Robert Bosch Power Tools, the power tools division of Robert Bosch GmbH, claims to be one of the world’s leading suppliers of power tools. Bosch Power Tools supplies power tools, power tool accessories, measurement technology and garden tools. In addition to its own products (Bosch blue for commercial use, Bosch green for do-it-yourselfers) there are other brands in the group of companies, such as Dremel, Aresi, Freud, Hawera, Standall and Sia Abrasives. Bosch also supplies other power tool brands as an OEM supplier.
The headquarters of the division is in Leinfelden-Echterdingen. Henk Becker has been the Chairman of the Management Board since January 1, 2019. He succeeds Henning von Boxberg. Lennart de Vet and Stephan Hölzl were newly appointed to the management team on January 1, 2019.
In 1928, the Forfex hair clipper, an original power tool in terms of its design, was presented.
At the Leipzig trade fair in 1932, the first series-produced drilling machine was presented, which could rotate and hit at the same time.
The development of the jigsaw began in 1944, this scroll saw with a tool open on one side was invented by the Swiss Albert Kaufmann, and Scintilla AG brought it onto the market in 1947.
In 1954, the majority of the shares in Scintilla AG in Solothurn were taken over.
The SDS-plus insert system for hammer drills was invented in 1975.
In 1993 Dremel was taken over
Hawera Probst, a Ravensburger manufacturer of saw blades, drills, chisels and diamond tools, has been part of Bosch since 1995.
In 1995, the British garden tool manufacturer Atco-Qualcast became. Ltd. taken over in Stowmarket.
1996 Skil was taken over
In November 1999 Bosch took over the majority of shares in the manufacturer of hammer drills, chisels and drill bits Aresi SpA in Brembate. This in turn was acquired by Standall in Mickley Lane near Sheffield, a well-known manufacturer of chisels for power tools, on February 21, 2011.
In 2003, Bosch launched the IXO, the first electric screwdriver with a lithium-ion battery, which has become the world’s best-selling power tool.
In 2008, the abrasives manufacturer Sia Abrasives in Frauenfeld and the saw blade and milling cutter manufacturer Freud were taken over. Freud sits in Tavagnacco near Udine and has further works in Feletto Umberto, Martignacco and Colloredo di Monte Albano.
CST / berger is a leading manufacturer of measuring devices, laser devices, theodolites and magnetic detectors, which Bosch took over from Stanley Works in 2008. Bosch pursues a two-brand strategy, offers the products of the acquired companies in its own program, but the goods are also marketed under the previously known names or supplied to other brands as OEM products.
The company was founded in 1886 by Robert Bosch.
Currently, Bosch is one of the world’s three major automotive suppliers. In 2012, it employed 306,000 employees (of which around 40% in Germany and less than 5% in France). With a share capital of around 1.2 billion euros, Robert Bosch GmbH is one of the largest GmbH in Germany. In this country, the company has 118,800 employees in 80 locations, while in 50 countries around the world, Bosch employs 303,000 people in nearly 260 locations. In 2012, its worldwide turnover amounted to 52.3 billion euros, which makes it the highest turnover in its history after the 2009 crisis which resulted in a net loss of 1.2 billion euros.
Its head office is located in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart. Franz Fehrenbach has been its Chairman and CEO since July 1, 2003.
Bosch bought the Italian industrial carpentry tool company Freud (Frese Udinesi) from its boss Giampaolo Pozzo in 20084.
Since July 1, 2012, Volkmar Denner has been its Chairman and CEO.
In 2010, 241 employees were made redundant in the French company.
In September 2014, Bosch acquired the 50% that it did not already own in ZF Lenksysteme, allowing ZF Friedrichshafen to finalize its acquisition of TRW Automotive.
In September 2014, to finance the acquisition of the American oil services company Dresser-Rand, Siemens sold its 50% stake in the Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte joint venture to Bosch for three billion euros.
In July 2019, Bosch announces the sale of its packaging machinery business to the CVC investment fund.
The Bosch Group was in 2004 and for the first time the largest automotive supplier. In 2005, Bosch generated sales of 26 billion euros with its largest industry, automotive equipment (61.9% of total sales in 2005). The area is divided into business sectors DS – Diesel systems with injection devices, engine control and exhaust aftertreatment, GS – Petrol systems, CC – Chassis Control Systems (e.g. ABS, ESP) , CB – Chassis Systems Brakes (e.g. brakes, servo brake), SG – Starter motors and generators, ED – Electrical Drives, CM – multimedia, AE – automotive electronics (control devices, semiconductor devices and sensors) , AS – steering systems and AA – Automotive Aftermarket (spare parts, franchise concepts for free repair shops: Service from Bosch, since 2009, that of ZF AutoCrew. AA revenues in 2007 were 3.5 billion euros of turnover).
In 2004, the share of diesel in Western Europe increased by 48%. Bosch has significantly influenced this trend. With the third generation Common Rail, Bosch has improved the most advanced system on the market both in terms of performance, consumption and pollution. In addition, Bosch is working with Denso to develop a particulate filter. A system for metering diesel fuel in the exhaust gas for regeneration of the particulate filter is also envisaged.
A new step in the DS product line was the SCR system, Denoxtronic, which has been in production since 2004. The second generation Denoxtronic 2 has been on the market since mid-2006. The purpose of these products is the reduction of nitrogen oxides by injecting a reducing medium (AdBlue) into the exhaust system of vehicles. The conversion of nitrogen oxides to nitrogen and water takes place in the SCR catalyst.
In 1995, Bosch was the first to bring the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to the market. The percentage of vehicles equipped with ESP among newly registered passenger cars in Europe in 2004 was 17%. Germany, Sweden and Spain were the first markets where ESP was successful.
The Automotive Electronics Division has had semiconductor (Fab) factories in Reutlingen since 1971. Since 1995, it has had a six-inch chip-on-wafer production factory, and in March 2010, a new 200mm (200mm) chip-on-wafer factory was opened. The new plant cost € 600,000,000, making it the largest investment in the history of the Bosch Group. In 2020, a new plant for the production of chips on 300 mm wafers will be opened in Dresden.
As an automotive supplier, Bosch is a member of the European association CLEPA.
As a limited liability company, and despite its size and reputation, Robert Bosch GmbH is not listed on the stock exchange and therefore does not pay dividends. In accordance with the wishes of Robert Bosch, the Bosch Foundation (Bosch Stiftung) was created by his descendants, his daughter Eva and his grandson Christof, in 1964. During this operation, the heirs renounce 92% of the company’s capital. for the exclusive benefit of the Foundation. The two children, Eva and Robert Jr., each retain 4% of the capital and voting rights on the board of directors. To manage this Foundation, the heirs decide to create a subsidiary called Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. She owns no share in the company but has 93% of the voting rights. This structure is a limited partnership by share administered by an independent trust (Treuhand) made up of ten directors and chaired by Dr Kurt Liedtke and Christof Bosch. The heirs receive an annual annuity which represents only a small part of the group’s profits which are entirely donated to the Foundation after subtracting the investment and research and development expenses of the Bosch group throughout the world. Christof Bosch is also the spokesperson for the interests of the Bosch family.
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