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Bosch acquires FHP Manufacturing Company


Acquisition of a U.S. manufacturer of water-source heat pumps

Boost for the promising renewable-energy field
· Takeover of FHP marks Bosch’s entry into attractive U.S. market

· U.S. heat pump market shows high growth rates

· FHP generates sales of 51 million U.S. dollars with workforce of roughly 220

Stuttgart – As part of its strategy to strengthen the company`s Thermotechnology division and gain better access to the rapidly growing U.S. market for electric geothermal heat pumps, Bosch has acquired FHP Manufacturing Company, Fort Lauderdale, USA. In this establishing market, FHP is one of the leading U.S. manufacturers of these systems in the renewable energy field. Bosch has acquired all shares of FHP Manufacturing Company from a group of investors led by G.L. Ohrstrom & Co., Inc. The purchase price will not be disclosed. FHP will be integrated into the Bosch Thermotechnology division led by BBT Thermotechnik GmbH, which also holds a strong position in the European market for electric heat pumps.

“With the acquisition of FHP, our growth trajectory in the promising renewable-energy segment is now strengthened in the attractive U.S. market. Because of their energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technology, electric geothermal heat pumps have great potential worldwide,” said Dr.-Ing. Joachim Berner, president of the Thermotechnology division.

Following the acquisition of the Swedish IVT Industrier AB in January 2005, FHP is Bosch’s second acquisition in the field of electric heat pumps. Established in 1969 and employing a workforce of roughly 220, FHP Manufacturing Company generated sales of about 51 million U.S. dollars (41 million euros) in the fiscal year 2005/2006. The company is one of the leading American manufacturers of electric water-source heat pumps for the heating and air-conditioning of residential buildings and commercial premises. The product range includes systems with an output of up to 220 kilowatts. There is clear growth potential for water-source heat pumps in the U.S. Electric geothermal heat pumps for residential buildings in particular are expected to see double digit growth in the next few years. This favorable development will primarily be driven by the water-source heat pumps’ high efficiency and cost-saving potential when compared to the heating and air-conditioning systems traditionally used in the U.S.

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2005, some 251,000 associates generated sales of 41.5 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of more than 280 subsidiaries and some 13,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. A total of 92 % of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.

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