Amidst the coronavirus crisis, Bosch is preparing for a gradual manufacturing ramp-up

After shutting down production at nearly 100 Bosch locations worldwide, Bosch says it is systematically preparing for a gradual ramp-up of manufacturing.
“We want to ensure reliable supplies to meet our customers’ demand as it gradually returns, with a view to helping the world economy recover as quickly as possible,” Robert Bosch GmbH Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr Volkmar Denner, said.
“Our goal is to synchronise the ramp-up of production and secure supply chains, especially in automotive production.
“We have already achieved this in China, where our 40 or so local plants are producing again and the supply chains are stable. We are working hard to do the same in our other regions.”
To make a success of ramping up production, Dr Denner said the company is putting numerous measures in place to ensure associates are adequately protected against coronavirus infection. Bosch says it is also committed to taking a coordinated, joint approach with customers, suppliers, authorities, and employee representatives.
Bosch has already started production of face masks. Even now, thirteen Bosch plants in nine countries – from Bari in Italy, to Bursa in Turkey, to Anderson in the United States – have taken the initiative and are making such masks for local requirements. In addition, the company is currently setting up two fully automatic production lines at its Stuttgart-Feuerbach location with further lines to follow at its German Erbach location as well as in India and Mexico.
Bosch has also made the designs available to other companies free of charge. This means the company will be able to manufacture more than 500,000 masks per day which are intended to protect Bosch associates at plants worldwide.
Furthermore, the aim is to make them available to third parties as well – depending on gaining the appropriate country-specific approvals – and Bosch is also producing 5,000 litres of disinfectant each week in Germany and the US for its associates in American and European plants.

In addition, Bosch’s Australian Manufacturing Solutions division (BAMS) will be supplying testing equipment for locally manufactured ventilators after being awarded a AUD $1 million project as part of the industry consortium to build ventilators in Victoria.
The notus Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program, a Grey Innovation led initiative supported by the Victorian Government and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, will supply life-saving invasive ventilators and ensure Australia does not have a shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will supply 2,000 units to the Australian Government, and the Victorian Government has announced its intention to purchase another 2,000 units.
Bosch Australia’s President, Gavin Smith, is proud the local manufacturing team can play a pivotal role in the fight against COVID-19.
“This consortium shows the strength and skill of the Australian manufacturing sector to be versatile and to work together,” Bosch Australia President, Gavin Smith, said.
“We are proud to contribute to the highly advanced manufacturing capability in Victoria, and particularly with this project, to help in the fight against COVID-19.”
A leader in the design and development of special purpose machinery, Bosch says BAMS is the preferred supplier to the MedTech, Food and Beverage, and Advanced Manufacturing industries. It recently announced construction of a new AUD$17 million facility to support the expansion of its factory automation business in Australia.
Despite the challenges of the current situation, Bosch is also maintaining its long-term strategic course. The supplier of technology and services is continuing with its systematic pursuit of ambitious climate goals and is developing the activities required to support an expansion of sustainable mobility.
“Although other issues are currently in the spotlight, we must not lose sight of the future of our planet,” Dr Denner said.

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