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World of Bosch
Prince Michael of Kent experiences latest innovations in safety technology
Security Systems division strengthens product and service offering through acquisition
Customer-focused innovations from Household Appliances are showcased in style
Bosch Rexroth Automation provides a cost effective, time saving innovation for the car industry
The magazine for Bosch in the UK
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Company News Innovation It’s ‘All Around You’ again in 2009
3 u ‘All Around You’ again in 2009
is the key Bosch’s successful All Around You campaign moves into 2009 with £2,000 worth of prizes available to win every month.
4 u Security Systems division strengthens offering Security Systems
u Royal visit for Worcester Thermotechnology Corporate Winner’s story
Rexroth outlines new automation strategy
HRH experiences latest safety technology
future This year’s campaign gives entrants Alex Short, from Beverley in East delighted when he received the winning
Foreword the chance to win a host of Bosch Yorkshire, won the 2008 Big Bosch call as he doesn’t usually enter prize
Innovation by Robert Meier, products every month, including Home Prize for the All Around You draws and only decided to do so on this
managing director power tools, lawn and garden campaign. His prize was £8,000 occasion because he thought Bosch
9 u Council stands by Metal Mickey for its security Security Systems
equipment, home appliances, worth of Bosch products. was an excellent brand.
Swiss Star success for Sigpack Systems
New Lithium-Ion products are a cut above
Lawn and Garden Foreword security systems and much more, up
to the value of £2,000.
He came across the prize
draw whilst looking for a birthday
Choosing the prizes hasn’t taken
long and Mr Short has already
11 u Self-cleaning appliances the way forward Household Appliances Continuing to develop innovative products that add real The idea of the campaign is present for his brother, who had selected a whole bunch of professional
12 u Professional power tools take burn-out test Power Tools value to our customers will be essential for the coming year. to bring to life the Bosch slogan just moved into a new apartment. blue power tools, a range of home
u Successful 85 years for Skil Power Tools Although we understand that 2009 will bring its challenges, ‘Invented for Life’ in a dynamic and Having decided that a Bosch drill appliances and is considering a Bosch
13 u Rexroth increases flexibility for car manufacturers Rexroth at Bosch our focus remains on our long-term strategy, which fun way by presenting key facts on was an essential item for any new security system for his brother’s place
our slogan ’Invented for Life’ strongly underpins. the Bosch Group before offering the homeowner, he was researching of work.
Corporate Information One initiative that demonstrates our clear focus on chance to enter the prize draw and the latest products on Bosch’s He said: “I couldn’t have won with
the long term will give UK machine builders a global win Bosch products as prizes. professional power tools website a better company than Bosch. When I
14 u Find out about Bosch divisions in the UK Corporate
competitive advantage. Bosch Rexroth’s innovative The 2008 campaign received over when he took the decision to enter told my friends what I’d won, they were
automation strategy directly confronts the challenges 38,000 entries and is back again for the prize draw. all impressed as Bosch is renowned
faced by machine builders and as a result will deliver the 2009 by popular demand. Packed Mr Short, who is a qualified for its excellent quality tools and
17 u Worcester promotes summer switch off Thermotechnology widest range of solutions from a single supplier. with new features and prizes, there is microelectronics engineer, was appliances that last.”
18 u Industry leaders debate energy efficiency Thermotechnology Innovation from within our Packaging Technology the option for entrants to receive an
u New driving force for boats Engineering division has recently won awards, supporting its position
19 u Reaching for the ‘Greenskies’ Thermotechnology
at the forefront of its field as one of the largest suppliers For a chance to win £2,000 worth email reminder about the prize draw Bosch. Last year, there were over
to the pharmaceutical, confectionery, cosmetics and food of Bosch products every month at the start of every month. They 35,000 requests to be kept informed
20 u Environmentally-aware manufacturing Rexroth
industries. in 2009, simply visit www.bosch. can also request to be kept informed in this way.
Bosch had the opportunity to demonstrate innovations co.uk/allaroundyou and answer two about the latest innovations from
Human Resources / People
in vehicle safety to HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, during questions on Bosch’s latest product
21 u Engineering a bright future with Bosch Corporate his recent visit to the test facility in Boxberg, Germany. innovations and solutions in both
22 u Counting on experience pays off Corporate HRH experienced Bosch’s latest active braking systems, industrial and consumer areas. Full
u places with a Bosch apprenticeship
Go Automotive adaptive cruise control technologies and further terms and conditions apply.
23 u Bosch innovation creates jobs Lawn and Garden enhancements to ESP®.
u Working towards a European vision Corporate You can find out more about these initiatives along with
24 u Focusing on the future Thermotechnology
other successful innovations in the ‘Innovation’ chapter
of this issue of World of Bosch.
Customer Orientation Being a truly innovative company requires an ethos
and passion for learning at its core and our founding
25 u Trees planted to celebrate boiler installation Thermotechnology principles of quality and innovation are exemplified both
u Governor of the Bank of England visits Bosch Corporate in our products and services, and also in our internal
26 u ‘Supplier of the Year’ title for Automotive Automotive processes and development of our employees.
u Worcester picks up top award Thermotechnology This issue of World of Bosch features a number of
27 u Chassis system development recognised Automotive examples of how Bosch places great importance on the
development of its associates at all stages of their career
with the organisation.
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Security Systems division strengthens The AEGIS illuminators were
mounted to a specially modified 4×4
instigated a successful trial of an
intruder deterrent system that used
include access control at the UN
building in New York, automated
customer offering to allow one brave cameraman to
capture close up, broadcast quality
visible white light illuminators
to flood an area with light when
cargo movements at Helsinki Port
and traffic monitoring in Stockholm.
Last year’s acquisition of the Extreme CCTV Group by Bosch Security Systems will deliver an enhanced product video in total darkness triggered by unwanted trespassers.
portfolio in 2009 and the future. The BBC producer of Big Cats Dave Farman, director of TEW Plus
commented: “Infrared technology Ltd said: “The system really works Did you know?
Security Systems manufacture of security lighting Night-time viewing for BBC played a crucial role in the crew’s and we can claim a 100% success rate.
and vehicle licence plate capture ‘Big Cat’ fans ability to find, track and ultimately There have been no repeat incidents Big Brother’s famous ‘roving eye’
The 2008 acquisition of the Extreme cameras. Hampshire based Forward AEGIS infrared (IR) illuminators to film the animals, using infrared of vandalism or cable theft at the sites cameras, which have become
CCTV Group by Bosch Security Vision CCTV, supply the industry- from Derwent are used by the BBC’s meant recording was able to go on following the installation of our new synonymous with the programme
Systems has enhanced Bosch’s leading MIC Series of PTZ cameras – Natural History Unit to enable throughout the night, revealing a side deterrent system.” since its UK launch in 2000, are
already impressive CCTV product or ’Metal Mickey’ cameras as they are monitoring of the Marsh Pride of big of life that is rarely, if ever, seen.” The Bosch ‘Extreme Series’ of Forward Vision’s ‘Metal Mickey’
portfolio. The Extreme CCTV Group affectionately known. cats at night in Kenya’s world famous cameras, specifically designed for cameras – or the
consists of three unique divisions Bosch Security Systems is Masai Mara game reserve. Security lighting delivers 100% difficult surveillance conditions are MIC Series
which specialise in the design, well-known and respected for being The BBC’s Big Cats Live series, success rate for Network Rail used inside the Channel Tunnel, from Bosch
development and manufacture of an innovative, global, one-stop-shop, broadcast on BBC One in October 2008 Derwent’s visible white light surely one of the most extreme as they are
robust, uncompromising security providing high quality security and featured live web-casting, allowing illuminators helped combat a spate environments possible; with its now known.
equipment. communications equipment. audiences to watch footage of vandalism and thefts within low light conditions, high pressure The robust,
Extreme CCTV, based in The introduction of the Extreme 24-hours a day from the UK’s Network Rail air flows, humidity and ambient aesthetically
Vancouver, Canada, supply a Group products allows Bosch to the heart of Africa’s infrastructure. salinity. pleasing MIC
range of cameras designed for the expand its already extensive CCTV most famous game Security REG vehicle licence plate cameras have
most demanding of surveillance product portfolio to satisfy an even reserve. installer TEW capture cameras – or the REG also replaced traditional
conditions; from extreme wider range of applications and Plus Ltd Series from Bosch – are field ‘shoebox’ style CCTV
temperature ranges, to corrosive customer needs. proven in critical security and cameras in numerous
and volatile atmospheres and vandal A number of high profile projects access control applications city centre surveillance
prone areas. Derwent Systems, have already been secured involving around the world to deliver applications up and down
based in Newcastle upon Tyne, products from Extreme CCTV, consistent, reliable capture the country.
