Today, Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded products in 16 African markets, and Bosch, the German leading engineering and automotive aftermarket supplier,  announced a pan-African agreement to expand both companies’ footprint in providing services to their growing customer base.

Vivo Energy operates over 1,430 Shell branded service stations across Africa and aims to be the most respected energy company in Africa. The automotive aftermarket division of Bosch provides 16,500 Bosch service partners and countless number of independent workshops in 150 countries with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts.

Through this partnership, Vivo Energy and Bosch will bring together their respective expertise in the areas of automotive spare parts and services, and retail distribution of oil products.  The automotive aftermarket division of Bosch Middle East and Africa will distribute commodities such as batteries, filters, wiper blades and spark plugs, and quick service test equipment including air conditioning and battery tester/chargers to selected Shell service stations operated by Vivo Energy.  In addition, the German automotive aftermarket supplier will market the Bosch Car Service (BCS) or Express Car Service (ECS) concepts at selected Shell service stations.

Through the Bosch automotive aftermarket local distributors, this initiative will be progressively rolled out, starting towards the end of 2014, on selected sites where there is sufficient market demand in all the countries where Vivo Energy operates a retail network.

Mr David Mureithi, Executive Vice President Supply & Marketing at Vivo Energy, stated that: “This partnership confirms Vivo Energy’s objective to continuously bring innovative solutions to our growing number of customers. This is a great opportunity to create a deeper connection with our customers by taking enhanced care of their vehicles. We are confident that, together with Bosch, we shall remain at the forefront and offer our customers world-class automotive services and spare parts at Shell service stations.”

Mr Andreas Bodemer, Vice President of Bosch Middle East and Africa said: “As part of our efforts to reach the maximum of car drivers in the region with our excellent services, we are expanding our operation channels via important strategic partnerships. We are delighted to sign an agreement with such a professional partner as Vivo Energy which will allow us both to enjoy a wider presence in various fast growing markets.”

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Middle East and Africa is one of the largest suppliers of diagnostics equipment, car control units, diesel systems, spark plugs, batteries, rotating machines and wipers in the region and is expanding its product range rapidly into the braking business.

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For more information, please contact:

Vivo Energy Group: [email protected]

Robert Bosch Middle East: [email protected]

About Vivo Energy  
Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in 16 African markets, was established on 1st December 2011.

Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation in partnership with Vitol Aviation); Liquefied Petroleum Gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.

The company employs around 2,000 people and operates over 1,430 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants  have blending capacity of around 170,000 metric tonnes at plants in seven countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell-branded lubricants.

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About Bosch

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house.

More than 17,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,500 franchises. AA is responsible for more than 850 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros. In 2013 (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: automotive technology, industrial technology, consumer goods, and energy and building technology.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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