Bosch expands automotive electronics activities in Romania

May 07, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The Bosch Group plans to set up a location for the manufacturing and development of automotive electronic control units in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In the first phase of construction work up to the end of 2013, the planned investment is 77 million euros. Construction work is to start in the second quarter of 2012, and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in mid-2013.

The new location is assigned to Bosch's Automotive Electronics division, which manufactures electronic control units, semiconductors, and sensors for use in automotive technology and other areas. The division runs 17 manufacturing sites around the world and employs some 20,000 persons.

The resulting facilities will cover a total floor space of 38,000 square meters. By the end of 2013, it is planned that some 340 employees will work in manufacturing and development in Cluj-Napoca. In the years that follow, the location is to be expanded further.

The Bosch Group currently operates three locations in Romania. In Bucharest, it runs a sales company for power tools, thermotechnology, security systems, and automotive aftermarket products, and it runs a communication center in Timisoara. In Blaj, it has a manufacturing facility for linear-motion technology, which is currently being expanded to include manufacturing operations for automotive technology. In total, Bosch currently employs about 1,400 workers Romania.