Bosch (China) Business Report FY ended Dec. 2017

Business Overview

-In recent years, the Company has been expanding its activities in the development and manufacturing of products specifically designed for the Chinese market and conducting these activities locally in China.

-The Company conducts its business in the following areas: diesel engine systems, gasoline engine systems, automotive electronics systems, electric drive systems, and chassis systems.

ZMJ aquisitesosch's motor business

-Bosch announced that it has successfully consummated the scheduled sale of its subsidiary SEG Automotive Germany, the former Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators Holding, together with all subsidiaries, to the purchaser consortium ZMJ (Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group) in Zhengzhou, China and CRCI (China Renaissance Capital Investment) in Hong Kong, China. For starter motors and generators, as well as in its capacity as a manufacturer of engine components for commercial vehicles and passenger cars, ZMJ is a major Chinese automotive supplier. As a ZMJ’s long-standing business partner, the financial investor CRCI will support the company in this acquisition as well. (From a press release on January 2, 2018)

-On September 23, 2017, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co., Ltd. said that the company would acquire 100% shares in Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators Holding GmbH (SG Holding) from Robert Bosch Investment Nederland B.V. jointly with Chizhou Zhongan Zhaoshang Equity Investment Llp (Limited Partnership) and China Renaissance Capital Investment Inc. SG Holding is a managing company of the starter and alternator business subsidiary. After the share purchase transactions, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery will acquire research and development platform and production and sales networks of SG Holding. In March 2017, Zhengzhou Coal Mining acquired an automotive parts manufacturer, one of ASIMCO group companies. (From a corporate announcement on September 23, 2017)

Fountain Vest aquisites BMTS
-MAHLE Group informed that The Bosch Group and the MAHLE Group are planning to sell their joint venture Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems (BMTS) to FountainVest Partners (FountainVest), a private equity investor backed by global institutional investors. A contract for this purpose was signed on September 6th 2017 by the parties involved. The buyer intends to take over the entire business, including its approximately 1,300 employees. The joint venture was founded by Bosch and MAHLE in 2008. The two companies revealed their plans for the sale of the joint subsidiary at the beginning of 2017. The new owner will open up important prospects and growth opportunities for BMTS in attractive markets such as China and North America. (From a press release on September 8, 2017)

Plant Investment & Production
-Bosch announced that the group is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China. The supplier of technology and services is investing nearly EUR 100 million in a new plant in the south-eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. Starting in 2019, the plant with a surface of approx. 20,000 square-meters will manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. This vacuum-independent electromechanical brake booster is a key component for electromobility and driver assistance systems. The new plant will also be equipped with Industry 4.0 solutions. Currently, 14 of Bosch’s plants in China feature connected technologies. In China, Bosch is partnering with the Chinese State Council’s Development Research Center (DRC) to drive forward connected manufacturing across the country. (From a press release on August 1, 2017)

-In April 2017, the Company's Wujin Plant of its electronics department started production. The plant locates in the Wujin EDZ in Changzhou City and covers a land of 34,000 sqm. As of 2019, the Wujin Plant will have an investment of CNY 800 million. As Bosch's second plant in China, it will provide autonomous driving solutions and electronic products and services to the Chinese market. (From news issued on April 12, 2017)

-In February 2017, Robert Bosch GmbH, Changchun Branch signed an agreement with the Changchun Hi-Tech Zone to construct a generator plant that has an annual production capacity of 3 million sets in the zone. The project has an investment of CNY 200 million. The 31,500-sqm plant will be built on a 45,000-sqm site. It will realize a production value of approximately CNY 700 million in 2017. In 2020, it will have a production value of CNY 1 billin and an annual production capacity of 3 million sets. (From news issued on February 27, 2017)

Strategic Cooperation

-On November 30 Shanghai AIWAYS Technology Co., Ltd. (AIWAYS Technology) signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. (Bosch) in Shanghai. The companies will team up to work on technologies including electric vehicle (EV) systems, autopilot, weight reduction, and car connectivity.
AIWAYS Technology is an automotive technology company in Shanghai that has invested a total of CNY 13.3 billion in a new energy project in Shangrao, Jiangxi. (From news issued on December 1, 2017)

