Located in Normanton near Wakefield, the new facility is designed to provide a single northern location for Bosch, combining Bosch Rexroth's industrial drives and controls and Worcester Bosch Group's heating and hot water solutions.
The site consolidates three existing Bosch sites that occupy over 3.6 acres, and will provide customer service and support to its engineering customers and training to its installers in the heating and hot water sector.
The site will also design and manufacture hydraulic systems for several industry sectors including marine, offshore and bulk materials handling. A fully equipped workshop and test site will allow service and repair of hydraulic equipment for customers in the UK and overseas as well as offer courses and hydraulic training throughout the year.
Peter Fouquet, president of Bosch in the UK said “This new facility is a major investment for Bosch and represents not only our commitment to the region, but is also part of our continued drive to provide enhanced service and training to our customers. The new facility brings the number of Bosch sites in the UK to 42.
“At Bosch we are truly committed to skills development of the workforce and that is why we want to continue to invest in the UK, especially when it comes to service and training.”
The Wakefield facility has been built to BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) standards, the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings, includes a 21,150 sq ft workshop; a 9,300 sq ft training area, including seminar rooms and office space.
Complying with BREEAM standards, the facility has been designed to minimise energy use through thermal loss and includes a high efficiency boiler, intelligent low energy lighting systems and motion sensor taps to reduce water consumption and wastage.
The company recently opened two other engineering sites in the Midlands for its automotive business and another site in Uxbridge, Middlesex which is dedicated to providing training to the automotive aftermarket sector.