Bosch to produce motorcycle ABS in Thailand starting next year

Bosch ABS10

In its bid to meet the growing demand for safety systems for the two-wheeler market, Bosch announced plans to produce motorcycle anti-lock brake system (ABS) units in its Amata facility in Rayong, Thailand next year.

In a statement, Bosch revealed that they are eyeing to produce the abovementioned part by second quarter of 2022.

The Amata manufacturing site is said to be Bosch’s third facility in the world following Japan and India. According to the parts producer, the modification of its Thailand facility allows the brand to “support global two-wheeler manufacturers’ efforts to optimize their supply chains.”

Bosch facility in Rayong, Thailand

Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports President Geoff Liersch was quoted as saying, “With ABS10 light and base, we provide dedicated safety systems for the small commuter scooters and motorcycles that represent a major mode of transportation in ASEAN. Our customers will benefit from local production at an established plant that already has experience of producing four-wheeler ABS systems.”

 Bosch noted that the Amata plant has been producing a range of four-wheeler automotive components in the fields of chassis systems, electrical drives, and powertrain since 1996. The ABS products for four-wheeled vehicles have been produced there since 2014. 

Bosch shared that last May 15, the Thai Department of Land Transport announced in the government gazette that ABS will become a mandatory part of all new two-wheeler vehicle models from 2024.

Aside from that, the part shall also be mandatory for all existing models with an engine displacement of more than 125cc from 2026.

Thailand traffic

Further, Bosch said the statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the rate of road-traffic fatalities in Thailand is the highest in the ASEAN countries.

“While the figure for Southeast Asia as a whole is for 20.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, the figure for Thailand is 36.2. In Southeast Asia, accidents involving motorized two- and three-wheelers account for 43 percent of all road traffic deaths,” Bosch stated.

Moreover, Bosch accident research studies show that if all two-wheelers were equipped with ABS, roughly 25 percent of accidents involving them could be prevented. “User-centric mobility is at the heart of Bosch’s business, and motivates us to develop technology that will make mobility safer for all road users”, Bosch Southeast Asia president Martin Hayes claimed. “This development cements Bosch’s commitment not only to road safety in general, but to the countries we operate in.”

Photos from Bosch

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