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Bosch annual report 2018

Progress needs brilliant ideas and bold decisions. In other words, it needs #smartmoves. Such moves keep us on our toes, and help our customers achieve their aims.

Dr. Volkmar Denner on #smartmoves at Bosch

“With the help of artificial intelligence, we are making products into smart assistants. We see this as our next #smartmove.”

Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management

Make your move

What do pruning shears, a fuel-cell powertrain, and a cooling box have in common? They are products and services that arose out of #smartmoves by Bosch. Smart solutions that — although very different — help people around the world in their lives.

Bosch MEMS sensors have been dubbed a key future technology.

Data dwarfs make the world go round

They are microscopically tiny, and indispensable for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0: MEMS sensors have been dubbed a key future technology. With a #smartmove in this field, Bosch has become the global market leader.

Together with his team, Bosch inventor Florian Woelke has developed the new ultrasonic self-piercing riveting process.

Ultra! Light!

The new ultrasonic self-piercing riveting process is a revolution in lightweight automotive chassis-building. Together with his team, Florian Woelke’s #smartmove was to develop a technique that paves the way for completely new material combinations for car bodies.

The Bosch 48-volt battery helps automakers to reduce CO₂ emissions.

Ready for a reVOL(T)ution?

No larger than a shoebox, this battery is set to have a huge impact on vehicle electrification. The Bosch 48-volt battery lets automakers make a #smartmove to reduce CO₂ emissions.

The electric SUV ES8 made by the automotive startup NIO uses the Bosch iBooster.

Ni hao, NIO

Shanghai city traffic is a baptism by fire for the electric SUV made by the automotive startup NIO. The company had its ES8 model ready for production in just three short years. Behind the wheel is Cissy Ye, the purchasing director at NIO responsible for procuring the advanced technology under the hood. In choosing the Bosch iBooster, she has opted for convenience and safety — definitely a #smartmove.

Bosch employee Martin Weiss and his team have developed software that makes photovoltaic arrays more efficient.

Energy Manager

Martin Weiss loves his job. He and his team split their time between the lab and cozy couches to develop software that allows the owners of photovoltaic arrays to use as much of the solar energy they produce as possible within their own four walls. A sustainable #smartmove that brings economy and ecology together.

Thanks to the Bosch FreshBox, the fruit vendor Achieng Mbula’s goods stay fresh for longer.

Mama Nyandori’s cool box

There’s a new way to keep food and drink cool in Kenya: without electrical power, with just a box and one and a half liters of water. Thanks to the FreshBox sold by the Bosch subsidiary BSH Hausgeräte, the fruit vendor Achieng Mbula’s goods stay fresh for longer, and her sales are up. This #smartmove for everyday life helps her reduce food waste.

Thanks to Bosch AI Plantect, a Japanese tomato grower increases his farm’s yield.

A bumper crop courtesy of AI

An encounter at the crossroads of tomorrow’s agriculture and traditional farming: how Bosch AI helped a Japanese tomato grower increase his farm’s yield, save time, and dispense with some worries. Plantect, an early warning system for growers, detects the risk of disease early and reduces the use of chemicals by as much as 30 percent. Digital farming is clearly a forward-thinking #smartmove.

The cordless EasyPrune shears by Bosch make gardening work easier.

Flower power

Gardening work is easier — and the star florist Ellouise Hasler-Stott’s future looks even rosier — with the strength-saving powers of the cordless EasyPrune shears. Technically speaking, the tool is literally a #smartmove, since its electronic assist provides extra power.

The Bosch engineer Christian Appel is working with the Nikola Motor Company startup to develop the world’s first 40-ton truck to feature a fuel-cell powertrain.

Truck Yeah!

The Bosch engineer Christian Appel is working with the Nikola Motor Company startup to develop the world’s first 40-ton truck to feature a fuel-cell powertrain. It’s a #smartmove that could herald a new era in freight haulage.

Bosch engineers pooled their expertise, and worked methodically to improve the entire diesel powertrain.

The 200-degree solution

Emissions far below the limits — the automotive industry’s relentless pursuit. Bosch engineers made the #smartmove of pooling their expertise, and worked methodically to improve the entire diesel powertrain.

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