Bosch receives four awards for integrated management

Bamberg location named this year’s overall winner

  • Bosch Group recognized for business excellence
  • Bamberg plant named overall winner and honored with two additional prizes
  • Bosch plant in Bari awarded prize for process management

Brussels/Stuttgart – The Bosch Group has received a total of four awards at the 2012 EFQM Excellence Award ceremony in Brussels. The winner of the Excellence Award and thus the overall winner of the competition is the Bosch plant in Bamberg, Germany. The annual awards conferred by the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) are considered Europe’s most prestigious for business excellence. An overall winner is only crowned when an organization demonstrates outstanding performance in all the categories of the EFQM excellence model. The winners of the individual prizes demonstrate exemplary behavior on such criteria as "adding value for customers," "nurturing innovation and creativity," and "taking responsibility for a sustainable future."

“Our associates perform outstanding work daily. As such, we’re very proud to have received this recognition, which above all belongs to our associates in Bamberg and Bari,” said Bernd Bohr, chairman of the Bosch Automotive Group, after the ceremony.

Bamberg plant: high degree of associate commitment
In addition to the top prize for exemplary management practices, the Bosch Bamberg location also impressed the judges with its performance in the categories “leading with vision, inspiration, and integrity” as well as "succeeding through people." The judges particularly admired the associates’ active commitment to achieving corporate goals. “The executive management of the Bosch plant in Bamberg act as role models. They lead by example, and through the many approaches they use to involve their associates in the deployment of their strategy,” said Marc Amblard, the chief executive officer of EFQM, at the presentation of the award.

The Bamberg plant managers accepted the award on behalf of the plant’s associates. “We owe our outstanding performance to the commitment of our associates. They are ultimately responsible for Bosch’s lasting success,” said Franz Hauber, the technical plant manager. 7,300 associates currently work at the Bamberg location, which produces components for customers in the automotive industry. Bamberg is also the lead plant for 20 additional Bosch locations in eleven countries.

Bari plant: impressive performance in quality, delivery, and cost
The Bosch plant in Bari, Italy, was honored with a prize for the best performance in “managing by processes.” The plant implements a process management framework aligned with its strategy, according to the EFQM, and its approach shows remarkable results in terms of quality, delivery, and cost. Bosch has been present in Italy since 1904, and mainly manufactures diesel injection pumps for vehicles at Bari, its largest plant in the country.

Bosch: a frequent winner of EFQM awards and prizes
The international supplier of technology and services has been a role model for the EFQM members for many years. In 2003 and 2008, for example, the plant in Bursa, Turkey, was named overall winner.

30,000 organizations use the EFQM model
The EFQM has created a universally applicable model which allows both an organization's management practices and the sustainability of their implementation to be evaluated. The model was developed in 1998 with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of European businesses. It is now used by more than 30,000 organizations. An international panel of judges evaluates the participating organizations, which are to be found practically throughout Europe, and rates them according to nine criteria. In addition to reviewing the comprehensive applications submitted by the organizations, assessors spend a week at each site in order to evaluate the breadth and depth of their adherence to the EFQM excellence model.

Tags: Management, Bamberg, Awards

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2018, its sales came to 47.6 billion euros, or 61 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is accident-free. emissions-free, and fascinating, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of automation, electrification, and connectivity. 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 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. 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 deliver innovations 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 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. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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