Bosch India is prepared to meet increased demand for ABS.
Pune is gaining increasing significance, both as an auto and industrial hub. Recent visit of Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of the Southwest German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, and his delegation at Bosch India’s Pune plant, underlines this. Background of the visit is the sister-state relationship the Indian state of Maharashtra and Baden-Wurttemberg share. Minister President Kretschmann stated, “Smart cities, smart mobility, and innovative solutions for engineering and automobile production are the focus of our trip. And this is why I am especially pleased that we are beginning our trip here in Pune at Bosch – a company that is ensuring that cities and mobility systems worldwide become smart.”
The delegation members got an overview of Bosch’s development and manufacturing capabilities driver assistance and safety systems domain, primarily the Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hydraulic Actuation Products. Spread over seven hectares of land, Bosch’s plant in Pune commenced operations in 1997 (formerly was Kalyani Brakes, the Group acquired the company in 2005). Bosch currently employs around 1,000 associates at two manufacturing facilities and one development center in Pune.
Bosch well prepared for increasing safety demands
With technologies like ABS and ESP, the Bosch Group has been making strong efforts to increase road safety in India and around the world. This was also acknowledged by the Minister President, “Bosch Group has already contributed significantly to the development of technologies that bring us closer to the vision of emissions-free and automated cars as part of a future digitally connected mobility system. This means that infrastructure will be better used, traffic jams avoided, and multimodal transportation improved. Moreover, the number of traffic victims will decrease drastically, and energy consumption and pollution will be reduced,” Minister President Kretschmann further stated.
The sales of vehicles fitted with ABS in India in 2016 improved significantly owing to a combination of factors, such as legislation mandates and improved customer awareness. These factors led to strong demand and sales, as India currently registers an ABS fitment rate of about 50 per cent. As a leading provider of the technology in the region, Bosch has benefitted significantly from this development and expects to further leverage this advantage in the coming few years. To keep pace with future demands the Bosch Group in India has been building capacity at its Pune plant. “Over the past nine years Bosch has invested over Rs 400 crore in Bosch Chassis Systems India. We are committed to growing this segment of our business and to that end the development of the Pune plant is crucial and necessary,” commented, Soumitra Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Limited, and President, Bosch Group India.
Industry 4.0 helps Bosch Chakan plant improve productivity
Bosch’s Chakan plant is a member of the International Production Network (IPN) for the ABS and the ESP. Each single machine for the ABS line is connected, not only with each other, but also with other ABS lines in the IPN. These lines are managed by a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). The MES has an Andon system, including some benefits to enable quicker react to deviation in the manufacturing process, continuous improvement and finally, online benchmarking with the rest of the global manufacturing plants. Through this, Bosch’s Chakan plant has achieved a quality level close to zero defects and is a global benchmark in the IPN in some aspects. Furthermore, it has also recorded very high customer satisfaction apart from seeing significant increase in productivity. The plant has started implementing Energy Management Solutions. In the near future, the plant will look to implement Industry 4.0 solutions for preventive maintenance, and Operator Support Systems.
Introducing children to e-education
As a socially responsible business partner, Bosch India has been active in areas related to skill development and neighborhood development projects, among others. Its premier skill development program has trained and placed over 7,500 students in entry-level positions in the services sector. So far, over 125 centres have been established across the country. As a socially responsible business partner, the team at Bosch Chassis System has developed seven solar based e-learning class rooms across seven zilla-parishad (district council) in the Chakan region. Additionally, the team has also conducted an orientation program for teachers, introducing them to the operation and maintenance of the e-learning module.