which, in the case of actual energy saving parameters for enterprises, is especially attractive and economical.

Reduction of usage during the manufacturing process
Although the analysis of energy requirements for the manufacturing process is frequently underestimated, it is essential for the improvement of energy efficiency. It is precisely here that consumption can be significantly reduced and costs permanently lowered with a short return on investment period. By means of different measures, such as targeted deactivation management or the reduction of energy usage for machine groups, the base load, for example, can be reduced significantly. To recognise and implement the potentials a comprehensive know-how is necessary. This is where Bosch has the advantage of many years of practical experience and has achieved outstanding savings in its own plants. Thus the optimisation of a machine group on one site alone leads to a reduction of 25 % of energy usage – the consumption requirement of approximately 1400 single-family homes. Even Getrag Untergruppenbach, an international system provider of gearboxes for passenger cars and light utility vehicles, relies on the special knowledge of Bosch. Together with the responsible parties, high savings potentials were identified at the Neuenstein site. After the implementation, the total energy consumption of the plant was reduced by 5 percent annually with a return on investment period of 2.5 years.

High savings potentials for process energy
The fruit juice producer, Albi, in Berghülen profits from a reduction of 5 percent of energy costs annually – and this has been achieved despite its production. Through the Bosch optimisation, the required energy on the site has been generated by means of a highly-efficient combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) systemsince 2014. The complete concept was planned by Bosch, implemented for immediate use, set up and the installations are now operated efficiently over a long-term period of time. "For us, profitability, with aspects such as economical usage of primary energy, cheap primary energy purchasing, high efficiency of used primary energy types, as well as reduced environmental pollution, were the priorities", says Norbert Reuss, member of Albi Management, Purchasing, Production and Technology. “The concept of Bosch takes all the relevant aspects into account, is technically well-conceived and promises good economic results.” The Bosch experts take into account all strategic, organisational and technical fields of action. "The savings potentials in the enterprise are extremely high. We see this every day in our projects. Our goal is always to be able to reduce the energy consumption sustainably – without loss of product quality, comfort and security of supply" says Michael Blichmann. In addition to attractive services, the customers receive a comprehensive service provision package from Bosch. "We consider ourselves a long-term energy partner and also offer attractive financing and contract models. In particular, we provide a guarantee that the savings potentials identified by us are realised – so that the companies are on the safe side", he concludes.

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Telefon: +49 711 811-26019

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  • July 21, 2015
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14th Bosch Global Supplier Award Bosch honors top suppliers More options thanks to connected supply chains

  • Awards for 58 suppliers from eleven countries
  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Strong, long-term partnerships with our suppliers are the bedrock of our success in the connected world.”
  • Many repeat winners
Stuttgart – The Bosch Group has recognized its top suppliers with the “Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015.” This is the 14th time that Bosch has given out global supplier awards. This year, the supplier of technology and services honored 58 suppliers from eleven countries. By presenting this award, the company recognizes outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably in the areas of quality, costs, logistics, and innovations. “The Bosch Global Supplier Award honors our top suppliers, who play such a key role in Bosch’s success,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the award ceremony in Stuttgart. “Our suppliers are important partners in helping us shape the connected world. We want to work with them to develop beneficial solutions for our customers.” The theme of this year’s award ceremony was “Power of partnership – connected intelligence.” Bosch continues to believe that long-term partnerships and the early involvement of suppliers are the key to success.

Many repeat winners
Bosch works with some 35,000 suppliers worldwide, and this year the company has chosen to honor the top 58 with the award. Three suppliers are winners for at least the eleventh time, while seven companies have now won the award for at least the fifth time. Almost half the companies honored are headquartered outside Germany, and one-quarter of those are located in Asia. Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the Bosch board of management, used the award ceremony as a chance to express Bosch’s appreciation of its suppliers: “Our successful collaboration with our partners is an important factor in our business success. It plays a vital role in Bosch’s ability to compete and innovate.”

Long-term alliances – drivers of connected solutions
Web-enabled products and internet-based services form one of the cornerstones of Bosch’s future sales growth. Volkmar Denner is convinced that customer focus and customer benefit are crucial for success on the internet of things. This, he says, makes it all the more important to have competitive and connected supply chains. “Our goal is to achieve supply-chain excellence,” Denner says. Strong, long-term partnerships with suppliers are essential to that goal, and are also key drivers of networked solutions. “Trust, transparency, agility, quality, delivery capability, and competitive prices are at the core of our collaboration with our suppliers.”

Getting suppliers involved early
Bosch now wants to involve its suppliers even earlier in the product creation process, and to work with them to develop solutions for the connected world. “In this context, connectivity is by no means only a subject for Bosch. It encompasses the entire value-added chain,” Asenkerschbaumer said. “We will only remain competitive if we all systematically embrace further connectivity.” For this reason, Bosch recognizes particularly forward-looking projects with a supplier award in the “Innovations” category. This year, the winners were IMS Gear GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, and 4flow. Based in Berlin, 4flow received an award for its support in the development of a globally standardized transport management system. Bosch is using new processes and systems developed by 4flow to organize its worldwide road transport operations even more efficiently and economically.

Further internationalization of supplier base
In 2014, the Bosch Group’s purchasing volume came to some 25 billion euros. Europe still accounts for the lion’s share, at roughly 60 percent of the global purchasing volume. Outside Europe, procurement is centered on China, the U.S., and Japan. Procurement mainly involves production materials such as turned parts, electronic components, and pressed, drawn, bent, or plastic parts. It also includes commodities, operating equipment, services, and capital goods. In growth markets such as China, collaborating with local suppliers is key in assuring the continued growth of the Bosch Group.

Note: A list of all the award winners can be found here.

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Industry 4.0 – Manufacturing and logistics
Virtual depiction of the supply chain

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  • July 16, 2015
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Formula Student: pit stop in Boxberg, Germany Bosch hunts for new talent on the test track

  • Student teams put race cars to the test on the company test track
  • Recruiting specialist Winter: “Promoting young talent on 39 race teams”
  • Bosch is looking for 12,000 university graduates worldwide
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is expanding its involvement in the Formula Student Germany (FSG) international design competition. This year, the supplier of technology and services is sponsoring four additional student groups in Germany, each of which will compete as a race team. Altogether, Bosch is lending a hand to 39 race teams from Germany, the U.K., Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey. They will be making a pit stop with their race cars at the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg, Germany from July 17 to 18, 2015, where more than 250 participants will set about preparing approximately 25 vehicles for the final race at the Hockenheimring circuit. Some 40 Bosch technicians and engineers will advise and assist the promising young talent during the two-day workshop.

Discovering new talent and fostering the next generation
“Our many years of sponsorship are evidence of our enthusiasm for motorsport and the mobility of the future, as well as our commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers,” says Vera Winter, head of personnel marketing for Germany at Bosch. “These talented young people not only benefit from our engineers’ expertise, but also get the opportunity to get to know Bosch as an employer and establish some initial contacts.” The annual workshop in Boxberg has become a standing event in the teams’ calendars. Bosch’s support for the teams extends from giving them access to specialists to placing the company’s test track in Boxberg at their disposal.

Connected world, connected race cars
The importance of software also continues to grow with regard to race cars. “Above all, the growing connectivity of components and systems, in addition to the increasing development of new functions, means that more and more experience with software and IT is required as well,” says Simon Mörsdorf. The 24-year-old mechanical engineering student, who is writing his master’s thesis at Bosch, was a part of the action last year on the KA-RaceIng e.V. team. “It is a tremendous help to have specialists on hand to lend support by sharing their know-how with you.” The teams have the opportunity to test the race cars they developed and designed in racing conditions at the Bosch proving ground. “The cars go through all the same tests you would find at races at the Hockenheimring circuit,” Mörsdorf says. “They include acceptance testing and various acceleration and endurance trials.”

Workshops, advice, and testing
During the workshop in Boxberg, the students benefit from extensive support, including expert presentations on safety when working with high voltages or measuring technology, as well as more general presentations about vehicle-testing events. The teams are also provided with motorsport components and software. The support is rounded out by expert advice and assistance from Bosch specialists in automotive engineering and system design.

Career opportunities: Bosch on the hunt for 12,000 university graduates
After the Formula Student, talented young people can continue full speed ahead into a career, as Bosch plans to recruit some 12,000 university graduates worldwide this year. The countries where the company has the greatest need for recruiting trained graduates are India, which plans some 3,200 new hires, China, which plans 2,600 new hires, and Germany, which plans 1,200 new hires. In addition to mechanical and electrical engineers, graduates with an IT background have especially favorable prospects. As connectivity expands in every business sector – especially Mobility Solutions, with regard to emergency braking systems, for example – the importance of software is also growing.

Background information:
“Bosch plans to recruit some 12,000 new associates” press release:
http://bit.ly/1IZSQ6H
“62nd International Automotive Press Briefing 2015 in Boxberg” press kit:
http://bit.ly/1JJtWt9

Internet:
Formula Student Germany: http://bit.ly/1s91Fkl
Bosch as an employer: http://bit.ly/1xT2fWN
Direct employment at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1f3d7ff
Final theses at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1M5v0qV
Internships at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1TCjd5R
On the job as a working student at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1Lif18h

Video:
Formula Student 2014 – Associates at Bosch: http://youtu.be/uWy-zmA3crA
Formula Student 2014 – JMP participants at Bosch: http://youtu.be/7-LF3oCGhfg

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Automated driving Future technologies driving current Bosch growth

  • Booming market for driver assistance systems will usher in automated driving
  • Bosch expects driver assistance systems to generate sales of one billion euros in 2016
  • In 2014, Bosch delivered more than 50 million surround sensors for the first time
  • Bosch expects to manufacture its ten-millionth radar sensor (77 GHz) in 2016
  • Increasing automation has the potential to cut accident rates by up to another third in Germany alone
Stuttgart – For Bosch, automated driving is not just a pipe dream. The supplier of technology and services is already achieving commercial and technological success in this area today. “Automated driving will be ushered in by the booming market for driver assistance,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch's sales in this field are currently increasing by a third every year. Hoheisel adds: “In 2016, our sales in driver assistance will exceed one billion euros.” As a systems supplier and one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, Bosch benefits especially from its broad product portfolio.

From powertrain to connectivity – Bosch provides everything from a single source
Like barely any other automotive supplier, Bosch is an expert in all the technologies needed for automated driving. These include not just the powertrain, brakes, and steering, but also sensors, navigation systems, and connectivity solutions inside and outside the car. As Hoheisel says: “Bosch develops everything, from the individual components to the entire system.” For example, Bosch sensors are in great demand: Last year, the company set a new record by selling more than 50 million surround sensors for driver assistance systems. The number of radar and video sensors sold doubled in 2014 – and will do so again in 2015. When it comes to the radar sensors used in systems such as ACC adaptive cruise control, Bosch leads the market worldwide. Its ten-millionth radar sensor (77 GHz) is expected to roll off the line this coming year.

Some 2,000 engineers work on driver assistance at Bosch
The number of associates Bosch employs in this field attests to the growing success that the company enjoys. Currently, about 2,000 engineers are working on refining driver assistance systems at Bosch. That's a good 700 more than just two years ago. Driver assistance systems serve as the basis for automated driving. Even today, they are helping drivers change lanes, stay in their lane, and brake when encountering an obstacle. But development doesn't stop there: a European automaker is now offering production vehicles that feature not only assistance systems for taking evasive actions and turning against oncoming traffic, but also the Bosch traffic jam assistant. “As we move toward self-driving cars, we will be premiering many new assistance systems,” Hoheisel says. The insights and experience that Bosch gains from these will feed directly into the development of automated driving, giving it some serious momentum.

In 2020, cars should be driving themselves on the freeway – just as Bosch
prototypes have been doing on the A81 in Germany and US Interstate 280 since the beginning of 2013. However, if this is to happen, the legal framework will have to keep pace with technological developments. Currently, there is a legal constraint in the form of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 1968, which dictates that drivers must retain control of their vehicle at all times. In other words, highly automated driving is not yet legal. Nonetheless, there are signs of impending changes to the regulations that apply both in Germany and in many other countries. One possibility would allow automated driving so long as the driver is able to override or disable it. Discussions are underway on how to revise the regulations to permit this exception. But validation puts up another obstacle: using current methods, an autopilot system has to complete several million kilometers' worth of testing before it can be released for production. Bosch is working on new approaches here as well.

Automated driving improves safety, efficiency, and comfort
For Bosch, automated driving is about making road traffic safer. Every year, an estimated 1.3 million people around the world are killed in road accidents. In 90 percent of cases, the accident can be attributed to human error. “In critical traffic situations, the right support can save lives,” Hoheisel says. Bosch accident research predicts that increasing automation can lower accident rates even further – by up to a third in Germany alone. And automated driving makes road traffic not only safer, but also more efficient. U.S. studies indicate that applying predictive driving strategies when on the freeway can result in fuel savings of up to 39 percent. However, a car with an autopilot also opens up a new driving experience – it becomes a home on wheels.

Related link: www.automated-driving.com

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Global presence Bosch sees positive development in Australia Member of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group

  • Bosch records successful first half year in Australia
  • Expansion of Australia headquarters
  • Important manufacturing and engineering location
Berlin/Clayton – Bosch is participating in the talks of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, which is holding its first working session on July 10 in Berlin. The Bosch Australia president Gavin Smith is one of the delegation’s 15 members. “The Advisory Group offers a valuable opportunity for Bosch to help deepen joint understanding of essential market trends and potential,” Smith said at the meeting. “Our objective is to open up new market segments in Australia with innovative solutions and technologies,” he added. The committee is headed by the Australian minister for finance Mathias Cormann and the German minister of state at the Federal Foreign Office Maria Böhmer. It was established in November 2014 by the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Bosch sees good long-term opportunities in Australia
The global supplier of technologies and services again recorded positive development in Australia. “In the first half of 2015 our business developed well. We are confident in the market’s long-term prospects,” Smith said. Bosch Australia posted sales of around 300 million euros in 2014 and currently employs some 1,300 associates.

Important engineering location in Asia Pacific
Along with manufacturing automotive electronics, Bosch also conducts development in Australia. Its 200 engineers work predominantly on projects for international automotive customers. A Bosch center of competence for trailer safety was recently opened in Australia, which will host the development of solutions for the global market. In addition, the local engineering team applies its expertise to the areas of energy and rail. “Australia is an important location in our R&D network – both in Asia Pacific and worldwide,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for Asia Pacific.

Investment in new headquarters underlines commitment
The Bosch Group has been active in Australia since 1907. The regional company was established in 1954. Today, all four business sectors have activities in the country at three locations (Clayton, Melbourne, and Sydney). Over the past ten years, Bosch has invested more than 150 million euros in the region. The company is currently investing some 27 million euros in the expansion of its regional headquarters in Clayton, Victoria. The new facilities are due for completion next year. “This investment underlines our confidence in the future development of our business in this region,” Smith said.