UK is a centre of excellence for the Derwent and Forward Vision. 24/7. High profile applications
Derwent Systems, centre of excellence for the manufacture of security lighting AEGIS infrared illuminators were used on BBC's Big Cats Live series in October,
and vehicle licence plate capture cameras. meaning filming could go on throughout the night.
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A Royal visit for Worcester Rexroth’s new strategy gives UK machine
Worcester, Bosch Group, was one of a select handful of businesses in the Worcester area to receive a VIP visit
from HRH, the Duke of Kent, as part of a planned tour around the region.
builders a global competitive edge
Bosch Rexroth has launched an innovative new strategy for automation that offers machine builders the widest
Thermotechnology home heating and it gave us the range of solutions from a single supplier.
opportunity to highlight some of the
Led by Carl Arntzen, sales and work we do, particularly in the field Rexroth
marketing director at Worcester, of product innovation and customer
HRH was invited to look around service. The new strategy directly confronts
the heating manufacturer’s factory “HRH was particularly interested the challenges faced by machine
and extensive training facilities, in our wide range of renewable builders such as minimising time to
giving the Duke of Kent the chance heating solutions, taking the time market, reducing the overall cost
to meet employees involved in the to discuss the developments with of ownership through economies
manufacturing process whilst gaining a group of installers who were of scale regarding procurement,
a greater understanding of the latest undertaking one of our training machine building, servicing and
energy saving heating and hot water courses. To see a member of the training and the mitigation of risk, all
technologies available in the UK. Royal Family take such a passionate of which also benefit the end-user.
Further to his guided tour, interest in our products is a real Traditionally, machine designers
HRH, the Duke of Kent, presented endorsement of Worcester’s strategy have sourced hydraulics, electric
delighted schoolgirl, Abbie to focus attention on the critical drives, pneumatics, safety, controls,
Brighton, aged 8, with a certificate need to conserve non-renewable conveying and mechanics separately.
in recognition of her winning the energy resources and minimise Often each defined discipline can
seasonal award for Worcester’s environmental damage. have several companies bidding for
Environment 2020 art competition. “As a British based company, we HRH, the Duke of Kent, presenting the work, meaning a slower and more
Following the presentation, HRH were delighted to have the chance Abbie Brighton with her certificate complicated procurement process is
unveiled a commemorative plaque in to demonstrate our manufacturing for winning the Worcester inevitable.
Worcester’s Energy Atrium to mark capabilities and the heating Environment 2020 art competition. Using one supplier across all of the
the occasion of the Royal visit. technologies available in the UK disciplines can ‘join up’ technologies
Carl Arntzen said: “We were to provide heating and hot water and products that have been request on-site visits by service consideration by the end-user, when
honoured to host such a prestigious comfort as well as helping to reduce greater understanding of the designed to work together, providing engineers from more than one looking at the total cost of ownership.
visit. The company prides itself domestic CO2 emissions. We hope importance of upgrading home- better compatibility and therefore supplier before the true problem and The issue of warranty is also
on being at the forefront of that, by seeing the technology for heating systems to meet Government better and more efficient machines. therefore culpability is ascertained simplified by consolidating suppliers,
new technology for domestic himself, HRH now has an even targets in years to come.” The ‘one supplier’ route can also and the problem fixed. The resulting allowing warranties to be harmonised
cut out difficulties once a machine downtime for the end-user can for further peace of mind.
is in situ. If a failure should occur, lead to the machine builder being The automation strategy from
the machine builder may have to charged for the ‘lost’ days of labour. Rexroth takes a rounded view
Harder to quantify, but not less of the machine building process
Customers benefit from economies significant, is the negative impact on and acknowledges that no single
of scale the relationship between machine technology can meet all efficiency
builder and end-user. and commercial targets in isolation.
Stuart Williams of Rexroth says: Particularly relevant for Considerable savings, not least in the
“When Rexroth is used as a sole small to medium sized machine crucial area of energy consumption,
supplier, we take total responsibility building companies is Rexroth’s can be made by the intelligent
and therefore, as with many global presence, which means interlinking of a variety of technologies
aspects of our automation strategy, that wherever the end-user (and and this approach will benefit UK
customers benefit from economies their machine) is in the world, machine builders by making their
of scale. they have support close at hand. solutions more competitive and
“A simple example of this is This is another major element for attractive to the end-user.
training. If there are seven different
suppliers’ technologies on one
machine and an end-user is running
a three shift system, that’s an awful
lot of training sessions.
“Rexroth can reduce the time and
A tour of the manufacturing facilities was arrange for HRH, the Duke of Kent, during his visit. cost of training dramatically.”
Rexroth’s ‘one supplier’ route ‘joins up’ technologies and products.
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Prince Michael of Kent experiences Council stands by Metal Mickey
latest safety technology for security needs
Bosch Automotive OE’s UK managing director Hermann Kaess accompanies HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, on a visit Nine years on from installing its first MIC camera, Bristol City Council is now taking it over the 250 mark.
to the test facility at Boxberg, Germany.
Security Systems MIC cameras offer numerous
Automotive Bosch is acknowledged as being at and Sweden at 93%. HRH has gone benefits over traditional CCTV
the forefront of the work developing on record urging individuals and Bristol is no different from any other cameras. As well as being much
Being a powerful advocate and active and passive safety systems and particularly companies to specify major city in the UK in that it has to more aesthetically pleasing than
support of road safety, Prince invented one of the most important ESC when buying a new car. address its fair share of inner-city standard ‘shoebox’ style cameras,
Michael, the patron of RoadSafe, vehicle safety technologies of the Prince Michael also visited the crime and road congestion. However, MIC cameras are compact, extremely
has a keen interest in vehicle century, ESP® (Electronic Stability Bosch Chassis Systems facility at the difference for this Council is that rugged and offer a full 360°
developments that have the Program). Abstatt, also the location of Bosch it is staying ahead of the game thanks continuous rotation pan and 320° tilt
capability to reduce death and injury Engineering Group, close to Stuttgart to the MIC Series of PTZ cameras control for complete area coverage.
on the road. Raising awareness of ESC where the company undertakes from Bosch. Multi-protocol operation means
On his trip to the Boxberg- During his visit, Prince Michael also engineering and development work In 2008 Bosch Security MIC cameras are compatible with
based test facility, HRH was able to received a briefing by the head of for leading car companies from Systems acquired Forward all leading control systems and the
experience first hand some of the Bosch Chassis Systems Dr Werner around the world. Vision, manufacturers of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition
latest vehicle safety technologies Struth and head of marketing HRH’s visit to Germany was industry-leading MIC or ‘Metal (ANPR) functionality is easy to Forward Vision’s MIC1 series
being developed by Bosch and communications and promotion followed closely by the news that Mickey’ cameras as they are more configure. Available with a range of keeping a watchful eye on Bristol
systems that will be fitted to cars in Sandra Pastore on the current Bosch has gained another major affectionately known, enabling mounting options, brushless motor City Council for nearly a decade.
the coming years. These included situation across the globe. Many European road safety award. Bosch to extend its already extensive technology ensures smooth, whisper
the latest active braking systems, small cars sold across Europe do not The eSafety Forum’s ‘Saving Lives CCTV product portfolio to satisfy an quiet operation.
adaptive cruise control, night fit ESC as standard and the UK lags Award’ recognises outstanding even wider range of applications and nine years ago and have never
vision as well as the most recent behind many European countries, achievements in promoting customer needs. Introducing the latest technologies looked back.
extensions to ESP®, also known as the installation rate in the UK being eSafety systems in Europe. Renowned for reliability The latest models to be installed in “The cameras are ‘plug and play’,
ESC (Electronic Stability Control). 48% compared with Germany 79% and flexibility even in the most Bristol are the MIC 400 aluminium excellent for ease of installation
challenging surveillance conditions, and MIC 400 infrared cameras which and maintenance, and provide
MIC cameras have been assisting are both rated to IP68 for extreme the exact level of flexibility and
Bristol Council with city centre environment protection and come reliability required for city centre
surveillance since the first with a choice of 18× or 36× true day/ surveillance.”
installation in 2000. Local installer night camera modules. The infrared
Select Electrics introduced the version comes equipped with
Council to this technology in their integrated 850nm illuminators for
role as principal contractor for the over 55m of IR-enabled night vision.
installation and maintenance of Bristol City Council control
CCTV systems. room manager Gordon
“At the time, MIC cameras were McLanaghan was involved
seen as quite a radical design and in the trial back in 2008.
the Council needed to be convinced He explains: “We first
that it would give them the high level trialled one of the
of performance and reliability they cameras nearly
needed,” explained Select Electric’s
managing director, Ray Murphy.
