Robert Bosch LLC (Research and Technology Center)Address: 4009 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Bosch is one of the world's top manufacturers of automobile components, industrial machinery, power tools, and household appliances. Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, the Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. The company is unusual in that it is an extremely large, privately owned corporation that is almost entirely (92%) owned by a charitable foundation. Bosch spends a significant amount on research and development worldwide: more than 3.5 billion euros in 2008, or 8% of the sales revenue. Established in 1999 to add an international dimension to research, Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, conducts research in micro-systems (MEMS), integrated circuits, energy conversion and storage, human-computer interaction, and wireless technologies.