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Emissions How diesel affects air quality Bosch explains why diesel is crucial to achieving CO2 targets, how to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, and what impact smokers and tires have on emissions of particulate matter

Discussion: Paris, London, Stuttgart – air quality is at the focus of debate all over Europe – a debate that often centers on diesel engines. “In Bosch's view, it's important to base the air quality debate on facts,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

CO2 reduction – impossible without diesel engines
“Diesel engines have never been more important than they are today. This technology is key to achieving fleet CO2 emission targets – in Europe especially, it is indispensable to that goal,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

Share: Diesel cars generate some 4 percent of all CO2 emissions in Germany.

CO2 targets: Starting in 2021, the average new car in the EU will have an emissions cap of 95 g of CO2 per kilometer. In other regions too, such as the U.S. and China, vehicles have to become much more economical over the next few years.

Potential: The CO2 emissions of diesel internal-combustion engines can be reduced by as much as 10 percent. Enhanced aerodynamics and less rolling friction could once again lead to further improvements.

Electrification: Electrification will give diesel engines another boost – particularly for large and heavy vehicles such as SUVs. Bosch offers numerous solutions here, such as a 48-volt entry-level hybrid that can cut CO2 emissions in real-life driving situations by up to 15 percent.

Particulates – the diesel-engine “vacuum”
”Thanks to today's filters, diesel engines no longer have a problem with particulates,” says Dr. Michael Krüger, who heads up diesel technology development at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Share: According to official estimates, about 1 percent of all the particulate matter emitted in Germany is caused by exhaust emissions from diesel cars.
Source: German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), national trend tables for atmospheric emissions, 2012

Efficient: Since Euro 1 was introduced in 1992, vehicle particulate emissions have been reduced by some 97 percent. The latest filters work at over 95 percent efficiency, and can efficiently filter out even the smallest of nanoparticles.

Vacuuming: Measurements in major cities have indicated that today's diesel engines even filter out particulates from the ambient air. For example, in the Parisian suburb of La Garenne, emissions from a diesel engine contain fewer particulates than the air that the engine takes in.
Source: in-house measurements

Dust: The wear and tear that driving puts on tires and brakes also produces particulates. On Germany's roads, this already accounts for three times the particulate emissions of exhaust gas.
Source: ”Emissionen und Maßnahmenanalyse Feinstaub 2000-2020,” Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Germany (2007); ISSN 1862-4804

Cigarette smoke: Estimates suggest that in 2015, as many particulates will be produced by smoking as by automotive emissions.
Source: ”Emissionen und Maßnahmenanalyse Feinstaub 2000-2020,” Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Germany (2007); ISSN 1862-4804

Nitrogen oxide – attention turns to real driving emissions
“In the future, IC engines and especially diesel engines will have to be clean – even during rapid acceleration and at high speeds,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Share: Measurements have indicated that diesel cars are responsible for some 10 percent of NOx emissions in Germany. Aside from road traffic, other sources include energy generation (27 percent) and private households (11 percent).
Source: German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), national trend tables for atmospheric emissions, 2012

Major advances: The EU introduced the Euro 3 norm in 2000. Since then, nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel cars have already been cut by 84 percent in the relevant test cycle.

Euro 6: A directive of the European Union, this new emission standard primarily sets lower maximum values for vehicle emissions of particulates and nitrogen
oxide. For diesel engines, the old standard stipulated a maximum of 180 mg per kilometer. As of September 1, 2015, diesel engines will be restricted to just 80 mg of nitrogen oxide emissions per kilometer (gasoline engines: 60 mg per kilometer).

A systematic approach to engineering: In order to improve the modern diesel still further, Bosch is drawing on a systems approach that combines internal combustion with exhaust-gas treatment. One of the vital technologies in this regard is Denoxtronic, which can reduce nitrogen oxides by up to 95 percent in real driving situations. In this way, the limit of 80 mg of nitrogen oxides per kilometer can also be achieved in a number of real driving situations. On some journeys, emissions may be even lower than this limit.

AdBlue: Systems such as Bosch's Denoxtronic inject odorless liquid urea, known as AdBlue, into the exhaust gas flow. This reacts with the exhaust gas and turns nitrogen oxide into harmless steam and nitrogen.

Real driving emissions: A number of vehicles currently in production already produce only a minimum amount of emissions, and do so even outside the applicable certification cycle – for example, during rapid acceleration or at high speeds. The task now is to drive the spread of this capability and develop cost-effective technologies that will ensure compliance, whatever the driving conditions.

Innovation: Bosch's 48-volt boost recuperation system can reduce untreated nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 20 percent, especially at high loads or when the car is accelerating. Bosch believes the system could allow the storage catalytic converter to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80 percent. Electrification will also increase the level of efficiency of urea-based systems (SCR catalytic converters).

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German Environmental Protection Agency – air-quality reference materials
http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/topics/air

Bosch portal “A future with clean diesel”
http://www.future-with-diesel.com/en/index.html

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Global presence Bosch expands its business in South Korea Strong growth with double-digit increase in sales

  • 30 years of presence in South Korea: long-term strategy paying off
  • Bosch expects growth to continue in South Korea in the years ahead
  • Joint venture for wiper systems planned
  • Established markets important for growth strategy in Asia Pacific
Stuttgart/Seoul – Bosch is growing rapidly in South Korea. Last year, the supplier of technology and services generated consolidated sales of 1.5 billion euros there, registering growth of 21 percent. “We expect to be able to expand our business in South Korea at a similar pace in the years ahead,” said Peter Tyroller, the Bosch board of management member responsible for Asia Pacific. He added that this success is the result of a long-term strategy of continuous investment in the expansion of local activities. In order to further strengthen its position in the Korean market, Bosch recently announced a joint venture with the wiper manufacturer Kyung Chang Wiper Corp. (KCW).

Wiper systems business to be strengthened
Within the next few weeks, the joint venture will start operations under the name KB Wiper Systems (KBWS). It is planned that some 700 associates will work there. Bosch plans to contribute its wiper business in South Korea to the new company. KCW will be adding its global business with wiper arms and blades. The joint venture’s new headquarters will be in Daegu. “The partnership with KCW brings us even closer to our customers, thereby strengthening the position of our wiper systems in the Korean market. The new company will allow us to develop products that are geared to both original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket,” said Dr. Frank Schäfers, president of Robert Bosch Korea.

Bosch is celebrating its 30th anniversary in South Korea this year. All its business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – are now represented in the country at a total of six locations. In Yongin, south of Seoul, Bosch not only has its Korean corporate headquarters, but has also operated an engineering center since 1990, where 250 engineers are currently working on solutions for the local market. In Daejeon, the company has been manufacturing components for diesel engines since 2001. In the past five years alone, Bosch has invested more than 200 million euros in the expansion of its manufacturing and engineering locations in Korea. The company currently employs nearly 2,000 associates in South Korea.

Asia Pacific: growth region number one
In Asia Pacific, Bosch grew its sales 17 percent (19 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects) in 2014, to 13 billion euros. At just under 27 percent, the region’s share of total sales reached a new high. Sales growth was especially strong in China, rising a nominal 27 percent to 6.4 billion euros. In Peter Tyroller’s view, established markets such as South Korea and Japan remain an important pillar of Bosch’s growth strategy in Asia Pacific: “In industrialized markets, our focus is on innovative products, services, and new business models which create additional customer benefit and spark enthusiasm.” Bosch also sees great business opportunities in the area of connectivity in South Korea, one of the world’s leading economy for key industries in this field.

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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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Starter Motors and Generators division In the market shake-out, Bosch pins its hopes on a partner or buyer Dialogue with employee representatives continued

  • Just under 2000 demonstrate outside Bosch HQ
  • Board of management members meets with employee representatives
  • Greater growth and improved regional presence can ensure future survival
Gerlingen – On Thursday, July 2, 2015, employee representatives organized a demonstration outside Bosch headquarters in Gerlingen. It was held to protest the planned realignment of Bosch’s Starter Motors and Generators division. On June 9, 2015, the company had announced its plans to find a partner or buyer for the division. According to official estimates, the demonstration was attended by just under 2000 people.

In a meeting with employee representatives, Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, and Christoph Kübel, the director of industrial relations, explained why the planned realignment was necessary. They also expressed sympathy for the demontsrators’ reactions. “We take our responsibility for our associates very seriously, and so this decision was not taken lightly. But we firmly believe that the division’s future survival can only be secured over the long term together with a partner or buyer,” Denner said. “Naturally, we have a responsibility toward the Starter Motors and Generators division, but also toward the company as a whole. We have to secure its future existence.”

Contructive dialogue between company and employee representatives
At this afternoon’s meeting, the company agreed to consult openly with employee representatives about the realignment and how it affects employment. “Any steps we take will be characterized by fairness and a sense of responsibility,” Kübel said. “If there should be a definitive transfer to a new company, associates will know in advance who the potential buyer is. This is a sign of openness and transparency.” For Kübel, the same considerations guided the company’s decision to inform employee representatives and associates about the planned relaignment at an early stage. Today’s meeting, he said, had been correspondingly constructive, and formed an initial basis for further discussion about employment conditions and job security. Kübel added: “What concerns us is the long-term viability of the Starter Motors and Generators division and the jobs that depend on it.”

Greater growth and improved regional presence to ensure future survival
There is considerable overcapacity in the market for starter motors and generators. The result is considerable cost and competitive pressure. In addition, technological developments are putting starter motors and generators under increasing pressure. Downsizing – smaller engines with smaller starter motors – is reducing value added. This will lead to a market shake-out, in which only a leading market position will offer long-term prospects of success and growth. Together with a partner or buyer, the Starter Motors and Generators division can use consolidation effects to significantly reduce its costs, while a stronger regional presence will improve its market position. This applies above all to the growth markets of Asia and North America.

Turnaround efforts have produced results, but will not be sufficient long term
The Starter Motors and Generators division has successfully managed to transform itself over the past few years. Recently, it has significantly improved its competitiveness and performance. This is also due to the hard work of its associates. But regardless of this, it was not possible to achieve a market position that would secure the business long-term success in a market shake-out.

By the end of 2015, the division is to be carved out and made a legally independent entity. In addition, Bosch intends to look for appropriate partners and buyers with a clear concept for taking the business forward and securing its long-term future.

Bosch compact:
Information about the planned realignment


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From skilled worker to engineer - without a college degree Bosch expands its skilled workers development program

  • Training also available for IT and commercial functions
  • New year of training starts with 80 women and men
  • 200 million euros for associates' professional development
  • Christoph Kübel, Bosch director of industrial relations: “Lifelong learning is a competitive advantage”
Stuttgart – Bosch is preparing its skilled workers for the demands of the connected working world and is expanding its development program for skilled workers in Germany to do so. In the future, the supplier of technology and services will train associates without a college degree to take on positions in IT and commercial fields that normally require higher education. Since 1999, Bosch has been offering skilled workers in technical professions a two-year development program that gives them the opportunity to take on responsibilities similar to those of an engineer. The expansion aims to meet the growing demand for software expertise and prepare associates for jobs in connected production, also known as Industry 4.0, among other things. Some 80 skilled workers, including ten women, are participating in this year's class. Around 700 participants have completed the program since it began.

Skilled people for the connected working world
“The increasing level of connectivity in our plants calls for highly trained skilled workers, because their tasks are growing more and more challenging,” Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, told the roughly 90 graduates of the program obtaining their certification this year in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart. “Our associates' willingness to keep learning throughout their lives is a competitive advantage for us. That is why we as an employer are focusing on competence management that provides the necessary knowledge and skills.” Kübel announced that Bosch intends to invest more than 200 million euros worldwide in its associates' training this year.

Back to school – with a busy life
A mix of online seminars, classroom learning, and group study projects are planned to allow participants to complete training while they work. As a result, certain courses can be completed from a home computer. “It was both a career opportunity and a challenging time for me,” Mario Löhrlein, a mechatronics engineer at the Bosch plant in Bamberg, recalled at the graduation ceremony. “Juggling a career, a private life, and training at the same time, all while spending time abroad, was a real challenge. But my family and my supervisor lent me their full support.” The 30-year-old entered the development program in 2013. During his training, he had the opportunity to spend six months helping oversee a production start-up at the Bosch plant in Wuxi, China.

50 days of training call for dedication
The training program, which will be known in the future as the “Skilled workers development program,” is aimed at associates without a college degree who have good professional qualifications and are interested in comprehensive professional development. “The training program lasts around two years and consists of 50 days of training,” says Siegfried Czock, who is responsible for occupational and further training at Bosch. “The participants spend 20 days of this time when they are off the job, such as at weekend seminars.” According to Czock, the program seeks to teach specialist and conceptual skills (including quality and process management as well as work methods) plus interdisciplinary knowledge of methods and social skills (such as project management, facilitation, and foreign languages). At the end of the program, the participants write a report on topics such as process optimization, error analysis, or energy management.

Consistent global competence management ensures quality standards
At Bosch, global competence management ensures that associates participate in ongoing training according to consistent quality standards. A Bosch Training Center with six locations worldwide teaches skills and knowledge following proactive analysis of participants' needs. Bosch has many years of experience in the field of connected manufacturing and is able to draw on expertise as both a leading supplier and a leading exponent. Czock sees that as an advantage: “We also put this know-how to use in the skilled workers development program to give our associates the best possible preparation for their future jobs.”

Internet:
Bosch as an employer: www.bosch-career.com
Bosch on Industry 4.0: http://bit.ly/1FmwkxU

Background information:
Bosch is an expert on the internet of things: http://bit.ly/1QRpoQ1
Industry 4.0 in practice at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1JK7YWT
Bosch plans to hire around 12,000 new associates: http://bit.ly/1GBLeaX

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An entrepreneur and technology pioneer celebrates his birthday Professor Dr. Hermann Scholl turns 80 Formative influence on automotive technology

  • Bosch supervisory board chairman Fehrenbach: “Hermann Scholl played a crucial part in many strategic decisions at Bosch.”
  • 50 years in the service of Bosch, ten of them at the very top
  • Passion for engineering: triumph of automotive electronics
Stuttgart – Professor Dr. Hermann Scholl turns 80 this month. On June 21, 2015, the Bosch Group honorary chairman celebrates his birthday. For nearly half a century, Scholl, who has a PhD in electrical engineering, made a lasting mark on the development and success of the supplier of technology and services. Above all, Scholl’s name is associated with the triumph of automotive electronics. As early as the mid-1960s, Scholl played a decisive role in the development of electronic gasoline-injection systems. Later on, this was followed by such pioneering developments as electronic engine control and the life-saving ABS and ESP systems. Under Scholl’s leadership, Bosch became a globally leading automotive supplier. At the same time, he drove forward the diversification of the company with takeovers such as those of Mannesmann Rexroth AG and Buderus AG at the start of the new millennium. “With his entrepreneurial vision, Hermann Scholl played a crucial part in many strategic decisions at Bosch. He also drove the internationalization of Bosch forward, especially in Asia Pacific,” says Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the Bosch supervisory board and managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. Scholl, who started his Bosch career in 1962, became a member of the executive management in the automotive sector in 1973 and a member of the board of management in 1975. From 1993 to 2003, he was chairman of the board of management. Between 2003 and 2012, he was chairman of the supervisory board and managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. Since July 1, 2012, Scholl has been honorary chairman of the Bosch Group.

