The Bosch Group is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China. It will build a new plant in the south-eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, investing around 100 million euros, to manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. The ground-breaking ceremony for the plant was held recently. This will be Bosch’s first such plant in the region. The new plant has an area of approx. 20,000 square-meters and the production is likely to commence in 2019.
The new plant will also 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. iBooster is a vacuum-independent electromechanical brake booster which is a key component for electro-mobility 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. It will allow us to offer our customers in China products and services that are tailored to the requirements of the local market,” said Dr Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
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, the company said.
Over the last five years, the Bosch Group invested more than 2.5 billion euros in China – and almost 4 billion euros over the last ten years. In 2016, the company generated sales of 12.5 billion euros in the Chinese market. With some 59,000 associates, China is home to the largest Bosch workforce outside Germany.