-In November 2017, Weichai Power announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Robert Bosch to construct a world leading innovation and industrial chain for fuel cell vehicles. The partners will develop hydrogen fuel cell and relevant components. Bosch will help Weichai Power to construct a leading digital demonstration plant and improve the level of intelligence and automation of the plant. (From the company's press release on November 22, 2017)

-Bosch has announced that Bosch Group is to be part of one of China’s pioneering smart-city projects. The company signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the city of Tianjin. The aim of the alliance is to explore possibilities for putting the “Smart Tianjin” initiative into practice. The Chinese port is to be made into a smart city. Bosch will contribute the know-how it has gained so far from other smart-city projects, including Singapore, San Francisco, Stuttgart, Berlin, and the Hamburg docks. For smart cities, Bosch offers solutions in the areas of mobility, energy, buildings, security, and e-governance – in other words, digital city administration. In 2016, the Bosch Group recorded sales of EUR 12.5 billion in China. This means that the supplier of technology and services increased its sales by 12 percent year on year. (From a press release on June 20, 2017)

-In June 2017 Xpeng Motors announced a strategic alliance with Bosch in the field of autonomous driving technologies. Xpeng has tied up with Baidu, and map providers AutoNavi and NavInfo to develop high-precision digital map content, and navigation and vehicle location service solutions, and its collaboration with Bosch will allow them to further advance the development of technologies for the higher levels of automated driving capability.

-On June 1, 2017, Bosch and Baidu, the largest search engine firm in China, signed a strategic partnership framework agreement in the field of smart mobility in China. Bosch plans to take part in Baidu’s Apollo project as a partner to provide sensors, related hardware, and the “Bosch Road Signature” for vehicle localization. Also, the two companies intend to form a technical alliance to support the development of regulations and standards for autonomous driving cars in China. (From a press release on June 1, 2017)

-Bosch announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with the Chinese internet group Baidu and the map providers AutoNavi and NavInfo. The four partners are working on a solution that will let them use information collected by Bosch’s radar and video sensors in vehicles to generate and update maps. Automated vehicles will use the data collected by Bosch sensors to determine their own location, which is essential for automated driving. This data will be compatible with the three partners’ map data. Bosch, AutoNavi, Baidu, and NavInfo want to present their solution before the end of the year. (From a press release on April 19, 2017)

R&D Facility

-The Company has cutting-edge technical centers in Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou, Chongqing, and Changsha to serve the Chinese market. The Company is active in hiring local engineers in order to quickly respond to demand from Chinese customers.

-In November 2008, the company opened its winter proving-ground in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia.

-In 2017, the Company's total R&D expenditure in China is 6.4 billion yuan. It has 23 technical centers and about 6,850 R&D staff.

Technical Center

City Year Established Name Focus of R&D activities
Shanghai 1995 United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd. Technology Center Gasoline engine systems



2005 Bosch Diesel Technology Center Diesel engine systems



2005 Bosch Suzhou Technology Center Automotive electronic technology and brake systems
Chongqing 2006 United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd. Choingqing Technology Center Technical support to accommodate the gasoline engine systems



Under construction
Bosch Changsha Technology Center
Electric systems and starter motors



2015 Great Wall Motor’s Haval R&D center SUV

Testing Center

City Year Established Name Focus of R&D activities
Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia 2007 Bosch (Hulunbeier) Automotive Winter Testing Co, Ltd. Winter road testing of active safety technologies, which include Anti-lock Breaking Systems (ABSs), Electronic Stability Programs (ESPs), and Traction Control Systems (TCSs)



2010 Bosch (Donghai) Automotive Test & Technology Center Co., Ltd. Road testing of active safety technologies, including Anti-lock Breaking Systems (ABSs), Electronic Stability Programs (ESPs)

ECU solution

City Year Established Name Focus of R&D activities
Shanghai 2005 ETAS Automotive Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Automotive ECUs

Major supply agreements

Products Supply destination Model Model year
ESP 9.3 high-dynamic system Geely Lynk&Co 01 2017
Ninth-generation ESP system, TCS system, reversing image system FAW Haima Family F7 2017
Ninth-generation ESP system Changan Auto OushangA800 2017
ESP system JMC Landwind X2 2017