BOSAL to open new manufacturing plant and R&D center in Shanghai, China

Vianen, 2 February 2021 – BOSAL, a leading European supplier of energy and mobility innovations that contribute to a cleaner world, today announced that the company is opening a new plant and R&D center in Shanghai, China. This confirms BOSAL’s expansion and diversification strategy on the global market, following the Dutch Group’s  announcement of the opening of a new site in Sweden two weeks ago.

The new manufacturing plant in Shanghai will support a supply contract for its OE customer Geely, related to the Volvo XC40 passenger car. BOSAL is making the investment autonomously, with own personnel and expertise. The first equipment of the R&D Center on the same site has been installed, this activity will come in full swing in 2022.

BOSAL has chosen the current location in the Lingang Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, because of the proximity to major OEM companies Geely, Volvo, SVW, SGM, , SAIC, PSA, Dongfeng and Honda in the Shanghai and Wuhan area. At this moment the first bending and welding cells are being installed on a production floor of 1.000 sqm, expandable to 2.500 sqm. The plant will manufacture Emission Control Systems for passenger cars to start with, growing the operation in the next 3 years to approximately 150 people.

China's passenger car sales are expected to increase from 25.3 million units in 2020 to 30 million units by 2025. The vehicle ownership is 170 vehicles per thousand people in China now, this shows a gap compared to the 800 vehicles in U.S. and 600 vehicles in EU. The speed of transformation in China opens up new opportunities for the BOSAL Group to test and implement its New Technology Innovations. BOSAL expects to be successful with its technology for electrical and hybrid passenger cars. BOSAL has been working for 3 years now with China’s largest bus manufacturer Weichai Power, to demonstrate the use of SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) in a Range Extender for electrical buses.

“The expansion in China allows us to scale up our activities in the development and production of the latest emission technologies. We are leveraging the size and development potential of the Chinese market to advance these technologies for global use. The opening of this site is another milestone of our rapid expansion – we’re on steam and want to prove that advanced emission control systems can achieve near-zero emissions for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates in real-world operation in order to help create a cleaner world”, says BOSAL CEO René de Wit.

About Bosal

Established in 1923 in Alkmaar, the BOSAL Group is Dutch registered, headquartered in Vianen, Netherlands. BOSAL is an established global manufacturer of automotive and industrial equipment, both for the original equipment market and the aftermarket. The annual turnover is in excess of €400 million. The BOSAL Group employs over 2,500 people in 16 manufacturing plants, 12 distribution centres and 7  R&D centres. BOSAL’s purpose is to consistently innovate to contribute to a cleaner world in energy and mobility.

As a long-time supplier to customers like Volkswagen Group, Volvo, General Motors, Ford and many others, and with 16 factories worldwide, BOSAL is well experienced in welding and metal forming processes at the highest quality automotive standards.

With its 98 years of history, BOSAL positions itself as a full-service supplier to its customers. The company develops complete emission control (powertrain) systems, chassis parts and energy conversion products, maintains a global manufacturing footprint, and delivers to customers via an advanced just-in-time sequencing model in Europe, North America, South America, Russia, Turkey South Africa and China. In recent years BOSAL made the transition from conventional engines to also providing solutions for hybrid and electrical powertrain.


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BOSAL, established in 1923, has been active in South Africa since 1954 and has now implemented major changes and upgrades to their Emission Control Systems (ECS) plant in Koedoespoort, Pretoria.

In order to support employment and economic growth in South Africa, BOSAL invested millions of Rand in the upgrade and relocation of the new OEM manufacturing Emission Control Systems plant. World class standards have been implemented in layout, manufacturing efficiency and operational excellence. The plant possesses full in-house capabilities to develop and produce state of the art emission control systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. BOSAL is proud of long standing customer relations with OE car manufacturers in South Africa.

The investment project for the new plant started in 2018, with various internal and external specialists involved in the planning of layouts and processes. In this way, we achieve optimum efficiencies in all aspects of manufacturing and we ensure environmentally sustainable operations.

Setting a new standard as an OEM supplier globally, the same or even improved mirror image of the South Africa operation will be applied in the global expansion planned by the group. Similar standards and investments will also be applicable to the Automotive Carrier and Protection Systems (ACPS) plant located in Koedoespoort Pretoria, after completion of the current ECS project. This second step will include the Research and Development centre and the expansion of its advanced engineering and product development capabilities.

An official opening of the new ECS plant took place on 27th February 2020. We are pleased that our respected customers, government delegates, suppliers, staff and Group Board (Chairman, CEO, COO) have joined us for this occasion. 

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