Bosch sponsors equipment for research mission to Antarctica

13 April 2017
Bosch has joined a range of eminent South African companies in sponsoring equipment for an initiative to conduct research into the Snow Petrel and the near-threatened Emperor Penguin in Antarctica.
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Craig Blanckenberg from Solutec, a solutions provider based in Cape Town, travelled to Antarctica onboard the SA Agulhas II, which departed in November last year. He is working alongside a team of scientists investigating the status biology and ecology of these bird species.

As a leading provider of power tools, accessories, and measuring tools, with a strong focus on innovation and ongoing product development, Bosch is proud to be associated with this unique endeavour, according to Sebastian Johannes, Bosch Measuring Tools Brand Manager.

“We are an environmentally-aware and socially-responsible company, and therefore this sponsorship represents an important contribution on the part of Bosch to the sustainability of the planet and its future generations,” Johannes comments.

This is Blanckenberg’s second trip to Antarctica, having sailed originally in 1992 on the SA Agulhas I to the SANAE base while working for Sea Fisheries. During his latest trip, Blanckenberg is travelling to various international bases to conduct research.

A number of companies have been supportive of Solutec’s latest venture by sponsoring equipment for this vital mission. Apart from Bosch, sponsors include Western Digital, NSSL Global, Canon and GoPro.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to all of these companies for supporting small business in South Africa, in addition to the invaluable research being carried out on the frozen continent,” Blanckenberg concludes.


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About Bosch Power Tools
The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers of power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20 000 associates generated sales of €4.5 billion, about 85% of which was outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools again launched more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments of Power Tools, Accessories, Measuring Tools and Garden Tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375 000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2015). The company generated sales of €70.6 billion in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55 800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. 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’.

Bosch Power Tools Contact Details
Sebastian Johannes
Bosch Measuring Tools Brand Manager
Tel: (011) 651 9600
Email: Sebastian [dot] Johannes [at] za [dot] bosch [dot] com

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