Pioneer of technological innovation
“For decades, Hermann Scholl repeatedly recognized the potential and opportunities offered by new technologies. Today’s cars jam-packed with technology would be inconceivable without the groundbreaking engineering work associated with Hermann Scholl’s name,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management. Right from the start of the 1960s, Scholl worked to bring electronics into the car. During that time, as an associate in automotive technology advance engineering, he designed a system for the electronic control of manual transmissions. Its modified successor system, adapted for automatic transmissions, is now the standard in all cars featuring such transmissions. The success of electronic gasoline-injection systems has continued unabated. In the mid-1960s, Scholl played a decisive part in developing this resource-conserving technology. Today, Bosch is a global leader for such systems. And with diesel direct injection, Bosch was a key enabler of the triumph of diesel passenger cars. The common-rail system, which was made ready for mass production under Scholl’s leadership at the end of the 1990s, is now the industry standard. Here again, Bosch is the global market leader. Other technological innovations include the first reliable ABS antilock braking system for passenger cars (1978) and the ESP antiskid system for passenger cars (1995). Countless times, the two systems have prevented road accidents and saved lives.

Strategic decisions – huge success
During his roughly ten years at the helm of the company, Scholl drove forward the internationalization and diversification of the company. The sales of the supplier of technology and services doubled from just under 17 billion to 36 billion euros, while the share of sales generated outside Germany rose from 49 to 71 percent. Headcount increased from 165,000 to more than 230,000. Above all, Scholl encouraged expansion in China, Korea, and Japan. With more than 50,000 associates and sales of 6.4 billion euros, China is now Bosch’s most important market outside Germany. Moreover, for nearly 15 years Scholl bore overall responsibility for what was then the Automotive Technology business sector (now Mobility Solutions), first in his role as a member of the board of management (from 1989) and later in combination with his duties as Bosch CEO. At the start of the 1990s, automotive technology accounted for nearly 50 percent of total sales. By the start of the new millennium, this had risen to more than 70 percent. To create a better balance among the business sectors and reduce dependence on automotive technology, Scholl used various acquisitions to strengthen the Industrial Technology and Consumer Goods business sectors, including Mannesmann Rexroth in 2001 and Buderus AG in 2003.

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Bosch CEO Denner at “Scrum Day” The fast track to success with agile product development White asparagus cultivation 2.0: Bosch creates new sensor solution in just three weeks

  • Name of the "scrum" process comes from rugby
  • Agile product development for greater speed and flexibility
  • Award from Tesla for especially rapid implementation of a project
Stuttgart, Germany – In the space of just three weeks, Bosch experts successfully developed a new connected sensor solution for white asparagus cultivation, which can be used to transmit information to smartphones about the temperature in the soil mounds in which the sought-after vegetable is grown. The sensor solution allows farmers to track temperature changes in detail, which helps ensure ideal growing conditions. The short development time was made possible through the use of agile processes. Bosch is increasingly applying methods normally used in software development for achieving fast results to product development as well. “Agile developments such as these make sense especially if the technology or solutions to be developed are not clear at the outset, or the demands made of a new product are going to change over time. These methods are making us faster and more flexible,” Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said on Tuesday at the largest German conference dedicated to agile development – “Scrum Day” in Filderstadt, Germany, just outside Stuttgart.

Agile and unconventional
The new sensor solution is just one example that demonstrates that the supplier of technology and services is becoming more agile in many areas, including product development. “With the help of new and unconventional methods, we are able to respond even better than before to new customer requirements and increasingly volatile markets,” said Denner, who is also responsible for corporate research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management. The scrum process is one of these new methods. It manages without detailed targets in many cases, though it quickly results in very good solutions. Some 300 experts are participating at a conference on this topic in Filderstadt, including Jeff Sutherland, who is one of the two creators of the scrum process.

Small teams, more responsibility
The term “scrum” comes from the sport of rugby, in which it denotes a pack of players that attempt to gain possession of the ball. When applied to the world of business, the concept stands for small teams that work with great focus and motivation to jointly develop a product. In the scrum process, teams assume more responsibility than they would normally and self-organize to a large extent. During periods known as sprints, they work towards achieving small intermediate goals and define the next steps. The teams work in especially close cooperation with customers and users, and feedback is given at very short intervals. Since the early 2000s, use of the scrum process has been growing. It first became popular in the IT world, and now it is growing more common in the development of hardware products. Developers from various Bosch divisions collaborated on the new sensor solution for white asparagus cultivation.

Example 1: The white asparagus project
White asparagus grows best at temperatures of between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. Among other methods, farmers can achieve this range by covering the soil mounds with plastic sheets, though they must take weather reports into account if they use these sheets. The Bosch solution consists of several temperature sensors. They are placed into the soil at different depths and record the temperature level. Cables relay the measured values to a small box, where the data is wirelessly transmitted to a cloud platform based on the Bosch IoT suite. From there, the data makes its way to an app on famers’ smartphones. “Once again, we have combined our expertise in sensor technology with our internet of things know-how,” Denner said.

Proving useful in the current season
Thanks to the agile approach, the white asparagus project was completed in just three weeks. During this time, the team members created the wireless connection, programmed the app, located farmers to partner with, and adapted the cloud, among other tasks. At the end of the three weeks, the first two systems were finished; another eight systems were ready just six days later. As a result, the farmers had smartphone access to information on the soil temperature and how it changes throughout the course of the day. The temperature-regulation system was immediately ready for use in fields during the 2015 white asparagus season. The agile development process was also dictated by Mother Nature herself, since the white asparagus season only lasts from April to June. The basic principle implemented in the Bosch solution can also be applied to cultivating other agricultural crops. Bosch is currently looking into industrializing and marketing the new system.

Example 2: Agile collaboration with partner Tesla
Agile development also proved useful in the company’s collaboration with Tesla, for whose electric vehicles Bosch supplies chassis and safety systems. Many of these components can be precisely adapted to the requirements of the respective vehicle and the desired handling. Together with Tesla, this adjustment, referred to as an application, was carried out within a short period of time. “This collaborative effort was well suited to the use of agile development methods. In recognition of the successful partnership, Bosch was presented with Tesla’s Excellent Development Partner Award in 2014. Once more, this proves that Bosch is able to adapt to a wide range of customer requirements, including those of new market players as well,” Denner said. Altogether, only half of the usual development time was needed for the application with Tesla.


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Bosch Packaging Technology growing faster than the market Prospects good thanks to high order intake

  • Sales in 2014 up by a nominal 6.3 percent to 1.18 billion euros
  • Order intake around 11 percent higher than in 2013
  • Connected industry and line competence constitute main growth drivers
Frankfurt/Waiblingen – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging solutions, remained on a growth path in 2014. The Bosch division’s sales revenue for the fiscal year increased by 70 million euros to around 1.18 billion euros, which corresponds to a nominal growth rate of 6.3 percent. This once again places the manufacturer of special-purpose machinery above the industry average of 4 percent, according to Germany’s VDMA industry association. Adjusted for currency effects the sales increased by 6.7 percent. The division’s order intake reached the record level of 1.23 billion euros, which is around 11 percent higher than in 2013. At the end of 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology employed a total of 6,100 associates at more than 30 locations around the world, which represents a year-on-year increase of around 7.7 percent. Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, expects to see further substantial growth in sales revenue in 2015.

Overall positive outlook for 2015
“The results achieved in the first four months of the current fiscal year give us every reason to be optimistic. Our proximity to customers and markets has enabled us to obtain a higher volume of orders compared with the previous year. This serves as the basis to reach our defined sales targets,” Klefenz said. The recent acquisition of Osgood Industries, a supplier of food packaging systems in the United States, and the establishment of a joint venture with Klenzaids, an Indian company specializing in processing, packaging, and cleanroom technology for the pharmaceutical industry, will be a contributory factor. The overall target is to grow significantly faster than the market, as Klefenz declared during a press conference at the Achema 2015 World Forum in Frankfurt.

Growth in Europe and North America, major projects in Central America
In 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology made moderate progress in the European market, and achieved high double-digit growth in North America. In the free trade zone created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the company benefited first and foremost from substantial orders placed by its customers in the food industry. Business with manufacturers of pharmaceutical products is also moving forward, with increasing demand for machines for the production, filling, and packaging of pharmaceutical products. Sales have also been developing well in Africa and the Middle East, with revenues rising by a percentage in the mid-single-digit range.

2014 was a year of mixed sentiments as regards the development of Bosch Packaging Technology’s business in Central and South America. On the one hand, the Pharma business unit reported a double-digit increase in sales to pharmaceutical companies in Central America, with further prospects for growth thanks to a major contract. This relates to a reference project in which Bosch designed, supplied, and installed special-purpose machines for an interlinked industry solution consisting of multiple production lines. Soon the customer’s new, ultramodern factory will be capable of producing and packaging over 450 liquid and solid pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, sales to customers in the food industry in Central and South America were lower than in 2013. This result is mainly due to the depressed economic situation in these regions.

Exceptionally slow developments in Asia
In 2014, progress was unexpectedly weak in the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, where Bosch Packaging Technology reported lower sales than in 2013. Nonetheless, the outlook for 2015 is positive, not least because the company has developed high-quality products to suit local needs. These machines are competitive in terms of both costs and functionality compared with similar machines offered by Asian companies. As a result, the volume of new orders in China has picked up in the first quarter of 2015, despite the slower economy. Bosch recently strengthened the presence of its Packaging Technology division in India by acquiring a 49-percent equity share in the Indian company Klenzaids. “This investment represents an important step forward in our efforts to gain a stronger foothold in this region,” Klefenz said. Klenzaids is best known as a manufacturer of cleanroom equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.

Strategy PA 2020: Expanding markets and business fields
The objective of the Bosch division’s “Strategy PA 2020”, presented last year, is to increase market share and expand the number of business areas. Although the growth regions of Asia did not develop as well as expected in 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology still aims to generate one third of its sales in this region by the year 2020. At present, Asia accounts for 23 percent of total sales. The company also aims to expand its business in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Bosch division currently has a presence in four countries on the African continent: Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. In Europe, which is still the division’s largest market, accounting for 43 percent of total sales, and in North America, which currently accounts for 25 percent of total sales, the company aims to grow faster than the market.

“In 2014, the two business units Pharma and Food generated roughly equal sales levels. We intend to keep things this way, with sales equally divided between the two units. They both offer great potential for growth. Within the food sector, our primary objective is to significantly increase sales of process and packaging technology for liquid food between now and 2020,” Klefenz said. Another area with considerable potential is the market for so-called consumables. One example in the field of food packaging is the use of aroma protection valves to preserve the full flavor of coffee. These valves allow gases to escape from the packaging without letting any oxygen in. In the field of packaging for pharmaceuticals, the application of single-use systems in filling machines for highly potent medicines enhances customer benefit, because they prevent the loss of active ingredients, reduce costs, and shorten processing times.

Connected industry and line competence
“Across all business units, connected industry and line competence are our two major growth drivers,” Klefenz declared. By interconnecting different stages of the manufacturing process on a broad scale, it becomes possible to optimize the integration of all links in the value chain and to assure and enhance the operating efficiency of the machines and the quality of the products. This gives rise to the associated benefit of greater production flexibility, for instance by enabling a wider range of products to be manufactured on a single production line. At the same time, the concept of connected industry is the key to improved service. For Bosch Packaging Technology, this means for example that it can provide prompt, efficient support to its customers via the Remote Service Portal. A secure data link is used to transmit the necessary data between the customer’s machines and the Bosch Remote Service Center.

Line competence means widening the focus from a single machine to the entire production line – enabling aspects such as material flow logistics and all upstream and downstream process steps to be taken into account. Bosch has already implemented many different projects based on integrated process and packaging lines, for example in Russia, North Africa, and the Americas. The lines in question handle both liquid and solid pharmaceuticals.

Packaging technology for a better quality of life
The Bosch exhibit at Achema 2015 (Hall 3, Booth C71) features five line solutions for the processing and packaging of therapeutic drugs used to treat patients suffering from diseases such as cancer and diabetes. “The message we wish to transmit to our customers, who have already invested years of effort to develop their pharmaceutical products, is that we always have their interests at heart when we design such complete solutions,” Klefenz said. He added, “It is and remains one of our key objectives to preserve the quality of medicinal products and thereby improve peoples’ quality of life. Innovative packaging technologies are one way of ensuring that drugs are delivered safely and without contamination, and that they can be administered as simply as possible.”

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Boosting agility on the job Bosch invests in the workplace of the future New software for 240,000 Bosch computers worldwide

  • Next-Generation Workplace: new IT solutions introduced
  • Online chat and video telephony aligned with associates’ personal social media habits
  • Deputy chairman Asenkerschbaumer: “State-of-the-art office software increases our agility and makes us more competitive”
Stuttgart – Bosch’s “Next-Generation Workplace” project marks the next milestone on the road to becoming a globally connected, agile company. This project will equip the technology and service provider’s 240,000 office workplaces worldwide with the latest office applications. The aim is to bolster the agility of how associates work by introducing a standard suite of user-friendly office and communications software. Incorporating the way associates use social media in their personal lives, the project introduces new communications tools such as video telephony and online chat. Associates will be able to access these tools using various devices such as notebooks or smartphones in the future – whether they are in the office, traveling, or working from home. By the end of 2015, the new office software will have been rolled out at 100,000 workplaces. “We are optimizing working conditions for our associates by giving them a state-of-the-art IT environment to operate in. IT infrastructure is a major factor in the company’s agility,” says Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the Bosch board of management, who has responsibility for information systems. “Mobile computer workplaces with high levels of user-friendliness strengthen flexible, efficient collaboration and increase our competitiveness.” In total, the company is investing some 800 million euros in this initiative over the next few years.

