This process starts with the initial idea, and helps inspire the Bosch development team to come up with more eco-friendly designs: can a material be replaced with another, more eco-friendly or lighter version? How can developers extend a product’s life cycle? How can material be reduced or replaced? And can the material be recycled? In addition to product innovations, Bosch also comes up with ideas on process improvements and resource-efficient production methods. In 2016, some 450 suggestions for innovation were submitted.
Another resource-conserving method of manufacturing is practiced by the Automotive Aftermarket division in line with the circular economy principle.