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    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
    ZF to open third R&D facility in China at Guangzhou by 2023
    German automotive components maker, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has announced its plan to open a new research and development center in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. According to a press release issued on 27th November, this facility will be the company’s third R&D center in China, and it is ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Investments
    ZF, Wolong Electric to form JV in China for production of electric motors and subcomponents
    ZF and Wolong have decided to form a new joint venture (JV) in China for production of components and electric motors for automotive applications, ZF announced in a press release on 19 November. To be headquartered in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province in China, the JV will be named Wolong ZF Automotive E M...
    ZF and Danfoss expand partnership for silicon and silicon carbide power modules
    ZF and Danfoss have expanded their existing partnership to work on silicon and silicon carbide power modules, ZF announced in a press release on 14 November. The two companies will engage in joint research and development, with Danfoss also supplying power modules for silicon applications. As p...
    ZF joins Mobility as a Service Alliance
    ZF has joined Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Alliance, a public private partnership working on building the foundation for a common approach to MaaS, the Germany based supplier said in a press release on 7 November. The MaaS alliance is aiming to bring about a paradigm shift in urban mobility, promote...
    ZF inaugurates new facility in Vietnam to produce chassis modules
    German gearbox and chassis components manufacturer ZF has opened its newest production facility in the city of Hai Phong, Vietnam, according to a press release dated November 11th. This new EUR25 million (approximately USD28 million) plant will provide chassis module sets to Vietnamese automotive ma...
    ZF partners with Cree to develop advanced electric drive for EVs
    ZF has partnered with Cree to develop advanced electric drivelines for electric cars, the company announced in a press release on 5 November. The two companies will develop a new electric powertrain with silicon carbide-based inverter. ZF expects to make silicon carbide electric drivelines available...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is con...
    ZF’s Supervisory Board appoints Dr Martin Fischer as new member of ZF Board of Management
    ZF Friedrichshafen’s supervisory board has appointed Dr Martin Fischer as a new member of the ZF Board of Management, according to a company press release on 1 October. Fischer is expected to join the board on 1 November and will take over from Dr Franz Kleiner at the start of 2020,...
    ZF places stake in Haldex with institutional investors
    ZF Friedrichshafen has successfully placed 8.9 million shares that it held in Swedish supplier Haldex to institutional investors, the German-based company said in a press release on 20 September. The shares were equivalent to 20% of Haldex’s outstanding share capital. ZF placed Haldex shares at a ...
    IAA 2019: ZF unveils EVPlus PHEV concept with all-electric range of more than 100 kilometers
    ZF has unveiled a EVPlus plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. The concept car can deliver an all-electric range of more than 100 kilometers on a single charge. “For us, EVplus marks a paradigm chang...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: ZF Openmatics, Maxion Wheels announce joint development of fully integrated wheel sensor system
    Maxion Wheels and Germany-based ZF recently announced that they would jointly develop a smart wheel connectivity system, which would be the world’s very first fully integrated, multi service wheel sensor. This system is meant for use in agricultural machinery and heavy commercial vehicles such as ...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    ZF considers options to divest stake in Haldex
    ZF is considering options to divest its 20% stake in Haldex, the company announced on 12 September. The German automotive supplier is the largest shareholder in the Sweden-based braking system manufacturer for commercial vehicles owning 8.9 million shares through its through its subsidiary, ZF ...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    ZF’s H1 net income drops 73.6% y/y to USD162.5 million
    ZF’s net income dropped 73.6% year over year (y/y) to EUR143 million (USD162.5 million) in the first half ended 30 June 2019, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 2 August. Sales dropped marginally by 1.5% y/y to EUR18.4 billion. Organic sales declined by 1.7% y/y. The ...
    ZF develops predictive chassis concept ‘Flying Carpet 2.0’
    ZF has developed a new chassis concept called ‘Flying Carpet 2.0’ that connects steering systems with active damping and braking to deliver more comfortable rides, the company said in a press release on 18 July. The chassis concept also features a comprehensive range of sensors and smart control...
