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Bosch to open new manufacturing plant in Russia

Bosch is to establish a new manufacturing site for automotive technology in Samara, Russia.

By 2015, the automotive industry’s largest supplier will have invested more than US$52 million in the new location. The buildings constructed in this phase of development will cover some 15,000 square meters of floor space, and include manufacturing, administration, warehousing, technical infrastructure, and a cafeteria. The site itself covers a total of some 200,000 square meters. Construction work is set to start in the first half of 2013. Bosch plans to employ more than 500 associates in Samara by the end of 2017

The company plans to locate the operations of three divisions at the new site: starter motors and generators, diesel systems, and chassis systems control. They will manufacture automotive technology such as antilock braking systems and alternators, mainly for local customers. These products will later be joined by starters and common-rail injectors for commercial vehicles. In making this move, Bosch says it is pursuing its strategy of further expanding the company’s global presence. “For Bosch, Russia is an important growth market. In establishing a further local manufacturing site, we can make better use of the opportunities the Russian market offers, and thus extend our presence in eastern Europe,” said Gerhard Pfeifer, the president of the Russian regional company. “In addition, since it is located in the southern European part of Russia, Samara is a perfect base from which to serve our local customers.”

7 January 2013


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