“It is testimony to its quality
and performance record that there
are now more than 250 MIC series
cameras deployed in Bristol, not
only for security but also in a traffic
“On sites where other
manufacturers’ cameras are
installed, these cameras are
gradually being replaced with the
HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, getting ready to experience Bosch’s advanced safety technology. ‘Metal Mickeys’ as budget become
available,” he added.
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Swiss Star success for Sigpack Systems Self-cleaning the way forward for
An innovative packaging concept that not only protects and stores, but even stirs up a hot drink gets recognised
in prestigious awards.
Bosch home laundry appliances
Bosch’s complete new range of built-in home appliances receives impressive spring showcase.
Packaging modern, easy to use, lifestyle product
for consumers. Household Appliances
At the forefront of its field, Bosch The Stick Pack (primary)
Packaging Technology is the largest packaging of the tea is conducted The new collection of Bosch built-
supplier of packaging technology with a system developed by Alcan in appliances has been designed
in the world. The division’s core Packaging, which includes an FDA to provide perfect symmetry in a
markets are in the pharmaceutical, certified, springback foil that reverts home and to celebrate the launch
confectionery, cosmetics and food to its original, cylindrical form after of this completely re-designed
industries and it’s from these that filling. The Pull Pack Packaging range, the division is putting on the
a reputation for innovation and concept functions as secondary largest display of its home appliance
excellence has been earned. packaging and guarantees a quick products that Europe has ever seen.
Sigpack Systems, one of the and exact opening for the clean Above: The innovative Tpod in The clever innovations that can
division’s companies, has been withdrawal of the tea sticks. The action, acting as a tea bag and be experienced from the new range
helping to maintain this reputation, combination of these two packaging stirring device in one. include a self-cleaning tumble dryer
having been presented with the formats sealed with a tight closure Below: The award-winning ‘Tpod in and a collection of ultra efficient
prestigious ‘Swiss Star 2008’ award, ensures the quality and protects the Pull Pack’. dishwashers that use as little as 10
in the sales-packaging category, aroma of the tea. litres for a full load of 14 place settings.
at the 39th ‘Swiss Star’ Event. The Sigpack Systems developed the
award is for the ‘Tpod in Pull Pack’ machinery for the production of the Cooking – Great performance.
packaging and was given by the perforated Stick Pack as well as for the Perfect symmetry
Swiss Packaging Institute. filling and secondary packaging of the Every single detail of the new built-in
The ‘Tpod in Pull Pack’ combines ‘Tpod’. The line concept was planned cooking range has been meticulously
the Pull Pack packaging style and projected according to specific considered, from the door designs Home laundry – Auto stain Cleaning System. This innovative
with the Bistrozucker (Stick Pack) customer requirements, including and handles through to the control removal system technology uses water extracted
packaging style to produce a packaging format and capacity. panels, dials and knobs. Matching All stains are not alike and now for the during the drying cycle to flush out
panels and clean, symmetrical first time, Bosch presents a washing the condenser, removing the lint and
lines give the option of mixing machine that understands this fact. retaining peak efficiency.
The new Lithium-Ion products are and matching appliances both
horizontally and vertically.
Whether using hot or cold water,
longer or shorter washing cycles or
a cut above more or less intensive drum rotation,
the Auto Stain Removal
Bosch Lawn and Garden excite the media with innovative technologies and customer-focussed product benefits. System on the new
Logixx 8 comes with
Lawn and Garden Naomi Reynolds, UK product settings to tackle 16 of
manager said: “The Garden Press the most commonly
The Lawn and Garden division took a Event is an incredibly important occurring stains.
stand at this year’s RHS Garden Press date in our calendar. It gives us the
Event to showcase opportunity to meet and talk to key Home laundry
the entire Bosch journalists and helps us to build these – Automatic self-
garden range, which vital media relationships. cleaning system
included several “This year, everyone The new built-in cooking range For a tumble dryer to
new and innovative we spoke to was features clean, symmetrical lines. run at peak efficiency,
products for 2009, impressed by the the condenser has
in particular an new Rotak 34 Li to be kept clean of
exciting range lawnmower, the lint that gathers
of Lithium- the new over time and
Ion Isio shrub Left to right; Gary King, UK traditionally, this is
powered shear and marketing manager, Roger Tombs, done by hand. Bosch’s
products. particularly UK customer training manager new EcoLogixx 7
the new Bosch and Naomi Reynolds, UK product has the solution, the
Ciso, Lithium-Ion powered cordless manager. groundbreaking
secateurs – which are a world first.” Automatic Self-
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New professional power tools stand up to Rexroth delivers increased flexibility
the burn-out challenge to car manufacturing
Brand manager Steve Hillier pushes the new Bosch cordless combis to the max with the innovative ‘smoking gun’ test. A focus on modular systems by Rexroth, Bosch’s drive and controls division, is set to provide the car industry
with a much needed cost effective, time saving innovation.
Keen to prove that the new heavy
duty cordless 14.4V and 18V As the automotive industry becomes
Lithium-Ion powered combis were increasingly competitive, machine
worthy of their place on a demanding builders need to look at new ways
construction site, Steve wanted an to satisfy demands for greater
innovative and attention-grabbing efficiency, cost reduction and
way to launch these to market. increase productivity
Robustness and high A particular technique well known
performance are essential in the for delivering such efficiency drives in
building industry and these latest the automation industry is the modular
introductions to the professional approach. As modular components are
power tools range had the benefit easy to combine, to simplify design and
of incorporating Bosch’s unique engineering tasks, attention is being
Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) focused on this area for the future.
and Electronic Cell Protection (ECP). Rexroth is one of the world’s
These features prevent motor burn leading specialists in drive and
out and permanent battery damage control technologies and as such, has
that could be caused by drilling and experience and success in developing
driving under excess load. stalled whilst the operator continues battery and has been demonstrated systems of this kind for a wide range
Wanting to demonstrate these to pull the trigger. Within seconds, at events across the country, of industries, including food and
unique features in a clear visual the machine without electronic including a dealer day where drink, petrochemical and automotive.
manner, the ‘smoking gun’ test was protection begins to burn out. the products were launched to One of Rexroth’s key concepts to be
devised. The test is carried out using The test is proof that the unique distributors, and at Interbuild, the developed using this vast experience
two combis – one with EMP and ECP technology in the tools prevents UK’s largest construction exhibition is the Programmable Lift Platform
and one without. The machines are expensive damage to the tool and held at the NEC last year. (PLP), a simple, yet highly innovative
and cost effective programmable
gantry style platform that uses and electric servo motors and drives. Rexroth is in the unique position
Here’s to a successful modular automation components
such as ball screws, linear elements
Almost like a linear robot, the PLP is
a lift and position platform: Instead
of being able to provide the complete
solution, comprising motion control
85 years from Skil of just lifting the car, the X and Y
axes are used to position different
architecture, rotary and linear motion
components and operator interface,
This year, Skil, one of the UK’s leading power tools end-effectors such as a weld gun or all of which provides customers
brands, will celebrate 85 years’ of delivering tightening tool. with a single point of contact and the
innovation to the industry. The PLP negates the need for assurance of seamless compatibility.
