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Bosch campus for research and advance engineering in Renningen

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General information

  • Total investment
Roughly 310 million euros (of which 217 million euros for construction work and 93 million euros for machinery and technical equipment)
  • Start of construction work
June 2012
  • Inauguration
October 2015
  • Plot
October 2015
  • Buildings
14, including main high-rise building (60 meters high, 12 stories), 11 laboratory and workshop buildings (between 10 and 19 meters high, 2-3 stories), and 2 service buildings
  • Associates on site
Roughly 1,900 associates (including Böblingen satellite facility)

Research and development at Bosch

  • Associates
Some 68,700 researchers and engineers worldwide, 1,700 of them in the corporate sector for research and advance engineering
  • Locations
International research network of the corporate sector for research and advance engineering, comprising 12 locations in 8 countries (Sunnyvale, Pittsburgh, Boston, Hildesheim, Renningen, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bangalore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tel Aviv); other engineering activities related to the development of products and services
at some 130 locations worldwide
  • R&D Expenditure
7.3 billion euros (roughly 9.3 percent of Bosch Group sales) were invested in research and development in 2018.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. 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 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 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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