Robert Bosch LLC will locate its 51,667-square-foot Research and Technology Center in the 3 Crossings development of Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The area is increasingly becoming a hub for emerging tech-and innovation-focused companies as well as companies in the business of manufacturing.
Expected to open in July 2016, the new space will accommodate the growth of Bosch’s business units, including its subsidiary Akustica – a world leader in microelectromechanical systems microphone products and a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) spinoff – in addition to Bosch’s Research and Technology Center.
“Bosch is experiencing continued, significant growth in many regions, and this is especially true in Pittsburgh,” said Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch LLC. “We have been in this area for many years and have formed many successful collaborations with other companies and organizations, like CMU. We look forward to continuing our presence in such an exciting, tech-focused part of the region, and adding to its growing reputation as a hub for innovation.”
The facility will consolidate many Bosch associates in the region into a single location, housing approximately 140 associates initially.
“Our new facility is not just larger, but also has improved lab space that enhances our product development and testing capabilities,” said Horst Muenzel, president and general manager, Akustica. “Akustica already provides microphones with best-in-class robustness, and now we will have additional capabilities to deliver even higher performance and higher quality to meet the needs of our customers.”
“This state-of-the-art facility will provide our researchers and engineers with a world class working environment tailored specifically to their needs,” said Jiri Marek, senior vice president, Bosch Research and Technology Center, North America. “This investment highlights Bosch’s commitment to attracting top talent from the Pittsburgh region and beyond to support our mission to create the next-generation of solutions for a connected life.”
The announcement follows Bosch’s September investments in CMU totaling $3.5 million, including a $1 million gift to CMU’s David A. Tepper Quadrangle and a $2.5 million gift for an endowed professorship. These gifts celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Carnegie Bosch Institute, where researchers have partnered on joint research projects across a variety of fields including smart buildings, intelligent personal assistants and cybersecurity.