Bosch to invest 250 cr on aftermarket business in 3 yrs

Bosch to invest 250 cr on aftermarket business in 3 yrs

New Delhi: Auto component maker Bosch Ltd will invest up to 250 crore in its aftermarket business in the next three years as it aims to increase revenue from the division to 3,000 crore.

The firm that is aiming for 2,000 crore revenue from the aftermarket business this fiscal said it will also enhance its training centres for mechanics to 15 in the next three years from 11 currently.

“We will invest 200 crore to 250 crore in the next three years to expand our aftermarket business. This will include ramping up of car service centres from 750 to 800 outlets from the current 500 across the country," Bosch Ltd vice-president (automotive aftermarket) S Muralidharan told PTI.

This will be a part of the 2,500 crore investment till 2013, announced by the company earlier this year for capacity augmentation, business diversification and research and development in India.

Muralidharan, however, said the firm is losing about 30% of its aftermarket businesses to fake and spurious parts.

“The positive thing is that the impact of spurious parts is declining because of the raids that we conduct along with local authorities and education that we impart to our mechanics."

The company is currently is conducting about two raids every day in different parts of the country, he added.

Commenting on spreading its training centre network for automotive mechanics, Muralidharan said in the next three years it will be increased to 15 from 11 at present.

The company on Monday opened a training for North India here.

He said also said the company expects to train about 25,000 people this year and it will be doubled in the next three years.