Bosch Group has unveiled first-quarter sales up 5.4% after adjusting for exchange-rate effects, while full-year 2014 sales were EUR49bn (US$54bn), with what it refers to as mobility solutions accounting for EUR33.3bn of the total.

For the current fiscal year, the global supplier of technology and services expects sales to grow 3% to 5% after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. Because these effects are considerable, Bosch expects its nominal sales growth to be higher than this range.

"We are driving connectivity forward in all our business sectors and playing an active role in shaping it," said Bosch chairman, Volkmar Denner.

Automated driving is a significant area of growth for Bosch, with the company successively launching new driver assistance systems.

For example, 2015 will see the start of series production of remote-controlled parking, traffic jam assist, as well as an assistance function for evasive manoeuvres and turning against oncoming traffic.

Bosch also continues to invest in further developing battery technology.

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Bosch improves sales in all business sectors

 

  • „  Growth targets surpassed in 2014, despite difficult environment
  • „  Sales growth in all business sectors and regions
  • „  Sales expected to rise by 3 to 5 percent in 2015
  • „  Increasing importance of software competence

 

Stuttgart – The Bosch Group has made a good start to 2015. In the first quarter, sales grew by roughly 13 percent.[1] After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, the increase was 5.4 percent. For the current fiscal year, the global supplier of technology and services expects its sales to grow 3 to 5 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. Because these effects are considerable, Bosch expects its nominal sales growth to be higher than this range.

 

Presenting the annual financial statements in Gerlingen, Germany, Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, said: “We are driving connectivity forward in all our business sectors and playing an active role in shaping it,” Denner added. In 2014, Bosch launched many new products and connectivity solutions. They include web-enabled ovens and software solutions for connected heating systems and buildings, as well as for connected industry and connected mobility.

 

Business developments in 2014: significant progress

 

In 2014, product innovations again helped Bosch to further improve its market position in many areas. In the past business year, the company increased its sales by a nominal 6.3 percent to 49 billion euros. Adjusted for exchange-rate effects, growth was 7.4 percent. Following the complete takeover of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH), the supplier of technology and services has strengthened its position in the area of smart homes. And with the acquisition of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), Bosch has added to its portfolio in the growth area of automated driving.

 

Mobility solutions for tomorrow’s traffic

 

For Bosch, automated driving is a significant area of growth. The company is successively launching new driver assistance systems. For example, 2015 will see the start of series production of remote-controlled parking, the traffic jam assist, and an assistance function for evasive manoeuvres and turning against oncoming traffic. Bosch also continues to invest in further developing battery technology.

 

 

Growing significance of software competence

 

In the connectivity business, there is a new “3S”: sensors, software, and services. Bosch is the globally leading manufacturer of micromechanical sensors, more commonly known as MEMS sensors. This year, it will manufacture 1.6 billion such “sensory organs,” nearly 25 percent more than in the previous year.

 

Bosch IoT suite: platform for the internet of things

 

One central software platform for the internet of things is the Bosch IoT suite. It orchestrates communication and data exchange between web-enabled objects such as factory machinery, heating systems, and security cameras. The Bosch IoT suite can also analyse and process the kind of big data generated in areas such as connected manufacturing. Bosch also makes parts of its IoT suite accessible for open-source developers.

 

Data security and data protection in the connected world

 

With growing connectivity, there is also a growing demand for data security and data protection. In the area of data security, the company is already in good shape. Bosch employs more than 100 associates who specialise in secure data transfer. The company operates a centre of competence in which it brings together relevant know-how in areas such as cryptographic methods and the management of certificates.

 

Europe: economic situation remains difficult

 

Despite an economic situation that remained difficult, Bosch increased its sales inEurope by 2.1 percent to 26 billion euros. Adjusted for exchange-rate effects, growth was 2.5 percent. The region thus accounted for 53 percent of total sales. In Germany as well, sales were up year on year, at 10.8 billion euros.

 

Mobility Solutions: growth twice as fast as the market

 

The Mobility Solutions business sector was once again able to accelerate its rate of growth. Sales rose 8.9 percent (9.9 percent after adjusting for exchange rate effects) to 33.3 billion euros. Bosch thus grew twice as fast as the automotive market.

 

Industrial Technology: back on a growth path

 

In 2014, the Industrial Technology business sector’s sales amounted to 6.7 billion euros, a nominal 2 percent below the previous-year level (1 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). This slight drop is due to a weak market, as well as to the divestment of the sector’s pneumatics business in early 2014. Excluding this consolidation effect, sales increased by 2.5 percent, and 3.6 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects.

 

Consumer Goods: market leader in power tools

 

Encouraging growth was posted by the Consumer Goods business sector. Its sales grew 5 percent to 4.2 billion euros, or 7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects.

 

Energy and Building Technology: enhanced competitiveness

 

In 2014, the Energy and Building Technology business sector increased its sales by 1.7 percent (2.6 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects), to 4.6 billion euros.

 

 

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[1]Sales figure assumes that the consolidated group includes BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch 
Automotive Steering GmbH.

 


Contact: Sabrina Mayeen, 44 (0) 1895 838813

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly   360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.co.uk and www.bosch-press.com.

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