    19-Jul-2019 News New Products
    ZF develops new electric 2-Speed transmission for cars
    German auto component manufacturer ZF has developed a new electric 2-speed transmission for electric passenger cars, the company announced in a press release. The 2-speed electric drive integrates an advanced electric motor with a shift element and appropriate power electronics, enabling better ener...
    17-Jul-2019 News New Products
    ZF working with neuro-technologists to develop technology to prevent motion sickness
    ZF is working together with neuro-technologists from Germany’s Saarland region, to develop technology to detect motion sickness at an early stage, the company announced in a press release on 12 July. ZF is looking beyond a purely vehicle-based approach. “We are among the very first companies ...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado HD
    The fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD is assembled at the Oshawa, Canada, facility. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado from the plant is expected to peak in 2019, at more than 242,000 units. If you would like your company...
    IAA 2019: ZF to present new solutions for electromobility, autonomous driving
    ZF will show next-generation mobility solutions at the upcoming IAA 2019, scheduled to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, in September this year, the company said in a press release. The German supplier will present its new solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles, active chassis systems, integrated s...
    03-Jul-2019 News New Products
    ZF to supply new, 8-speed AT to FCA
    ZF has been selected to supply an 8-speed transmission to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), according to a press release by ZF today (3 July). The transmission is for RWD and AWD vehicles with front-longitudinal drive configuration. The order also includes a significant share of hybrid transmissions ...
    WABCO shareholders approve acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen
    WABCO Holdings has announced that its shareholders have approved the company’s acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen, the two companies said in separate press releases. In a shareholder vote held on 27 June, 68.44 % of WABCO's outstanding share capital voted in favor of the transaction agreed by ZF an...
    ZF invests in its e-mobility division
    ZF is investing in expanding the capacity and capability of its electromobility division, the company announced in a press release on 7 June. ZF said that a new plant for electric drives in Pancevo near the Serbian capital of Belgrade will go into operation this month and it is in the process of con...
    17-Jun-2019 News Investments
    ZF presents pre-crash external side airbag system
    ZF has presented its prototype of pre-crash external side airbag system in Memmingen, Germany, according to a company press release on 5 June. ZF claims that the new prototype is the world’s first pre-crash occupant safety system with an external side airbag that can deploy before a collision. The...
    06-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    ams partners with ZF and Ibeo to jointly develop solid-state lidar systems
    Austria-based sensor specialist ams has partnered with ZF and its lidar subsidiary Ibeo Automotive Systems to develop solid-state lidar systems for use in autonomous driving and other applications, ams said in a press release on 20 May. The three partners will conduct joint R&D efforts to ensure...
    21-May-2019 News New Products
    ZF acquires 90% stake in Simi Reality Motion Systems
    ZF has agreed to acquire 90% of Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH, a Germany-based company specializing occupant recognition, the company said in a press release today (13 May). Simi Reality Motion has nearly three decades of experience in image-based three-dimensional (3D) systems for the recording ...
    ZF introduces ‘ZF coPILOT’ intelligent advanced driver assistance system
    ZF has introduced ‘ZF coPILOT’, an intelligent advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) to deliver enhanced safety and driving comfort, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release today (12 April). The new system features a comprehensive set of sensors and is powered by th...
    12-Apr-2019 News New Products
    ZF strengthens presence in China
    ZF is strengthening its presence in China to enable development and production of its complete product portfolio to support its customers in the world's largest automotive market, the Germany-based automaker said in a press release today (9 April). According to Dr. Holger Klein, ZF board member, res...
    09-Apr-2019 News Investments
    ZF secures order from BMW for new eight-speed automatic transmission
    German automotive supplier ZF has won a multi-year order worth several billion euros from BMW for its new eight-speed automatic transmissions, the company announced on 4 April. The new transmission generation will start series production in 2022 at ZF’s plant in Saarbrücken, Germany, th...
    ZF’s revenue increases by 1.35% y/y to USD42.2 billion in 2018
    ZF has reported a growth of 1.35% year-on-year (y/y) in its revenue to EUR36.9 billion (USD42.2 billion) for the year ended 31 December 2018, according to a company press release today (4 April). EBIT for the year, however, fell marginally to EUR2.1 billion in 2018, as compared to EUR2.3 billion in ...
