Chengdu / Lohr am Main, 2017-11-06

Bosch Rexroth opens China's first Industry 4.0 Innovation Center in Chengdu

At the opening of the Industry 4.0 training center in Chengdu, participants were able to experience lean manufacturing hands-on.

Training facility is designed to expand the use of new technologies in China

  • China's first i4.0 training center
  • 3500 square meters for up to 200 participants
  • Solutions tailored to Chinese requirements
  • Guests experience lean production solutions hands-on

Chengdu / Lohr am Main - Bosch Rexroth opened China’s first Innovation Center focusing on digital and connected industry in Chengdu. The company demonstrates how Rexroth's solutions for Industry 4.0 significantly enhance processes in production from retrofit to the factory of the future. At the same time, Chinese experts learn how to implement the innovative approaches.

The new center in Chengdu was officially opened by Chen Yudong, President of the Bosch Group in China, and Fowai Lau, Managing Director of Bosch Rexroth China. In an area of 3500 square meters up to 200 training participants are able to expand their knowledge. "With this facility, Bosch helps more professionals to realize the opportunities of connected manufacturing in China. We strengthen local competence and offer trainees the opportunity to benefit from the rich expertise of Bosch Rexroth China and the Bosch Group, " said Chen Yudong during the grand opening.

The Innovation Center offers courses in quality management, production management, supply chain management and Industry 4.0 solutions. Participants can choose between 20 different subcategories. The Bosch Rexroth i4.0 Innovation Center advocates hands-on training and allows to work with i4.0 products such as the smart production line on-site.

"As manufacturing moves more and more toward industry 4.0, there is an increasing need for professionals with experience," Lau said, emphasizing the importance of the new facility. Local needs have to be considered though. "To be able to offer turnkey solutions tailored to the Chinese market, the right professionals are a key factor," Lau stated. Bosch Rexroth, a pioneer in Industry 4.0, is one of the driving forces behind this development in China. This is also the result of collaboration with numerous local companies, for example in Shaanxi, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Beijing and Shenzhen. The company provides training, consulting and turnkey solutions for retrofit as well as new investments up to the factory of the future. In addition to its own training academy, Bosch Rexroth has set up a German-Chinese "Industry 4.0" showroom and training center together with partners.

"We are very pleased to share our experience with Chinese manufacturers. In doing so, we want to help them to solve their current pain points as well as support their future development, "emphasized Lau. Additional knowledge and experience in the field of Industry 4.0 is a basis for the development of future products. Bosch Rexroth wants to support Chinese manufacturers with tailor-made solutions.

During a first training course, the guests of the opening ceremony experienced the role "Bosch Lean Production" plays in the context of Industry 4.0. It presented the connection of different devices through data exchange via the Internet of Things. The guests also learned how the analysis of large amounts of data on top of automation pave the way to intelligent manufacturing. In a demonstration, participants had the opportunity to steer a smart production line and experience lean production first hand.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5 billion euros in 2016.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

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