Office software reflects associates’ requirements
According to Asenkerschbaumer, the success of the “Next-Generation Workplace” project depends on widespread acceptance of the new IT solutions and additional communications options. That is why Bosch involved its associates at a very early stage in the project, in order to find out what they wanted, needed, and expected their computer workplace to offer in the future. “I’m used to chatting electronically with friends and family and using various social media channels to communicate in my private life. Now when I’m collaborating with colleagues, communication is just as intuitive. That makes me more productive – and my work more fun,” says Ee Von Lim, an accounting manager for Bosch in Singapore. She has been taking part in a “Next-Generation Workplace” pilot project for the past several weeks.

Standard, easy-to-use graphical interface
“Our associates have to be able to work together easily from any of our locations worldwide – both in and out of the office,” says Dr. Elmar Pritsch, the head of IT at Bosch. “That’s why we’re using a seamlessly integrated environment for our office software.” In the future, associates will be able to use a single program on their notebooks or smartphones for phone calls, video conferences, and online chat. It will also take them just a few mouse clicks to create and manage documents and work on them collectively. In combination with its existing Bosch Connect social business platform, the company is expecting to further reduce the volume of e-mails and make it even easier for associates to communicate. The new software package includes not just Microsoft’s Office 2013 suite but also the SharePoint platform for collaboration on documents, the Skype for Business communications program, and the OneNote digital note-taking application. This program turns the computer into a kind of note pad, making it easy to create and manage notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio. The “Next-Generation Workplace” is a long-term project for Bosch that aims to make efficient mobile working even easier for associates in the future.

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Bosch Sensortec: 10 years of MEMS sensors innovation From start-up to leading global supplier of MEMS sensors for consumer electronics

  • Innovation enabling new consumer electronics applications
  • Extending its product offering towards environmental and smart sensor systems
  • MEMS sensors are a key technology for the connected world
Ten years after its foundation as a start-up, Bosch Sensortec has achieved the position of the leading global provider of innovative MEMS-based sensors and solutions in the consumer electronics market. Its products enable new applications and innovative solutions across consumer electronics, as well as in areas such as wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Today, three out of four smart phones worldwide use Bosch Sensortec sensors. Bosch Sensortec is part of the Robert Bosch GmbH, the world-leading supplier of MEMS sensors, with 20 years of high volume MEMS production and a position at the forefront of MEMS innovation continuously driving miniaturization, intelligent sensor integration and the development of new measurands. Thanks to the success of Bosch Sensortec, 75 percent of all Bosch MEMS sensors are now used in consumer electronics.

Bosch Sensortec a pioneer for the CE market
Bosch Sensortec provides inertial motion sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, geomagnetic sensors and integrated combinations of these. In addition, Bosch Sensortec is the market leader in the environmental consumer sensor space, providing barometric pressure sensors, humidity sensors and – as announced recently – integrated indoor air quality sensors.

Bosch Sensortec also extends its product offering towards intelligent sensor system solutions. In one recent example, Bosch Sensortec has launched two new sensors with an integrated “Fuser Core” for sensor data fusion in Android smart phones and wearable devices. These new sensor hubs significantly reduce power consumption for always-on sensor applications such as fitness tracking, indoor navigation and gesture recognition, helping OEMs to be more competitive and improving the end user experience. Bosch Sensortec’s highly precise inertial sensors also facilitate upcoming advanced applications like virtual and augmented reality.

“Bosch’s unparalleled experience and skill in MEMS processing enable Bosch Sensortec to develop innovative products that differentiate us from our competitors,” said Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and General Manager, Bosch Sensortec. “Bosch Sensortec is a pioneer, successfully making the link between Bosch’s automotive heritage and the needs of the fast-moving consumer electronics world.”

Since 1995, Bosch has delivered more than 5 billion MEMS sensors, which have enabled consumers to lead convenient, efficient and secure lives. Currently, more than 4 million MEMS sensors per day are shipped from Bosch’s state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facility in Reutlingen, Germany.

The Bosch group provides sensors for a wide range of automotive and consumer electronics applications, as well as MEMS microphones from its Akustica subsidiary. It holds more than 1,000 patents and patent applications related to MEMS technology.

Statements from industry analysts
“Among the ten biggest MEMS companies, Bosch has become a real titan,” said Jean-Christophe Eloy, President & CEO, Yole Développement. “It is today the only MEMS company that is taking full manufacturing, engineering and commercial advantage of its positioning in dual markets, automotive and consumer. The creation of Bosch Sensortec in 2005 has provided the Bosch group with an incredible competitive advantage and has propelled the company to first place, with its total MEMS market size worth $1.2 billion, 50% higher than its closest competitor, and an incredible growth momentum.”

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“In 2005, Bosch created Bosch Sensortec to go after the consumer MEMS market. When Bosch became the top manufacturer of MEMS sensors and actuators in 2013, and making history in the process as the first company to reach $1 billion in market revenue, most of the growth came from Bosch Sensortec,” said Jérémie Bouchaud, Senior Director, MEMS & Sensors at IHS. “Bosch reinforced its leadership in the MEMS industry in 2014, where the company alone held 12% of the very fragmented MEMS market. It is clear that Bosch’s bet on consumer applications paid off as this segment accounted for a third of Bosch’s total MEMS revenue in 2014.”

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Expanding the company’s international presence Bosch focusing on growing market in Africa Branch office opened in Nigeria

  • Excellent growth potential in Nigeria, Africa’s largest and most populous economy
  • Bosch to have a presence in ten African countries by end of the year
  • Already 760 associates on the continent
Lagos, Nigeria – The Bosch Group is focusing on the growing African market and is continuing to expand its presence on the continent. The global supplier of technology and services has opened a new sales and service company in Lagos, Nigeria. “Africa offers great potential for our business,” said Uwe Raschke, a member of the Bosch board of management, at the official opening ceremony. “The economic forecasts for many African countries are very promising: the population is growing rapidly, the average age is low, and the purchasing power of the emerging middle class is rising.” This is particularly true for Nigeria, he added. With more than 170 million people, Nigeria is the continent’s most populous country and the largest African economy. “Our new sales office in Lagos gives us outstanding access to the western African market and allows us to better serve the growing demand for our products and services. The metropolis is the region’s economic hub and is developing extremely dynamically,” Raschke said.

More quality of life for a growing middle class
Bosch generated total sales of around 350 million euros in Africa in 2014 and currently employs 760 associates on the continent. Including the new branch office in Nigeria, the company will be represented in ten African countries by the end of 2015. “We have also had a local presence in Kenya, Angola, and Mozambique since last year. Now we are looking to further expand our presence in western and northern Africa. Just a few days ago, we announced a new Bosch branch office in Algeria, and we plan to officially open sales offices in Ghana and Tunisia before the end of the year,” said Markus Thill, the Bosch Group’s representative in Africa. “This will allow us to do an even better job of promoting our business in Africa. Our goal is to be closer to our customers and improve quality of life for the people in Africa on a lasting basis with our innovative products and solutions,” Thill added.

Cooperation for enhancing specialist knowledge at automotive workshops
In October 2014, Bosch signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian government’s National Automobile Council (NAC) to set up an alliance. The alliance aims to expand the automotive workshop network in Nigeria and enhance mechanics’ specialist knowledge. As the number of vehicles on Nigeria’s roads rises, so does the need for qualified repair and service workshops. Bosch and the NAC plan to offer technical training as well as innovative products and solutions in the areas of workshop equipment and diagnostic technology. “By way of this alliance, we hope to make a contribution to improving the technological expertise of local workers in the automotive industry. This will benefit both the Nigerian economy and our business in the country,” Thill said.

Bosch in Africa
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906. Today, the company is active in Africa with all four of its business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The focus of the company’s activities is currently South Africa, where there are two manufacturing sites, in Brits and Midrand. They primarily manufacture automotive components and assemble packaging machinery. Bosch’s representative offices in Egypt and Morocco are another important linchpin in northern Africa. Last year, Bosch entered the eastern African market by opening a branch office in Kenya, and also opened sales offices in Angola and Mozambique.

Bosch is committed to supporting young talent in sub-Saharan Africa and is the initiator of “Afrika kommt!”, a program for budding business leaders in sub-Saharan Africa that is sponsored by German industry. Since 2008, Bosch has been joined by a number of other companies in offering scholarships to African junior executives so that they can spend a year in Germany completing a professional training program. The goal of the program is to foster mutual exchange and learning between African executives and German companies.

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Green light from antitrust authorities: Bosch Packaging Technology collaborates with Klenzaids Expansion of activities within pharmaceutical sector

  • Bosch acquires 49 percent of shares
  • Joint venture to employ 380 associates
  • Klenzaids responsible for sales and service of pharmaceutical systems in India
Mumbai, India / Waiblingen, Germany. Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading global provider of process and packaging technology, and Klenzaids Contamination Controls Pvt Ltd. are now operating a joint venture. The relevant antitrust authorities have approved Bosch’s acquisition of 49 percent of Klenzaids shares. Headquartered in Mumbai, this Indian owner-managed company produces processing, packaging, and clean-room technology for the global pharmaceutical industry. The two partners’ aim in this joint venture is to extend their global reach, particularly in liquid pharmaceuticals and packaging machines for clean-room environments. The jointly run company will employ some 380 associates. Both product brands, Bosch and Klenzaids, will continue to exist.

Broader range of products and services for customers in India
The joint venture is being set up primarily to benefit Indian customers. Both companies will immediately be better placed particularly to meet customers’ growing need for complete lines from a single source: Klenzaids will contribute its expertise in clean-room and processing technologies as well as peripheral systems, and Bosch will contribute its strength in innovative filling technologies. Klenzaids provides customers in the private and public sectors not just with plants, systems, and accessories but also with turnkey solutions: buildings and equipment that a customer can use as soon as they are built or assembled to process and package its particular product. These solutions include laboratories with the highest protection class for use in the field of biosafety.

Strategic complement to the location in the state of Goa
Bosch Packaging Technology already has a presence in India through its location in Verna, in the state of Goa, where it has been developing, building, and selling vertical and horizontal flow wrapping machines for packaging food as well as filling and sealing machines for liquid pharmaceuticals since 2012. To date, Bosch Packaging Technology has sold over 1,500 packaging machines to leading brand companies in the food and pharmaceutical industries in India.

Klenzaids assumes responsibility for Bosch import sales and service
As a result of this approved partnership, starting July 1, 2015, Klenzaids will be expanding its business to include sales and service of imported Bosch systems for the pharmaceutical industry in India. Bosch associates who already work mostly out of Mumbai will transfer to Klenzaids headquarters. All other Bosch and Klenzaids sales and service experts will continue to serve Indian customers from their existing locations. The aim is to offer customers continuity in their points of contact while also enabling associates at both companies to pool their knowledge and experience.

Hamish Shahani is CEO
Hamish Shahani, managing director of Klenzaids for many years, has assumed the role of CEO for the joint venture. Hamish said: “In the future we will continue to aim for profitable growth, innovative strength, reliability, motivated associates, and cultural diversity. We will be able to pursue all these values even better together.” Shreedhar Anehosur, the JV’s COO, has worked at Bosch for the last 17 years. He played a major part in building up the Verna location in the state of Goa as the local engineering head.

Joint presence at Achema trade show in Frankfurt am Main
Bosch Packaging Technology generated sales of around 1.1 billion euros in 2013. In the same year, Klenzaids sales totaled some 6 million euros. Bosch will publish the figures for 2014 on June 15 at Achema, the leading trade show for pharmaceutical process technology, which is taking place June 15-19, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. The two partners will share a booth to engage with customers (Hall 3.1, Booth C71).

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Klenzaids Contamination Controls Private Limited, founded in 1978 and based in Mumbai, is a leading supplier of clean-rooms, pharmaceutical machinery, accessories and delivers regulatory compliant turnkey, "design-build” projects to the pharmaceutical and life-science industry. Additional services and training support the customers to comply to manufacturing techniques and practices under international regulatory norms. From its headquarter located in Mumbai with support centers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune and its manufacturing facilities at Umbergaon, South Gujarat, India, a team of 350 dedicated and experienced employees serve customers in India and in export markets such as United States of America, Canada, Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, and Italy.

Additional information is available online at www.klenzaids.com

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5,600 associates, the Packaging Technology division of Bosch is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact (on June 15, 2015, fiscal figures for 2014 will be published at trade show Achema in Frankfurt, Germany).

Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.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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Intersolar Europe 2015 (June 10-12) Smart Bosch solutions for efficient energy systems Intelligent networks for producing and storing electricity and heat

  • Connected energy solutions for industry, commerce, and households
  • Simple to operate and monitor with smartphone and tablet
  • Greater convenience, improved energy efficiency, lower costs
Stuttgart/Munich – At Intersolar Europe 2015 in Munich, Bosch is presenting connected solutions that help industry, commerce, and households produce and store energy in a smart and efficient way. These solutions enhance convenience for users while saving them energy and money. Bosch provides a broad range of technology and service solutions: solar inverters, storage solutions, connected heating systems and heat pumps, smart thermostats, and CHPs.

Connected energy solutions for private households
Bosch is showcasing a way to optimize the use of solar power in the home: an intelligently networked energy system comprising an inverter and heat pump and managed with the e.Control unit. The heat pump, which runs on surplus electricity, takes heat from the ambient air, water, or the ground and converts it into power for heating or hot water. This combination of electric and thermal energy helps alleviate pressure on the power grid. An e.Key data card enables the contactless installation of Bosch’s BPT-S string inverter – already certified for 12 countries –, making it easy to quickly get the solar energy system up and running. With the monitoring tools, users can call up and view the system’s performance online at any time.

Bosch launches the innovative software e.Designer enabling the intelligent connection of PV system with inverters and storage systems: the intuitive program allows users to configure and calculate PV systems with Bosch inverters and battery storage systems as well as thermal storage solutions such as heat pumps in an optimum way. Based on an extensive module and location data base the e.Designer offers the possibility of an exact economics calculation.

At Intersolar, Bosch will also be demonstrating the networking of distributed energy production facilities with electromobility infrastructures. A smart combination of solar energy systems and charging stations for e-vehicles allows users to optimize consumption of the energy generated and to cut costs.

Smart wireless thermostat with intuitive touch control
The Bosch-owned brand Junkers is showcasing the Junkers Control, a black glass thermostat in a modern design with intuitive touch control. It allows users to set their desired room temperature at home easily and conveniently via smartphone. The thermostat is wi-fi-enabled, simple to install, and even factors in weather data sourced from the internet when making adjustments. Its away mode recognizes when occupants have left the house and automatically switches the heating to energy-saving mode. The Junkers Control is compatible with many Junkers gas devices.

