FOLLOWING APPROVAL FROM THE ANTITRUST AUTHORITIES, BOSCH COMPLETES THE TAKEOVER OF UNIPOINT GROUP TAIWAN
Starters, Alternators and Wiper Blades Set to Strengthen the Aftermarket Business
- Bosch strengthens its position in Asia with starters, alternators, temperature control parts and wiper blades
- Integration in the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division
- Takeover approved by the Antitrust Authorities
STUTTGART/TAIPEI — The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division has successfully completed the takeover of the Unipoint Group, based in Taipei, Taiwan. The takeover was approved by the antitrust authorities and the parties involved have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
In 2010, the Unipoint Group achieved sales of USD 124 million. It currently employs around 2,360 associates at two production locations in mainland China and Taiwan, as well as at various sales locations. The Unipoint and NSA brands will be retained.
The acquisition of the Unipoint Group strengthens the position of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket as the leading supplier of starters and alternators, and represents an investment in the temperature control product segment.
The acquisition also adds another Asian production base to the wiper blade business unit. “By taking over the Unipoint Group, we can secure our position as the leading supplier of starters, alternators and wiper blades in the automotive aftermarket, as well as consistently expanding our business in Asia,” said Robert Hanser, Chairman of the Divisional Board of the Automotive Aftermarket division.
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Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2010, its sales came to 28.1 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The roughly 167,000 Automotive Technology associates worldwide work in seven areas of business: injection technology for internal combustion engines, powertrain peripherals, alternative drive concepts, active and passive safety systems, assistance and comfort functions, in car information and communication, as well as services and technology for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. In fiscal 2011, the Bosch Automotive Technology business sector expects its sales to reach some 30 billion euros by the end of the year, with a workforce of 177,000.
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