Construction work on buildings to start in 2016
Investment totaling some 70 million euros
More than 30,000 square meters of space to be created
August 03, 2015 – Abstatt – Bosch is planning to further expand its development center in Abstatt near Stuttgart, and expects to invest some 70 million euros in the project. The location is home to Robert Bosch GmbH’s Chassis Systems Control division and the wholly owned Bosch subsidiary Bosch Engineering GmbH. “The number of associates working at Abstatt has grown continuously since the location was opened in 2004, and the existing buildings and parking spaces are no longer sufficient. Expansion of this location is a sign of how successfully our business is growing, and it is an investment in the location’s future,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of Chassis Systems Control and general manager in Abstatt. Temporary workspaces will be set up in shipping container buildings starting in August 2015, with the new buildings set to be completed by mid-2018. Additional parking will be built by mid-2016. Abstatt currently has a total of 3,400 associates from over 50 countries.
Bosch is planning to erect two new buildings as well as 1,300 additional parking spaces. The buildings will provide some 30,000 square meters of office space, meeting rooms, project areas, and another company restaurant. Work on the parking spaces is set to begin by the end of 2015, subject to planning permission from the Abstatt and Untergruppenbach local authorities. Construction on the buildings is set to begin in mid-2016. The Abstatt development center was opened in May 2004 following a three-year construction phase and has experienced continuous growth ever since. In 2009, Robert Bosch GmbH acquired 150,000 square meters of adjacent land from the Untergruppenbach local authority in order to secure space for future expansion. Until then the Abstatt location had covered some 300,000 square meters of land in the municipality of Abstatt.
About Bosch in Abstatt
Abstatt is the headquarters of Robert Bosch GmbH’s Chassis Systems Control division, which employs 17,000 associates in 16 countries worldwide. The division develops and manufactures innovative components, functions, and systems with the aim of enabling safe, agile, and automated driving. Among the division’s products are electronic brake control systems such as ABS, ASR, and ESP, as well as electronics for occupant and pedestrian safety systems. The division also develops driver assistance systems based on radar and video sensors, e.g. ACC, predictive emergency braking, lane and parking assistance systems, and connected system solutions that increase safety and agility.
Bosch Engineering GmbH is also headquartered in Abstatt and employs 2,000 associates in nine countries. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry, the company offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. It draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* 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 subsidiary 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. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions 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.
*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.