NANJING – Bosch broke ground here on August 1 for its first plant in the Asia Pacific region to produce iBoosters for electromobility and driver assistance systems.
With an investment of €100 million, the new plant with a surface area of approximately 20,000 square meters will begin production in 2019 to supply customers in the region.
The vacuum independent electromechanical brake booster fulfills all the requirements of a modern braking system. In addition, it is suitable for all powertrain concepts – in particular hybrid and electric vehicles. By recovering braking energy nearly completely, it increases the range of electric vehicles. And by building up pressure faster, it makes braking distances much shorter when emergency braking is performed automatically. As traffic congestion and automation increase in China where more than 260 million people live in so-called megacities – cities with populations exceeding 10 million, the iBooster will help promote greater energy efficiency and safety on China’s roads.
“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,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “It will allow us to offer our customers in China products and services that are tailored to the requirements of the local market.”
The new plant will 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. Currently, 14 of Bosch’s plants in China feature connected technologies and the company is leading user and provider of Industry 4.0 technologies. Bosch is partnering with the Chinese State Council’s Development Research Center (DRC) to drive forward connected manufacturing across the country.
Over the last five years, the Bosch Group has invested more than €2.5 billion in China – and almost €4 billion over the last 10 years. In 2016, the company generated sales of €12.5 billion in the Chinese market.