Bosch sharpens its focus on logistics

Katharina Hogh-Binder

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Andreas Reutter joins the executive management of the corporate purchasing and logistics sector

Stuttgart – The Bosch Group is sharpening its focus on logistics. With immediate effect, a new member of the executive management of the corporate purchasing and logistics sector, Andreas Reutter (45), will be responsible for the worldwide coordination and strategic development of the technology and service company’s logistics activities. In this newly created function, Reutter’s tasks will include optimizing the physical logistics processes employed by the Bosch Group to control the internal and external flow of goods. He will also oversee the development and application of standard procedures for the design, planning, and management of logistics processes, including related training and development programs for the 17,000 or so Bosch associates around the world whose work involves dealing with logistics issues.

The creation of this new post was made necessary by the changed conditions, which imposes greater demands on the company’s logistics processes. Contributing factors include the continuing shift in sales and procurement away from established regions and toward new, emerging markets. This change automatically increases the complexity and volatility of the supply chains.

 Career stages in the Bosch Group
 2000 Joins Robert Bosch GmbH as a director in the corporate
 logistics department
 2003 - 2006 Director logistics at the Automotive Electronics division’s semiconductor
 and sensor plant in Reutlingen, Germany
 2006 - 2013 Various posts in management accounting and finance for different
 plants and divisions, including responsibility for Corporate Controlling,
 Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions
 2013 Member of the executive management of the corporate purchasing and
 logistics sector, Robert Bosch GmbH

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. 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 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. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 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-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. 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. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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