January 10, 2008 — /Bosch/ GOA, INDIA — Bosch Packaging Technology, the packaging machinery division of the leading global supplier of technology and services Bosch, inaugurated its new state of the art manufacturing facility in Verna Industrial Estate Goa, India early in December. The new 2,600 square meter facility produces and assembles packaging technology equipment for requirements such as candy wrapping, solid food, and biscuit packaging, as well as packing vials, ampoules, and syringes.
“The Bosch brand is synonymous with quality, technology, and innovation, which are reflected in the tailor-made solutions that we offer our customers across the globe. Our machines are today a preferred choice for large businesses worldwide,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology.
Bosch Packaging Technology has already sold over 400 packaging machines and process equipment in India to leading names in the pharmaceutical, confectionery, and food processing industries and exported an additional 75 machines mainly to the food industry. The Goa facility employs 80 associates and has an initial installed capacity of 120 machines a year, with plans to increase this to 240 machines in three years.
“Bosch is proud on its responsibility to the community. We envision a sizable increase in the turnover of the local supplier base in Goa wherein every Bosch employee will contribute to a tenfold growth in manpower at the supplier and service provider end. In addition, the packaging technology we bring in will also benefit the local technical training institutes,” says Thomas Buehler, business head of the Indian Operations of Bosch Packaging Technology.
About Bosch Packaging Technology
Bosch Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen, Germany, is one of the leading suppliers for holistic systems for packaging and process technology. In 13 countries worldwide, the company develops, produces, and distributes modules and systems for the pharmaceutical, confectionery, and cosmetics industries, as well as other food and non-food industries. In 2006, 3,780 associates achieved a turnover of approximately 570 million euros.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 260,000 associates generated sales of 43.7 billion euros in fiscal 2006. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.”
The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.