The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 280,000 associates generated sales of 45.1 billion euros in fiscal 2008. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros, or eight percent of its sales revenue, for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide.
In the automotive field Bosch is the largest supplier in the world. Bosch is known for many innovative automotive components and systems, like ABS, ESP, Fuel Injection Systems, Electro-hydraulic Braking Systems, Airbag Systems and Navigation Systems.
The Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering (CR) is responsible for the development of new technologies and product innovation in areas such as automotive electronics, car multimedia, energy and body systems, safety and security systems, software engineering, digital signal processing algorithms, very large
scale integration, and manufacturing techniques. Research labs are located in Germany and the USA. Experts of the Corporate Division Research and Development, Advanced Engineering as well as other divisions participate actively in standardisation bodies and expert groups.
Bosch is a main supplier in the field of alternative drive technologies – a large product portfolio of components and systems for a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles is offered. Working on hybrid technologies for more than 30 years Bosch has an extensive experience and know-how in battery technology (which it has extended through the recent joint venture SB LiMotive with Samsung SDI), electric drive, brake and energy management.