Press release #Industry 4.0

Connected Manufacturing

Quotes Bosch Management

Katharina Hogh-Binder

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Dr. Stefan Hartung, Member of the Board of Management Robert Bosch GmbH

  • “The three pillars of success in the factory of the future are people, machines, and data.”
  • “We are getting closer and closer to achieving our aim of exploiting Industry 4.0 to increase overall sales by more than a billion euros by 2020.”
  • “Industry 4.0 improves business processes and delivers higher productivity. That means we’re creating jobs, too.“
  • “In the Industry 4.0 era, people are as indispensable as ever.”

Rolf Najork, Chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG:

  • „In the factory of the future the only fixed elements are the floor, the walls and the roof. Everything else is flexible and movable.“
  • “We have to think far more radically. Manufacturing companies need to become even more flexible and faster. Our concept for the factory of the future envisages machinery that keeps on reconfiguring itself flexibly to match the order situation.”
  • “Bosch Rexroth’s development shows that we’re on the right track with our strategic realignment and expansion of our activities in the field of Industry 4.0.”

Dr. Stefan Aßmann, Head of Bosch Connected Industry:

  • “The factory of the future will get its intelligence from software – and from the brains of its workforce.”
  • “Specialists in manufacturing, logistics, and software have worked together to create solutions that both simplify workers’ daily routines and make manufacturing and logistics more efficient, flexible, and eco-friendly.”

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 428,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). According to preliminary figures, 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. 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 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. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which roughly 48,000 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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