Robert Bosch Corp.: 125 years strong

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A young German engineer, Robert Bosch, founded an engineering company 125 years ago in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1886 Bosch established the Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering. Today, Robert Bosch Gmbh is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This year is also the 75th anniversary of Bosch's introduction of automotive diesel systems.

Bosch says that over the past 125 years, Robert Bosch has seen steady, exponential growth to become the world's largest automotive supplier, with worldwide influence and the reputation as a technology leader and innovator. Bosch began its journey to worldwide leadership in 1902 when the company developed the first commercially viable high-voltage spark plug and transformed the rudimentary automobiles of the day into reliable vehicles.

In the century and a quarter since it was founded, Bosch has unfolded a steady stream of automotive technological breakthroughs, expanded into sophisticated automotive diagnostics and wheel service products, and built a worldwide reputation for product engineering, quality and reliability.

Highlights of the company's steady growth and automotive leadership include products and systems that have been and remain very important to the aftermarket, including:

  • 1902: Bosch is granted a patent for a new type of spark plug combined with a high-tension magneto. The first systems are supplied to Daimler-Motorengesellschaft.
  • 1906: Begins automotive product operations in the United States.
  • 1911: Bosch spark plugs power Marmon Wasp to win first Indy 500.
  • 1913: Introduces Bosch lighting system, begins manufacturing automotive generators.
  • 1921: Establishes worldwide Bosch Service Centers.
  • 1927: Develops first electric windshield wiper system.
  • 1936: Bosch introduces diesel systems for automobiles.
  • 1953: Spark plug with compound center electrode ensuring reliable cold starting and a longer service life is used on the Mercedes Benz 300 SL gull-wing.
  • 1967: Bosch Jetronic electronic fuel injection system introduced.
  • 1976: Automotive oxygen sensors introduced.
  • 1978: ABS braking system introduced.
  • 1980s: Copper core spark plugs introduced to adapt to changes in fuels and engine design.
  • 1995: ESC stability control systems introduced
  • 2000: The seven billionth Bosch spark plug is produced.
  • 2010: New, ultra-modern semiconductor facility opened

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in 150 countries.

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