The Bosch Group is a leading global provider of technologies and services. According to preliminary data, in 2013, thanks to the more than 281,000 employees employed in the Automotive Technology, Energy and Construction Technologies, Industrial Technology and Consumer Goods business areas, the Bosch Group recorded a turnover of 46.4 billion euros. The Group is made up of Robert Bosch GmbH and more than 360 subsidiaries and branches in over 50 countries, 150 if business partners are included. International development, production and sales activities are the basis of continued growth. In 2013 Bosch registered over 5,000 patents worldwide. Following the slogan \ “Technology for life \” Bosch, thanks to its products and services, improves the quality of life by offering innovative solutions worldwide. The company was founded in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a \ “Precision mechanics and electrical engineering workshop \”. The corporate structure of Robert Bosch GmbH ensures the entrepreneurial independence of the Bosch Group, allowing the company to pursue long-term strategies and to face new investments that can guarantee its future. The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH non-profit foundation holds 92% of the shares in Robert Bosch GmbH. The majority of the voting rights belong to the trust company Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG which manages the business functions of the company. The remaining voting rights and shareholdings belong to the Bosch family and Robert Bosch GmbH.