Founded the Bosch companies that developed ignition systems and electrical components that became known for their quality and reliability
Instituted progressive working conditions for his employees, including the 8-hour day, 5 1/2 day week
Robert Bosch improved the performance of engines – and the lives of workers. Raised in Germany with 11 siblings, Robert Bosch did not enjoy school and became the apprentice to a precision mechanic. He later traveled to America and worked in industrial facilities, including that of Thomas Edison. Returning to Germany, Bosch founded a factory in Stuttgart where he developed the Bosch Magneto, a device for regulating electrical current in internal combustion engines. This innovation made the construction of high-speed, high-performance engines possible. He also developed a fuel-injection pump for the diesel engine which dramatically improved the engine’s performance.
A believer in social progress, Bosch instituted shorter hours and higher pay for his workers. His company created old-age and dependents’ assistance in 1928, to maintain and increase the good will of their employees. Bosch’s trust and loyalty were characterized by a statement attributed to him: “the inviolability of my promises, trust in the merit of my products and the value of my pledged word have always seemed more valuable to me than a transitory profit.”