Coronavirus can affect Bosch's global auto supply chain: CEO warns

Bosch is heavily dependent on China for the exporting of electronic motors, transmission and power electronics for the electric cars, coronavirus may affect its functioning

Volkmar Denner, Chief Executive of Robert Bosch, which is the world's biggest auto components supplier, warned that its global supply chain can get affected due to the coronavirus as the company is very much dependent on China.

Bosch heavily depends on China for the exporting of electric motors, transmission and power electronics for the electric cars.

Bosch depends on China for its functioning

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"We are naturally concerned, but on the basis of the facts today, we have no disruption to our business or supply chain," Denner stated in a meeting with journalists at Stuttgart on Tuesday.

"We need to wait to see how things develop. If this situation continues, supply chains will be disrupted. There are forecasts that predict the peak for infections will drag on until February or March," Denner added.

"In Wuhan Bosch has two plants making steering systems and Thermo technologies, with around 800 employees. There have been no reports of infections," Denner further mentioned.

Bosch's China plants have been shut for Chinese new year and the holiday has been extended to February 3, an extension which will not disrupt Bosch's global business, Denner explained. Bosch has been in China since 1909 and has 23 automotive manufacturing facilities in more than 60 locations in the world's largest auto market, which is home to the largest Bosch workforce outside of Germany.

Bosch's Asia Pacific sales reached 22.5 billion euros last year

Bosch employs 403,000 people globally. It makes multimedia infotainment systems in Wuhu, brake booster systems in Nanjing, automotive electronics for use in connected and automated driving in Wujin, 48-volt battery systems in Wuxi and builds electric vehicle motors, transmissions, and power electronics in Taicang.

Bosch sales in Asia Pacific reached 22.5 billion euros last year, of which more than 10 billion euros came from China. Bosch expects global automotive production to fall 2.6 percent to 89 million cars in 2020 due to a decline in demand in China, the United States and Europe.

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