Brits – Friday, June 03, 2022 – Macrocomm and Bosch have announced a partnership in the smart solutions sector for the development and manufacture of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors.
IoT devices that have been researched and developed by Macrocomm, to support a range of consumer and business use cases, will be produced at Bosch’s manufacturing facility in Brits, for local and export markets.
“This initiative will ensure that we leverage the economies of scale benefits as well as the world class manufacturing standards of Bosch to produce high quality IoT devices and sensors at cost-effective prices to address challenges in the local market,” says Sivi Moodley, CEO of Macrocomm Group. “More importantly, this will also contribute to local 4IR skills development and innovation.”
“IoT is changing how we live, work, and get around and this initiative is in line with our Invented for life ethos” says Frank du Plessis, Regional President Electrical Drive at Bosch in South Africa. “We are constantly developing new ways of applying technologies that will make all aspects of life easier as homes, factories businesses and mobility become smarter. This, augmented by Bosch’s world class and quality manufacturing facility, will create competitive advantage for Macrocomm.” adds du Plessis.
The partnership has also received support and endorsement from Deputy Minister Buti Manamela of the Department of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation for its contribution towards strengthening foreign business relationships and collaboration, as well as towards local 4IR skills development and participation and inclusion in the digital economy.
Macrocomm is a premier innovation and technology agnostic led provider of data driven digital solutions. Our solutions are not just focused of connectivity and technology, but they aim to solve societal problems in a Smart Made Simple way. The Macrocomm group of companies play across all stages in the digital value chain including devices, connectivity, platforms, application and software development, systems integration and training and development. This enables us to innovate across the digital value chain to deliver bespoke as well as generic solutions in a manner that leverages both scope and scale. We service a range of verticals including municipalities, fleet, agriculture, facilities management, health, mining, retail and logistics. Our key partners include Vodacom, Sigfox, FAW, University of Stellenbosch, Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Orange.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.
Bosch is continuously increasing its footprint in Africa
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906, now with own locations in eleven African countries: Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tunisia. Depending upon future business development, the company plans to increase this number in the next years. All four Bosch business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – have operations on the continent. In 2021, Bosch generated sales of some 575* million euros with some 1730* associates in Africa.
Corporate social responsibility in Africa
Bosch actively promotes talented young people in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008, Bosch has been part of a group of some 32 companies who offer scholarships to African junior executives so that they can spend a year in Germany completing a professional training programme. Since then, more than 233 young African from 25 African countries have been selected for the programme. The goal of the programme is to foster mutual exchange and learning between budding African executives and German companies.