Junkers will also be presenting the Supraeco SAO-2, a web-enabled air/water heat pump. The IP gateway necessary for the pump to communicate with the internet is integrated as standard. This means the heat pump will be quick to install and operate easily and conveniently via smartphone or tablet. It can also actively cool rooms down. With its inverter technology, the heat pump not only automatically adjusts to the current heating requirement, it is also 11 percent more efficient than its predecessor. The unit has an output of 8 kilowatts and can, for example, provide up to 4.2 kilowatt hours of heat energy using 1 kilowatt hour of electricity at an outdoor temperature of 2 degrees Celsius. Owing to its reduced electricity consumption, the system produces less CO2, although the exact ratios depend on the energy mix used to operate the pump.

Efficient CHP plants are good for the environment and cut costs
Environmentally friendly power generated by decentralized facilities is the key to improving energy efficiency. Bosch is presenting efficient CHP plants that cut costs and help protect the environment: they perform just as well as separate electricity and heat generation facilities while consuming less gas. This also cuts CO2 emissions. Bosch’s compressed-air CHP plant helps reduce production costs for compressed air. The Master Energy Control (MEC) Remote by Bosch makes it possible to update the software, carry out remote diagnostics, and resolve malfunctions for CHP plants without a technician having to be on site.

Modular storage solutions for “green homes” and industry
Bosch’s modular storage solutions optimize energy consumption for energy-efficient residential properties by combining solar energy systems and CHP plants. The company designs, develops, and builds storage units that are customized to each particular application. The units come in a range of sizes, all the way up to megawatt-hour systems. In commercial sectors, these systems also include applications for providing grid services. Bosch tailors the storage solution’s capacity and electronics precisely to the customer’s requirements; for example, designing a system for the energy network of a housing complex. The smart control of the battery system makes it possible to load and discharge the battery particularly efficiently, thereby extending the life of the battery and making the system more economical to operate.

Bosch booth at Intersolar 2015: hall 3, booth B3.110

Videos:
Energy storage Braderup
Bosch combined heat and power plant footage
Smart home footage

More information online:
Bosch at Intersolar Europe 2015
Bosch in the final round of the Intersolar AWARD 2015 for Green Community Project
Efficient generation of process heat: ideal addition to CHPs
Bosch CHP systems
Bosch ORC systems
Bosch Energy Storage Solutions
Bosch supplies energy storage system for pioneering housing complex
How electricity storage can smooth the path toward alternative forms of energy
Smart wireless thermostat with intuitive touch control
Air/water heat pump Supraeco SAO-2

Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading European manufacturer of resource-efficient heating products and hot water solutions. In fiscal 2013, the company generated sales of 3.12 billion euros (66 percent outside Germany) and employed approx. 13,500 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.

Bosch Power Tec GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and was founded in January 2011. The business purpose is the development and sales of electronic power components for the use of renewable energies. The portfolio includes highly-efficient solar inverters, pre-fabricated inverter stations, system management solutions and pioneering electricity storage technologies. Extensive service and maintenance contracts for every product group enhance the Bosch Power Tec range.

Further information is available online at www.bosch-kwk.de.

Die Bosch Power Tec GmbH ist eine 100%ige Tochterfirma der Robert Bosch GmbH und wurde im Januar 2011 gegründet. Geschäftszweck ist die Entwicklung und der Vertrieb von leistungselektronischen Komponenten zur Nutzung von regenerativen Energien. Das Portfolio umfasst hocheffiziente Solarwechselrichter, vorkonfektionierte Wechselrichterstationen, Anlagenmanagement-Systemlösungen sowie zukunftsweisende Stromspeichertechnologien. Umfangreiche Service- und Wartungsverträge zu jeder Produktgruppe ergänzen das Angebot von Bosch Power Tec.

You can find more information at www.bosch-power-tec.de.

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 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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Bosch and Daimler automate parking: Mercedes with built in valet

  • Bosch and Daimler start pilot project for automating parking in a car park
  • Valet parking via Smartphone
  • Bosch, Daimler and car2go agree on a development cooperation
Stuttgart – What if in the near future cars could look for their spaces in a parking garage and return all by themselves by using a smartphone app? This is the goal of a joint pilot project, started by Bosch, Daimler and car2go, when signing the contract on June 8, 2015. The existing parking process will be revolutionized: It is not the customer who parks and searches for their car; the vehicle drives to a free space independently and drives up comfortably by itself again. Automated parking is made possible thanks to an intelligent infrastructure in the car park and a vehicle control unit from Bosch in conjunction with the newest generation of Mercedes-Benz on-board sensors and the car-sharing expertise of car2go. This enables automated maneuvering in appropriately equipped parking garages in the near future.

“Our customers are always the centre of attention and all of our actions are oriented towards them. In future the car will even go to them”, explains Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “In collaboration with our partner Bosch and our mobility service car2go we are developing and testing an infrastructure-based solution for a fully automated valet parking service. For us another step on our way to autonomous driving – or as in this case: towards autonomous parking!”

“Fully automated parking will be ready for mass-production before fully automated driving”, says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, the responsible Board Member of Bosch. “Low driving speeds and the information from the car park infrastructure enable a fast implementation.”

The scenario is conceivably simple: The smartphone is used to book a vehicle via car2go. As soon as the user is ready in the pick-up-zone of the car park, the car drives up independently and the ride can begin. Returning the car is just as comfortable. The customer parks it in the drop-zone of the car park and returns the car via their smartphone. The intelligent system of the car park registers the vehicle, starts it, and directs it to an assigned parking space.

Bosch is developing the necessary infrastructure for the car park, including parking space occupancy sensors, cameras and the communication technology. Furthermore, Bosch will account for the communication unit in the vehicle, which also controls the parking process and defines together with Daimler the interface with existing vehicle components. Daimler will adjust the sensor systems and the software in the car2go vehicles and enables future innovation leaps for the car-sharing model of car2go.

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Jörn Ebberg, + 49 711 811-26223, joern.ebberg@de.bosch.com

Daimler AG
Koert Groeneveld, + 49 711 17-92311, koert.groeneveld@daimler.com
Katharina Becker, + 49 711 17- 93271, katharina.becker@daimler.com

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Andreas Leo, +49 711 17-63259, andreas.leo@daimler.com
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Strengthening future viability Bosch plans to realign Starter Motors and Generators division

  • Quest for joint venture partner or buyer
  • Opening up additional growth potential
  • Further expanding international presence
Stuttgart – The Bosch Group plans to seek a partner for a joint venture or a buyer for its Starter Motors and Generators division. The company is convinced that this can further improve the division’s growth prospects in a market characterized by tough competition and cost pressure.

The division develops and manufactures starters and alternators for passenger cars and commercial vehicles which help reduce fuel consumption, for example as part of the start-stop system. It employs around 6,500 associates at 13 manufacturing sites and multiple sales locations worldwide.

“The Starter Motors and Generators division has successfully managed to transform itself over the past few years and is posting positive results. The division is well positioned internationally, and has technically and commercially competitive products that are very well received by our customers,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, the Bosch board of management member responsible for the Mobility Solutions business sector. “Nonetheless, in a market characterized by tough competition and cost pressure, the division has better growth prospects together with a partner or buyer.”

Securing long-term viability
Bosch is convinced that a partner or buyer can increase the division’s competitiveness and further stimulate growth. In recent years, the division has improved its competitiveness by making its structures simpler and more flexible, among other things. A partner or buyer may give these activities an additional boost, and further expand the division’s international presence. Furthermore, this may enable the division to tap into additional growth opportunities in those regions in which it does not yet have such a broad presence. Finding a partner or buyer for the Starter Motors and Generators division will make it possible for the Bosch Group to devote more attention to other strategic areas.

With products such as the start-stop system, highly efficient generators, and motors for the boost recuperation system, the division supplies modern technology for reducing fuel consumption. Collaboration with a partner or buyer will allow this technology to be used in the best possible way to open up additional growth potential.
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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (May 21, 2015) Bosch mobilizes 360,000 ambassadors of diversity and equal opportunity

  • Global day of action for associates strengthens intercultural dialogue
  • New pilot project in Germany for intergenerational learning
  • Christoph Kübel, Bosch director of industrial relations: “Placing value on diversity enhances social integration”
Stuttgart – Bosch is mobilizing its 360,000 associates worldwide as ambassadors of diversity and equal opportunity on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The supplier of technology and services intends to send a signal that emphasizes the value of similarities and differences between people in the world of work. To do so, Bosch is organizing its second international day of action for its associates on May 21, 2015. On Bosch Diversity Day, dialogue events and activities aimed at getting people involved at more than 200 locations are intended to shine a spotlight on the role diversity plays in achieving excellence. Bosch sees teams encompassing different ages, nationalities, genders, and ways of working as a driver of its innovative strength. Each year, the group applies for thousands of patents worldwide.

Strengthening diversity – with ambassadors in 60 countries
“The benefits companies reap from diversity should also provide incentive for improving social integration around the world,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, explaining the campaign to mark the day. “The fact that our associates work with people of other nationalities means that they are well-versed in intercultural dialogue in their private lives as well. As ambassadors of diversity and equal opportunity, our associates in around 60 countries worldwide make a contribution to a society of mutual esteem and respect.” In particular, the promotion of equal opportunities for men and women, the integration of foreigners, and the acceptance of older workers are important for civil society, he adds. The UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was instigated in 2001. Among its objectives is to foster peaceful coexistence between diverse people and sections of society.

Diversity management fosters excellence
Diversity is an integral part of the corporate culture at Bosch. It consists of the four dimensions age, gender, nationality, and working culture. “Our customers expect excellence and fascinating products from us,” says Heidi Stock, who is in charge of global diversity management at Bosch. “We achieve this through a working atmosphere that respects and values different perspectives and encourages and harnesses diversity. This allows our associates to achieve better results, especially in international cooperation.” Mixed teams help solve demanding challenges in an increasingly connected world. For example, associates from different areas came up with the idea of using a lambda sensor from automotive technology in an oven. As a result, a sensor measures moisture levels and informs users by app when their cake is finished baking.

“Intergenerational tandem”: new pilot project in Germany
Partly as a result of demographic change, working in mixed-age teams is a major topic in Europe where diversity management is concerned. In Germany, Bosch has launched a new pilot project that allows younger associates to learn from older associates – and vice versa. An “intergenerational tandem” brings two associates who are at least ten years apart in age together on a voluntary basis. At regular intervals, they exchange knowledge and experiences from their day-to-day work, offer each other advice, and take a conscious look at things from a different perspective. “We want to further connect our associates across generations and show that everyone can learn from each other,” Stock says.

“We are Bosch”: diversity as corporate value
Diversity has more than just strategic importance at Bosch. The appreciation of different mindsets, life models, and experiences is a reflection of the company’s values-based culture. These corporate values form the basis of the company’s recently-revised “We are Bosch” mission statement. Straightforward and compact, the mission statement expresses how Bosch sees itself as a company.

Background information:
Diversity management at Bosch – five questions for Heidi Stock: http://bit.ly/SSDxoR
Diversity management at Bosch – fact sheet: http://bit.ly/1ILChdr

Internet:
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: http://bit.ly/1EdP6XG
Bosch as an employer: http://bit.ly/1kuDdrM
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1q8kzGS
“We are Bosch” corporate mission statement: www.wearebosch.com

Video:
Diversity in practice at Bosch: https://youtu.be/eA-gKcZY2gc
Winson Wang (USA) on diversity at Bosch: http://youtu.be/mGx6RcwCDp4
Annette Borger (Germany) on diversity at Bosch: http://youtu.be/rvkcTVmwxLY
Noriko Morikawa (Japan) on diversity at Bosch: http://youtu.be/EsE1n-26HB8
Florian Bankoley (Germany) on diversity at Bosch: http://youtu.be/L852ChMVRrs
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Expertise in innovative drive technology An electrifying combination: hybrid technology from Porsche and Bosch

Stuttgart – With the 918 Spyder, the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Porsche was the first car manufacturer in the world to offer three plug-in hybrid models. Among the suppliers Porsche relies on for the innovative drive system is Bosch. The possibilities offered by the combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor will impressively be demonstrated by the Porsche hybrid vehicles at the 62nd International Automotive Press Briefing at the Boxberg test track, starting May 19.

"We promised to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance with the 918 Spyder. We kept our word, and in so doing repositioned hybrid technology", says Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board – Research and Development at Porsche AG. The Porsche 918 Spyder1) was the first globally road-legal car to complete the 20.6 kilometre lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes. At exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, this super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive beat the existing record by 14 seconds. Porsche also integrated the knowledge gained from the develop-ment of the technology demonstrator into the electrification of the rest of its model range. The Panamera S E-Hybrid2) and Cayenne S E-Hybrid3) round off the product range and make Porsche the global market leader for hybrid cars in the premium segment.

"Porsche and Bosch have teamed up to bring electrification to electrifying sports cars together. Electricity gives added driving pleasure and efficiency", says Dr. Rolf Bulander, Chairman of the Business Sector Mobility Solutions at Bosch. For the three plug-in models made by Porsche, Bosch supplies the power electronics, the battery pack, the electric motors for the Cayenne and Panamera and the electric motor installed on the front axle of the 918 Spyder.

918 Spyder: a unique combination of performance and efficiency
The project definition for the 918 Spyder's development team was to build the super sports car for the next decade with a highly efficient and high performance hybrid drive. The completely new development, which logically started from scratch on a blank piece of paper, allows a new concept without having to make any concessions. The whole car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder thus highlights the potential of hybrid drives, i.e. the simultaneous increase in efficiency and performance, without one coming at the expense of the other. Thanks to the SMG 180/120 electric motor developed by Bosch, the Porsche 918 Spyder has an additional 210 kW (286 hp) of driving power. The electric motor on the front axle of the 918 Spyder delivers a torque of 210 Nm right from the start, while the motor on the rear axle delivers 375 Nm. The result is a total system output of 652 kW (887 hp) with a maximum torque of up to 1,280 Nm, allowing the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds. The super sports car's fuel consumption, on the other hand, is an amazing 3.1 litres per 100 km, making it more efficient in the NEDC test than most of today's small cars.

Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid: fuel consumption of a small car
The driving experience of a sports car combined with the consumption of a small car – the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Panamera S E-Hybrid prove that these two are not contradictory to each other. The world's first plug-in hybrid amongst the premium SUVs with a system output of 306 kW (416 hp) achieves an NEDC fuel consumption of just 3.4 l/100 km. The plug-in hybrid model of the Porsche Gran Turismo, which also has a system output of 306 kW (416 hp) stands out thanks to its weight advantage, rear-wheel drive and low drag, giving it a fuel consumption of just 3.1 l/100 km.

