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Bosch Reinforces Commitment to Michigan

Celebrates Opening of Plymouth Township Technical Center
Plymouth Township, Mich. – Executives from Robert Bosch LLC were joined today by city and state dignitaries to celebrate the opening of the company’s technical center in Plymouth Township. The $37.5 million, 225,000 sq. ft. facility, which sits on 76 acres, houses more than 400 associates. Bosch began construction of its Plymouth Township Technical Center in 2005 to allow for expansion of its automotive capabilities in Michigan.

The Plymouth Township facility, located at 15000 Haggerty Road, serves as a technical center for Bosch, housing research and development as well as engineering space for its automotive electronics, starter motors and generators, and electrical drives divisions. Innovations currently engineered at the Bosch Plymouth Township Technical Center include predictive safety systems and driver assistance technologies.

“Since 1910, we have been a part of Michigan’s community and are pleased to continue our local presence with the opening of our Technical Center in Plymouth Township,” said Peter J. Marks, chairman, president and CEO, Robert Bosch LLC. “The additional capacity for research, development and engineering of automotive electrical and electronics activities will help us in achieving the long-term planned growth of our North American automotive business.”

Bosch’s Plymouth Township Technical Center was designed to take advantage of current energy efficient development technologies, including a closed-loop pump system, which recovers heat generated from thermal chambers and compressors in the lab to help heat the facility.

Also the facility has a unique storm water management system, which through the use of on-site wetlands, the planting of Michigan native grasses and other natural landscaping, will allow runoff water to be absorbed into the soil rather than retained in a holding pond. This system will help to promote a sustainable environment on the property.

Bosch has had a presence in Michigan since 1910. In 1983, the company established its Farmington Hills campus, which serves as Bosch’s North American automotive headquarters. With automotive proving grounds located in Flat Rock, and manufacturing facilities in Bridgeman, Buchanan, Kentwood and St. Joseph, Bosch continues to build a strong foundation in the State of Michigan.

"Bosch is one of the auto industry's great innovators, and we're thrilled our world-class workforce and business friendly climate convinced them to choose Michigan for their new technical center,” Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said. "This facility represents the continuation of a partnership that will strengthen the global competitiveness of the world's number one automotive supplier, and strengthen Michigan's standing as a global leader in automotive research and development."

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2006, approximately 260,000 associates generated sales of 43.7 billion euros, or $54.9 billion. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering," the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of approximately 280 subsidiaries and more than 12,000 service centers in over 140 countries.

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs 24,750 associates in more than 80 primary and 20 associated facilities throughout the region with reported sales of $8.8 billion in 2006. For more information on the company, visit www.bosch.us.

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Grand Opening - June 2007

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