In 2011, the Bosch Group is celebrating a double anniversary: the 125th year of the company as well as the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder, Robert Bosch.

It was on November 15, 1886 that Robert Bosch established his "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering" in Stuttgart, laying the foundations for what has since become a leading global supplier of technology and services. Born on September 23, 1861, in Albeck near Ulm, Robert Bosch was a technology pioneer who propelled his company to international success during his own lifetime. Robert Bosch died in Stuttgart on March 12, 1942, aged 80.

Bosch does business through more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries, and has a workforce of a good 280,000 associates worldwide. An international network of sales companies and partners spans some 150 countries, ensuring that the company's products and services will continue to feature in important growth markets in the future.

"Our customers, as well as everyone who has ever used Bosch products, have also played a role in the company's 125-year success story," says Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the Bosch board of management.

Hermann Scholl, the chairman of the shareholders meeting and of the supervisory council, agrees, and adds: "Many of our pioneering technological achievements were the result of our fruitful interaction with our customers. And a spirit of innovation pervades our company to this day - an unceasing search for new areas of business, markets, and technologies."

Locally, Bosch is represented by Robert Bosch Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Bosch OE automotive components from auto bulbs to windshield wipers, as well as Bosch's wide selection of power tools for both the DIY enthusiast and the serious auto mechanic.