Munich, 15 October2012 - Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, today announced the completion of a major gas supply system installation, along with supply of high purity specialty gases for BOSCH, to aid the development of cleaner automotive technology. BOSCH will use these sophisticated gases, supplied by Linde's local subsidiary, through a custom built delivery system to test automotive components at their laboratory in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.
BOSCH will be using Linde's high precision gas mixtures to test automotive oxygen sensors. The oxygen sensor is a vital mechanism which measures the amount of oxygen in the exhaust of gasoline engines, ensuring they operate with maximum efficiency and fuel economy. Ultimately, they enable the vehicles to operate while burning the minimum fuel required, reducing both cost and impact on the environment.
"The contract with BOSCH is the latest development in Linde's role in the automotive supply chain, demonstrating our essential work in helping to create cleaner technologies across the sector," said Martin Schlögl, Specialty Gases, Chemicals and Refrigerants Manager, Linde Gas Czech Republic.
BOSCH uses gas mixtures to simulate exhaust emissions in order to test oxygen sensors in a controlled laboratory environment. Gases supplied by Linde replicate and simulate the gas mixtures that exist inside gasoline engines and their exhausts. Using an innovative stock management system, based on pressure differences in the cylinders to determine residual contents, BOSCH maximises inventory control to ensure timely re-ordering of the specialty gases and reliable, continuous testing operations.
Václav Pixa, technical plant manager at BOSCH commented: "Quality control procedures are essential in any automotive supply chain, and at BOSCH we require extremely precise gas mixtures to accurately simulate the exhaust of gasoline engines. Linde's gas system ensures maximum convenience and continuity of gas supply, enabling un-disrupted laboratory activity."
Manufactured in Prague, the specialty gases supplied to BOSCH are held to international standard ISO17025, ensuring quality of supply, and tested according to the internationally recognised ISO34 standard.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Gases Division, part of The Linde Group, is a leader in the international industrial and healthcare gases markets, providing compressed, bulk, specialty and medical gases, as well as chemicals to virtually all fields of industry globally. The company adds value to its customers' businesses through the provision of state-of-the-art application technology, process know-how, services and equipment.
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com.
About The Bosch Group
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
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 up-front 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.
Further information is available online at http://www.bosch.com and http://www.bosch-press.com.
Public Relations Manager, Linde Gases Division