Bosch Automotive Aftermarket

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Automotive Spare Parts and Accessories

In the Bosch Automotive Technology business sector, the Automotive Aftermarket division, with 14,000 associates around the world, manages the provision, logistics and sale of automotive spare parts, workshop equipment and Bosch products for retrofitting. Its services also include technical customer service for automotive products and systems.


Distribution warehouse

One of the tasks of the distribution warehouse is to supply Bosch customers - that is, automotive manufacturers' headquarters, wholesalers and workshops - with a wide and diverse range of spare parts, which are shipped from Karlsruhe to 140 different countries. The division also manages a further 24 warehouses around the world.
Since 1978, approximately 450,000 articles from the aftermarket range - from anti-lock braking systems to spark plugs - have been made available to customers using state-of-the-art technology. Roughly 300 associates at the Global Distribution Center in Karlsruhe guarantee that the parts you need will be available within 24 hours in Europe and within 96 hours anywhere in the world.


Bosch workshop network

The Automotive Aftermarket business unit is responsible for the Bosch Service workshop network, the world's largest independent chain of workshops consisting of over 15,000 businesses, 1,200 of them in Germany. Since the acquisition of AutoCrew GmbH on 4/1/2009, with the brands "AutoCrew" and "AutoCrew Truck+Trailer", Karlsruhe has managed another chain of workshops. This workshop network currently covers 500 AutoCrew partners throughout Europe, over 400 in Germany alone.

Diagnostics

The Diagnostics unit provides appliances for testing and workshop technology, diagnostic software, service and brand-independent knowledge and training courses for automotive workshops. Bosch trains over 60,000 participants every year in 43 training centers worldwide. The business unit offers retailers and workshops all over the world the entire range of diagnostic and workshop technology, and a comprehensive range of spare parts – from new to reconditioned parts.

Automotive Tradition

The Automotive Tradition unit, which was created in 2005, offers spare parts, information and other services for classic and vintage cars. The online shop www.partbob.com makes sought-after spare parts for these vehicles available to a broad target group, using stocks from wholesalers, car repair firms and workshops.


Our Company

Bosch Group

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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.