Bosch ramps up ICE, electrification production.

Date25 May 2022

This story first appeared in the May 23 print edition of the GSA Business Report.

Bosch has a new project on the rise in Anderson, company President Mike Mansuetti told hundreds of business leaders gathered from across the 10 counties for Upstate SC Alliance's annual meeting on May 13.

Mansuetti couldn't share much more than that, but he did tell the audience that the company's South Carolina team is ramping up production for both its internal combustion engine and electrification powertrain production.

"We see by 2030, electrification growing to about 30% of the market, but the rest of it will still be traditional what we call internal combustion engine or some variation of the ICE, for example, with a hybrid power charge," he said. "So there's still a lot of technology that remains to be developed, especially if we're going to meet those CO2 and sustainability targets that we all want to meet that will continue to require improvements in, let's say, the classic combustion technology."

Bosch's way forward will focus on achieve a balance between innovation, such as the company's forays into long distance hydrogen fuel cell research, and its legacy with longstanding customers.

In 2021, the private company's total global sales increased by 10%, bringing Bosch's revenue to $90 billion. About 8% to 9% of the company's total annual investment goes to research and development.

"Any customer, whatever their power train needs are, we want to be there to help serve them and help continue this journey in electrification," Mansuetti said.

In Bosch's Charleston plant, that means transforming its former gasoline and diesel fuel pump operations with a $80 million investment into a team that focuses in on both electrification and high-pressure fuel injection technologies.

According to previous reporting, the Charleston investment was set to reach the facility by 2023 as part of the company's $250 million earmarked for U.S. mobility solutions in 2021.

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