In the plug-in hybrid models of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera, Bosch's IMG-300 electric motor provides additional electrical propulsion. It gives a boost of up to 310 Nm of additional torque and provides 70 kW (95 hp) of additional power. The central interface between the electric motor and the battery is the INVCON 2.3 module made by Bosch. The power electronics are the control centre of the electric powertrain, because the system converts the direct current stored as energy in the battery into three-phase alternating current for the electric motor and vice versa. The traction battery stores the electricity in the powertrain. It is made up of prismatic cells with an energy capacity of 9.4 kilowatt hours in the Panamera S E-Hybrid and 10.8 kilowatt hours in the Cayenne S E-Hybrid that can be fully charged from a normal household power socket in less than four hours. Using a high current power supply, the charging time is almost halved to a good two hours.


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1) Porsche 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption 3.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 72-70 g/km; combined electricity consumption 12.7 kWh/100 km; efficiency class: A+

2) Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 3.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 71 g/km; combined electricity consumption 16.2 kWh/100 km; efficiency class: A+

3) Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 3.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 79 g/km; combined electricity consumption 20.8 kWh/100 km; efficiency class: A+
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A tailored approach to development services Bosch Engineering reaches 2,000 associates

  • Engineering services for everything from sports cars to trams
  • From start-up to international company in 16 years
  • Software expertise secures market success
Abstatt, Germany – Bosch Engineering Group, the Bosch Group’s provider of engineering services, now employs 2,000 associates. The system and software development company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and develops tailored electronics systems and software for small-scale production – from high-performance sports cars to snowmobiles and trams. As Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering, explains: “There’s nothing standard about our products – our customers get a tailored package of services and software every time. Each year, we complete 800 customer projects, developing individualized electronics systems that cater fully to our customers’ wishes and requirements.” When the company was founded in 1999, it had just 13 associates; on May 1, 2015, the company welcomed its 2,000th. And given the range of electrification, connectivity, and vehicle automation technologies on offer, and the call for large-scale automotive series production technology in off-highway, rail, and recreational vehicles, the company is expected to keep on growing in the future.

Customized digital solutions
Bosch Engineering’s success can be attributed to an inspired business model in which it supplies tailored solutions to various target groups: big automotive manufacturers looking for help developing and calibrating software for their expanding range of vehicle models; small, exclusive automakers looking for unique functionalities; and, increasingly, to other sectors of industry seeking to employ automotive technology. “Our development services are the digital equivalent of a tailored suit. We select components and systems from the Bosch Group’s extensive product range, adapt the software to our customer’s individual needs, and develop new functionalities. Only when the software fits perfectly and the customer is happy can we declare our job done,” says Bihr. It has proved a recipe for success. Each year, Bosch Engineering develops new vehicle dynamics functions for high-performance sports cars as well as engine management solutions for exclusive, small-batch production vehicles – from powerful 12-cylinder engines to fuel-efficient hybrid sedans.

From excavators to sports cars, snowmobiles to trams
Bosch Engineering started out with development services for luxury vehicles, studies, and special editions of series models; since then it has expanded its range of services to encompass commercial vehicles, off-highway applications, rail, recreational vehicles, boats, and even industrial applications. Already, 10 percent of the company’s sales are generated by customer projects such as developing a collision warning system for trams and light rail, or a control unit for fuel cell systems that can be used in airport baggage transporters. Bosch Engineering also possesses cutting-edge test facilities at its location in Abstatt and pools the Bosch Group’s motorsport activities. With this sort of diversity, it’s no wonder that the development specialist completes more than 800 different customer projects each year. “Bosch Engineering is your expert for anything mobile – from excavators to aircraft, from a single cylinder to twenty-four,” says Bihr of the company’s extensive activities.

Quick, flexible, and creative
Bosch Engineering’s primary asset is its 2,000 associates, who work in interdisciplinary teams with significant entrepreneurial freedom. The company employs an increasing number of academics with IT expertise alongside mechanical and electrical engineers. Bihr explains how this blend contributes to the company’s success: “Our associates understand system relationships across boundaries – for instance, how a hybrid powertrain affects driving dynamics. Our work is often not just about optimizing a single system within the vehicle, but about looking at the overall performance to get the best possible result for our customers.”

From 13 to 2,000
When it was founded in 1999, the company had just 13 associates. The 100th associate joined in 2000, the 500th at the end of 2003, and the company surpassed the 1,000 mark in May 2008. Bosch Engineering is now one of the leading providers of engineering and development services to the automotive industry, employing 2,000 associates across 14 locations in nine different countries, including Japan, North America, France, Austria, China, Brazil, Italy, and the UK. Most of the associates are located in Germany, with 1,650 working at the Bosch development center at company headquarters in Abstatt near Stuttgart, or else at one of the other German locations in Holzkirchen, Ingolstadt, Weissach, or Braunschweig.

Additional information:
Bosch compact on Bosch Engineering

Video links:
Hybrid concept: http://bit.ly/1FPLc98
Vehicle system connectivity: http://bit.ly/15QrAqQ
Integrated vehicle dynamics control: http://bit.ly/1I3PkpZ
Collision warning system for trams and light rail: http://bit.ly/1FPLKMq
Bosch Engineering footage: http://bit.ly/1BgNnoq
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Bosch at the International Vienna Motor Symposium 2015 Electrification and internet in the car: how Bosch is linking new technologies to gasoline and diesel

  • Gasoline engines: 350 bar for direct injection
  • Diesel engines: 48-volt hybrid to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions
  • Dr. Rolf Bulander: “Bits and bytes are making cars more efficient”
Paper for download: Dr. Rolf Bulander - Powertrain optimization using
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Lawmakers have mandated economical, low-emission vehicles. Car buyers want vehicles that are safe and that offer more convenience and engine performance. At the International Vienna Motor Symposium 2015, Bosch presented numerous innovations that meet all of these requirements. “Bosch technology is making cars more efficient, more convenient, and more fun to drive,” said Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector. All three aspects come together in the Bosch boost recuperation system. In the New European Driving Cycle, the 48-volt hybrid can cut CO2 emissions by 7 percent (based on compact class). Thanks to its electric-supported coasting, the car offers a smoother ride and can deliver up to 150 Nm more torque on demand.

Connected electronic horizon: efficiency thanks to real-time data
Innovative advances will transform automotive powertrains over the next few years. “Electrification and connectivity will give a further boost to gasoline and diesel engines,” predicted Bulander. “Bits and bytes are making cars more efficient.” Electrified vehicles stand to gain tremendous benefits from connectivity. They are safer, more efficient, and more fun to drive. One example of how this works is the connected electronic horizon. In the future, this Bosch technology will supply essential traffic information about construction sites, traffic jams, and accidents in real time. From this basis, it will be possible to further improve existing functions such as start-stop coasting. At the same time, plug-in hybrids can use the system to implement a predictive operating strategy. Such technologies can cut CO2 emissions by a double-digit percentage.

Even after 2020, the vast majority of new cars will be powered by fossil fuels
In his presentation, Bulander reaffirmed that internal-combustion engines will remain the basis of efficient mobility. Even ten years from now, the vast majority of new vehicles worldwide will be powered by fossil fuels. Europe, the U.S., and China will raise the legal requirements for engine efficiency still further over that same period. Starting in 2021, the average new car in the EU will have an emissions cap of 95 g of CO2 per kilometer. Based on the current situation, advances in engine design should make it possible to achieve these values. The CO2 emissions for a gasoline engine in the subcompact class can be reduced to 85 g per kilometer, and for a diesel engine, that figure can be even lower than 70 g per kilometer. Enhanced aerodynamics and reduced rolling friction could once again lead to further improvements. Vehicles in the premium class and SUVs will need additional electrification.

Engineering turns its attention to real driving emissions
In addition to current emission regulations, engineers are increasingly focusing on real driving emissions. The European Union is discussing whether to introduce real driving emission tests starting in 2017. This measuring method for diesel cars concentrates primarily on the emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide in real-life driving situations. For cars with gasoline direct injection, the focus is on the level of particulates emitted. A number of vehicles currently in production already expel an extremely low amount of emissions – for example, during rapid acceleration or at high speeds. Now it’s time to drive the spread of this capability and develop cost-effective technologies that will ensure compliance, whatever the driving conditions. Bosch presented several approaches at the International Vienna Motor Symposium that support this endeavor. Bulander put special emphasis on interlinking the domains of electrification, automation, and connectivity: “Bosch pools these aspects in the vehicle and creates ideal systems,” he said.

One example of this approach is the innovative direct injection system with laser-drilled spray holes in gasoline engines. The holes’ precise edges swirl the fuel in the combustion chamber in such a way that it burns extremely efficiently. Increasing the injection pressure from 200 to 350 bar cuts particulate emissions to an even greater extent – especially under high load points and dynamic engine operation. Bosch debuted this refined version of its gasoline direct injection system at the Vienna Motor Symposium.

In diesel engines, electrification reduces nitrogen oxide emissions right in the engine, making exhaust gas treatment still more efficient. Bulander demonstrated this by presenting Bosch’s new 48-volt boost recuperation system. Through the judicious application of boosts, the system can markedly reduce untreated nitrogen oxide emissions, especially at high loads or when the car is accelerating. The crucial factor here is that this effect cuts emissions directly at the point of combustion by up to 20 percent. This has the effect of significantly lowering exhaust pipe emissions: Bosch believes the system could allow the storage catalytic converter to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80 percent. Electrification will also increase the level of efficiency for urea-based systems as well (SCR catalytic converters). These exhaust gas treatment applications consume much less AdBlue, which means the fluid doesn’t need to be refilled as often.
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Trade fair: transport logistic 2015 Bosch brings freight trains to the internet Condition monitoring and data transfer system for rail freight transportation

  • Connectivity: a way to optimize logistics processes and cut transportation costs
  • Connected freight cars make transportation faster and more efficient
  • Large-scale automotive series production technology for rail freight
  • Practical tests under way at Switzerland’s SBB Cargo and others
Abstatt / Munich – Bosch is making freight cars intelligent and connecting them to the internet. The technology supplier has developed a new condition monitoring system for rail freight transportation and will be presenting it to the public for the first time at transport logistic in Munich, the mobility and logistics trade fair taking place May 5-8, 2015. The hardware attached to the railcars as part of the system is from Bosch large-scale automotive series production. Sensors supply data such as the precise position of a railcar, or the temperature in the storage area. This data is transferred to a server and evaluated. “With our system, a freight train becomes a digital and intelligent mode of transportation. In this way, we help trains get to their destinations faster and more efficiently, and we also cut transportation costs,” says Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering Group. The first freight cars – for example, those at SBB Cargo in Switzerland – were equipped with the system in February 2015, and now its diverse functions are being tested and refined in fleet operations. Bosch engineers can use the data collected to perfect the system as it heads into series production at the end of 2015.

Networked technology for efficient logistics
Germany’s almost 40,000 kilometers of railway track moved about 374 million metric tons in 2013, mostly heavy freight such as steel, gravel, and coal. And these figures are going up all the time. Freight trains are also the means of choice for transporting cars to major seaports. However, today’s freight cars don’t have their own energy supply or their own sensors. This is because any technology used on trains has to be particularly robust and simple, due to the high demands placed on it in terms of vibration, temperature, dirt, and moisture. To make the freight cars part of a connected logistics chain, Bosch will equip them with an intelligent condition monitoring system. “We are making freight cars part of the internet. This is how we can help increase the transparency of the logistics chains linking rails, roads, and waterways and make the increased volume of freight transportation easier to manage,” explains Bihr.

Digital functions open up new possibilities
The new system gathers a considerable amount of information while the train is in motion and transmits it to a server. With this system, Bosch is creating digital functions that add value. Thanks to the transmitted GPS position of each railcar, customers always know where their goods are. They can use the data to determine their location more precisely, for example, or to show how noise-differentiated track access charges were calculated. Temperature sensors provide valuable information about conditions during transport, such as maintaining the cold chain. Networked freight cars recognize vibrations, like those incurred by shunting, which can damage the railcar, the freight, or both. Once the digital information is integrated into IT systems to control logistics processes, dispatchers can better schedule freight cars and use their capacity more efficiently. What’s more, train information is produced automatically and business processes are automated. The system also records how many kilometers the railcar has traveled in order to better predict and carry out maintenance, depending on distance traveled and the railcar’s condition.

One-stop provider of hardware and software
Weighing just 700 grams, the system consists of compact hardware from Bosch’s large-scale automotive series production. It features numerous integrated and attached sensors for temperature, vibrations, and more. An integrated data transmission connects the system to the internet. Data is transmitted to servers to be evaluated, presented in a data portal, and integrated into the customer’s business processes. Because it was developed as a retrofit solution for existing freight railcar fleets, the system has its own autonomous energy supply in the form of an integrated battery with a lifetime of up to six years. However, it can also be installed as original equipment while the freight car is still in production.

Development partner for the rail industry
Bosch Engineering offers comprehensive systems and components tailored to customers’ needs in the areas of speed sensing, environment sensing, train-driver assistance systems, engine management, and exhaust treatment for rail vehicles. The Bosch subsidiary’s specialists make full use of Bosch’s development expertise and proven large-scale series production technology. For each of the functions, the engineers develop the design to match specific applications and specific customers, adapt the sensor software accordingly, and offer support during the entire system’s testing and approval phase. Employing radar technology in rail vehicles makes it possible to implement functions such as determination of ground speed and detection of overhead lines. Bosch Engineering also offers rail powertrain development services for engine management and exhaust treatment. These systems and components increase safety and make it possible to reduce operating costs while achieving better performance with low emissions.

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Generator technology Bosch eco-innovations: fine-tuning for the CO2 fleet target

  • EU recognizes two new Bosch generator technologies as eco-innovations
  • Three Bosch eco-innovations – no other supplier offers more
  • Highly efficient generators reduce CO2 emissions
Lawmakers have mandated economical, low-emission vehicles, but drivers are looking for fun, not just efficiency. Now Bosch has shown that these two goals can be reconciled thanks to their latest eco-innovations. Generators with high-efficiency diodes (HEDs) and synchronous active rectification (SAR) have now been officially recognized by the EU. These technologically advanced components make vehicles more efficient and more economical, so they are able to meet the European Commission’s strict CO2 targets. European regulations set an average emissions limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer for new vehicles starting in 2021. That equates to fuel consumption of just over 4 liters per 100 kilometers. In 2013, average CO2 emissions from new vehicles were still 132.9 grams per kilometer.

With the “eco-innovation” label, the EU recognizes particularly eco-friendly technologies. Vehicle manufacturers can have these technologies count as CO2 credits toward calculating their fleet fuel economy figures. The maximum permissible credit is seven grams per kilometer. Bosch is the only supplier already offering three EU-recognized eco-innovations: a navigation-based battery management system for hybrid vehicles plus the two new generator technologies.

