Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today visited the facilities of German automotive major Bosch in Bengaluru, as part of the chancellor’s three-day state visit to India, with focus on innovation and skills development.To further strengthen its presence in India, Bosch said it plans to invest Rs. 650 crores in 2015.
During the nearly two-hour long visit, the two leaders, accompanied by a high-level German delegation, walked through the Bosch Innovation Center and the vocational training centre, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted as the two leaders went through the facility, where they were gifted the “lion”, the logo of the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
“Our commitment to developing talent and the competence of our local engineers are part of our success story in India,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for Asia-Pacific.
He emphasized the significant contribution that Indian engineers have made to Bosch’s success story in India, as well as to their current importance for the company’s worldwide activities in many strategic areas such as data mining and smart manufacturing.
“India is a key location in our global innovation network. To further strengthen our presence in the country, we plan to invest INR 650 crores (over 100 million euros) in 2015,” Mr Tyroller added.After Bosch visit, Modi and Merkel will jointly participate in a tech event hosted by the National Association of Software and Services Companies ( Nasscom) and the German Fraunhofer Institute on “Digitising Tomorrow”.