the production line robots to be
Key benefits of the Programmable
Skil on the road Power Tools Quality is at the heart of every re-programmed to accommodate a
product and every process at Skil new body shape every time a new
In March, Skil showcased their range It all began back in 1924 when and this focus on exacting standards car passes through – the outcome u Modular system saving valuable
of products alongside Bosch DIY, Skil invented the circular saw, was officially recognized with ISO of which would be costly downtime design and engineering time
Dremel and Rotozip at the National which became affectionately 9001 certification in 1993, making as many robots have sophisticated u Increased flexibility of car body
Homebuilding and Renovating Show known as the Skilsaw and remains Skil the first power tool company in multi-axis movements. styles on one production line
at the NEC. the brand’s flagship product the UK to receive such a distinction. Within the automotive industry u Reduction in robot
The show provided a fantastic today. Over the years Skil has Skil’s 85 years worth of experience a solution such as Rexroth’s re-programming delivering
opportunity for end users to gain developed a complete power tools supports their unique knowledge of Programmable Lift Platform facilitates less downtime
first hand experience of the quality range and has registered many what power tool users really want; a flexible body shop, enabling multiple u Significant reduction in number
and innovation that runs through the inventions and patents including straight forward, functional tools car bodies to be produced on the same of control components required,
Bosch power tool brands. Automatic Belt Centering, the that combine robustness, easy and Rexroth's time saving Programmable production line – a requirement with consequently reducing storage
‘Equalizer’ Sanding frame and the effective handling, and unbeatable Lift Platform. heightened importance in the current and related costs
variable speed switch. value for money. economic slowdown.
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Robert Bosch – The Company Bosch is one of the world’s leading consumers to work anywhere and anytime
manufacturers of power tools with plants in thanks to the mobile phone based technology
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier The remaining shares and voting rights are held the USA, Brazil, Malaysia, India and China, which offers many practical benefits in terms
of technology and services, with some by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. in addition to Germany, The Netherlands of weight, versatility and speed of charging.
271,000 associates generating annual sales This special ownership structure and Switzerland. The Bosch name has In the UK, Bosch also markets Skil
of approximately €45 billion (2008), in the guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom always been synonymous with high quality, power tools with ranges for both DIY and
areas of automotive and industrial technology, of the Bosch Group, making it possible for high performance products combining professional applications; Dremel, which
consumer goods and building technology. The the company to plan over the long term innovation with value. Today, Bosch DIY and produces an innovative range of multi-
Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and to undertake significant up-front Professional Power Tools are supported by purpose tools and RotoZip - Bosch’s newest
and approximately 300 subsidiary and regional investments in the safeguarding of its future. a comprehensive range of accessories. The brand in the professional sector.
companies in more than 50 countries. Additional information can be accessed at Professional range comes in a distinctive blue
In 2008, the company spent more than www.bosch.com and www.bosch.co.uk The Robert Bosch casing, while products for the DIY market
€3.9 billion on research and development and are green. Bosch has lead the way with
applied for over 3,850 patents worldwide – a Stiftung (Foundation) Lithium-Ion cordless power tools that enable
new record. With an average of 14 patents
applied for every working day, Bosch is one Websites The Robert Bosch Stiftung
of the world’s most innovative companies. (Foundation) is one of the major
With all its products and services, Bosch has www.bosch.co.uk German foundations associated with Rexroth
set itself the aim of developing innovative and Official website of Bosch in the UK a private company. It is committed to
beneficial solutions that improve the quality of social innovation and bringing about Bosch Rexroth is the technology and market Within the UK and Ireland, Rexroth has
life and help conserve resources, true to the www.bosch.ie positive changes in social life. The leader for Drive & Control within the industrial a network of dedicated sales and service
Bosch slogan ‘Invented for Life’. Official website of Bosch in Ireland focus areas of the forward-looking and business-to-business market places. It engineers, located close to customers in order
The company was set up in Stuttgart in initiatives supported by the foundation combines a broad product portfolio that includes to achieve a better understanding of their
1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as the are science, healthcare, international essential drive and control technologies, from requirements and ensure that expectations
‘Workshop for Precision Mechanics and More information relations, education, society and individual components through to system are met in full. Using the latest manufacturing
Electrical Engineering’. Today, 92% of the culture. Since its inauguration in 1964, solutions, and the ability on this basis to offer techniques and quality control procedures at
share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held Full details of the structure of the Bosch Group its programmes and institutions have integrated automation solutions with superior the production plant in Glenrothes, Rexroth
by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable are included in the FREE booklet, ‘Bosch in helped deliver over 800 million euros functions. Rexroth combines technological and can guarantee the efficient manufacture of
foundation. The majority of voting rights are the UK’. If you would like a copy of Bosch in the to charitable projects. For more economic benefits for the customer: supply superior quality radial piston motors.
held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand UK, the Bosch Annual Report or the Corporate information visit the website: from one source reduces interface costs and Bosch Rexroth recently acquired
KG, an industrial trust which manages Social Responsibility Report, please contact www.bosch-stiftung.de simplifies the customer’s processes from project Swedish-based Hägglunds Drives, a leading
entrepreneurial ownership functions. email@example.com planning to purchasing, logistics, and start-up international supplier of complete hydraulic
through to service. drive systems.
Original Equipment Lawn and Garden
As one of the world’s largest independent CO2 emissions of up to 8% while Bosch’s Renowned for being at the forefront of Wales. UK sales are handled from Bosch
manufacturers of automotive parts and commitment to vehicle safety has resulted technology and leaders in innovation, Bosch headquarters in Denham.
systems, Bosch products and technology are in the development of industry-leading Lawn and Garden products continue to In recent years, Bosch has introduced
supplied through a global network of factories active and passive safety systems such as gain ground in both the UK and European its Lithium-Ion technology into even more
and can be found on virtually every make of the Antilock Braking System (ABS) and the market. Based in Stowmarket, Suffolk, the gardening tools. Recent introductions to the
car currently produced throughout the world. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®), the head office is also home to a state of the cordless range set to follow in the footsteps
Bosch has been responsible for many core technology to which additional safety art factory where all powered lawnmowers of the enormously popular Lithium-Ion
significant automotive innovations since the systems will be networked, including airbag are manufactured and supplied to world Rotak lawnmowers and the hand-held
start of the motor car age that now contribute controllers with front, side and rear sensors, markets. In addition to the Bosch brand, Isio garden shears include a line trimmer
to further enhancing environmental protection rollover sensing, adaptive cruise control, Qualcast and Suffolk Punch lawnmower and hedgecutter, and a pair of cordless
with developments in gasoline direct injection, autonomous parking and Night Vision. products are also manufactured in secateurs. Lithium-Ion garden tools are
common rail diesel injection, hybrid drives, In the UK, the award-winning Cardiff plant Stowmarket, as well as the premium Atco powerful, extremely fast to charge and
and gearbox control. The Start-Stop system produces a mid range alternators, the majority range holding two Royal Warrants to Her always ready to use.
enables reductions in fuel consumption and of which are exported. Majesty the Queen and the Prince of
Automotive Aftermarket Domestic Appliances
With strong links to original equipment has considerably strengthened the position BSH Home Appliances Ltd (50/50 joint Home Appliances Ltd is one of the world’s
development and innovation, Bosch’s of the Diagnostics Product Division, offering a venture between Bosch and Siemens) and leading producers of domestic appliances.
aftermarket offering to customers goes beyond comprehensive ‘around the wheel’ and ‘around service company Appliance Care share an Bosch offers a new generation of high
traditional boundaries. Bosch offers one of the the engine’ range. ultra-modern head office in Milton Keynes performance products that are truly ‘Invented
most comprehensive ranges of OE-approved The Bosch Car Service network consists and a 400,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in for Life’. Built with the customer’s specific
aftermarket parts, from spark plugs, batteries of 450 independent garages nationwide who Kettering, from where the company’s superb needs in mind, they ease the burden of
and wiper blades to system products for diesel, work to an approved code of practice from range of white goods and small appliances is household chores, and at the same time help
petrol and braking. Bosch has been developing the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) – the UK’s distributed UK-wide. The company employs to save water and energy costs.
