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BOSCH Training Centre and Riga Technical University Car Operation Laboratory Opened



Marina Blomniece
Communication manager
Robert Bosch SIA
Mūkusalas str. 101
LV-1004 Riga
+371 67802080
+371 67807941


2016-02-25 | Latvia | Product News

On Wednesday, 24 February, the BOSCH company training centre was opened in the House of Laboratories of Riga Technical University (RTU) in Ķīpsala, which will also operate as the RTU Car Operation Laboratory. The Laboratory will offer innovative technologies in the automobile industry developed by BOSCH, enabling the performance of theoretical and practical training of the students of the RTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics (FMETA) and highly qualified car service employees.

The training centre, created with the help of about 100, 000 euros invested by Robert Bosch SIA, provides for the possibility to acquire knowledge regarding the servicing of modern car diagnostic tools, coupe air conditioning systems and gas and diesel motor injection systems, as well as car electrical and electronic systems, which is especially important when working with modern cars equipped with numerous electronic systems.

BOSCH Customer Service Consultant and Training Supervisor Igors Putra says: “Taking into account the lack of car maintenance specialists corresponding to modern requirements, the training centre is intended both for the car service employees and the RTU students. In our training centre, professionals will upgrade their skills and obtain the knowledge required for maintenance centres of the most versatile profiles, including authorised dealer service centres. Whereas the prospective branch specialists, who will soon become the heads of car parks and service centres, will learn how to work with state-of-the-art equipment, constituting an absolute prerequisite for fully-fledged repairs of modern cars. The new car diagnostic tools offer a vast range of opportunities, but their fully-fledged use requires knowledge, which was not necessary up to now. This is why Latvia needed such a centre”.

RTU has entered into a long-term cooperation agreement with Robert Bosch SIA, providing the RTU students with the possibility to work with the novel car diagnostic tools developed by BOSCH.

The RTU Rector, Academician Leonīds Ribickis says that: “Even though the automobile industry higher education study programme was already established in RTU in 1979 and RTU has already been preparing mechanical engineers since the beginning of the eighties, it is only this year when we have obtained the first laboratory, designed, planned, constructed and arranged so that it can be easily accessed by passenger cars and students are able to work on their laboratory-based assignments in a professional environment. This benefits both the students and the scientists of RTU”.

The new laboratory is one of the first laboratories to start operating in the House of Laboratories of RTU opened at the end of last year and constructed on the RTU campus in Ķīpsala. The state-of-the-art laboratories will have the equipment required for carrying out complex expert examinations, which will make it possible to perform globally competitive scientific activities and develop research for the companies of Latvia and other countries, thus promoting their competitiveness and the economic growth of the entire country.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. 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 deliver innovations for a connected life. 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 450 subsidiaries 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. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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