Bosch Thermotechnology 
Intermediate level
Advanced level

Turnaround leadership: The Wernau style

Increase profitability and motivation at the same time!


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Oct. 11 Location Code
2:30pm-3:30pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Ballroom C WS/42

Gain insights into Bosch Thermotechology's successful story of motivation, lean production and lean management, change management and leadership.


Learn how Bosch Thermotechnology increased profitability of its German production location with high manual work content by 8 percent and how the plant increased productivity by 34 percent. Discover how the company also reduced finished goods stocks in 120 warehouses worldwide by 52 percent, stabilized production quantities in a shrinking market and reduced its white collar staff by 30 percent. This was done in five years. Learn how all these KPIs can be achieved and how to increase strong motivation of all associates. Bring pride back to directs who have seen a downward trend in occupation for more than 10 years.


Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading company in commercial heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. It is a world market leader in residential heating. The company has 20 production locations and 13,400 associates worldwide, with 3.8 billion USD revenues 2016.

Presenter: Armin Schwab

Armin Schwab is vice president of Bosch Thermotechnology and plant manager of its Wernau plant. He has been with the company for 25 years, with 10 years in USA, Mexico and Spain. He is a lean production expert with projects realized in more than 100 Bosch plants in 27 countries, as well as numerous supplier locations. He is also responsible for leadership trainings and several lean methods in manufacturing and logistics within the Bosch Production System. Schwab also has responsibility for worldwide manufacturing coordination for an automotive division of Bosch.