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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Bosch at a glance

Sales revenue, associates, locations — key figures and brands at a glance

The Bosch Group employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros and 1.7 billion Euros EBIT in 2020. Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development at 129 locations across the globe.

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Our business sectors

The Bosch business sector Mobility Solutions. Here you can see the garage of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. It’s the world’s first location with Bosch’s Automated Valet Parking: the driverless parking service.

Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions is the biggest Bosch Group business sector, accounting for 59 percent of total sales. Bosch is one of the leading automotive suppliers. In this role, it is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. As a supplier of automotive original equipment, Bosch is involved in many diverse fields. Organizationally, these are covered by the Powertrain Solutions, Chassis Systems Control, Electrical Drives, Automotive Electronics, and Automotive Steering divisions. In addition, the Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division was set up at the start of 2021. Beyond the original equipment segment, its other divisions are Automotive Aftermarket, the service provider Connected Mobility Solutions, and Bosch eBike Systems. Further activities involve two-wheelers, commercial as well as off-highway vehicles, and engineering services. In response to the profound structural change in the automotive sector, Bosch above all takes a technology-neutral stance toward powertrain development, including renewable synthetic fuels. In 2020 alone, Bosch made upfront investments of around 500 million euros in electromobility, including fuel cells. Bosch is also systematically improving its driver assistance systems for automation levels 1 and 2, working on hands-free highway assist systems, and developing automated driving to SAE levels 3 and 4. With its Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, Bosch is responding to the changing requirements in the rapidly growing market for software-intensive electronic systems in the automotive sector.

The Bosch business sector Mobility Solutions. Here you can see the garage of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. It’s the world’s first location with Bosch’s Automated Valet Parking: the driverless parking service.
The Bosch business sector Industrial Technology. This is what the factory of the future looks like: Bosch Rexroth ensures comprehensive connectivity in factories.

Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology

In the business year 2020, the Industrial Technology business sector generated 7 percent of total Bosch Group sales. This business sector includes the Drive and Control Technology division, which specializes in drive and control technologies for efficient and powerful movement in machines and systems of any type and size. The division combines global application experience in the market segments of mobile applications, plant construction and engineering, and factory automation. With intelligent components, customized system solutions, and services, Drive and Control Technology creates the necessary environment for fully connected applications. The division offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the internet of things. Bosch’s largely in-house provider of assembly systems, Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions GmbH, develops flexible, scalable plans for assembly systems, customized solutions in the field of testing and process technology, and related services. The Bosch Connected Industry business unit is also part of Industrial Technology. With a focus on Industry 4.0, it develops software solutions and carries out projects for internal and external customers.

The Bosch business sector Industrial Technology. This is what the factory of the future looks like: Bosch Rexroth ensures comprehensive connectivity in factories.
The Bosch business sector Consumer Goods. Here you can see the application of a Bosch Professional cleaning disc X-LOCK Cleaning Disc.

Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

The Consumer Goods business sector contributed some 26 percent of total Bosch Group sales in 2020. Its Power Tools division is a supplier of power tools and garden tools, power-tool accessories, and measuring technology. Its extensive product range is aimed at both professional users in trade and industry and the DIY market. One of the division’s focal points is convenient, high-performance cordless tools, and increasingly also web-enabled tools and services. The key pillars of the division’s strategy are innovativeness, continuing digitalization, strong brands, the continued growth of online retail, and expansion of business in emerging markets. User experience — the focus on user needs in product and service development — is a decisive success factor in these endeavors. The Consumer Goods business sector also includes BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, which offers a broad range of modern, energy-efficient, and increasingly connected household appliances. Its product portfolio ranges from washing machines and tumble dryers through refrigerators and freezers, stoves, ovens, extractor hoods, and dishwashers, to small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, and food processors. The strategy of BSH Hausgeräte focuses on product innovations, on services triggered by connectivity, and on the expansion of digital business models. In the shape of Home Connect, BSH Hausgeräte offers an ecosystem with a cross-brand digital platform for home appliances. Here, it collaborates with many different partners. It aims to use the possibilities offered by digitalization to further expand direct consumer contact.

The Bosch business sector Consumer Goods. Here you can see the application of a Bosch Professional cleaning disc X-LOCK Cleaning Disc.
The Bosch business sector Energy and Building Technology. Here you can see the Bosch spexor – the mobile alarm device.

Energy and Building Technology

Energy and Building Technology

In 2020, the Energy and Building Technology business sector generated 8 percent of total Bosch Group sales. Its Building Technologies division has two areas of business: the global product business for security and communications solutions, and the regional system integration business. The latter offers solutions and customized services for building security, energy efficiency, and building automation in selected countries. Both units focus on commercial buildings and infrastructure projects. The product portfolio encompasses video-surveillance, intrusion-detection, fire-detection, and voice-alarm systems, as well as access-control and professional audio and conference systems. The Thermotechnology division offers solutions for heating and indoor climate control, hot water, and decentralized energy management to customers worldwide. It provides heating and air-conditioning systems, plus energy management for residential buildings, water heaters, and plant construction business for commercial and industrial heating and air-conditioning systems. Electrification and renewables are also becoming increasingly important due to tougher requirements for reducing CO2 emissions. Here, the division is focusing on innovation, in addition to improving the efficiency of existing products and enhancing the connectivity capability of its devices. The Bosch Global Service Solutions division provides business processes and services, primarily for customers in the automotive, financial services, and logistics industries, and in information and communications technology. Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH offers web-enabled, app-controlled products for the home.

The Bosch business sector Energy and Building Technology. Here you can see the Bosch spexor – the mobile alarm device.

Ownership structure and organization

The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Office building of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and former house of Robert Bosch in Stuttgart

Since it was established in 1964, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH has been carrying on the company founder’s public welfare endeavors. It helps smooth the path toward viable solutions for social challenges. The support it provides can take the form of projects of its own, of partnerships, and of grants for third-party initiatives. The Stiftung finances its work from the dividend it receives as a shareholder in Robert Bosch GmbH.

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