The marriage has lasted for 58 years

The marriage has lasted for 58 years

Bosch and India

Then and now: File photos of the apprentices at the Bosch Training Centre in Bangalore.

Thirty years on, he is a senior officer at the Bosch Group-India Corporate Communication Division, looking after accounts.

“Such is the stress on meritocracy in the Bosch Group,” exclaims Sooryanarayana, recollecting his years at Bosch and the opportunities he got to reach the position he is in. He rose from the level of an employee of the lowest grade to become a senior officer in 30 years.

This (stress on meritocracy), along with focus on technology and innovation, has what has helped the Bosch Group grow as a leader in all fields of business it operates in.

Today, Bosch does businesses through more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries, and has a workforce of over 2.8 lakh worldwide.

But little did Robert Bosch, born a century-and-a-half ago in the world’s automobile hub, Germany, know that his modest ‘Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering’ would last 125 years, taking several shapes across the globe, growing like it were meant just for that and living up to its tagline: Invented for Life.

And the reason, as noted by Vasudevan, one of the Bosch Group-India’s former vice presidents: “It is the culture across the Bosch Group to maintain the best practices in all processes and this could not have been achieved if they did not consider their human resources as an asset. They did, and the company’s growth is here for the world to see.”

Bosch Group’s 125 years could not have been complete without its 58-year history in India. Bosch came to India in 1922 with a service station in Calcutta and began its operations in 1953. Today, it has grown to include six companies, 13 manufacturing units, over 1,500 suppliers, 4,000 sales outlets and 20,000 employees.

Deccan Herald caught up with some of its employees at the company’s Adugodi plant in Bangalore, where, among many tales, Sooryanarayana’s was the most touching.

An employee working at the plant said: “The reason we come out with such great, reliable products which have fuelled our growth across the globe, is because there is no compromise on research and training.”

He was referring to the training he had received just a couple of years ago.
Former vice president and head of quality, Ramakrishnan, said: “The high focus on systems and processes, a strong drive for innovation and quality, and consumer focus are the strengths of the Bosch Group... They have never failed us in the last 58 years in India or in a century-and-a-quarter, globally.”

Little did India know that a firm, which had its humble beginnings in a shed way back in November 1886 in Stuttgart, Germany, would enter its market and eventually become a force to reckon with, especially in the field of automobile parts manufacturing — although Bosch does have its presence in fields like power tool manufacturing, IT and designing.

Bosch India president M K Vishwanath said: “The sheer resilience and the desire to tirelessly continue the pursuit for excellence have ensured that Bosch delivered better after every crisis.”

And he promised that Bosch will “carry on its legacy of making technology that is cleaner and greener and more affordable,” and that the year’s celebrations will include all of Bosch’s customers, suppliers, distributors, shareholders and stakeholders.

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