First high-volume orders for Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems

Stuttgart, March 2010 – 18 months after the company’s foundation, Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems received the first two high-volume orders for exhaust gas turbochargers. The turbo technology of Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems will be applied in a gasoline downsizing engine and a common-rail diesel engine.

Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems will start production for the approximately one million turbochargers per year at the end of 2011.“The customer’s decision honors our efforts to bring a high-quality product to the market at a competitive price”, says Dr. Andreas Prang, Managing Director at Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems responsible for production, purchasing, and quality. “In the past months, Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems established a consistent, process and quality-oriented product development process. Therefore, the development department is able to quickly and flexibly respond to the various customer requirements” adds Dr. Martin Knopf, responsible for development, sales, and finance.

Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems entered new ways in the development with simulation, layout and design and concentrated the product optimization to spontaneous response behavior and low exhaust gas backpressure for the reduction of fuel consumption. With new and highly precise production processes of the rotor and the bearing elements as key components, the turbochargers are placing a benchmark with regard to acoustic behavior and stability. Furthermore, the fully automatic assembly line of the basic unit secures a very high quality level and therefore extraordinary robustness. For the first time, Bosch Mahle Turbosystems uses a functional test which is integrated into the fully automatic assembly for security reasons.

In combination with direct fuel injection, turbochargers make a considerable contribution that the downsized combustion engine becomes much more efficient without performance loss and that CO2 emissions and fuel consumption can be further reduced. An increasing number of car manufacturers concentrate on downsizing concepts in their actual and future engine generations. The need for exhaust gas turbochargers will therefore increase continuously in the coming years.

Start of production from 2011 on
In the past months, Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems made substantial investments: The development location in Stuttgart as well as the production locations in Blaichach/Immenstadt (Germany) and St. Michael (Austria) have been built up. After the ground breaking ceremony in September 2008, a new production hall with a production area of approximately 10,000 square meters is now completed in St. Michael. Currently, major production equipment is being installed so that pre-series exhaust gas turbochargers can be produced on series installations from March 2010.

Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems is a joint venture of Bosch and Mahle and thus participates in the strong understanding of the complete system for combustion engines and in the outstanding know-how in development and high-volume production of engine parts and components. Currently, exhaust gas turbocharger systems for engines in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are being developed. The company was founded in 2008 and already employs approximately 150 employees.

Press contact at MAHLE GmbH:
Stefanie Thiel
Pragstraße 26 – 46
70376 Stuttgart
Germany
Phone: +49 711 501-13166
Fax: +49 711 501-13700
Stefanie.Thiel@mahle.com

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