The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015), and generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015.
Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth.
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 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 up-front 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.
Project involvement within ARENA2036
The Bosch Group participates in two start projects of the ARENA Research Campus and is one of its founding members.
Within the project “Lightweight by function integration (LeiFu)” new solutions for design, construction and feasibility for highly integrated car components in fiber reinforced composite (FRC) are part of our research. The appropriate manufacturing processes will developed additionally.
Thereby, based on our knowledge in the sector of electro mobility – our focus is on the functions “inductive charging” and “energy storage”
The second research project “Research factory: Versatile research (car-) production (ForschFab)” aims in building up a novel and revolutionary solutions for production concepts for the versatile production of tomorrow. Our part in this topic is to provide the know-how on collaborative production assistant systems. For example our “APAS”, the first certified production assistant worldwide for the direct collaboration and interaction with humans is part of the researched scenarios within the project. (www.bosch-apas.com/). Another focus for the Bosch Group in the ARENA2036 framework is the research on highly versatile assembly systems based on Plug&Produce systems.