New Delhi: German auto component maker Bosch AG, which has committed to expanding its investments in India (See: Bosch to invest another Rs850 crore in India), has showcased pioneering technologies at the 9th Auto Expo being held in New Delhi.
The Bosch pavilion, the largest among auto component makers, displays some of the finest technologies in diesel and gasoline systems; chassis and brakes systems; latest in Blaupunkt car multimedia; automotive electronics; starters and generators and a whole range of automotive accessories-diagnostics and Bosch Car service.
Bosch says it offers efficient gasoline injection systems and advanced common rail systems that comply with the strict emission norms in India.
Bosch opened its first manufacturing facility for high pressure common rail pumps in India in 2006 in India. Since August 2007 the company has been manufacturing common rail injectors locally. In 2007 the company made as many as 100,000 common rail systems in India and in 2010 the figure is likely to be as high as 1.3 million and it is expected that the two million mark will be reached in 2013. Increasing volumes are also to be seen in all the other Bosch makes in India.
By 2010, the German auto components maker will make 1.5 million starters and two million alternators in India compared to about a half a million of each currently.
The company says that according to its projections by 2010, 4.7 million Indian vehicles will be fitted with Bosch brakes. Alongside environmental protection, accident prevention is an area in which Bosch plans to have a presence in India through the manufacture of advanced braking systems.
In 2006 76 per cent of all new cars worldwide were fitted with ABS but only eight per cent in India. The company says this figure would double by 2012. Bosch is preparing for this increase in demand and plans to roll out ABS production in India at the end of 2008.
The company says India is converting itself into a hub for low-priced cars and Bosch wants to play a role in this dynamic and growing market. Bosch engineers globally are working on new technologies for low priced vehicles. The company says between now and 2012 demand for these vehicles will grow by 6 per cent worldwide and by 13 per cent in India.
For Bosch the development focus in India is not only on cost efficient management systems for gasoline and diesel engines but also on alternators and brakes.
From 2005 to 2008 the company will have invested more than Rs 1800 crore in the country and would have invested an additional Rs8,500 crore in the country by 2010.