diagnostic equipment for over 85 years and consumer and competition authority. The over 31,000 people worldwide, working from The new Bosch ActiveWater dishwashers
today offers garages the most up-to-date Bosch Car Service network, diesel network numerous production sites across Europe, for example use only ten litres of water to
equipment for fault-finding, information and and all independent garages in the IAM are in addition to Brazil, Peru, Mexico, China wash 14 full place settings – compared to
system repairs, plus the technical knowledge offered technical development programmes, and the USA. From innovative refrigeration, 40 to 50 litres of water for washing the same
and training to apply the appropriate repair as well as foundation diagnostics and core dishwashers, home laundry and cooking load by hand.
solution. The acquisition of Beissbarth in 2007 systems knowledge. products to irons and vacuum cleaners, BSH
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Bosch Security Systems is committed to can design easy-to-install and dependable
being an innovative, customer-orientated solutions – all from a single supplier,
and global supplier of security and reducing installation time and improving
communication products and systems. The profits. At Bosch, design, innovation and
major product lines are CCTV, intrusion quality are a constant priority.
systems, conferencing, public address, As an example, St Pancras International,
social alarm, paging and IP network video. Eurostar’s new central London home, is
Bosch Security Systems helps its customers using leading edge IP CCTV technology from
to grow their business by working closely Bosch Security Systems. Also Plymouth
with them to win, support and maintain City Centre is combining CCTV with
top quality communication and security Bosch loudspeakers to speak to would-be
installations. Using the broad range of lawbreakers and discourage antisocial
advanced, reliable Bosch products and behaviour.
time-saving installation tools, customers
Bosch Thermotechnology UK Ltd, with its two and Greensource air source heat pumps.
brands Worcester and Buderus, is the heating Worcester provides the total solution for both
and hot water division of the Bosch Group the professional and consumer including
and one of the largest suppliers of heating training facilities across the country, extensive
products in Europe. Worcester is a leading field service support in addition to the
brand within the domestic heating and hot technical helpline and service operation.
water market in the UK. Buderus is an international brand in the
Traditionally known for its domestic world of heating technology and although
boilers, Worcester has been forward thinking relatively new to the UK, it has a proud
in its approach to providing energy efficient manufacturing heritage of over 275 years’.
products and has introduced a wide range They offer comprehensive technical support,
of renewable energy solutions to its product commissioning and dedicated service back-
range – Greenskies solar water heating, up to ensure products provide high levels of
Greenstore ground source heat pumps performance and efficiency year-on-year.
Bosch Packaging Services Ltd, based Modern packaging solutions provide
in Derby, is a leading global provider of reliable protection against light, humidity
automated packaging solutions for piece and and bacteria and Bosch is committed to
bulk goods, both for food and non-food items developing new technology that protects
including pharmaceutical, confectionary, precious goods whilst reducing the use of
cosmetics and food. It is from their UK and package materials. Working closely with
Ireland hubs that services are provided for customers to provide support tailored to
the machines and systems. their individual needs, the company prides
Flexible solutions are designed to handle itself on the supply of quality products and
several different products and deliver complete services that keep Bosch at the forefront of
and integrated packaging lines with a vast array the packaging industry.
of technologies such as: pick-and-place Delta
robots, in line feeders, robotic feeders, feeding
wheels and product orienters.
The ETAS Group is a wholly owned subsidiary ETAS Ltd has bases in Burton-upon-Trent
of Robert Bosch GmbH which provides and York. The company was established by
its automotive industry customers with ETAS GmbH in October 2001 in order to serve
comprehensive and integrated range of tools the customers in the United Kingdom and
and tool based solutions for development Nordic regions with automotive embedded
and service of automotive Electronic systems. With a total of 25 employees, five in
Control Units (ECUs). Included in its wide sales and 20 in development, the organisation
product offering are powerful hardware and provides complete sales and support to the
software development tools for ECUs in region. Currently, ETAS Ltd serves over 75
passenger cars and trucks, high performance different customers with products from the
operating systems for ECU microprocessors ETAS range, including small (less than five)
and a number of diagnostic tools for ECU and large (more than 500) user groups within
development and service. a range of automotive application areas.
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Worcester promotes big summer
Research carried out at Worcester’s ‘energy houses’ indicates fuel-bill savings of up to £160 per annum could be
achieved by switching to a solar water heating system.
Even if another ‘not so sunny’ UK
summer is on the cards, switching to
a solar water heating system, such as
Worcester, Bosch Group’s Greenskies
solar panels, could help supply all of a
household’s hot water throughout the
summer - meaning the boiler could
actually be completely ‘switched off’
during the brighter months.
Good for the pocket as well as the
environment, going for the big boiler
switch off could mean the average
household saves around £65 on
annual bills and around 325 kg/CO2,
(source EST). In practise, Worcester
has been monitoring 14 energy
houses around the UK, some of which
have enjoyed savings of up to £160
per annum and some 800kg/CO2. Inside one of Worcester’s 14 energy houses.
Of course, summer is the ideal time
to consider installing and making the
most of a solar water heating system Investing for the future you’re also reducing your bills by
but it is worth noting that the panels Remaining one of the cheapest and making use of the sun’s free energy
do not need continuous sunshine and easiest renewable technologies to – without additional impact on the
work even on cloudy days – perfect for install, a solar water heating system environment!”
the unpredictable UK weather! really is an investment for both now
and the future – with savings on ever Getting the most out of solar water
rising fuel bills, whilst dramatically heating systems
reducing environmental impact and
adding extra value to a home for the u Solar panels even work on
years ahead. cloudy days and do not require
Martyn Bridges, director of continuous sunshine to be
marketing and technical support at effective
Worcester, Bosch Group said: “As u The panels need to be positioned
fuel prices continue to rise we are to face south in order to get the
seeing more and more customers most benefit from daylight hours
turning to our Greenskies solar u Roof-mounted panels are most
water heating systems to provide common, but Worcester provides
their hot water throughout the brackets to enable wall or even
year. Working alongside an energy- floor mounting
efficient Greenstar condensing u A compatible boiler and hot
boiler, it can actually supply 50 -70% water cylinder will be required
of a home’s annual hot water needs to store the water. Various sizes
and, when it comes to making the are available to suit your home’s
most of the warmer months, being hot water requirements, which a
An energy efficient Greenstar able to turn off your boiler is even Worcester installer would be able
floor-standing boiler. more of a bonus. Not only are you to advise on
reducing your reliance on fossil fuels,
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Industry leaders debate the future of Reaching for the ‘Greenskies’
energy efficiency is a family affair
Representatives from Worcester, Bosch Group join distinguished guests at the Houses of Parliament to debate the Worcester, Bosch Group, helps establish a greener future for Staffordshire hotel with six Greenskies solar panels.
future of energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the UK.
Thermotechnology outdated coal-fired boiler with new,
Thermotechnology high efficiency condensing boilers,
Dunsley Hall Country Hotel in Kinver, Terrie and Wilf were also keen to
The exclusive evening event Staffordshire has moved into the 21st introduce solar thermal panels to
was hosted by Malcolm Wicks Century following the completion make the building more sustainable.
MP, the Prime Minister’s special of a two-year refurbishment. The Upon contacting Worcester to
representative for International project has retained the heritage discuss their options, they were
Energy issues, and attended by a and character of the property, happy to go ahead with their
select number of industry leaders whilst introducing new sustainable recommendation of investing in
from the heating and merchant technologies, like solar thermal six Greenskies solar panels to help
sectors, together with MPs and panels from Worcester, Bosch Group, generate plentiful supplies of hot
representatives from a number of to help reduce the hotel’s running water using energy from the sun.
relevant associations. costs and carbon footprint.
