Bosch Rexroth Announces a Comprehensive Investment Program for China Market |

Bosch Rexroth Announces a Comprehensive Investment Program for China Market

December 102004
Over the next three years Bosch Rexroth AG will invest 83 million Euros to expand its production capacities in China, beginning with the construction of a new factory in Beijing.

“A targeted expansion of our business activities in China coincides with our long-term investment strategy in important target markets for lasting growth of the company,” said Dr. Alfons Weber, executive vice president of Bosch Rexroth AG, who is responsible for business in Asia. Bosch Rexroth is following the strategy of continuously increasing commitment in China in order to have the capabilities to manufacture market-specific products on location for the home market. In addition, the product portfolio will be expanded to be able to deliver all relevant technology for drive and control engineering. “China offers great growth opportunities in the interim and long term which we want to utilize,” said Dr. Weber.

The largest project within the framework of the newly announced 83 million-investment package is the construction of a new factory in Beijing in 2005. Among other products, axial piston machines will be produced on an area of 85,000 m2 for the Asian market. A new factory has become necessary due to the stretched capacities in the existing Bosch Rexroth factory in Beijing, which has just under 350 employees.

Construction will also take place at the factory in Wujin where Bosch Rexroth currently produces hydraulic cylinders and units. This phase of construction envisages additional production lines for hydraulic, pneumatic as well as linear and assembly technologies.

The company has in previous years invested a total of 26 million Euros in China. In January of this year, Bosch Rexroth AG made the biggest foreign investment up to now in the Changzhou region with its new factory in Wujin, which employs some 450 people.

China is the fourth largest foreign market for Bosch Rexroth AG after USA, Italy and France. In the long term Bosch Rexroth AG is anticipating a growth in business activities for all market sectors. This includes both automation production as well as mobile hydraulics and special major projects.

In China, Bosch Rexroth AG has two production sites, two logistics centers and six regional offices, in addition to, the factories in Beijing and Wujin. The company has sales offices in Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Its logistics centers are located in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

In North America, the Bosch Group manufacturers and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch Rexroth Corporation, a merger of Bosch Automation Technology and Rexroth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. In the year 2003, Bosch Rexroth AG achieved sales of $4.4 billion (3.7 billion Euros) with 25,700 employees.

Under the brand name of Rexroth, the company offers all relevant drive, control and motion technologies: from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated services. Rexroth has 500,000 customers in over 80 countries and is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications.

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