"To strengthen our presence in India, we plan to invest Rs 650 crore (100 million euros) in 2015," Bosch board member for Asia-Pacific Peter Tyroller said during the visit of Merkel and PM Modi to the Bosch facility here.

PM Modi and Merkel got a firsthand view of Bosch's research and vocational training activities in India through a presentation a company executive made on the occasion.

Indian engineers contribute to Bosch's activities in data mining and smart manufacturing that will be an integral part of its 14 plants across India by 2018. Bosch vocational centre in Bengaluru has trained about 2,500 apprentices since it was set up in 1961.

Though PM Modi and Merkel did not make official statements or addressed the gathering, they interacted with a few young apprentices and asked them about the training they were undergoing for skill development.

"The visit to our facility is part of Merkel's three-day state visit to India, which focuses on innovation and skill development," a Bosch official said.

Over the medium and long-term, the 50-billion euro company expects to see positive development in India.

"The Indian government is addressing key issues. We are confident this will impact the country's development," Bosch India president Steffen Berns said.

As part of the Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative, Bosch will explore opportunities for its products and solutions in diverse areas such as mobility, infrastructure, industry, energy and security.


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