STUTTGART - Robert Bosch plans to collaborate more with companies that can help it fill gaps in its hybrid expertise.
"We have considerable hybrid competency in-house," said Bernd Bohr, Bosch's chairman of automotive operations. "But at the same time, outside know-how on some issues has to be integrated. That's why project-related partnerships and cooperation are the instruments of choice."
Bosch rivals Continental and ZF Friedrichshafen announced last month a pact to jointly develop hybrid technology. The two German companies aim to deliver their products to manufacturers starting in 2007. Also last month BMW joined DaimlerChrysler and General Motors to develop new hybrid vehicle technology.
Bohr is convinced that exclusive partnerships aren't the right approach. For example, the world's largest partsmaker cooperates with a number of companies that specialize in batteries.
Said Bohr: "We cooperate wherever it makes sense."