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April 1908. Advert in French.
July 1908.
November 1909.
November 1909.
July 1910.
December 1911. Advert in French.
October 1931.
1933. Electric Hand Motor.
1933. Electric Screwdriver.
1933. Electric Grinder for Moulds and Dies.
1933. Magneto C.A.V.
October 1936.
November 1936.
October 1937.
December 1937.
January 1939.
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September 1954.
October 1961. Uher.
October 1961.
Oct 1966.

of 40 and 42 Newman Street, Oxford Street, London, W. (1914)

Robert Bosch GmbH is a German corporation.


1886 Company started by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart, Germany.

1898 Introduced products to the British market[1]

1906 Company established in London -Bosch Magneto Co

1914 Manufacturers of magnetos etc. Employees 70. [2]

1924 Bosch Ltd. was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch A.G. to distribute Bosch products in the United Kingdom.

1931 Following a manufacturing and market sharing agreement between Lucas and Robert Bosch A.G., Stuttgart, the name of C. A. Vandervell and Co (in which Bosch had acquired a 49 per cent, interest from Lucas) was changed to C.A.V.-Bosch Ltd. By the agreement made in 1931 between Lucas and Bosch, the ownership of Bosch Ltd. was transferred to C.A.V.-Bosch Ltd.

1937 Lucas bought back for £294,000 Bosch's interest in C.A.V.-Bosch Ltd.

1937 Bosch electrical equipment. [3]

1939 C.A.V.-Bosch changed its name to C.A.V. Ltd. This company is still concerned almost entirely with the production and supply of electrical and other equipment for heavy vehicles.

1954 Lucas sold Bosch Ltd. back to Bosch for the sum of £25,000.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Bosch Electrical equipment including starters and fuel injection systems. [4]

1992 Acquired Worcester Group, boiler makers, which combined with Bosch's own business would constitute the second largest boiler maker in Europe[5]

1998 Product ranges included[6]:

Domestic Appliances

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, October 20, 1998
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Times April 17, 1992
  6. The Times, October 20, 1998
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • [2] Competition Commission Web Site