Bosch opens electronics components plant in China

Bosch electronics components plant in Changzhou

Bosch has opened an electronics components plant in the south-eastern Chinese city of Changzhou.

“With another production site for Bosch Automotive Electronics in China we are strengthening our successful localisation strategy and underlining Bosch’s confidence in the Chinese market,” said Klaus Meder, president of Bosch Automotive Electronics.

By 2019, Bosch will have invested over €100m in the site where it plans to employ 1300 new associates.

“With the new electronic plant we are also reacting to the growing local demand for connected products,” Meder said.

According to a study, connected driver assistance systems could for example prevent an annual total number of about 20,000 accidents that result in injuries in China.

The facility will mainly focus on manufacturing electronics components for automated driving and connected products. These include cameras and radar sensors for driver assistance systems, ECUs for automotive steering systems, and central gateways for connected vehicles.

Located in the Wujin Economic Development Zone in Changzhou with a size of 34,000 square metres, the plant is producing mainly for the Chinese market. By 2019, around 41 million electronic control units are scheduled to roll off the assembly line each year. Since 2006, the automotive electronics business unit has been running a production plant in Suzhou. In total, the Bosch group has over 60 sites in the country.

In the new plant, Bosch is planning to combine its established Bosch production system (BPS) for standardised lean processes with connected manufacturing.

“We are investing in Industry 4.0 to meet the ever diversified market demands in a more agile and faster way,” said Meder.

The 14 Bosch plants in China are already equipped with connected technologies. Bosch is also cooperating with the Development Research Center of the Chinese State Council and is contributing to promote connected manufacturing in the country.

The Bosch Group has been present in China since 1909 and is today represented with all of its four business units. Besides Germany, China is the second largest market for Bosch and employs the world’s largest Bosch workforce outside of Germany.



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