20 March 2013

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Opens €120 million Plant in Nanjing, China

Nanjing, China – 20 March 2013 - The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division has invested some 120 million euros in new facilities in Nanjing, China. In the future, the plant will manufacture spark plugs, brake pads, and testing equipment for workshops – predominantly for customers in Asia Pacific. In addition, the location will serve as a research and development center. 

The new plant is the biggest investment we have ever made in expanding our production capacity anywhere in the world,” said Robert Hanser, president of the Automotive Aftermarket division, Robert Bosch GmbH. “This is a clear demonstration of the importance we attach to Asia Pacific’s high-growth markets, and above all to China.” He went on to say that this additional production capacity would put Bosch in a position to meet the needs of workshop customers in the region more quickly and flexibly.

When it reaches planned capacity in 2015, the new plant will be able to produce some 125 million spark plugs per year to Bosch’s high quality standards. Annual production capacity for brake pads will be 80 million units, while some 25,000 testing systems will also be produced each year for workshops in the region. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and Bosch’s production processes will ensure that product quality at the new plant is just as high as at all the group’s other production facilities around the world. Over 2,000 people are already working at the Nanjing plant, and the workforce is set to total some 3,500 Bosch associates by 2015. In addi-tion, the new research and development center will feature a team of over 100 engineers working to develop safe, efficient, and practical solutions for Bosch’s workshop customers in Asia Pacific. 

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts. More than 11,000 associates in 140 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 450,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. 

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and consumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion euros in 2012. 

Source: Bosch Group