“Bosch is improving every aspect of the internal-combustion engine,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. The new generators are a case in point: thanks to their excellent efficiency, the HED and SAR generators alone reduce CO2 emissions by one to two grams. At the same time, they provide more electrical power than standard generators when starting and at low engine speeds.

High efficiency reduces emissions
Generators are the power stations on board every vehicle. They reliably provide power to the safety, convenience, assistance, and injection systems as well as to engine management. They also recharge the car battery. To do this, generators convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The higher the generator’s efficiency, the lower the vehicle’s fuel consumption and hence its CO2 emissions. To increase the efficiency, Bosch engineers took a close look at numerous generator details and made improvements, especially in the area of losses arising from rectification of the alternating current generated.

The high-efficiency diodes developed in-house reduce the generator’s CO2 emissions by up to 1.3 grams per kilometer. In addition, compared to standard generators, this efficient version delivers five to seven amperes more at low engine speeds. That is particularly important, since on-board power consumers need a reliable power supply even at low revs. The generator with synchronous active rectification even offers some ten amperes more than normal generators, reducing CO2 emissions by up to two grams per kilometer. With this technology, the diodes are replaced by high-performance transistors. Both generator versions are highly efficient and help make the vehicle more eco-friendly – something the EU has confirmed by recognizing them as eco-innovations.
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Hannover Trade Fair 2015 Bosch showcases versatile Industry 4.0 solutions Connected Shopfloor Solutions, hall 17, booth C42

  • Effective human-machine interaction in the manufacturing process
  • APAS family production assistants for flexible production
  • OPCON automation system for managing the entire production and logistics chain
  • Bosch both a lead user and lead provider in Industry 4.0
Hannover – At the Hannover Trade Fair, Bosch will be showcasing powerful concepts for a flexible and connected factory. This involves connecting software and hardware in an intelligent way so as to sustainably optimize the interplay of processes, machines, and people (Connected Shopfloor Solutions). It is an endeavor supported by mobile production assistants that work directly alongside people without the need for special safety guards. Modular automation systems make it possible to examine production processes in detail, visualize them, and so retain control at all times. Intelligent sensor systems join with innovative diagnostics solutions and operating concepts that draw on 3D visualization and augmented reality to help speed up reaction times and boost productivity.

Solutions that are benefiting Bosch today
Most of the solutions on display are already being put to good use within the Bosch Group, or else are currently undergoing testing. It is a testament to the international technology and service provider’s prominent dual role in Industry 4.0 as both a lead user and a lead provider. “At our booth, users can see for themselves how new solutions that focus on the user are making Industry 4.0 a reality,” says Volker Hartmann, Deputy Vice President Business Unit Assembly Systems and Special Machinery. “What’s been key is the overarching collaboration among various Bosch divisions. This is what allows us to develop the forward-looking solutions we use to improve efficiency in the production process. In so doing, we also lend our support to cross-sector trends such as individualization of products and shortened product lifecycles.”

APAS family: mobile production assistants for the factory of the future
A good example of this sort of solution is the APAS family of mobile production assistants, which Bosch developed specifically for Industry 4.0. All three of the production assistants on show in Hannover share a standardized operating concept and come with connectivity options that allow them to be employed anywhere, either on their own or in combination. What’s more, the new Remote Service Manager by Bosch Software Innovations will now allow APAS service technicians to complete installation, diagnostic, and maintenance work remotely – saving both time and money.

Integrated safety technology
APAS inspector is a mobile testing device for visual inspections equipped with a high-definition, high-speed camera and innovative 3D technology. Thanks to its exchangeable inspection modules, the APAS inspector can be used in all sorts of production scenarios, for instance highly delicate surface inspections or completeness checks. APAS flexpress is a mobile production assistant that allows for highly flexible and highly accurate assembly. Integrated safety technology ensures that human and machine work smoothly together. The same goes for the APAS assistant. It was the first assistance system certified by the German occupational health and safety agency and can work directly alongside people without the need for safety guards thanks to a special sensor skin interface. Visitors to the fair in Hannover will be able to see exactly how it works at the APAS coffee bar, where an APAS assistant will be preparing their coffee.

Intelligent sensor devices monitor critical processes in real time
People and machines will receive support across the entire production and logistics chain through the integration of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions’ intelligent sensor devices. While the APAS assistant is placing the product with precision into the freight packaging designed for the purpose, a special app visualizes the motion and positioning on a monitor. Integrated sensors facilitate monitoring of the shipping process. Critical incidents such as unexpected opening of the package are registered by a light sensor and immediately reported to the person responsible, so they can undertake appropriate measures.

Comprehensive Shopfloor Management with the OPCON suite
The OPCON suite guarantees maximum transparency and flexibility across the entire value added chain with its IT Shopfloor Solutions. It is a modular, scalable automation system that allows you to manage production and quality data throughout, as well as logistics processes. “For over 15 years now, we’ve been steadily refining the OPCON system within the Bosch Group, and we use it to control hundreds of production plants worldwide,” says Hartmann. This year’s fair in Hannover will be the first time that OPCON will be showcased to members of the expert public and presented for use outside of the Bosch Group. The centerpiece is the Shopfloor Management module, which provides transparency across the entire value added chain via a broad range of software modules, allowing it to connect machines and analyze real-time production data. There are also intuitive graphical modeling tools from the Group’s own software and systems unit, Bosch Software Innovations, that enable specialist users to define rules without the need for programming knowledge. These rules allow critical system events to be identified automatically and suitable measures taken.

New user interfaces: 3D visualization and augmented reality
In connected manufacturing, specialists are supported by new visualization applications that give them a constant and comprehensive overview of all the production steps and processes. Once more, this is an area in which connectivity and intelligent interplay of hardware and software play a decisive role. Thanks to a collaboration with Fraunhofer IGD institute in Rostock, visitors in Hannover will be able to see a 3D visualization of a production process in its entirety – monitored and managed via a big touch screen. Changing the production sequence, for instance, is a simple case of swiping the screen.

To pin down production errors quickly, new augmented reality tools have been introduced as a supplement to conventional user interfaces and diagnostics concepts. This involves affixing a QR code to the system in question, and then scanning the code to call up additional diagnostic and status information on tablet complete with spatial mapping. This capacity extends all the way to taking a look at the inside of a device without the need to open it.
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Bosch transmission control units Transmission basics How a dual-clutch automatic functions and how much processing power is necessary for modern transmission control

Customer benefit: Compared to manual transmissions, modern automatic transmissions enhance driving comfort and also save on fuel, which is because they independently determine the point at which the engine runs most efficiently. In series-produced vehicles, there are now up to nine gears to choose from.

High-tech: Modern transmissions are equipped with a great deal of digital intelligence so that they are always capable of identifying the engine’s ideal operating point. Bosch supplies the control units, sensors, and solenoid valves for all major types of transmissions. The control unit is a high-tech miniature computer that enables the complex operation of different types of automatic transmissions. The processing capacity of a modern transmission control unit is an incredible 160 times more powerful than that of the computer used for the first lunar flight.

A wide range of automatic transmissions featuring Bosch controls
Traditional automatic: The tried-and-tested transmission shifts automatically using programs stored in the control unit. In many cars, the driver also has the option of shifting to another gear with switches on the steering wheel, which prevents shifting errors. The traditional automatic often has six gears, though some ultra-efficient versions now feature up to nine gears.

Automated manual transmission: This type of transmission combines the best of an automatic and manual transmission. It offers the comfort and convenience of an automatic with the individual control of a manual transmission. The clutch remains open when idle and only uses energy when being closed. This transmission therefore also saves fuel, reducing CO2 emissions in the process.

Dual-clutch transmission: This particular model actually comprises two separate transmissions. One is used for the even gear set and the other for the odd. Two clutches shift back and forth between both transmissions within a split second, allowing for especially swift gear changes. The complex coordination in a dual-clutch transmission is only made possible by a sophisticated transmission control system with powerful processing such as that offered by Bosch.

CVT: CVT (continuously variable transmission) is an automatic without any fixed shifting point, which completely eliminates shifting response delays. As a result, the driver can accelerate without any interruption as the driving force is available at all times. The vehicle does not have to shift back and forth between fixed shifting points – a feature that provides extra driving comfort, especially when going up an incline. CVT is widespread in Asia and North America.

eClutch: The Bosch eClutch introduces the comfort of an automatic to a manual transmission in a cost-effective way. Thanks to this innovative technology, drivers can go into first gear simply by stepping on the gas pedal. The eClutch automates the clutch only, not the transmission. The clutch pedal transmits an electric signal to an actuator, which decouples the clutch. This affordable alternative to a fully automatic transmission is especially useful for drivers of compact cars that frequently find themselves in stop-and-go traffic within urban settings. The eClutch also represents an appealing option for drivers in emerging markets.

The future of transmission technology at Bosch
Coasting: Thanks to the eClutch, manual transmissions can also benefit from the fuel-saving coasting function, which is otherwise only possible with modern automatic transmissions. Coasting expands on the well-known start-stop function and enables additional fuel savings of up to ten percent. When this function is used, the engine not only switches off at traffic lights, but also while the vehicle is moving.

Electronic horizon: Bosch is driving forward connecting transmissions with the latest available navigation information. Navigation systems know the lay of the land and can transmit this data to the automatic transmission, which, in turn, can shift into neutral and use the residual momentum if city limits are coming up after a long bend, for example. This even more intelligent automatic transmission with electronic horizon can provide additional double-digit fuel savings.
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Wide range of career opportunities Bosch plans to recruit some 12,000 new associates Exciting challenges for software developers

  • New hires: in growth regions and Europe
  • Growing number of jobs in software-related areas
  • From start-up to large-scale organization: Bosch offers a wide range of working environments
  • Key competence for the future: systems and software engineering
Stuttgart – In 2015, Bosch plans to recruit 12,000 trained graduates worldwide. In addition to a number of prospects for mechanical and electrical engineers, the chances for graduates with an IT background are especially favorable. “We are increasing the number associates hired for software design and development. As connectivity expands in every business sector, from Mobility Solutions to Industrial Technology, the importance of software does too,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. The number of associates needed for software design and development will continue to rise in the future. The countries with the greatest need for recruiting trained graduates are India, which is planning some 3,200 new hires; China, which is planning 2,600 new hires; and Germany, whose plans include 1,200 new hires. Three out of every four new associates will be in the field of engineering. The prospects are also favorable for people just starting their professional careers. Almost every third position is open to potential associates with no previous professional experience.

Growing demand for software developers
Bosch is already busy connecting entire cities and bringing cars online, creating access to heating control systems via an app, and automatically integrating its suppliers into the supply chain. It has also connected electric stoves and other household appliances to the internet. As a result, the amount of software and its complexity – in terms of product development and manufacturing as well as for the products and systems themselves – is growing. Consider emergency braking systems for vehicles, for example. Using a radar or video sensor, the emergency braking function is able to detect whether there is an obstacle in the lane ahead. The system’s software evaluates the information in just fractions of a second and then triggers full emergency braking, if necessary.

Bosch is prepared for these demands facing product development and manufacturing. In cooperation with universities in the United States, associates in Palo Alto, California, are developing software for applications including automated driving. The software for the Indego Connect robotic lawnmower was also developed there. Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, designs, develops, and operates software and systems solutions for the internet of things. Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions in India also employs a large number of software specialists. The specialists there, for example, have adapted the software algorithms of a video camera used in quality control in such a way that the camera can perform examinations of the human retina. This solution makes it possible to detect eye diseases more quickly and cost-effectively than before.

Wide range of career opportunities – room for creativity
Start-up fan or corporate enthusiast? They do not have to be at odds with each other because Bosch offers both. The company supports proprietary start-ups as a means of quickly translating research findings into new business fields. Bosch also taps entirely new business fields with small, powerful units. One example of this is Bosch eBike Systems, which has evolved from a start-up into a global player and the European market leader in just five years. Bosch not only facilitates the shift between corporate and start-up structures, but also the move between specialist, project, or leadership career paths.

In addition to a wide range of career opportunities and working environments, Bosch attaches great importance to ensuring room for creativity. As a result, many associates have the option to spend some of their working time on other software projects within the Bosch Group as part of an open-source approach. Associates are able to suggest their own ideas, such as for new products on the internet of things, on Bosch’s internal social business platform known as Bosch Connect. One project that grew out of this aims to make the search for parking spots in big cities easier.

Equal opportunities for women
By 2020, Bosch wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide. That figure for the company as a whole has already reached more than twelve percent, with certain countries, such as China, having already exceeded the target. “We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful,” Kübel says. For this reason, Bosch is pursuing a policy of diversity management worldwide, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths. To provide women with assistance and support on their career paths, Bosch offers special mentoring programs, networks, seminars, and training courses. In total, Bosch invests some 190 million euros each year in the further training and development of associates.

Family-friendly employer
To help reconcile the demands of associates’ professional and private lives, Bosch offers some 100 working-time models – from working from home to part-time employment and job sharing. The technology and service company believes this is one key to its innovative strength, and its guidelines for a flexible and family-friendly working culture apply worldwide and contribute to the satisfaction, productivity, and creativity of associates. In addition to family and child care options, the recognition of family time as a career stepping stone also promotes a family-friendly working culture at Bosch.

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New business unit: Two-Wheeler and Powersports Bosch strengthens its presence in motorcycle markets around the world Broad product portfolio for all classes

  • “We are aiming to become a leading supplier in the motorcycle market,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel
  • Bosch sets up an independent supplier business for motorcycles
  • Market expected to grow to over 160 million two-wheelers worldwide by 2021
  • Bosch is world leader in the market for motorcycle safety systems
  • Products for the small motorcycles to high performance bikes, quads, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles
Yokohama/Stuttgart – Bosch intends to reposition itself in the rapidly expanding global motorcycle market. The technology and services company is about to pool its motorcycle activities from the areas of riding safety systems, powertrain technology, and display instruments into one business unit, the newly formed “Two-Wheeler and Powersports.” The objective is to address the individual requirements of motorcycle manufacturers worldwide even more effectively. What’s more, Bosch is looking to expand its product portfolio and strengthen its expertise in two-wheeler system solutions. “Bosch technology for more efficiency and safety should be part of any car, and in the future, the same will go for motorcycles,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH. “We are aiming to become a leading supplier in the motorcycle market, too.”

