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Bosch’s new Vietnam software engineering center will serve car companies in Korea, China and Japan (photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch has opened a software engineering center in Vietnam that will serve customers throughout southeast Asia.

The German automotive supplier said the newly established Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Vietnam Company Limited (RBVH) will provide high-tech software solutions and engineering services. Included are the development of embedded software, which is used in electronic control units and IT services.

The software engineering center has started with 60 engineers, but Bosch expects that number to grow to 500 by 2015. Bosch operates similar centers in Bangalore and Coimbatore in India.

The Vietnamese facility “will improve our ability to support our customers in Asia Pacific,” said Vijay Ratnaparkhe, chairman of RBVH and managing director of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Limited in India. Customers include automakers in Japan, South Korea and China.

Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, had 2010 sales of 47.3 billion euros. In Vietnam, it boosted sales by nearly 50 pc to 15 million euros. Including intercompany sales, the total stood at 90 million euros.

Bosch plans to quadruple its workforce in Vietnam to 1,400 people by 2015. It opened a production facility for continuously variable transmissions in Ho Chi Minh City in mid-April 2011.