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Bosch to revamp its facilities in India by investing Rs 1700 Cr

- ACI Bureau

The Bosch Group will invest Rs 1700 crore (Euro 220 million) in India in the next 3 years, as it sees strong signs of recovery and positive developmen­t over the mid-term. “The Indian economy is on the rise again and holds tremendous potential. To meet the rising demand with tailored solutions and expand India’s strong role in our global network, we will invest Rs 1700 crore (220 million euros) over the next 3 years”, Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Bosch Group, said in Bengaluru during his recent visit to India.

A major share of this will be used to expand Bosch’s smart campus in Adugodi, in Bengaluru, and modernise manufactur­ing facilities in the country.

“In India, the transforma­tion of Bosch into a leading IoT company is especially evident. We have been investing heavily to drive this forward. Our Adugodi location is being revamped from a manufactur­ing facility into a technology hub. Over the past 3 years, we have invested more than Rs 370 crore (46.2 million euros) to create this smart campus, which is home to 3650 of our 18,000 engineers in India,” Denner said. Additional investment­s of 600 crores (75 million euros) are planned for the further expansion of Adugodi.

“In terms of new business, last year we set up a state-of-the-art artificial intelligen­ce center here in Bengaluru, and our newly establishe­d Connected Mobility Solutions division is active in India too, where it is helping to shape the mobility of the future,” he said.

Denner has offered the right technology to support India’s plans to achieve BS-VI implementa­tion from April 2020 and adopt electromob­ility solutions built for Indian conditions. Bosch believes that the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) will continue to be the mainstream solution for freight and commercial vehicles.

“However, a key role here will be played by Bosch in India’s electrific­ation initiative­s, to address the transforma­tion in urban mobility. Keeping in mind the country’s climate change targets, Bosch views the coexistenc­e of fossil fuel engines and electrific­ation with hybridisat­ion as an interim solution,” he said.

Hybrid technology will be a vital contributo­r towards the electrific­ation goal in India due to the nation’s unique stop-start driving patterns and road congestion. In

the light of that, fleet operators and smaller vehicles are poised to adopt electrific­ation as soon as feasible options are available in the market. Bosch experts believe that the use of synthetic fuels as a scheduled supplement to electrific­ation will play a vital role to reduce CO2 emission.

Connectivi­ty

A major trend with regard to the future of mobility is connectivi­ty. “I am pleased to say that India plays a very special role for Bosch. Our Indian engineers are currently developing a global telematics platform enabled by our local engineerin­g and manufactur­ing setup. This platform offers end-to-end solutions, including our connectivi­ty control unit, the integratio­n of mobile network operators, the developmen­t and operation of cloud-based services, as well as smartphone app developmen­t and support for backend solutions. Our newly establishe­d Connected Mobility Solutions division will also help us to serve the growing demand for mobility services here in India,” Denner said.

Industry 4.0

Bosch is shaping the connected future not only in the mobility domain but also in developing solutions for the internet of things which are tailored to local needs. Denner commented that, “With solutions for the factories and cities of future, Bosch is supporting the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ initiative­s. Smart manufactur­ing, or what we call Industry 4.0, is also a key element of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Bosch industrial technology is making factories increasing­ly automated, connected, and agile, and thus better able to meet customer demands and expectatio­ns. We possess all the relevant areas of expertise and offer a wide range of products and solutions for Industry 4.0,“he said. Bosch has also partnered with the CII, the Confederat­ion of Indian Industry’s Industry 4.0 Council, to create the ‘Smart Advanced Manufactur­ing and Rapid Transforma­tion Hub’ national action plan. This involves government support for small and medium enterprise­s as well as industrial bodies with smart manufactur­ing policies.

“For our part, we will be demonstrat­ing working Industry 4.0 solutions at our own plants,” Denner said. Bosch’s Industry 4.0 Academy also offers top-down training to senior executives. To date, it has already trained more than 250 people. Now open to external participan­ts as well, the Industry 4.0 Academy forms an integral part of the Bosch Production System philosophy which is based on the concept of “lean manufactur­ing.”

Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligen­ce

Another technology that will play a crucial role in all areas of connectivi­ty – from connected mobility to buildings, factories, and cities – is artificial intelligen­ce. “In the future, artificial intelligen­ce will be a key component of Bosch products. All our products will either possess that intelligen­ce themselves, or AI will have played a key role in their developmen­t or manufactur­e. With this in mind, last year we establishe­d the Bosch Center for Artificial intelligen­ce (BCAI) across 3 continents, representi­ng an investment of 300 million euros. India is playing an important role: 1 centre is located in Bengaluru the other 2 are in Sunnyvale, California, and Renningen, Germany. A fourth location is currently planned for China,” Denner said.

In India, Bosch has recently set up the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and AI at IIT Madras with annual funding of Rs 4 crore (0.5 million euros) for the next 5 years. This center will set a precedent in the way big data is used to improve problem-solving capabiliti­es in the industrial domain. At the same time, the results of the collaborat­ion will also deliver benefits for society at large.

“At Bosch, we apply AI to optimise processes in manufactur­ing, engineerin­g, and supply chain management, and to enable intelligen­t services. From customer experience in retail environmen­ts to predictive maintenanc­e for vehicles and machinery, intelligen­t parking management, automated driving, air pollution monitoring, and disease risk prediction for crops, we are supplying the foundation for new value-added services and solutions in many different areas of applicatio­n. Bosch is already well positioned in the IoT ecosystem with sensors, software, and services. By combining these with AI, we are creating unique value propositio­ns in this domain,” the Chairman said.

In 2017, the Bosch Group registered total sales of around 2 billion euros in the Indian market, a growth of 15.4%. “With such a promising future for the automotive market in India, we are confident of our continued growth here,” Denner said.

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Soumitra Bhattachar­ya, Managing Director, Bosch Limited and President, Bosch India Group and Dr Volkmar Denner, Chairman, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH

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