Press release #Connected mobility

Bosch presents solutions to connect mobility in China at Auto Beijing 2018

Increasing localization for sustainable development in China

  • Strong growth: sales of Mobility Solutions in China grew 25 percent year on year
    to 82.9 billion RMB (10.9 billion Euro) in 2017
  • Sustainable localization: 23 automotive manufacturing locations in China
  • New division: Connected Mobility Solutions meet the increasing demands in the domestic market for digital mobility service
Joern Ebberg

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Beijing – Bosch is transforming driving with connected services to make mobility more flexible and less stressful. The leading global supplier of technology and services is highlighting its connected mobility solutions at Auto China 2018. Together with its comprehensive range of solutions for electrification and automation, the company aims to reshape the future of mobility in China. “China's automotive industry is in a phase of fast-paced development. Smart connected mobility and automated driving are on track to becoming part of our daily lives,” said Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

China's automotive industry is in a phase of fast-paced development. Smart connected mobility and automated driving are on track to becoming part of our daily lives,

said Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

Sales growth of Bosch Mobility Solutions in China outstrips domestic auto production

Sales of Bosch‘s Mobility Solutions in China surged 25 percent year on year to 11 billion Euro (82.9 billion RMB) in 2017 – a growth rate far higher than that of domestic auto production and sales. To achieve this result, Bosch’s focuses on a strong localization strategy in China and provides a comprehensive range of solutions tailor-made for the local market. Rising demands for commercial and new energy vehicles have also been central to fueling this growth. Furthermore, the expansion of Bosch's driver assistance system business has been particularly strong in favor of the rapid introduction of automated driving in local markets.

Sustained investment in China and advancements in manufacturing capabilities through R&D efforts have laid a solid basis for Bosch's stable and long-term growth. As testament to this, by the end of 2017, the Mobility Solutions division already had 23 automotive manufacturing locations in China. In May this year, the new plant of the Car Multimedia unit in Wuhu, which will produce infotainment systems, will commence operations. Then the first Bosch iBooster production base in the Asia Pacific will officially start production in Nanjing in November, helping to meet China's growing demand for electrified and automated driving solutions. The second phase of the Automotive Electronics plant in Wujin, Changzhou, will also be completed this year, marking a total investment in the facility of 800 million RMB. Partnerships with local companies are also being strengthened with United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Bosch and Zhong-Lian Automotive Electronics, scheduled to complete construction of new plants in Taicang and Liuzhou in April and June, respectively. The company mainly produces injection system and control units for cars.

New division for connected mobility services

As the government rolls out its nationwide smart connected driving strategy and given the young average age of car buyers in China, the demand for smart vehicles is rising. The explosion in the number of mobile internet users has also accelerated the pace at which the Chinese market for Internet-connected vehicles has grown. In addressing these trends, at the start of this year, Bosch established a new global Connected Mobility Solutions division to meet the increasingly diversified requirements for connected mobility services. China is a strategic market for growth for the new entity. “Bosch realized early on that internet-connected driving is an important growth area and besides providing a real-time connection between vehicles, users, and the internet, we are also looking at offering digital services that make mobility stress-free and enjoyable,” said Dr. Bulander. Building on Bosch's wealth of experience and proven accomplishments in the fields of vehicle technology and mobility, the new division will expand mobility options that are more suited to China's current driving conditions. This will include smart parking solutions, predictive diagnostics based on deep data mining, as well as advanced fleet management systems.

Innovation also in electrification and automation

Connected mobility is just one potential field of growth for Bosch in China, however. At China Auto Show, the company is presenting complete powertrain solutions to demonstrate a one-stop solution in the field of electrification. With an energy-saving and efficient intelligent thermal management system, a vehicle's heat flow can be effectively managed, extending the range of an electric vehicle and ensuring comfort of the driver and passengers. Bosch's latest powertrain solution innovatively integrates the motor, power and transmission components into a compact unit that directly drives the car’s axle – the eAxle. Bosch sells this electric axle drive to a wide range of customers – to established automakers and start-ups alike. Here, Bosch customers also benefit from the company’s global research and engineering network. The latter allows the company to carry out projects in China flexibly and close to its customers. Bosch driver assistance systems have already been installed in cars made by 24 Chinese auto brands. These are paving the way for automated driving in China. Bosch’s automated driving team in China continues to work actively with a number of domestic automakers on Level 2 automated technology.

Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, it generated sales of 56.3 billion euros in 2023, and thus contributed almost 60 percent of total sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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