Factsheet #Industry 4.0

A look at the company’s local operations

Dennis Christmann

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Bosch has a long history in Sweden. The international technology and services company has been operating there since 1904, and today all four of its business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Energy and Building Technology, and Consumer Goods – have local operations. Bosch employs more than 1,600 associates at nine locations in Sweden, including three plants. Bosch Rexroth manufactures high-performance hydraulic drives in Mellansel under the Hägglund brand name for a wide range of applications. This subsidiary also operates a cylinder factory in the Älvsjö district of Stockholm. The Thermotechnology division manufactures heat pumps in Tranas. The Swedish headquarter is located in Kista, a district in the northwest of Stockholm. In 2018, Bosch generated around 1.1 billion euros in domestic sales.

An IoT innovation hub down south

The company set up an R&D site at Lund at the southern tip of Sweden in 2016 to develop software and hardware solutions for the internet of things (IoT). The number of experts working there has doubled to around 100 since it opened. The Lund location develops connected mobility solutions for infotainment, cybersecurity, and other applications, as well as apps for vehicles and e-bikes. Its experts also create cross-domain IoT solutions for connected mobility, for example, in combination with energy and building technology.

Testing in the Arctic Circle, at the cradle of automotive safety technology

Bosch has been testing vehicle safety systems on ice and snow for more than 45 winters on the far-north Vaitoudden peninsula. Its first anti-lock braking system, for example, was born there. Bosch opened its Vaitoudden winter test center in 2003 for the company and its customers to test and further refine automated mobility solutions.

Bosch locations in Sweden

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 420,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 88.4 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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