The event provided an Owners, Terrie and Wilf Reaping the benefits
opportunity for discussion and Beardsmore, purchased the seven Terrie explains: “Improving the heating
debate on a number of energy related Amongst the guests attending the Energy Efficiency debate were industry hundred year old listed building in system was an obvious place to start
issues, as well as considering how the leaders from the heating and merchant sectors, including Worcester, MPs and 2006 with the intention of bringing and with the environment in mind we
Government’s ambitious targets for representatives from relevant associations. it back to life by sympathetically were keen to hear about Worcester’s
a 15% reduction in carbon emissions restoring the interior décor Greenskies solar thermal panels. We Hotel-owner Terrie Beardsmore with
will be achieved by 2020 across the and introducing some new, were surprised to hear that the hotel her son, Simon, who installed the
British Isles. of discussion surrounding the SEDBUK ‘A’ rated, high efficiency environmentally friendly measures could start generating its own hot water panels after attending a Worcester
Representatives from Worcester Government’s aim to ensure all new condensing boilers. at the same time. for free and better still, my son, who is training course.
raised the issue of improving the build houses are zero carbon in the “Clearly more incentives are needed Dunsley Hall’s old central heating a qualified plumber, was able to install
efficiency of new build and existing next eight years, there is still a lot to encourage homeowners to upgrade system was one of the first areas to the panels having attended a training
homes, and led the debate on of work to be done to improve the or install renewable technologies like be addressed. As well as replacing an course at Worcester. “During the summer months, we
how to significantly improve the existing housing stock in the UK. solar thermal panels, ground source have been able to switch our boilers
efficiency of existing homes in view It is particularly frustrating that, and air source heat pumps. off altogether as our Greenskies
of Government plans to make all new with around 4.5 million standard “At Worcester, we value every panels are capable of delivering the
build homes ‘Zero Carbon’ by 2016. efficiency boilers currently installed opportunity to tackle climate change majority of hot water we need for our
Neil Schofield, head of sustainable in UK homes, not enough is being utilising the technical solutions guests – and it’s good to know we’re
development for Worcester, Bosch done to address the urgency of available at our fingertips.” making the most of energy from the
Group, said: “Whilst there is plenty replacing these appliances with sun which will also help reduce the
cost of our fuel bills in the longer
A new driving force for boats term,” Terrie added.
Martyn Bridges, director of
Bosch Engineering Group (BEG) joins forces with EU association to develop marketing and technical support for
an eco-friendly way for boats to manoeuvre in and out of the harbour. Worcester commented: “We were
really pleased to be able to help
Engineering division that provides engineering Dunsley Hall Hotel build an element of
expertise and development to niche sustainability into the refurbishment
Drawing on their experience with manufacturers and those with of this beautiful, old building.
vehicle hybrids, BEG is working special requirements, has been “As Terrie and Wilf’s property is
closely with the International Council brought in to develop the electronic a historic, listed building planning
of Marine Industry Associations to ‘brain’ of the system. permission was required for the
develop hybrid propulsion – a system This diversification of BEG installation to go ahead. However,
that will enable sailing boats to move activities doesn’t stop there. An as soon as permission was granted it
around the harbour electronically additional project is underway with was possible to position the panels
until they are out at sea. a UK yacht manufacturer to develop out of sight on a south-facing roof,
The sailing fraternity have been a system to make it easier for the Dunsley Hall Country Hotel with the Greenskies solar panels discreetly positioned proving this type of installation can
concerned about polluting harbours captain to manoeuvre safely in close out of sight on a south-facing roof. be carried out sympathetically on a
with diesel fumes and BEG, the quarters. building of this type.”
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Environmentally-aware manufacturing Engineering a bright future with Bosch
from Bosch The Bosch Engineer of the Future Competition is running again for 2009 and last year’s winner, Euan Crozier,
provides an insight into what made him the winner… and his exhilarating prize.
As part of Scottish Environment Week, Bosch Rexroth site takes the opportunity to highlight its commitment to
green manufacturing. Corporate
Rexroth we invest appropriately in the future
of our business and central to this
demonstrate an annual improvement
in the plant’s performance by
Developing the talent of Bosch
employees is an essential part of
For the last ten years, the Bosch is ensuring we employ sustainable systematically reducing the energy ensuring that the company stays at
Rexroth plant in Glenrothes, Fife has business practices. required to manufacture each single the forefront of innovation. The Bosch
recorded year-on-year reductions “This is a message that we motor. Engineer of the Future Award was
in emissions and as a result, has communicated to our employees at The Glenrothes plant is also established to facilitate just that and
dramatically increased its recycling the Glenrothes plant during Scottish currently investigating the feasibility to provide a platform for engineers
of all material types over that same Environment Week as we believe of generating renewable energy on across the UK divisions to showcase
period. It continually sets high that it is crucial that everyone site. A planning application has been their ideas and have their innovations of the Future Competition 2009
standards and reinforces its position understands the role that they play submitted to the local Council for the rewarded and recognised.
as an environmentally-aware in helping to reduce the impact our erection of a 60 metre Data Capture 2008’s winner Euan Crozier, a For your chance to win a VIP weekend trip for one to the winter test track in Vaitoudden, Sweden
you must show how you have had an innovative idea within the field of engineering, and implemented it,
manufacturer through the design business has on the environment. (Anemometer) Mast, the purpose of production engineer at the Bosch
leading to benefits to the Bosch Group. For more details on how to enter, plus full terms and conditions,
contact your local site co-ordinator:
and manufacturing of hydraulic Over the past few years, we have which is to obtain wind data to help Rexroth Glenrothes plant, was
motors for mobile equipment such as made positive progress on improving assess whether sufficient renewable recognised for an engineering
fork lift trucks, road rollers and skid all our key environmental impacts energy could be generated to innovation that not only increased
steer loaders. and this is something that it is support the majority of the plant’s quality but did this at a reduced cost
Scottish Environment Week is in essential we continue to focus on.” requirements. – a win/win situation.
its sixth year and brings together On a national scale, the energy Euan’s prize was a VIP weekend
Members of the Scottish Parliament Successful environmental initiatives consumed each year by UK trip to the Bosch Winter Test Centre
and environmentalists to celebrate from Bosch commerce and industry releases in Vaitoudden, Sweden - where the
Scotland’s environment. The Bosch Manufacturing can be a dirty about 60 million tonnes of carbon Automotive Division tests latest
Rexroth plant took the opportunity business with the potential to pollute into the atmosphere. technologies, such as ESP® on snow
to focus on and recognise its energy air, ground and water courses as In response to this, Bosch in the UK, and ice.
saving successes to date and increase well as being a substantial energy through all its different divisions, is This year’s Engineer of the Future
its focus further regarding future consumer. However, Glenrothes making great strides towards reducing Competition closed for entries on
environmental improvements in has implemented a successful fluid the impact that manufacturing March 16th 2009.
manufacturing. management system and has reduced has on the environment. All Bosch
Managing director for the Bosch the amount of emissions coming manufacturing sites are accredited ze:
Win! 1 pri
Rexroth Glenrothes plant, Alastair from the plant into the atmosphere. to the global environmental standard
VIP trip to Automoti
Johnstone said: “As part of the Bosch The installation of an active ISO1400, a standard that demands in Sweden
Group, it is important to Rexroth that energy management system helps to continuous improvements.
Bosch Rexroth’s Euan’s Weekend Diary
BEOTY Posters Portrait 1 17/3/09 12:43:44
plant in Glenrothes
continues to set Above: Exploring Sweden’s terrain Saturday
high standards by snowmobile 10:00 Snowmobiling over frozen lakes and up mountains... even managed a small jump!
and reinforces Below: Aerial view of the impressive 13:00 Stop for quick lunch then more exploring by snowmobile
its position as Winter Test Centre in Vaitoudden, 17:00 Time to relax in the spa before dinner, tried the local specialities including
an environmentally- Sweden moose and reindeer… early to bed
aware manufacturer Sunday
07:00 Early start and off to the Vaitoudden Test Centre
08:00 Spent the morning learning driving tricks such as the Scandinavian flick and
drifting on icy tracks… and the afternoon trying to put them into practise
16:00 Drove a timed circuit then finished the day trying to stay on the handling track!
19:00 In the evening, visited a traditional Sami tribe camp, where we sat around
an open camp fire and learnt about this amazing tribe and how they live self
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Counting on experience pays off New Bosch innovation creates jobs in
An original scheme that utilises the skills of retired Bosch employees wins innovation category at the Human
Lawn and Garden’s latest innovation, the Bosch Ciso, is creating a buzz for more than one reason.
