Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, ended its 2018 fiscal year with RM3.99 billion in consolidated sales across Southeast Asia.
“2018 was a year led by high demand for the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility solutions across Southeast Asia. At Bosch, we continue to expand the range of our leading solutions in these domains, by successfully completing several iconic projects and embarking on new initiatives,” said Martin Hayes, president of Bosch in Southeast Asia.
“We are also starting to see positive results from previously deployed Industry 4.0 (I4.0) innovations, with highlight projects generating visibility and greater demand for our solutions. In short, our strategic focus on connectivity is paying off”.
Positive impact from I4.0 to drive growth
Bosch has built up decades of manufacturing experience and is capable to show the benefits of I4.0 solutions in its own plants throughout the region.
Businesses are able to achieve up to 15 percent higher machine availability, five to ten percent higher production performance and downtime reduced by up to 20 percent with Bosch Industry 4.0 solutions.
In Malaysia, Bosch is one of the five Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) partners of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the lead agency for driving the digital economy in Malaysia.
Last year, MDEC launched the Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP) to leverage on DTL’s expertise to help businesses adopt emerging digital technologies and provide Malaysian companies a structured approach to digital transformation, to future-proof their businesses and stay competitive.
New mobility with safety technology and electrification
Road safety continues to be of concern in Southeast Asia. As a leader in the automotive sector, Bosch continues to see demand for braking systems and driver assistance solutions such as automatic emergency breaking and lane keeping support.
Demand for electric vehicles (EV) is growing with the heightening awareness of governments to reduce traffic emission in Southeast Asian countries. Bosch sees the availability of infrastructure for e-mobility as one of the main drivers for technology adoption in the region.
The recently partnership with the Pertamina Corporation in Indonesia will see the deployment of multiple EV charging stations to power the transition. In Vietnam, Bosch closed a deal with Vietnam’s fastest growing electric scooter manufacturer, to supply parts, drive components and software for its emerging business.
Bosch’s local manufacturing plants contribute to the company’s worldwide manufacturing network and play an important role to fuel electric mobility demand on a global scale.
The company’s Malaysian plant in Penang, which traditionally produced only power tools, will begin manufacturing battery packs for eBikes for the global market due to their rising popularity worldwide.
Invented for regional progress and sustainability
Bosch continues to break technological grounds by utilising smart IoT technology to bring traditional industries into the 21st century. One such industry is aquaculture that tries to counteract the depletion of fish population through overfishing by moving operations on land.
Another local innovation is The Bosch Intelligent Microgrid for Asia (BIMA), a microcontroller solution that manages and combines power from multiple energy sources such as solar panels, batteries or generators to achieve a reliable and stable energy supply.
With its cloud capabilities, the artificially intelligent powered system continuously analyses usage and supply pattern to avoid blackouts and use the most economic energy source.
The Bosch Group expects global economic development to be subdued in 2019. Despite the difficult environment in industries and regions that are important for the company, Bosch expects its sales in the current year to slightly exceed their 2018 levels. Regardless of the short-term prospects, the company is intensifying its efforts to combat climate change and improve air quality.
“Climate change is not science fiction; it’s really happening. If we are to take the Paris Agreement seriously, then climate action needs to be seen not just as a long-term aspiration. It needs to happen in the short term,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the annual press conference in Renningen, Germany.
“We’re also committed to meeting public demand for good air quality in cities. As an innovation leader, we want to deliver technological solutions to ecological problems.”
Bosch is intensifying its already successful efforts to reduce its CO2 output.
“We will be the first major industrial enterprise to achieve the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality in a little over a year,” Denner announced. “All 400 Bosch locations across the globe will be carbon neutral from 2020.”
On the other hand, Bosch is also pursuing an ambitious target when it comes to air quality: “We want to reduce air pollution from traffic to virtually zero. To do this, we’re looking beyond the car’s hood,” Denner said.
In this endeavor, the company will be basing its activities on three pillars: it is developing low-pollutant powertrain technologies, working with municipal governments on projects to maintain steady traffic flow, and implementing a company mobility management system at its own locations.