USA, MEXICAN, UK EDITORS TOUR SHOWCASE BOSCH O2 PLANT

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BOSCH ANDERSON, SC O2 PLANT IS SHOWCASE FOR OXYGEN SENSOR ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING


Contact: Wayne Riley


ANDERSON, SC, February 3, 2004 -- Oxygen sensors are critical for keeping gas mileage up and harmful exhaust emissions down in today’s cars, light trucks, and vans -- and Robert Bosch Corporation's high tech plant in Anderson, SC is a showplace of how to produce highly advanced, top quality oxygen sensors that perform flawlessly in nearly every vehicle on the road in the United States today.


“Anderson is a state-of-the-art, high-tech facility that operates with a quality first mindset. At every step of the manufacturing process skilled, dedicated associates stringently test and inspect every characteristic of the sensor. The Governor’s Award is indeed a celebration of our journey to world class quality and our commitment to continuous improvement,” said Mike Mansuetti, Senior Vice President and Technical Plant Manager. “The Anderson facility is a standard for the world, and we are very proud of the sensors we produce for installation as original equipment or for replacement for the millions of vehicles on the highways in the United States,” he said.


Bosch’s 457,000 square-foot Anderson, SC plant, which began production in 1985, occupies 132 well-landscaped acres near Greenville, SC. The plant is a model of attractive surroundings combined with spotless, well-organized component manufacturing and testing. Here Bosch employs a dedicated and skilled workforce of more than 1,200, and uses a high degree of automation, sophisticated testing, and rigid quality control. The plant manufactures 95% of all oxygen sensors sold by Bosch for the 218 million cars, light trucks, and vans in the United States. Wheel speed sensors, anti-lock brake system electronic controls and integrated air/fuel modules are also manufactured at the facility.


The Anderson facility has received numerous quality and achievement awards, including Ford's Q1 Preferred Quality Award and the Nissan Quality Master Award. Additionally, the plant has achieved certification to numerous international and industry quality standards such as QS9000, ISO14000 and TS16949. In 2002 Bosch Anderson was named the South Carolina Manufacturer of the Year and in 2003 the plant was named recipient of the South Carolina Governor's Quality Award. Bosch was recently awarded the Silver Trophy for technical innovation at 2003 Equip Auto in Paris for the "Robert Bosch Universal Lambda Sensor," which features a patented design created by Bosch Anderson engineers.


Bosch manufactures three types of oxygen sensors at the Anderson facility: heated and unheated “thimble” sensors and heated “planar” sensors, including wide-band sensors. Since starting oxygen sensor production in 1988, Anderson has produced over 100 million oxygen sensor units.


Robert Bosch Corporation, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, has for more than 117 years been committed to developing innovative products for the automotive industry. A global company, Bosch has earned a reputation as a quality supplier to both the automotive original equipment market and the automotive aftermarket.


                         

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Two day plant walkthrough with extensive press kit, docunentation and discussion / support was resounding success. Provided great editorial appreciation of manufacturing, design skill and understanding, years of positive O2 sensor publicity.

(Contact: Wayne Riley)