The Bosch Group is expanding its manufacturing capacity in China. The supplier of technology and services is investing nearly 100 million euros (approximately $118.81 million USD) in a new plant in the Southeastern Chinese city of Nanjing. Starting in 2019, the plant with a surface of approximately 20,000 square meters will manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. The company says that this vacuum-independent electromechanical brake booster is a key component for electromobility and driver-assistance systems.
“China is the world’s largest automotive market. Our new plant in Nanjing is a reaction to the increasing demand in China for solutions that enable automated and electric driving,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “It will allow us to offer our customers in China products and services that are tailored to the requirements of the local market.”
Greater energy efficiency and safety on China’s roads
Bosch’s iBooster fulfills all the requirements of a modern braking system. In addition, it is suitable for all powertrain concepts , in particular hybrid and electric vehicles. By recovering braking energy nearly completely, it increases the range of electric vehicles. And by building up pressure faster, it makes braking distances much shorter when emergency braking is performed automatically. In China, more than 260 million people live in so-called megacities - urban cities with populations exceeding 10 million. As traffic congestion and automation increase, the iBooster will help promote greater energy efficiency and safety on China’s roads, according to Bosch.
Increased productivity with Industry 4.0
The new plant also will be equipped with Industry 4.0 solutions. A digital production control system, for example, will allow faster reaction times to short-term market changes as well as a real-time overview of the entire value chain. Currently, 14 of Bosch’s plants in China feature connected technologies. In China, Bosch is partnering with the Chinese State Council’s Development Research Center (DRC) to drive forward connected manufacturing across the country.
Bosch in China
Bosch has been present in China since 1909. All four of its business sectors now operate at more than 60 locations in the country. As part of its efforts to drive forward its successful localization strategy, Bosch invested around 660 million euros (approximately $784.14 million USD) in its Chinese locations in 2016.
Over the last five years, the Bosch Group has invested more than 2.5 billion euros in China, as well as almost 4 billion euros (approximately $4.75 billion USD) over the last 10 years. In 2016, the company generated sales of 12.5 billion euros (approximately $14.85 billion USD) in the Chinese market. With around 59,000 associates, China is home to the largest Bosch workforce outside Germany.