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