Did You Know?
- Bosch has been producing automotive products for over 100 years and is highly respected for its quality, innovation and technical competence.
- Bosch is the world's leading supplier to vehicle manufacturers and the largest independent automotive component manufacturer in the world.
- The Bosch group has around 283,000 staff in 150 countries. Annually, Bosch spends around 8% of its sales revenue on research and development and applies for 3,000 patents worldwide.
- Bosch produced their first spark plug nearly 100 years ago and today manufacture more than 1 million spark plugs per day. A spark plug to suit everyone's need is covered by an extensive range on offer. Bosch Spark Plugs are available in a number of different types depending on the application.
- The Bosch Service Network is the largest network of independent workshops in Australia and New Zealand and forms part of the Bosch global network consisting of 14,000 workshops.
- Bosch Car Service dealers must pass a rigorous evaluation process to qualify for membership of the network and follow the Bosch Car Service Code of Practice.
About Robert Bosch
Robert Bosch, founder of the Bosch Company, was born in Southern Germany in 1861. As a teenager he undertook an apprenticeship as a precision mechanic and then worked for a number of companies in Germany, the USA and the UK.
In 1886 he opened his first workshop; an electrical equipment installation factory in Germany with one engineer and one apprentice. The Company soon expanded and when he invented the magneto ignition device in 1887 his business became a real success story as an automotive supplier. Since this time Bosch began expanding into other countries and has become the world leader in the manufacturing and supply of automotive parts.
In 1906, Robert Bosch became the first employer in Germany to introduce the 8 hr working day which allowed the introduction of a two shift operation and increased the free time and productivity of his employees.
"It has always been an unbearable thought to me that someone could inspect one of my products and find it inferior in any way. For that reason, I have constantly tried to deliver only products which withstand the closest scrutiny - products which prove themselves superior in every respect".