    ZF reaches definitive agreement to acquire WABCO
    ZF has entered a definite agreement to acquire Belgium-based WABCO in an all-cash deal, the Germany-based supplier said in a press release today (28 March). Under the agreement, ZF will pay WABCO USD136.50 per share, for a total equity value of over USD7 billion. The acquisition has already been app...
    ZF acquires 60% share of autonomous mobility solutions company 2getthere
    ZF has acquired 60% stake in the Netherlands-based autonomous mobility solution provider 2getthere, the company said in a press release on 19 March. Established over 35 years ago, 2getther offers driverless electric transport systems at airports and business and theme parks in several major cit...
    ZF establishes AI and cyber security research center in Germany
    ZF is establishing a new technology center for artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity in Saarbrücken, Germany, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company plans to hire around 100 experts in Saarbrücken to accelerate the development of new “digital networked and automat...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    ZF opens new testing center in Germany for drive technologies
    ZF has opened a new testing center for drive technologies at its Friedrichshafen facility in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 27 February. The new center will add capacities for testing electric, hybrid, and combustion engine drives. ZF has invested EUR70 million in the testing c...
    04-Mar-2019 News Investments
    Rane TRW Steering Systems opens new facility in India to produce occupant safety products
    Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture (JV) between India-based Rane Group and the German ZF Group, has opened a new facility for occupant safety products at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu (India), ZF announced in a press release on 12 February. The company has invested approximately INR40...
    13-Feb-2019 News Investments
    Domain Controllers for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction The electrical and electronic architecture of any vehicle defines the relationship between its hardware, software, and computing power. The increasing adoption of new active safety and driver assistance features has massively impacted the system architecture of modern day vehicles. T...
    EDITORIAL: ZF expected to further intensify focus on electromobility and autonomous driving
    Germany-based ZF is aiming for “Vision Zero”, a world with zero emissions and zero accidents. Under this strategy, ZF is currently developing many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions that can drastically reduce accidents. The company also has a strong portf...
    ZF acquires BeeSpeed’s automotive division
    ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired the automotive division of Romania-based engineering service provider BeeSpeed, ZF announced in a press release on 11 January. BeeSpeed Technical Engineering Center S.R.L. became a subsidiary of ZF effective 1 January 2019. The subsidiary has more than 100 employees a...
    CES 2019: ZF showcases sensor portfolio for accurately detecting vehicle surroundings
    At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) this month, ZF showcased its comprehensive portfolio of its advanced sensors which help vehicles to more accurately detect their surroundings, both inside and outside the vehicle, the company said in a press release. The products displayed at the show inc...
    21-Jan-2019 News New Products
    CES 2019: ZF introduces new automotive supercomputer for autonomous driving
    At the CES 2019 earlier this month, ZF unveiled the latest model of its ZF ProAI supercomputer platform for autonomous driving, the company said in a press release. According to the German supplier, its ZF ProAI RoboThink comes with its own graphic processor and offers processing capability of more ...
    21-Jan-2019 News New Products
    ZF expands partnership with Microsoft to develop digital services for automotive industry
    ZF has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to develop digital services for the automotive industry, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release last week. The partnership will enable ZF to offer digital services in the fields of automated driving, vehicle motion control, integr...
    CES 2019: ZF showcases steering wheel- and pedal-free robo-taxi
    German automotive technology company ZF has showcased its steering wheel- and pedal-free Robo-taxi at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, United States, the company announced in a press release on 6 January. Through the robo-taxi, ZF is demonstrating its various technologies for autonomous ride-hailing servi...
    Transdev, ZF and e.GO partner for new shared autonomous mobility solution
    Transdev, ZF and e.GO have partnered to jointly develop new solutions for shared autonomous mobility, Transdev announced in a press release on 8 January. The companies will integrate the e.GO Mover shuttle by e.GO Moove GmbH, a joint venture (JV) between ZF and e.GO, with the Autonomous Transport Sy...
    Automotive Computing Platforms – Distributed or Centralized
    With the emergence of concepts such as telematics, connected cars, and autonomous vehicles, modern day cars have become extremely complex machines. Advance electronics power everything within a vehicle, ranging from dashboard instrument clusters to powertrain, and connectivity to infotainment and co...