Two-Wheeler and Powersports is part of the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector. With its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan – the very heart of the international motorcycle industry – and branches in the United States, Europe, India, and China, Bosch has a global reach here. In addition to powered two-wheelers, it is planned that the new business unit will serve the market for special-purpose vehicles such as quads, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles. The unit, which is starting off with about 40 associates, can draw upon a worldwide network of several thousand colleagues plus the manufacturing capacity of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

Market expected to double within five years
Globally, the need for affordable mobility is on the increase, and this is pushing demand for powered two-wheelers. Studies indicate that by 2021, more than 160 million two-wheelers will be produced annually – a third more than today. “The portion of the market relevant for Bosch, which covers driving safety systems, powertrain technology, and displays and infotainment systems, will double over the next five years,” Hoheisel says. Most of that growth will take place in Asia, studies suggest, predicting that in 2021, nearly 90 percent of all powered two-wheelers will be made in China, India and South East Asia. That group consists mainly of small motorcycles with engine displacement up to 250 cubic centimeters, one of the most common modes of transport throughout large parts of Asia.

The future of the motorcycle is safe, clean, and connected
Bosch components service the entire two-wheeler spectrum: from those in Asia’s lower price segment to powerful machines with over 1,000cc displacement, for which demand is strongest in Europe, Japan, and North America. The new business unit offers safety solutions such as ABS and Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), a type of ESP for motorcycles. Bosch is the market leader for motorcycle safety systems. The portfolio also includes electronically controlled injection systems, powertrain components for electric two-wheelers and interfaces for connecting motorcycles with smartphones or tablets as well as connected cloud services. “Our systems put even more safety, efficiency, and fun to ride into the motorcycle,” says Geoff Liersch, head of the new Bosch business unit.

With all of these features Bosch provides solutions for the most pressing challenges of the global motorcycle market: many countries are passing stricter emissions legislation, and more and more two-wheeler riders are involved in fatal accidents. In 2010 alone, more than 285,000 people died in accidents around the world. Yet according to GIDAS, the German accident database, using ABS, can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities. Additionally MSC can have a positive effect on the outcome of two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents on curves that occur due to rider error.

Modern Bosch technology reduces fuel consumption
Along with safety, the desire for fun, fuel economy, and connectivity are key drivers of Bosch’s motorcycle business. In Asia, many two-wheelers with internal-combustion engines are still fitted with a simple carburetor, whereas Bosch employs its electronically controlled injection system. By comparison, this system can cut fuel consumption by up to 16 percent, depending on conditions and environment. “This is how we are helping to reduce emissions in countries such as China and India,” Liersch says. At the same time, Bosch is giving two-wheelers digital intelligence with its engine control solutions. In conjunction with a smartphone app, these make it possible to activate the immobilizer, or read out fault memory. Bosch also offers the Bluetooth interface or connectivity control unit needed for these applications.

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Cleaning windshields the intelligent way Not a drop of water wasted with the Bosch Jet Wiper Wiper arm to be standard equipment in new Volvo XC90

  • Bosch Jet Wiper features integrated spray nozzles
  • Dr. Bernhard Straub: “Washer fluid is deployed precisely where it is needed”
  • No impairment of drivers’ vision, significantly less water used
  • Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades rank first in ADAC windshield-wiper test
A clear field of vision is essential for safe driving. And whenever this field of vision is impaired by dirt, the Bosch Jet Wiper gets to work. As part of a Bosch system featuring a wiper drive and Aerotwin wiper blades, the innovative wiper arm will now be standard equipment in the new Volvo XC90. The Jet Wiper is far superior to conventional windshield wipers. The reason for this is its smart control, combined with spray nozzles integrated in the wiper arm. These nozzles distribute the washer fluid evenly, thus ensuring that the windshield is cleaned over the entire length of the wiper blade. “The Jet Wiper deploys the right amount of washer fluid, precisely where it is needed,” says Dr. Bernhard Straub, president of the Bosch Electrical Drives division. The benefits of this system are that drivers’ vision is not impaired by spray mist, and consumption of washer fluid is reduced by as much as 50 percent.

Not a drop of washer fluid is wasted when using the Bosch Jet Wiper. This is also due to the reversing wiper drive, also made by Bosch. This drive alternates the rotation of the motor between the wiper arms’ two final positions – parked position and A-pillar. Its integrated electronics means that it can detect the Jet Wiper’s position on the windshield at all times. To achieve the best cleaning effect, spraying is done only when the wiper arm is moving upward. In this way, the washer liquid is immediately picked up by the two Aerotwin wiper blades and distributed over the entire windshield. “The Bosch system thus provides optimum cleaning along the entire wiper blade,” Straub says. This also ensures a clear field of vision for a video sensor used for driver assistance systems, which is normally positioned at the same height as the rear-view mirror.

Bosch Aerotwin: best wiper blades in the market
Most importantly, the end result of cleaning with the Jet Wiper is independent of driving speed. Conventional wiper systems spray the washer fluid from nozzle elements on the engine hood, and these elements are designed for a certain speed. As speed increases, the airflow diverts the spray, which means less washer fluid is sprayed on the area to be cleaned, resulting in a poor cleaning of the windshield. With the Jet Wiper, there is practically no effect from the airflow since the nozzle elements are mounted directly along the wiper arm. And that’s not all: the spray nozzles are fitted with tiny valves that open when drivers activate the wind-shield-washing function and close as soon as spraying has finished. This means there are no subsequent drips, and the wiper blades only have to wipe once. In winter, the nozzles are heated, making them ready for use even in the worst of weather.

In opting for the Bosch Aerotwin, Volvo is also choosing what are currently the best wiper blades in the market. This was recently confirmed by a test carried
out by ADAC, the German automobile club. Out of eight wiper blades tested, only three were evaluated as “good”. “The secret of our wiper blades is their twin technology,” Straub says. At the cleaning lip, the rubber is harder, and thus hard-wearing. By contrast, the back of the Aerotwin is more flexible, facilitating the reverse movement of the blade when the wiper arm switches from downward to upward motion. This means that the Aerotwin is practically silent in operation. And if a wiper blade should show signs of wear and tear, it can be quickly, easily, and inexpensively replaced, thanks to the Jet Wiper’s sophisticated clip system.

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25 years of the Bosch charity organization Primavera Bosch associates offer children in slums a new perspective Good education key to successfully combating poverty

  • Bosch associates show more than 30,000 children a way out of poverty
  • Currently around 30 projects in 12 countries worldwide
  • Around 8 million euros in donations collected in 25 years
  • Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. founded by ten Bosch associates on March 5, 1990
“The women who took care of us taught us that you have to believe in yourself. And that you can find power you never thought you had before if you have goals,” the 21-year-old Crisllei from Brazil recalls. “Without Primavera, I don’t know what would have become of me.”

Stuttgart – The charitable organization Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. (Primavera – helping children in need) has helped more than 30,000 children over the past 25 years. Bosch associates set up the organization in 1990, with the aim of offering children from slums in developing and emerging countries a new perspective. Apart from helping provide for children’s basic needs, the initiative focuses on supporting education and vocational training. “Good school education and vocational training are the key to successfully combating poverty,” says Christoph Kübel, chairman of Primavera and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. With its own staff of volunteers and in collaboration with social institutions, Primavera provides support for around 30 projects in 12 countries.

Ways out of the poverty trap
Primavera supports several thousand children every year. Its main focus is on Asia, South America, South Africa, and eastern Europe. The initiative supports children and young people from the start of preschool to completion of high school or university. The organization also supports projects for street children and initiatives aimed at offering young adults vocational training. Its staff also educates children, young people, and their families about hygiene, proper nutrition, social behavior, and interpersonal skills. “We want to give young people the opportunity to find their place in society so that they can lead independent lives and take responsibility for their own fate,” Kübel explains. Praising the commitment of all involved, the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said: “Since the organization’s founding, Bosch associates have helped more than 30,000 children. That’s something Primavera and everyone involved can be proud of. And it makes me proud, too.”

Discovering new horizons
Crisllei Santos de Assis, a 21-year-old native of Brazil, has succeeded in breaking out of the poverty trap. Growing up in a favela on the outskirts of a major Brazilian city, poverty, drugs, and violence shaped her everyday life. At the age of 12, Crisllei was given a place in Grupo Primavera, which was also Primavera’s first ever aid project. Among other things, she received tutoring and courses in public speaking and presentation skills. “The women who took care of us taught us that you have to believe in yourself. And that you can find power you never thought you had before if you have goals,” the young woman says, describing her most pivotal experiences. Today, she studies business administration at a renowned private university in Campinas, Brazil, and is enrolled in an internship at the city’s Bosch location. She has words of encouragement for the young people at Grupo Primavera: “Keep at it. If you do, you can take a different path and discover new horizons.”

About the organization
Primavera – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V. was founded by ten Bosch associates in Germany on March 5, 1990. Today, the organization has 880 members around the world. All Primavera projects are situated near Bosch locations to allow associates to personally volunteer and help promote alliances and projects. Bosch associates are free to recommend projects for the organization’s support. Since the organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, 100 percent of all collected donations – around 650,000 euros in 2014 – can go to supporting projects. Donations come from private individuals or are raised at events such as concerts, plays, or company parties. In 2009, future business leaders enrolled in the Junior Managers Program also set up their own project group to support Primavera e.V. In 2011, this led to the creation of the Primavera photo calendar, which is published every year and is regularly sold out well in advance of publication.

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Annual Press Conference 2014 Bosch registers double-digit growth in China Continuous innovation and localization efforts

  • Consolidated sales increase of 18 percent to a total of CNY 41.2 billion (5 billion euros)
  • Pioneering innovations for a connected world
  • Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for local sustainable development
  • Double-digit growth expected again in 2014
Beijing – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, recorded consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion* (5 billion euros) in China in 2013 – a significant year-on-year growth of 18 percent. “This outstanding performance demonstrates the lasting strength and success of our innovative technologies and localized solutions for the Chinese market,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific. He added: “China expects to witness further stable economic growth, which will ensure a healthy business environment with dynamic opportunities. We aim to further strengthen our position in China, and we strive to achieve double-digit growth in the years to come as well.”

Bosch’s Automotive Technology business sector grew almost twice as fast as the market in China in 2013. Sales development of Bosch’s other three business sectors in China reflects the development of the respective industries in the past year. Power Tools, part of Bosch’s Consumer Goods business sector, reports moderate sales revenue growth. In the Energy and Building Technology business sector, the Thermotechnology division performed well thanks to its expanded portfolio and energy-efficient condensing appliances, while the Security Systems division experienced a slight decrease. In the Industrial Technology business sector, the Drive and Control Technology division has not yet fully recovered: however, there are signs that the construction market is stabilizing. The Packaging Technology division achieved moderate growth.

Continuous localization efforts
Bosch continues to intensify its localization strategy in its various business operations. In the last three years, Bosch has invested over CNY 10 billion in China, with the aim of further enhancing its local value chain, and especially of cultivating local R&D competence. In the past year for example, Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket and Chassis System divisions opened plants in Nanjing and Chengdu respectively, and a new Automotive Test and Technology Center in Donghai. This year, the Bosch joint venture Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems plans to open a plant in Shanghai for the production of turbochargers for gasoline engines. There are also plans for a plant for diesel systems in Qingdao.

Bosch currently has a total of 17 technical centers in China. The number of Chinese associates working in R&D increased to 3,300 – more than 10 percent of Bosch’s total headcount in China. The more than 150 patents filed in China last year – nearly 20 percent more than in the previous year – are a sign of Bosch’s increasing local R&D competence. “We are focusing on affordable products, especially in the mid-price segment, which are tailored to local customer needs without compromising Bosch quality,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. As an example, Bosch Thermotechnology launched its first series of air-source heat pump water heaters in China in March this year. These take account of specific local needs for relatively small volumes of 150 and 200 liters, as well as of energy-saving requirements.

Associates as cornerstone of business development
By the end of 2013, Bosch had increased its workforce in China to over 32,000. Two-thirds of its local management team are Chinese. Bosch offers a comprehensive incentive package with diverse associate training programs. In 2013, Bosch Training Center offered over 900 training sessions. As a result of these efforts, Bosch has now been named “Top Employer” by the Corporate Research Foundation, an independent international human resource institute, for three years running. “Our dedicated associates are our great strength and I would like to give credit to them for Bosch’s business success in 2013,” said Dr. Chen Yudong. “It is their hard work and innovative ideas which make our success possible. The innovations provided by our talented associates will continue to be a main driver of our future success.”

Pioneering innovations for a connected world
Bosch estimates more than 75 percent of the global population and 6.6 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015, which will bring more convenience in daily life and significantly improve energy efficiency. In line with this trend, Bosch is reaching out to new business areas and promoting new business models, especially by leveraging and combining its wide-ranging expertise in existing areas of business. “The internet of things and services is now a hot topic in China, and we expect stronger momentum in the coming years. As an innovative company, Bosch is ready for the business opportunities it brings us,” said Dr. Chen Yudong.

Leveraging its sensor and software technologies, Bosch is sparing no effort to establish the framework and foundations of connectivity. Bosch Sensortec, the Bosch subsidiary that specializes in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology, has had its Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai since 2013. Bosch Sensortec develops and markets micro-mechanical sensors for consumer electronics, mobile phones, safety systems, industrial technology, and logistics. Now every second smartphone worldwide uses Bosch sensors. While MEMS technologies are regarded as the hardware basis for connectivity, Bosch Software Innovations is capable of providing software solutions. It launched a pilot project for promoting electric vehicle application in Shanghai in 2013. Automated driving is another example of the potential and advantages of connectivity technologies. With connectivity-capable components such as sensors, cameras, and electronic control units, Bosch can offer driving assistance functions which will lead to automated driving in the future.

Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for sustainable development
In China, rapid industrialization and urbanization create enormous challenges for the environment, and make immediate energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts necessary. Stricter environmental protection regulations already show the government’s determination to tackle these challenges. “The fastest way to get results is by improving the efficiency of energy conversion. Bosch offers innovative technical solutions for energy efficiency, ranging from mobility to home appliances”, Peter Tyroller said. For example, on the path to electrification, Bosch’s aim for 2020 is to reduce the fuel consumption of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by a further 20 percent from their 2012 levels. Bosch’s Thermotechnology division has also successfully developed a condensing wall-mounted boiler with thermal efficiency of as much as 111 percent.

As a sustainable manufacturer, Bosch has introduced its EHS (environment, health, and safety) standards in all its manufacturing sites in China, especially for energy saving, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Thanks to the joint efforts of 150 fully dedicated associates involved in supervising and controlling work across China, Bosch China reduced its relative energy consumption by almost 24 percent and relative CO2 emissions by 21 percent across China in 2013, compared with their 2007 levels.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Germany:
Melita Delic
Phone: +49 (711) 811-48617
Email: melita.delic@bosch.com

Asia Pacific/China:
Ms. Hong Hong
Phone: +86 (21) 2218 1254
Email: hong.hong@cn.bosch.com

In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, solar energy products, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs over 32,000 associates in 63 legal entities and facilities, with consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion in fiscal 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures).

For more information, visit www.bosch.com.cn

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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

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