Bosch unveils ambitious new plan for Thailand

ROBERT BOSCH Automotive Technologies says it has devised a new investment plan that reflects the company’s view that Thailand is strategically well placed in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company last week kicked off the construction of the first ever fuel-injector factory in Thailand.

“The country offers manufacturers a solid infrastructure base, abundant skilled labour, advanced technical universities and vocational colleges, a strong automotive supplier base, free trade within Asean, and several bilateral trade and investment agreements,” said Martin Knoss, regional president infor the Gasoline Systems Division of Robert Bosch Automotive Technologies.

He declined to disclose the investment sum.

“There are six Bosch fuel-injector factories worldwide, with two factories in Asia. Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia,” he said.

Knoss said the investment would provide advanced skills and career-based opportunities for a great number of qualified employees as well as state-of-the art engineering facilities.

“Thai people will now gain considerable experience in rapidly growing fields such as automotive, mechanical, and hydraulic design as well as testing and manufacturing,” he said.

He said Bosch adding jobs and developing further expertise in the supplier industry would also attract automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest in Thailand because of the existence of a diversified and well-managed supplier base.

Located at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate, this “smart factory” will service OEM vehicle manufacturers with a production capacity of a million units per annum. It is scheduled for completion this year.

It will apply Bosch’s proprietary injection technology and also feature electronically controlled material flow, automated end-of-line testing and parts calibration.

Bosch’s latest direct-injection technologies are widely used by automotive OEMs.

This project is supported by the Board of Investment.

Bosch said it continued to hold the pre-eminent global position as a maker of fuel-injection products. In the aftermarket, more than 85 per cent of the European-nameplate vehicles in operation use Bosch fuel injectors, it claimed.

Other Bosch automotive components including brake systems, diesel systems, wiper systems and engine cooling fans are manufactured in the Amata City Industrial Estate in Rayong province.