Bosch Packaging Technology looks back on an encouraging business development for 2015. Its sales increased from 1.18 billion euros in 2014 to 1.3 billion in 2015, representing nominal sales growth of 10.2 percent (3.1 percent when adjusted for currency effects). According to industry association VDMA, the German machine manufacturers were able to achieve nominal sales growth of just 2.8 percent on average. Order intake at the Bosch division also rose over the same period, increasing by 14.5 percent in nominal terms from 1.23 to 1.4 billion euros. For fiscal 2016 moderate growth is also anticipated. As of the end of the year, Bosch employed some 6,200 associates at more than 30 locations worldwide.
Bosch Packaging Technology achieved the highest growth – somewhat above 27 percent – in Asia-Pacific and Africa, while sales in Europe slightly decreased in 2015. In North America, sales grew by almost 18 percent and Latin America also saw sales growth of almost 25 percent. In total, Bosch generated some 90 percent of its sales outside Germany.
Part of the growth strategy is to strengthen the market position through strategic acquisitions. In 2015, Bosch acquired three companies in food sector: Osgood Industries Inc. end of May 2015 and, in December, the two sister companies Kliklok-Woodman Corporation and Kliklok International Ltd. Moreover the company founded a joint venture with the Indian company Klenzaids that focusses on the pharmaceutical sector.
Drivers for growth: complete solutions and industry 4.0
A key topic for the future remains line and system competence. The company is looking to turnkey projects, which it sees as offering great potential, especially outside Europe. In these projects, Bosch assumes responsibility for everything from planning of material and personnel, building technology, and cleanrooms to the production facilities themselves, thereby providing customers with complete solutions from a single source.
Industry 4.0 is another driver of growth. The modern factory is smart and connected, linking traditional manufacturing with sensors, software, and services. With its customers the Bosch Group’s know-how is applied on pilot projects: “Whenever it is a question of connectivity, we benefit from the Bosch Group’s expertise as a leading user and leading provider in this area. We will be launching a whole range of pilot projects in 2016 in order to tailor Bosch’s existing software solutions to the needs of our customers in our target industries pharmaceuticals and food,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. One such solution already employed by customers all over the world is Bosch’s CPI software for Track & Trace applications.
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