In the 125 years since Bosch opened the doors of our first international office in Central London, we have carved out a rich heritage of innovation and social commitment in the UK and Ireland. Ours has been the story of the people who make things happen - of the innovations and products that touch the lives of others. Much more than a linear timeline but many interwoven stories of inventing for generations, set over three centuries; branching from automotive to home heating, from Greater London to Glenrothes. Here is a good place to start to get to know us - we invite you to take a step back in time.
Bosch’s timeline in the UK
Across our 125 year history in the UK & Ireland there have been several key moments that have helped define and shape our business….
1898 - Robert Bosch opens his first office outside of Germany. The location is Store Street in London.
1924 - Bosch expands its UK presence and opens a sales office in Glasgow, Scotland.
1931 - Bosch begins manufacturing operations in the UK, in the West London suburb of Acton.
1972 - Robert Bosch Packaging Machinery (UK) Ltd begins selling machinery to businesses around the UK.
1984 - Bosch UK moves into its current head office location in Denham, Buckinghamshire.
1990 - BSH Home Appliances is formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Bosch and Siemens and is located in Milton Keynes. Bosch acquires Siemens shares in 2015.
1992 - Worcester Engineering Co Ltd is acquired by Bosch on 1st January, adopting the name of Worcester, Bosch Group.
1995 - Bosch acquires Atco-Qualcast in Stowmarket, a leading British manufacturer of garden equipment.
2001 - Mannesmann Rexroth AG and Bosch Automation Technology merge on 1st May.
2004 - The Bosch Service Solutions Centre opens in Liverpool.
2012 - The Bosch Service Training Centre is opened in Uxbridge by Boris Johnson, then the Mayor of London.
2015 - Following changes in legislation, Bosch eBike launches in the UK.
2016 - Move_UK consortium is led by Bosch, and begins on-road testing to accelerate the development of automated driving.
2017 - Bosch Smart Home is launched in the UK.
2021 - Bosch acquires Protec Fire & Security Group.
2022 - Automotive Research & Development Centre set up in Limerick, Ireland.
2022 - Bosch acquires Five, the UK start-up that’s at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art software and artificial intelligence-based solutions for autonomous driving.
2023 - Bosch invests In Quantum Motion
2023 - Bosch acquires HydraForce.
2023 - The UK is now Bosch’s second largest region in Europe, after Germany, and fourth largest worldwide with 36 sites and around 5,500 associates.
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