Importance of local engineering and manufacturing talent for the two-wheeler segment

The contemporary world has seen India make rapid progress across industry sectors in the recent past, a trend that is set to continue over the next decade manufacturers (OEMs) and component manufacturers in the country today aspire to achieve global eminence, with the future of the industry being shaped by multiple trends, policies, and discontinuities. Industries studies and surveys support this outlook, making it important for organizations to develop the required capabilities to help build a supportive manufacturing ecosystem.

The provision of the required products and services is a key component of this endeavor. For OEMs to succeed in the automotive sector, it is mandatory for them to evaluate the unique requirements Pictographof every case to adapt to the dynamic nature of the industry. The condition of requisite infrastructure such as roadways and the need to integrate contemporary technology into the functioning of systems are just some of the factors to be considered. Local manufacturers in India possess the knowledge and experience required to perform such evaluations and it is from them that Bosch obtains successful insights for its operation. This merges with European technology and safety features that have been perfected over many decades, making Bosch a successful two-wheeler component provider. Local engineering facilitates the superior understanding of both the Indian infrastructure as well as how equipped the two-wheelers should be.

The superior technology employed by Bosch not only ensures the smooth running of the bikes but also allows two-wheelers and power sports vehicles to fulfill new emission regulations. Travelling at high speeds on highways and roadways can often lead to fatal road accidents. With effective ABS, such accidents can be prevented. Bosch offers a sophisticated ABS that helps riders stay in control Pictographof their vehicles in situations where sudden requirements of brakes can be experienced. The ABS technology prevents the wheels from locking up and enables them to maintain traction control with the ground so that the rider can always retain steering control. The company is at the forefront of developing such technologies and safety systems for two-wheelers. Additionally, Bosch also understands that driving significant change also requires educating riders about safety features and safe riding habits. It narrowed down two-wheeler safety to two key sections – effective braking and reliable engine performance, resulting in a cent percent success of its Arctic to Antarctica journey.

Bosch has set up the BMDC-Bosch Management Development Center specifically to train the workforce and adhere to the Indian traffic pattern. Local Engineering and manufacturing are given due emphasis to obtained better knowledge and expertise in the Indian driving pattern, traffic conditions and state of roads so as to enable adaptable mobility solutions. Local engineering talent partnering with global OEMs can help make this a reality. As Bosch ideates on new mobility and technology solutions, it is compelled to be aware of all the above to make the innovations a success specifically when spoken about the India Road facilities and traffic. Locally developed products complement the products in established markets: a common-rail injection system developed in-house Pictographfor Indian diesel vehicles has also proved suitable for small vehicles in other countries.

The company’s continuous success in innovation is a result of its unwavering commitment to solving problems that will benefit society. Bosch and its plan of enormous expansion requires focus to be built on all the aspects of variable transmissions which will be best executed by people of the nation themselves. It plans to leave no stone unturned in the automotive sector for all kinds of vehicles and will continue sustaining its position as the market leader.

About the author

Prabhu Panduranga

Prabhu Panduranga

Regional President, Powertrain Solutions Regional Business unit Head, 2 Wheeler & Power sports
Prabhu Panduranga is the Regional President for Powertrain Solutions - PC Segement (formerly known as Gasoline Systems) in Bosch Ltd. since September 1st 2016. Currently, he also holds an additional reposonsibility of Business Head of 2 wheeler & power sports division in India. Prior to this role, he was the Managing Director of Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt.Ltd. He has been associated with the Bosch Group for 30 years, having worked in various divisions within.

Prabhu Panduranga was born on July 18th, 1964 in Karnataka (state) India. He is married and has two children. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Mysore University and a PGDBA from Bangalore University.

Career stages in the Bosch Group

1987: Joined Bosch Group (MICO) and worked at Naganathapura plant with responsibilities in different plant functions until 1995.

1995-2008: Worked with Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd. in R&D for Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for Diesel Division in various capacities. He was also responsible as Head of Department for ECU development (hardware and software systems) for passenger car segment for emerging countries.

2008: Commandeered as Regional Business Unit Head for Diesel and Gasoline ECU business at Bosch Limited, India.

2010: Assumed additional responsibility as Global Head for two-wheeler systems and business development in Gasoline Division of Bosch

2013: Appointed as Managing Director in Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.

2016: Took over as Regional President of Gasoline Systems India & Regional Business responsibility of 2 Wheeler & Powersports India.

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