125 Years of Bosch - Invented for Life - From Technology Pioneer to Successful Global Player

- Company founded by Robert Bosch 125 years ago

- Innovative strength, an international presence, and diversification bring the company success

- Bosch presence in the U.S. established in 1906; local celebrations planned

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2011, The Bosch Group is celebrating its 125th anniversary, as well as the 150th anniversary of its founder's birth.  On Nov. 15, 1886, Robert Bosch established his "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering" in Stuttgart, Germany, laying the foundation for what has become a leading global supplier of technology and services.

A pioneer in globalization, Bosch does business through more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in more than 60 countries with a workforce of some 285,000 associates. Bosch entered the U.S. market in 1906, and today the company employs more than 22,000 associates in more than 100 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

"Bosch's 125 years of success have been driven by innovative solutions that enhance the quality of life, the dedication of our associates and the partnerships with our customers," said Peter Marks, chairman, president and CEO, Robert Bosch LLC and member of the Bosch board of management. "100 years ago, the company generated more sales in the U.S. than in Europe. Today, we continue to build upon the legacy of globalization inspired by the entrepreneurial vision of our founder."

In the summer of 2011, Bosch associates will celebrate the milestone with several Experience Days. More than 20 regional events will take place throughout North America, including celebrations hosted in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and S. Carolina, United States; Chihuahua, Mexico (State) and Distrito Federal, Mexico; and Ontario, Canada; among other locations. These events combined will host more than half the cumulative total of North American Bosch associates.

At these events, associates' contribution to the company's success will be recognized among families and communities.  Also, the values of education and continued learning upon which the company was founded will be reinforced. At each event, the SAE "A World In Motion®" (AWIM) program has helped to design family-focused activities such as glider and skimmer challenges, which will allow kids to build and race handcrafted boats and planes.

A comprehensive selection of media resources is currently available for download online including fact sheets, press releases and images related to Bosch's 125th anniversary and history in North America.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,000 associates in more than 100 locations, with reported sales of $8.8 billion in fiscal 2010.  For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.

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 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros ($62.7 billion) in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 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. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros (approximately $5 billion) for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.  Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.  Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and www.125.bosch.com.

SOURCE Robert Bosch LLC



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