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2014-04-07 PI 031-14

Chancellor visits Bosch Rexroth at the Hannover Messe

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Bosch Rexroth at the Hannover Messe together with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (right) and Dr. Werner Struth, Robert Bosch GmbH

Conditions for Connected Industry are already met

During their tour through the Hannover Messe, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, gathered information about the subject of the future, Connected Industry, and visited the booth of Bosch Rexroth for that purpose.

“Bosch is already on its way to being the lead operator and lead supplier in the sector of integrated production”, confirmed Dr. Werner Struth, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, in his conversation with the Chancellor. He referred to the business units of Bosch Automation Technology and Bosch Software Innovations that are particularly active in the subject of Connected Industry.

The Chancellor and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands marveled at the "APAS assistant" during their visit. Bosch’s automated production assistant has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award. This award for innovative robot systems is presented by the Hannover Messe, Industrieanzeiger magazine, and the Robotation Academy.

Bosch Rexroth already won the internationally acclaimed technology award HERMES AWARD at the Hannover Messe 2013. The jury decided in favor of a new software technology that builds a bridge between the IT world and automation and thus creates the basic conditions for Connected Industry.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, roughly 36,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros in 2013.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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