Robert Bosch Automotive Steering in Maklár is launching three projects, under which developments, on the one hand, it will implement the production of new-generation electric power steering gears replacing hydraulic steering gears, and on the other hand it will also expand production capacity and introduce new technologies, additionally will also set up a global service center.
The three investments will create a total of 180 new jobs, with a total volume of more than EUR 148 million, close to a quarter of which is covered by Hungarian taxpayers according to a government decision.
Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Kft. supplies steering gears for passenger cars, steering columns for commercial vehicles, and steering shafts and refurbished components to more than 100 vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Established in 2003, the company has been producing conventional, hydraulic steering gears in Eger, and electric power steering gears and steering systems for trucks in Maklár since 2014. Production of the main components for the electric power steering gear began in 2015 at the plant in Maklár. More than three million steering systems and their components are delivered from the two sites each year, most of them being state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly electric power steering systems (EPS).
The company broadens the portfolio of the Bosch Group with its cutting-edge, fuel-saving electric power steering gears and makes systems that form the basis of driver assistants, electric and automated vehicles.
In the framework of the projects, the company will develop a total 70,000-square-metre production and logistics area, as well as an integrated, modern service centre and office space in Maklár. The factory will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology by the end of 2023, establishing and expanding production, logistics and service buildings, and installing new machinery. With the capacity increasing investment, the competitiveness of the Maklár site will be raised and high-tech production, assembly and measuring equipment will be procured.
In addition to manufacturing, the Automotive Steering division of the Bosch Group started the establishment of a new Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Maklár. In the future, the Automotive Steering division of the Bosch Group will be supported from the service centre worldwide; according to the plans it will support sales, quality assurance, technical development, strategic planning, data protection and product management.
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