Bosch Automotive History

Bosch Automotive History


The origins of Bosch as a supplier of automotive equipment go back to 1887 when Robert Bosch and his engineer, Gottlob Honold, built a product that would later revolutionize the automotive industry – a magneto ignition device for a stationary engine. In 1897, he installed one of these devices into a three-wheeler vehicle to see whether it was suitable for everyday use in motor vehicles. What was initially a small sideline product has since grown to become the company’s largest business sector.

Over the years, various Bosch innovations have helped automobiles become safer, more economical and environmentally friendly, making driving a more comfortable experience for you.

Today, Bosch is one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of automotive parts and systems with a global network of factories.  Our products and technology can be found in virtually every car make produced throughout the world. This strong link to original equipment development and innovation means Bosch is able to deliver a superior automotive aftermarket offering.

Although Bosch is now a technology and services company that is active in many other areas, our automotive sector has always been at the heart of what we do.