- The consolidated sales in Romania increased by 8.6 percent in 2018; the total net sales increased by 29 percent in 2018, reaching RON 5.6 billion (EUR 1.2 billion)
- Investments of more than RON 555 million (around EUR 120 million) in 2018
- On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Bosch Romania announces the opening of its own foundation
Bosch, the world leader in technology and services supply, ended the fiscal year 2018 with consolidated sales of RON 2.1 billion (EUR 452 million) in Romania, thus recording an increase of almost 9 percent, compared to the previous year. The total net sales, including the sales of the unconsolidated companies and the domestic deliveries to the affiliated companies, reached the amount of RON 5.6 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) – representing an increase of 29 percent compared to the previous year. “Bosch business in Romania has developed again very well in 2018, despite the market conditions that were full of challenges in the previous year”, stated Mihai Boldijar, the General Manager of Robert Bosch SRL and the representative of Bosch Group in Romania, at the annual press conference of the company in Bucharest. “In 2019, 25 years after the launch of its subsidiary in Romania, Bosch continues to consolidate its solid position in the country, by expanding its operations”, Boldijar added. “In addition, according to our sustainability and responsibility values, we have decided to establish the Bosch Romania Foundation, which will provide us with the appropriate framework in order to intensify our charity activities and be closer to the beneficiaries”, Boldijar said. Considering the increasing challenges in the economic environment in 2019, the company expects a moderate increase in all the activity fields in Romania, this year.
The number of Bosch employees in Romania has reached around 7,800 employees on December 31, 2018, which represents a 19-percent annual increase. This number is expected to increase in 2019.
Bosch continues to invest in Romania
Bosch invested around RON 555 million (approx. EUR 120 million) in Romania, in 2018 – particularly in the development of the production units for Mobility Solutions in Cluj and Blaj.
The automotive electronic components plant in Jucu, Cluj County, has increased its capacity with the second production unit. The company invested approx. EUR 45 million in the new production hall, which has an area of 43,400 square meters. In Cluj, Bosch produces, since 2013, among other automotive electronic products, electronic control units for airbags, for multiple camera systems and driving assistance, as well as safety electronic systems that increase road safety and drivers’ comfort. Since its opening, the Bosch plant in Cluj delivered more than 150 million auto parts of a high quality to its international clients.
Also, the production unit in Blaj has seen a significant development in 2018, both in terms of production and infrastructure. Due to the high demand, the company has increased the production capacity for auto parts of a high quality, such as oxygen sensors, transmission control parts and sensors for nitrogen oxide emissions. In addition, Bosch will inaugurate this year a new office and laboratory building, where around 250 employees will carry out their activity. Also this year, the plant has relocated its warehouse in a new logistic center having an area of more than 20,000 square meters. As a recognition of its high-quality products, starting from 2020, the Blaj plant will become the coordinating Bosch unit at global level for the production of detonation sensors. The engines equipped with detonation sensors can reduce the fuel consumption, increasing the motor momentum. In addition, the Blaj plant started a professional training partnership with the Technological High School “Timotei Cipariu”, providing financial support and necessary equipment for the workshops. High School students who will specialize in mechanics and electrotechnics will carry out their practice sessions at the Bosch plant.
The continuous development of the R&D activities in Romania
Bosch is successfully carrying out research and development activities in Romania since 2013. The Engineering Center in Cluj is a young and dynamic organization, where talented engineers are working on state-of-the-art technology projects, such as automated driving, electric and connected mobility and Internet of Things. The R&D location has seen a fast growth in the recent years. Today, around 570 employees are working in the premises of the Engineering Center in Cluj. Here, Bosch will inaugurate the own building of the Engineering Center in early 2020. The company has invested EUR 25 million in the new office building which is part of a modern software campus.
Bosch’s commitment for education
Bosch invests in education and in the professional training of its employees, according to the “lifelong learning” philosophy. For instance, in Timisoara, around 120 people attended, in 2018, one of the development programs of the Bosch Academy: “Bosch 4 Beginners”, „Junior Accounting Program”, „Essential Managerial Toolkit”, for the junior managers, or „Development Program for Middle Management”. Last year, at the Training Center in Cluj, a team of specialists has performed around 300 training sessions for professional and personal development of the Bosch employees. In addition, the Bosch Group in Romania is developing on an ongoing basis programs that support the relation between education and business environment. For instance, more than 700 students attended, during the last year, specific programs in the Bosch premises in Romania. Moreover, Bosch continued, in 2018, its second edition of the masters program in electric engineering and the autonomous driving course, carried out in collaboration with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. In 2019, Bosch will launch a new masters program entitled “Car Management and Control Systems”, in partnership with the same university. Also, Bosch is a reliable partner of the local schools under the dual system educational project, since 2013. Today, around 150 students are trained for their electromechanics and electronics technician careers, in the Bosch production units in Blaj and Cluj.
Bosch establishes its own foundation in Romania
Bosch has constantly increased the number of its social responsibility activities in Romania, by supporting several charity organizations and social institutions. Over the past two years, the company has been involved in more than 100 social activities and has urged its employees to actively participate as volunteers. As part of its commitment to the local communities, the company is planning to establish its own foundation in the near future. The Bosh Romania foundation will carry out charity activities in several areas: disadvantaged people, habitat, education, environmental protection and health, based on clear and transparent principles.