Prime Minister of the Flemish Government Geert Bourgeois acknowledges the Robert Bosch Produktie N.V. windscreen wiper plant in Tienen as a factory for the future. “Innovation is their motto”
During a visit to the Belgian Robert Bosch Produktie windscreen wiper plant in Tienen, Flemish Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois discovered a state-of-the-art production facility. The factory produces wiper arms and blades, as original equipment and for the aftermarket.
In recent years, the company has invested heavily in its transformation into a modern factory where state-of-the-art production lines and innovative IT applications support the employees.
Confidence in the future
“The fact that this great manufacturing company is investing in Industry 4.0 is a show of confidence in the future, an expression of trust in the economic growth,” says Geert Bourgeois. “Innovation should be your motto if you want to grow and flourish as a company. In both processes and products. And that is precisely what Robert Bosch is doing here in Tienen.”
Robert Bosch Produktie is investing
In recent years, the company has invested heavily in ultra-modern production lines for the new generation of wiper blades and the transition to Industry 4.0. “We are doing this to maintain our market position in the automotive industry,” says Thomas Barrho, Plant Manager at Robert Bosch Produktie. “We have to keep devising other products based on our expertise in paint and rubber. At the same time, we are introducing more digital applications in our production lines, since IT applications can support our employees and make their work easier.”
1,100 employees and Belgian R&D
The 1,644 employees of the Bosch Group in Belgium realised a turnover of 843 million euros.
With a workforce of around 1,100, the largest Belgian site is in Tienen. There, Robert Bosch Produktie operates a manufacturing hall, its own rubber extrusion division and the Bosch Competence Center for research and development in innovative windscreen wiper technology.
As a lead plant, it supports production sites in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.