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Bosch raises sponsorship of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition, supporting decades of technician training and development

- Bosch to provide future technicians with scan tool and power tool in addition to sponsoring awards dinner and hospitality suite

- Competition features 11th and 12th grade students in automotive technology courses

- Fifty two-person teams will compete at the national level in Dearborn, Mich., for more than $10 million in scholarships

WARREN, Mich., – Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket Business Division is proud to announce its Diamond level sponsorship of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills com-petition, helping mentor future technicians who have shown a passion for the auto-motive service industry.

More than 12,000 high school students entered the competition; with 10 two-person teams competing at the state level. The winning teams from each state will compete on Tuesday, June 10 at the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. At stake is more than $10 million in scholarships to help students enhance their skills as future automotive technicians.

Throughout the competition, Bosch Field Training Specialists will provide guidance and mentorship to students. Every student at the state level will receive an Actron U-Scan, 1,000 in all, and those advancing to the national competition will receive a Bosch 12V Max Lithium-Ion cordless combo drill/driver and impact driver kit, donat-ed by the company. The U-Scan allows technicians to use an iOS or Android device for vehicle diagnostics. Actron and OTC are brands of the Automotive Service Solu-tions Business Unit within the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division.

“Every student we work with has shown an incredible aptitude for automotive ser-vice, and it’s our job to foster that development and ensure they have the tools and guidance needed to succeed,” said Mike Mansuetti, President, Robert Bosch LLC. “We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Ford and AAA to challenge and recognize the brightest young minds in the automotive field.”

In addition to providing future technicians with the tools they’ll need to be successful, Bosch is sponsoring the competition’s awards dinner, honoring students for their accomplishments, and a hospitality suite during the national competition for students and families. Bosch will also be awarding an OTC Encore professional diagnostics tool to three schools at random and three 24” Ascenta-Stainless steel dishwashers to families of students attending the national competition, representing three of the four business sectors that comprise the Bosch Group: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

Bosch Field Training Specialists will be providing technical instruction to students at the state and national level. Students will use the OTC Genisys EVO, an advanced diagnostics tool manufactured by the Automotive Aftermarket Business Division of Bosch, at the national competition. OTC has been the “Scan Tool of Choice” for the Student Auto Skills Competition for more than 23 years, providing technical assis-tance for students for more than two decades.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition reinforces students’ desired field of study, showing them career opportunities within the automotive service field and shaping the next generation of automotive technicians. Bosch remains dedicated to equip-ping and training these future technicians

The Student Auto Skills Challenge pits student teams against each other, repairing intentionally “bugged” vehicles and completing a written test. They are evaluated on workmanship, automotive knowledge and problem-solving abilities in a timed race.

A full list of state competitions can be found here: http://bit.ly/FordAAASkillsChallenge , with the state competitions starting on April 15, culminating in the national competition on June 10 in Dearborn.

About Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills
The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a nationwide automotive technology competition that offers nearly $10 million in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. More than 12,000 students from across the U.S. Compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the National Finals. The competition tests students' automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities. For additional information on the competition, visit http://www.autoskills.aaa.com/.

About OTC Tools
OTC is a major manufacturer and supplier of professional vehicle electronic diagnostic equipment, automotive fuel maintenance and a wide range of servicing tools and equipment with various manufacturing facilities. Since December 2012, OTC became a Bosch brand and was integrated into the Automotive Service Solutions Business Unit of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. For more information on OTC, visit www.otctools.com.

About Actron
Actron is a North American based major manufacturer and supplier of consumer vehicle electronic diagnostic equipment. Since December 2012, Actron became a Bosch brand and was integrated into the Automotive Service Solutions Business Unit of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. For more information on Actron, visit www.Actron.com.

About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in 2013*. The Bosch Group com-prises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

*Due to a change in legal rules governing consolidation, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812



Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills Sponsorship 2014 - May 2014

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