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Our history

The story of our success

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.

“Never forget your humanity, and respect human dignity in your dealings with others.”
Robert Bosch, 1920
You can see a close-up of a historical workbench in which workpieces could be clamped.

Videos about Bosch history

Films bring history to life: Here you will find moving images of the company's founder and corporate strategies from over a century, highlights from the Bosch history exhibition, interviews with contemporary witnesses, and historical film footage.

People are looking into a van with Bosch products at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart.

History Blog

The history of Bosch is characterized by internationality and innovation - and of course by Robert Bosch. In our History Blog, we summarize individual aspects of our long tradition in exciting stories.

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Publications about our history

Want to order one of our free publications or download our company chronicles detailing the life of Robert Bosch and other aspects of the company’s history?

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