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Robert Bosch standing between his associates.

In 1886, Robert Bosch founded the “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering” in Stuttgart. This was the birth of today’s globally operating company. Right from the start, it was characterized by innovative strength and social commitment.

Robert Bosch

Never forget your humanity, and respect human dignity in your dealings with others.

Robert Bosch, 1920

Videos about Bosch History

Highlights from the Bosch-Archives

You can see two hands holding a small open notebook. In this handwritten entries have been made in old German Sütterlin script.

Life dreams: Diary of Robert Bosch

Life dreams: Diary of Robert Bosch

Did you know that Robert Bosch kept a diary on the two-week crossing on the steamer Caland from Rotterdam to New York in May 1884 as he made his way to the U.S. for the first time?

You can see a close-up of a historical workbench in which workpieces could be clamped.

Highlight: First workbench of Robert Bosch

Highlight: First workbench of Robert Bosch

Would you like to find out more about the equipment first used at the Workshop for Precision Mechanics set up by Robert Bosch at 75 Rotebühlstraße in Stuttgart’s west end in November 1886?

On display is a series of different models of a historic magneto.

Starting point of success: The magneto ignition device

Starting point of success: The magneto ignition device

Do you know about the first product from Robert Bosch in 1887, which paved the way for Bosch’s journey from small tradesman to industrialist?

You can see from the left a historical headlight, a historical generator and a historical governor switch in front of a bright background.

New products: Vehicle power supply system

New products: Vehicle power supply system

Have you ever heard of the vehicle power supply system? Would you have guessed that it was invented all the way back in 1910 as a combination of new products launched by Bosch?

You can see a close-up of the cutting head of a historical hair trimmer. The name Forfex is engraved in the metal.

The first power tool from Bosch: Forfex hair trimmer

The first power tool from Bosch: Forfex hair trimmer

Do you know what the innovative feature was in the first Bosch power tool that began to be mass-produced in 1928?

You can see a close-up of a historical round white refrigerator. Next to it are 5 green wine bottles.

Design classic: First refrigerator

Design classic: First refrigerator

Would you like to find out why the first Bosch refrigerator in 1933 was round and not square?

You can see the upper body of an advertising figure dressed in blue with a peaked cap, carrying a small black battery on a tray in front of him. In the background is a shelf cutout.

Bosch Service colleagues: Otto and Ottokar

Bosch Service colleagues: Otto and Ottokar

Find out more about two familiar faces from Bosch Service who were hired in 1955 and traveled all over the world.

You can see a close-up of a small box containing a large number of colorful switching contacts on a circuit board. This box is screwed onto a yellow honeycomb.

Power tools for DIY enthusiasts and professionals: Bosch-Combi and Bosch drill hammer

Power tools for DIY enthusiasts and professionals: Bosch-Combi and Bosch drill hammer

Bosch has sold a variety of power tools since the 1950s — one range for professionals and one for DIY users.

You can see a close-up of a small box containing a large number of colorful switching contacts on a circuit board. This box is screwed onto a yellow honeycomb.

IAA trade show display: Jetronic electronically controlled gasoline-injection system

IAA trade show display: Jetronic electronically controlled gasoline-injection system

Any idea how many components were in the first complex electronic system manufactured by Bosch in 1967?

You can see a close-up of a hydraulic unit.

Accident avoider: Hydraulic unit for ABS

Accident avoider: Hydraulic unit for ABS

Do you want to find out what Bosch was already inventing for life in 1978 and how products were tested back then?

You can see a close-up of an orange box with a silver front with many control knobs and a cassette.

EVA system: Ancestor of navigation

EVA system: Ancestor of navigation

To find out when Bosch began developing navigation devices, make a turn here ...

You can see a black e-bike standing on a white exhibition platform.

Electromobility on two wheels: E-bike

Electromobility on two wheels: E-bike

Bosch isn’t just about four wheels — it can do two wheels as well. Learn how past experiences from other operating units continue to be used.

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Publications and chronicles about our history

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Robert Bosch GmbH
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70442 Stuttgart
GERMANY

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