Corporate employing consultants outside of Meier said: “Our company’s success
the company. In its first year the depends on our ability to recruit and Lawn and Garden
The Bosch Management Support programme, which was introduced by retain the best talent. That is why it
programme was introduced to the former Bosch HR director Klaus is so important that we are able to The new cordless secateur with
retain the skills of valuable retired Oswald, commissioned approximately continue to draw upon the wealth of integrated Lithium-Ion battery
employees. This allows Bosch 200 day’ from retired Bosch associates. knowledge held by some of our past is not only a ‘world first’, but the
to manage workloads; avoiding The judges described Bosch’s associates through this programme.” decision to make this innovative new
bottlenecks when too much work has submission as inspirational. More product at Bosch Lawn and Garden’s
built up through being able to provide than one of them said that Bosch’s Stowmarket site will create new jobs.
Bosch divisions and business units initiative was something they could The long-lasting Lithium–Ion
access to flexible support that can be introduce into their own organisation, battery gives the Ciso sufficient
mobilised at short notice. enthusing that it offered a “genuinely power to make more than 500 cuts
The major benefit of this scheme innovative solution” to the very real with one battery charge. It’s also very
is that this skilled workforce does not issue of an ageing population. lightweight, easy to handle and offers
require familiarisation or coaching, Receiving the award for Bosch, a clean cut.
which is a major advantage over managing director in the UK Robert The positive story was a real
hit with local media with coverage
Go places with a Bosch apprenticeship being achieved on local BBC news
television, Look East. The story also
An apprenticeship with the Original Equipment division of Bosch has taken one employee the length and spread nationally, resulting in a radio here in Stowmarket and is a real boost - the first time Bosch branded garden
breadth of the country…and beyond. interview with BBC Radio 5 Live. for the local community with the products have been advertised
Gary King, UK marketing manager creation of new jobs. on TV. Further media support
Automotive for Bosch Lawn and Garden said: “It is The Ciso is set to receive more is also planned with a national
fantastic news that a new innovation air-time when a television campaign press advertising campaign and
Rob Speller has just completed such as the Ciso is being manufactured promoting the product starts in April heavyweight PR support.”
the fourth year of his modern
apprenticeship for engineering
in the applications workshop,
combining theoretical learning at
Working towards a European vision
college with many opportunities to The Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) leads the way in motivating European citizens to play an active role in
put this learning into practise in shaping their continent’s future.
In addition to the applications Corporate simultaneous citizens’ conferences People from all walks of life are
workshop-based activities, Rob in all 27 EU member states. Over encouraged to visit the website
has had the opportunity to visit On December 3rd, a joint initiative 2,000 citizens will participate, all and share their ideas and visions
various Bosch sites both in Britain was launched in Brussels by a randomly selected to ensure broad for Europe. Everyone from school
and across Europe. Three weeks consortium of European foundations, demographic representation. teachers in Liverpool, university
were spent at the Bosch plant in led by the Robert Bosch Stiftung These national events will be students in Florence or retired people
Cardiff where skills such as electrical (Foundation), and the EU Commission linked via live video conferencing in Athens - all opinions are welcomed.
and mechanical maintenance were to bring together citizens from 27 EU and citizens will discuss the
covered and Rob also spent time member states and create a shared economic and social future of
in Jihlava, in the Czech Republic, A proud moment for Bosch apprentice Rob Speller (picture right) as he hands over the goal of shaping Europe’s future. Europe. The results will be policy
learning about CP3 pumps. German Land Rover’s keys to Fairfield Farm College. Among the 300 participants recommendations which will be put
lessons were also provided for Rob present were Margot Wallström, Vice together – also by the citizens - in
to maximise his time spent in the President of the Commission, the a European Citizens’ Declaration
quality and metrology laboratories in restore a 1966 series 2A Land Rover take part in the 60th anniversary of Belgian Minister for European Affairs which will be presented to the EU
Homburg, and also in preparation for back to its former glory. Before being Land Rover Heritage Run. and Diana Wallis from Yorkshire, Commission, the EU Parliament and
his future at Bosch. donated to Fairfield Farm – a charity Having such a wide and varied one of the members representing the the media in Brussels in May 09.
As part of his fourth and final HNC funded residential agricultural apprenticeship with Bosch helped European Parliament. More detailed information is
year, Rob was required to complete college for students with learning Rob to complete over thirty The initiative, called ‘European available on the Robert Bosch Stiftung
a practical project in engineering difficulties – the impressively task packs and pass his HNC in Citizens’ Consultations 2009’ website: www.bosch-stiftung.de/
and for this, chose to overhaul and restored Land Rover was invited to mechanical engineering. (ECC09), will manifest itself as content/language2/html/9268.asp
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Trees to be planted in celebration of
South Lakes Housing’s focus on installing nearly 1,000 condensing boilers as part of Decent Homes Programme
is to be recognised by Worcester, Bosch Group.
Thermotechnology Mike Wright, Worcester’s technical
specification manager for the North,
Boasting over 3,000 properties and commented: “As part of our continued
spanning a 600 square mile radius, pledge to be an environmentally
South Lakes Housing is the Arms responsible manufacturer, Worcester
Length Management Organisation has built up a strong partnership
Bosch’s involvement with Youthbridge
(ALMO) set up by South Lakeland with The Woodland Trust and we are
District Council. To date, South Lakes committed to planting trees to help
helps to focus on the future
Youthbridge is a charitable initiative
of the British-German Association Housing has installed approximately protect the environment.
set up to: 1,000 Worcester Greenstar 24i “Worcester has worked with
Bosch continues its support for the Youthbridge initiative with visit u Provide support for German condensing boilers – either as the ALMO since 2005 and with
to the Worcester plant and trip to energy house. learning in English schools full heating upgrades or boiler environmental issues being such
u Help to introduce an element of replacements – inline with the Decent a hot topic these days we wanted as we are assured of a good deal in
Thermotechnology young people to consider a career in fun and relevance into the learning Homes Programme for social housing. to recognise the high number of terms of price, service and reliability.”
the field of engineering. u Foster German-British relations As part of its ongoing partnership Greenstar 24i condensing boilers that Trevor Woodward added: ‘“From
A total of 14 physics and engineering In addition to finding out all about with leading conservation charity have specified by South Lakes and the outset we conducted a full
sixth form students from Worcester’s green energy solutions, Successful activities organised The Woodland Trust, Worcester installed by Bramall Construction.” appraisal to identify the one boiler
Buckinghamshire’s Dr. Challoner’s the students were given a tour of one of by Bosch in Denham as part of has made a commitment to plant Commenting on behalf of Bramall that would provide the best quality,
Grammar School - one of the 40 UK their energy houses where they could Youthbridge: 300 trees in recognition of this Construction, Sean Canny said: We cost and efficiency for the job – and
schools involved with Youthbridge see renewable energy heating methods u Four British pupils and one impressive installation rate. consistently use Worcester's boilers the winner was Worcester.”
- were invited to spend time at the applied to real-life situation and gain German student joined Bosch for
Worcester, Bosch Group division to a better understanding of the role that work experience in 2008, with a
learn about the latest in renewable
they play in conserving energy and
reducing our carbon footprint.
further six students so far booked
in for 2009
Bosch hosts visit from Governor
The visit was organised by Bosch
as part of its involvement with
Managing director of Worcester,
Richard Soper said: “We were really
u Bosch provided support and
innovative prizes for a German
of the Bank of England
the Youthbridge programme, an pleased to be able to welcome the writing competition about The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, visits the Bosch head office in Denham to get a first hand
initiative established with the main physics and engineering students German and British holidays impression of how the economy is affecting business.
aim of promoting German language to our plant to demonstrate to them u Pupil awarded with German
studies in British schools. Through how their education could result Excellence Award by Bosch
what our strategy is about. Bosch
its relationship with its partner in engineering the technological enjoys high brand awareness and
school, Dr Challoner’s, Bosch has the innovations of the future.” wonderful opportunity to show our During his visit Mr King saw perception, a great product range in
opportunity to develop a number of Physics teacher at Dr. Challoner’s students exactly how the subjects demonstrations of the latest all its sectors, a strong distribution
community relations, one of these Grammar School, David Smith said: of mathematics and science can be innovations in Security Systems, system and a commitment to ongoing
being to work with physics and “From a school’s point of view, applied to create technologies that including efficient video content research and development - all
engineering students and encourage this sort of activity provides a enhance the quality of life.” analysis. Automotive technology was of these elements create the right
also shown, in particular the Start/Stop recipe for overcoming the challenges
system, designed for fuel economy that face us this year.”
