REUTLINGEN, Germany – More than 20 years ago, supplier Robert Bosch decided this university town 30 minutes south of Stuttgart would be the center of competence for semiconductors, the fundamental building blocks for cell phones, laptop computers, game consoles and, of course, cars. It turned out to be a strategically brilliant wager as the market for consumer electronics and connectivity exploded during the 1990s and as semiconductors and software took the place of purely mechanical ...

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