Bosch tech center, Akustica combine operations on South Side

| Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Bosch Research Technology Center, which works on sensor and communication technologies, and its sister company, Akustica Inc., plan to expand their 50-employee South Side operation by adding about 12 workers this year, said Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Akustica.

Akustica will be seeking hardware engineers and technicians to work on its micro-electromechanical system microphones, Finkbeiner said yesterday.

Bosch's technology center moved from Pittsburgh's North Shore along the Allegheny River to the SouthSide Works along the Monongahela River in January.

Bosch's technology center, which has about 10 employees, and Akustica, which has about 40 employees, occupy about 21,000 square feet on two floors of a SouthSide Works building.

Akustica, which the German-based Bosch bought in 2009, recently was integrated into the Bosch system, said spokeswoman Marcie Weinstein. Akustica designs innovative digital mini-microphones used in cell phones and on laptop computers.

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