The Bosch Group is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China. The supplier of technology and services is investing nearly EUR100 million (USD118 million) in a new plant in the southeastern Chinese city of Nanjing.
Starting in 2019, the plant with a surface of approx. 20,000 square metres will manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. This vacuum independent electromechanical brake booster is a key component for electromobility and driver assistance systems.
“China is the world’s largest automotive market. Our new plant in Nanjing is a reaction to the increasing demand in China for solutions that enable automated and electric driving,” says Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “It will allow us to offer our customers in China products and services that are tailored to the requirements of the local market.”
Bosch’s iBooster fulfills all the requirements of a modern braking system. In addition, it is suitable for all powertrain concepts – in particular hybrid and electric vehicles. By recovering braking energy nearly completely, it increases the range of electric vehicles. And by building up pressure faster, it makes braking distances much shorter when emergency braking is performed automatically.
In China, more than 260 million people live in so-called megacities. As traffic congestion and automation increase, the iBooster will help promote greater energy efficiency and safety on China’s roads.
The new plant will also be equipped with Industry 4.0 solutions. A digital production control system, for example, will allow faster reaction times to short-term market changes as well as a real-time overview of the entire value chain. Currently, 14 of Bosch’s plants in China feature connected technologies.