Bosch Delivers Promise of Productivity with Strategic Storage and Mobility Partnerships 

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New Relationships with The Knapheide Manufacturing Company and Sortimo International GmbH Improve Jobsite Efficiency

Mount Prospect, Ill., November 5, 2012 – Bosch Power Tools is leading the charge to deliver on the promise of productivity by providing mobile professionals and technicians with innovative, organized and customizable mobility solutions. Bosch’s new partnership with The Knapheide Manufacturing Company and Sortimo International GmbH – both industry leaders in their respective fields, seeks to give professionals back time in their day and increase their overall efficiency.

“Optimized jobsite efficiency for a mobile professional results from improved compatibility of smart storage, organization and transportation,” said Teresa Celmer, director, brand and channel marketing, Bosch Power Tools. “We’re thrilled to partner with Knapheide and Sortimo, combine our various areas of expertise and together, deliver a solution that enhances not only jobsite productivity, but overall quality of life for the mobile technician.”

From HVAC professionals and electrical contractors, to telecom professionals and construction and agricultural equipment dealers, mobile technicians regularly spend a great portion of their work day locating or purchasing supplies such as tools, accessories or parts and moving to and from jobsites.

Extended tests with mobile professionals have shown that a more organized, mobile solution will substantially reduce downtime, significantly increasing jobsite productivity.


Bosch Power Tools teamed up with Sortimo, the leading manufacturer and supplier of in-vehicle equipment and created a new company – Bosch Sortimo Systems GmbH – a joint venture to develop and sell compatible storage and transport systems for tools, accessories and supplies that improve the productivity of the mobile technician. Together with The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the nation’s premier manufacturer of service and platform bodies specializing in production of more efficient work vehicles, Bosch is now delivering customized mobility solutions for professionals in the U.S. and Canada. A family-owned operation, Knapheide has been delivering high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions to customers for more than 160 years while Sortimo has established a reputation for quality when creating custom, lightweight and crash-tested storage solutions for commercial vehicles.


Together, the three market leaders deliver a truly innovative and fully compatible mobility solution to the marketplace featuring ways for professionals to safely and neatly store and manage inventory with the use of customizable racks, trays and inlays.


The new partnership will focus on enhancing intelligent solutions for power tool storage and transport, such as the recently released Bosch L-Boxx system, a series of durable, yet light-weight click-stackable cases made in various sizes to accommodate different tools and supplies. The joint venture seeks to make tool transportation safer than ever, reduce actual transport time for the professional and continue to expand the L-Boxx system’s storage and capabilities. These storage solutions combined with Knapheide’s best-in-class service bodies come together to provide an all-encompassing productive, secure and organized vehicle solution for a wide variety of mobile professionals.

To find out more, please visit http://www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of $71.5 billion in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than $5.5 billion for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.  Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.

About Bosch in North America

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures.  For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.


About Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in North America, was formed in January 2003 when Robert Bosch GmbH combined its North American power tool, accessory and lawn and garden divisions into one organization.  As a manufacturing pioneer with more than a century’s worth of experience, the Bosch name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. With 18,000 employees world wide and 3,500 in North America, the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories, laser and optical leveling and range finding tools, and garden and watering equipment. 


For more information, call toll free 877-BOSCH-99 (877-267-2499) or visit www.boschtools.com, www.dremel.com, www.skiltools.com, www.rotozip.com, www.cstberger.com, www.vermontamerican.com, www.gilmour.com, www.lrnelson.com.



About The Knapheide Manufacturing Company

Since 1848 Knapheide has provided its customers with high quality, work ready transportation solutions. The Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its inception over 160 years ago. Today, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Knapheide’s main manufacturing facility, Westphalia, is located in Quincy, Illinois and is over 480,000 square feet. Westphalia is highly automated and has the most technologically advanced equipment and processes in the industry. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service Bodies, KUV Bodies, Platform Bodies, Gooseneck Bodies, Dump Bodies, Forestry Bodies, Pick Up Accessories, Mechanics Trucks, Water Trucks, and Fuel/Lube Trucks. Knapheide’s vast distribution system includes 200+ distributors strategically located throughout North America. The ability to evolve into new technology, processes, and products has made Knapheide the leader in the industry and allowed the company to move into new markets to better serve our distributors, fleet customers and end users.


For more information on The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, please visit www.knapheide.com

About Sortimo International

Sortimo International, based in Germany, is one of the leading companies in the area of professional equipment systems for commercial vehicles. Its customers are automobile manufacturers and suppliers, leasing companies, after-sales companies and service providers with service vehicles. In 2011, Sortimo and Knapheide entered into a joint venture agreement to offer Sortimo equipment and products as well as installation services through its large distribution network in North America. The joint venture entity, Sortimo of North America Incorporated, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, began its operations in 2008 to sell and distribute products manufactured by Sortimo International, service its global customers and offer ship-through packages for a variety of commercial vehicles. For more information, please visit www.Sortimo.com.