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Bosch has been present in India for over 50 years, through its flagship company MICO, the name of which was changed to Bosch Ltd. Bosch Limited today is the country's largest auto component manufacturer and also one of the largest Indo-German companies in India. The Bosch Group holds close to 70% stake in Bosch Limited. The company is headquartered in Bangalore with manufacturing facilities in Bangalore, Nashik, Naganathapura, Jaipur and Goa. It manufactures and trades products as diverse as diesel and gasoline fuel injection systems, Blaupunkt car multimedia systems, auto electricals, industrial equipment, special purpose machines, packaging machines, electric power tools and security systems.
The company reported a modest growth of 4% in bottomline during CY08. This was on the back of a decent 11% growth in topline. Even the operating performance was good what with profits growing by 20% and margins expanding by more than 100 basis points. However, lower other income and higher depreciation charges restricted the growth in net profits. Good growth in automotive aftermarket division, power tools division and security technology division helped offset some of the sharp slowdown seen in the automotive OE market.
With growth in the diesel passenger car segment, the demand for common rail systems is expected to improve significantly in the coming years. Bosch backed up by the parent technology and its own efforts at quality improvement and cost control is set to take advantage of this opportunity. The company also sees significant potential in the exports of Common Rail components. The company with its wide array of products, both in the automotive and non-automotive sectors, is in a position to further strengthen its market position. Deficient monsoons remain a matter of concern in the short term.