German foreign minister Steinmeier visits Bosch plant in China

  • Steinmeier: “Bosch’s commitment essential for lasting business relations between Germany and China”
  • “Made in China 2025” initiative offers opportunities for Industry 4.0 in China
  • China important market for the Bosch Group

Changsha, China – On April 9, 2016, the German foreign minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Bosch plant in the central Chinese city of Changsha. The focus of the visit was on Industry 4.0. The minister gained insights into the company’s intelligent manufacturing activities in the country. “In order to expand business relations between China and Germany over the long term, we need to increase the level of local value added. By using connectivity to drive manufacturing forward, Bosch is making an essential contribution to this,” Steinmeier said on his visit to the company.

“We are very pleased that the foreign minister chose to visit our plant in Changsha,” said Henri Catenos, a member of the executive management of Bosch in China.

Increased competitiveness in China thanks to Industry 4.0
In Changsha, Bosch manufactures products for the Mobility Solutions business sector, including components for ABS and ESP vehicle safety systems. The plant is home to one of the more than 100 pilot projects Bosch is running worldwide in the area of connected industry. The manufacturing of automotive components has been made faster and more efficient with connected solutions. For logistics and inventory, for example, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags monitor workpieces’ progress through the factory by identifying the position of transport crates. The tags enable precise details to be known about the process steps each piece undergoes and when the components will be ready. This information can then be used as the basis for drawing up a schedule for packaging, shipping, and installation. Through the use of RFID, the time needed for inventory has already been cut by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours, at the Bosch plant in Suzhou.

When it comes to Industry 4.0, Bosch is not only a leading user, but also a leading provider – offering a wide spectrum of solutions in the areas of drive and automation technology as well as sensors and software. The company sees tremendous potential for connected manufacturing in China as well. “We expect that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in China. The ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative recently announced by the Chinese government has exactly this as its aim. Bosch is very well positioned to participate in this transformation and drive it forward,” Henri Catenos said.

China an important market for the Bosch Group
The leading global supplier of technology and services has been active in China since 1909. Today it is strongly represented in the country at more than 60 locations with all of its four business sectors. With sales of 6.4 billion euros (2014), China is a significant market for Bosch – as well as an important local production and engineering hub. Bosch’s business in China also developed positively in 2015, despite a less dynamic growth of the local economy. With over 55,000 associates, China now has the company’s second-largest workforce after Germany.

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About Bosch

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.

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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