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

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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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