Bosch Ltd, an Indian subsidiary of German auto component and technology major Bosch, has inaugurated the first phase of expansion of its development center in Adugodi, Bangalore with an investment of Rs 350 crore.
Bosch started revamping its oldest facility in India at Adugodi, Bangalore into a technology and development center in 2014 as it has decided to shift the manufacturing operations from its Adugodi facility while retaining its corporate office headquarters and set up a high technology development centre
Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management of the Bosch Group responsible for the region Asia Pacific, said, “Bosch sees immense growth potential in India. The inauguration underscores our commitment to the country.”
The company will undertake development of the facility in several phases. It will further invest for the second phase of expansion in the coming years to develop Bosch Adugodi into a state-of-the-art R&D facility, Tyroller said.
Bosch India has earmarked an investment of Rs 1,170 crore in the current year. The two newly inaugurated buildings in Adugodi development centre have state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and accommodates over 3,000 associates.
Dr. Steffen Berns, president, Bosch Group India, said, “Adugodi will house majority of the local development – including R&D centers of Bosch Limited, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions and Bosch Home Appliances.”
Engineers at the facility work on key topics such as driver assistance and passive safety, active safety, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability program (ESP), and hardware development. Other areas of focus include big data and software solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Bosch started its manufacturing operations in India at the Adugodi facility in 1953. Since then the company has been continuously expanding its operations in the country, while the need for local development was increasing.
India is also home to the Bosch Group’s largest development center outside of Germany. At its facilities in Adugodi, Bangalore and in Coimbatore, Bosch India employs around 14,000 research and development associates.