Bosch’s involvement with
and reduced CO2 emissions, and Park As a company involved in imports
Youthbridge provides an ideal
Assist, a technology enabling a vehicle and exports, Mr Meier then talked
platform to work closely with
to parallel park itself. about the difficulties in accurately
students and to raise their
In a business update with Mr forecasting with an unstable exchange term planning. He finished by saying:
awareness levels and interest in
King, managing director of Bosch rate and how the fall in new car sales “Each year the Bosch Group invests
choosing careers in the engineering
in the UK Robert Meier said: “The had affected Automotive in terms of about eight percent of its global
field. This, in turn, will help to
current economic climate has seen us orders and production levels. sales into research and development
communicate the opportunities and
revising our expectations for business In summary, Mr Meier spoke and it is this commitment that will
benefits associated with considering
development, nevertheless our focus of the Group’s strength being the ensure it remains at the forefront
Bosch as a potential future
remains on our long-term strategy. ownership structure of the company, of innovation in the automotive,
“Our company slogan is ‘Invented which provides entrepreneurial consumer and industrial technology
for Life’ and this really underpins freedom and accommodates long markets.”
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Bosch division retains supplier Advanced chassis system Bosch Group structure:
of the year title development results in Automotive Technology
Car and Accessory Trader (CAT) magazine recognises Bosch’s standing in the
Automotive Aftermarket for the second year running. award for Bosch Gasoline Systems (GS)
Lambda sensors, petrol direct injection.
The Bosch Security Systems stand at
Brand new awards scheme instigated by automotive trade publication
IFSEC 2007 featured a purpose-built
Automotive To win the award, Bosch was Aftermarket divisional director Robin chooses Bosch for its inaugural award. Diesel Systems (DS)
demonstration suite, which provide
nominated and voted for by readers Shaw said: “We are really pleased to Common rail, unit Injectors.
an excellent facility for explaining and
Now in its third year, the CAT Awards of CAT magazine and members receive the CAT Award for Supplier Automotive Bosch GmbH took over Innovations demonstrating sophisticated Bosch
Chassis Systems Control (CC)
allow Aftermarket professionals the of the Automotive Aftermarket of the Year for the second year in a Softwaretechnologie in order to get Antilock Braking visitors during the
technology to Systems (ABS), Traction
opportunity to recognise individuals industry; illustrating the standing row and to know that we have been One of the UK’s leading automotive the know-how for a better IT-based four days of the show. The division
Control Systems (TCS), Electronic Stability
and companies that excelled in the Bosch has within the nominated and voted technical publications, Vehicle integration of automotive systems reported an excellent response to its
Program (ESP®), sensors.
industry in 2008. marketplace. for by our customers Dynamics International has selected for the future. That’s an essential technologies on display, which drew
Chassis Systems Brakes (CB)
numerous enquiries from a cross-
Bosch’s Automotive makes this all the Bosch as its first ‘Supplier of the Year’ strategy for the future, I believe.
Aftermarket Division more important to us. for the company’s ground breaking More generally, the cars of today
section of highsystems and components,
Automated Parking Brake (APB),
consultants, and end-users interested
supplies products “Bosch is one work in the area of chassis systems can be powered by smaller and brake-assistance systems.
in Bosch’s latest CCTV, intruder
and services, of the big players development. more efficient drivetrains due to
and communications systems. The
Electrical Drives (ED)
including parts, in the market but I An independent panel of innovative Bosch technologies.
Wiper systems, climate range electrical motors.
extensive product control, included the
diagnostics equipment believe that it is our respected international automotive There is no similar player in the new generation Autodome modular
and training, to innovative approach journalists were selected as worldwide automotive industry with Starters which proved extremely
camera, and Generators (SG)
independent garages to providing judges under the chairmanship such successful solutions.” Starters and alternators.
popular both with installers and
via distributors and customer solutions of the magazine’s editor Graham “We are delighted to receive this users. Jeremy Hockham of Bosch
Automotive Electronics (AE)
wholesalers. The that keeps us at Heeps. The panel commented on prestigious award,” said Hermann Security Systems said: “2007 has been
Sensors, steering technology, airbags, semi
division also supports the forefront of the some of the most recent Bosch Kaess, managing director of the best IFSEC for Bosch in recent
the Bosch Car Service industry. We provide developments including a focus on Bosch Automotive OE in the UK. years. Through the many meetings at
network of 450 independent garages garages with the complete solution the integration of active and passive “Gaining recognition for our work the show, with
Automotive Aftermarket (AA)
Divisional director Robin Shaw nationwide, who work to a code of with our ‘Parts & Bytes’ concept safety systems plus a new version of in the area of chassis systems, existing and new customers, we were
Diagnostics, batteries, wiper blades,
able to build on the work we have
(pictured right) receiving the award practice that has been approved by through the supply of components parking assistant that will work with particularly related to safety,
done to explain the benefits
from Paddy Hopkirk at the ceremony the Office of Fair Trading. and equipment to do the job and hydraulic power steering. is much appreciated by our engineers
of working with Bosch, and our
held at the NEC on January 8th 2009. On receiving the CAT Award for also the training and knowledge to One of the award’s judges Juergen and further encourages us to continue
long term Technology to the UK
Supplier of the Year, Bosch Automotive develop their skills and business.” Zoellter said, “In 2008 Robert and extend our development work.”
Worcester picks up top award Professional and DIY power tools, industrial
Worcester, Bosch Group, named as ‘Boiler Manufacturer of the Year’ for excellence in developing the natural gas
Bosch Lawn and Garden
infrastructure in Northern Ireland. Lawn and garden product manufacturer.
After collecting the award, which Commended Training Award’ for Thermotechnology
Domestic and commercial solutions for heating
was presented by John Lynch of the support and facilities it offers
and hot water.
The Gas Industry Awards, which Sentinel, she said: “To be named throughout Northern Ireland.”
are organised and hosted by boiler manufacturer of the year at Domestic Appliances
Phoenix Natural Gas, are designed such as high profile event as the Providing local training support Refrigerators and freezers, cookers, washing
to acknowledge companies that Phoenix Gas Industry Awards is Worcester has its own dedicated machines, dishwashers.
have achieved substantial customer wonderful news. training centre in Bangor, which now
growth, innovation and achieved “Worcester is dedicated to the offers gas and oil-fired Greenstar CCTV, intrusion systems, public address,
high standards of customer service ongoing development of high boiler training and training for congress and IP solutions.
during the course of the year. efficiency heating solutions and is renewable technologies. In addition
At the ceremony which took place just as passionate about providing to this is training for Greenskies Industrial Technology
at the La Mon Hotel and Country the training facilities installers need solar and Greenstore ground source
Club, Ray McClay, regional sales to fit its Greenstar condensing boilers heat pumps and Oil Firing Technical Drive and Control Technology
Industrial hydraulics, pneumatics, assembly
manager for Worcester, received to exceptionally high standards. Association (OFTEC) and unvented
technology, linear motion technology, electrical
the prestigious award in recognition “We are really proud to have accreditation courses. motors (drives and controls).
of Worcester’s range of SEDBUK had our work highlighted this year, Worcester also sponsored the
‘A’ rated Greenstar boilers and the particularly as this award follows award for ‘New Build Installer of the Hermann Kaess, managing director, Bosch Automotive OE in the UK (left) Packaging Technology
professional training support it offers our previous win in 2007 when Year’ at the Gala evening, which was accepts the award from Vehicle Dynamics International editor, Graham Heeps. Pharmaceutical, food, confectionery.
gas installers across the country. Worcester received the ‘Highly presented by Ray McClay on the night.
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