Bosch Romania sales up by 26 pct in 2017, to RON 1.9 bln

Bosch, the global leader in technology and service provision, ended the fiscal year 2017 with consolidated sales of RON 1.9 billion (EUR 416 million) in Romania, which represents an increase of 26 percent over the year previous. Net sales of RON 4.2 billion (EUR 931 million), including sales of unconsolidated companies and domestic deliveries to affiliated companies, registered an annual increase of about 57 percent, according to Business-Review.eu.

“Romania has become an increasingly important market for Bosch in recent years,” said Mihai Boldijar, general manager Robert Bosch and representative of the Bosch Group in Romania at the annual press conference of the company in Bucharest. “Bosch has maintained its strong position in Romania, with strong growth in 2017, despite the difficult economic and political climate in the country,” Boldijar added. The company expects to continue to develop all sectors of activity in 2018. “In the first three months, Bosch has again achieved a significant two-figure increase in sales,” Boldijar said.

The number of Bosch employees in Romania reached around 6,500 on 31 December 2017, representing an annual increase of 36 percent. It is expected that this number will increase in 2018, especially in locations in Cluj, Blaj and Timisoara.

Bosch is expanding its production activities in Romania

Bosch invested about RON 453 million (about EUR 100 million) in Romania in 2017, especially in the development of production units for Mobility Solutions in Cluj and Blaj. The automotive electronic components factory in Cluj has increased its production capacity and product portfolio to meet customer demand. In this production facility, Bosch has been manufacturing, from 2014, electronic airbag control units, multiple camera systems and driving assistance, as well as electronic safety systems that increase road safety and driver comfort. In October 2017, Bosch inaugurated a Training Center at the factory, dedicated to the training of students in the dual education system, but also to the continued professional development of its employees. The investment in the new 4,400 square meter building and modern training rooms amounts to approximately six million euros.

Moreover, Blaj’s production unit registered a significant increase in production during 2017, especially in the Mobility Solutions sector. Due to the high demand, the company has increased its production capacity for high-quality car components such as oxygen sensors and transmission control components and is preparing to add new products to its portfolio in 2018 such as Oxygen Emission Sensors azote. Since 2007, the plant also produces components for the Industrial Technology sector and will continue to strengthen its position by getting new projects in this area. Bosch has begun building a new office building this year and will be inaugurated in 2019.

In addition, as part of its commitment to Romania, Bosch has decided to expand its production activities to the Consumer Goods Sector. BSH Appliance has recently acquired a 40-acre land for the construction of a washing machine factory in Simeria. In the coming years, the company will invest around EUR 110 million in this project. BSH will begin construction of a production hall as well as a logistics center and office building this year. BSH Appliance plans to start producing washing machines in Simeria in 2020. From 2022, the new plant will have an annual production capacity of over one million washing machines for the European market.

 

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