    Suppliers to the new SEAT Arona
    The all-new SEAT Arona is assembled at Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the first-generation SEAT Arona from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 87,800 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    ZF to invest USD907 million in German transmission plant over next four years
    ZF will invest EUR800 million (USD907 million) in its plant in Saarbrücken, Germany, over the next four years, the company announced in a press release on 7 December. The investment will be used towards production plants and systems, infrastructure, and its supplier network, for transitioning the p...
    07-Dec-2018 News Investments
    ZF to present external pre-crash airbag concept at Airbag 2018 symposium in Germany
    ZF Friedrichshafen will present advanced external pre-crash airbag concept at the ‘Airbag 2018’ symposium in Mannheim (Germany) this week, according to a company press release yesterday (26 November). The company has also developed adaptive ‘dual contour’ airbags that are designed to help pr...
    27-Nov-2018 News New Products
    ZF to start volume production of electric axle drive module for European OEM in 2019
    ZF will start volume production of electric axle drive module for European OEMs in 2019, according to a company press release on 8 November. The electric axle drive module will feature a maximum power of 150 kW and 3,500 Nm of torque. According to ZF, the electric axle is ideal as an all-electr...
    Power steering systems market and technology trends
    Today’s power steering systems market is a consequence of the drive to create a favorable environment for autonomous and electrified vehicles. This trend has given rise to the following main trends: Close to complete penetration of EPS systems globally, including small markets such as India ...
    ZF TRW acquires minority stake in engineering service provider ASAP
    ZF TRW has acquired 35% stake in engineering service provider ASAP Holding which is located in Gaimersheim, Bavaria (Germany), the company announced in a press release on 19 October. The two companies have not disclosed the value of the acquisition deal. “As an established development partner, ASA...
    ZF unveils new generation of ‘electronic limited slip differential’
    German auto component maker ZF has unveiled the new generation of its networked electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) rear axle transmission, the company announced in a press release on 17 October. Designed for off-road and sports vehicles, the new rear axle transmission is fully networked wit...
    18-Oct-2018 News New Products
    ZF demonstrates automated driving functions in Paris
    ZF has demonstrated its automated driving solutions at a customer and media event in Paris, France, the company said in a press release on 25 September. The showcase included ‘automated emergency braking assistant’, which can detect a pedestrian and safely bring a vehicle to a stop at a blind sp...
    27-Sep-2018 News New Products
    ZF’s new active control retractor seat belt system debuts on Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    ZF has started volume production of its next-generation active control retractor (ACR) system, the company said in a press release on 25 September. The new ACR system, dubbed ACR8, combines active and passive safety and is designed to tighten the seatbelt in anticipation of an accident. The German s...
    26-Sep-2018 News New Products
    ZF plans to invest USD14 billion over next five years on electric and autonomous vehicle technology
    German supplier ZF intends to invest EUR12 billion (USD14 billion) on electromobility and autonomous driving technologies in the next five years, the company said in a press release on 19 September. The company will invest, among others, in developing and starting commercial production of an autonom...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    ZF inaugurates new automatic transmission plant in Hungary
    ZF Friedrichshafen has inaugurated a new automatic transmission plant in Eger, Hungary, according to the website of the Hungarian government. The Germany-based automotive supplier invested EUR170 million (USD196.8 million) in the new plant that will produce eight-speed automatic transmissions for pa...
    11-Sep-2018 News Investments
    ZF to exhibit latest technologies in prototype car at FISITA World Automotive Congress in India
    ZF will exhibit its latest technologies and products in a prototype car at the FISITA World Automotive Congress, which is scheduled to take place in Chennai, India, in October, Autocar Professional reported on 29 August. The company will showcase a prototype car equipped with its latest mSTARS techn...
    30-Aug-2018 News New Products
    Electronic suspension sub-component trends
    Adaptive suspension/damping systems are becoming key to the future of suspensions as the technology within the car moves towards autonomous driving. Innovation towards adaptive damping is necessary, as it holds great potential to enhance comfort within the cockpit. The next step for such technologie...
    ZF’s H1 net profit rises 6.5% y/y to USD631.3 million
    ZF’s net profit increased 6.5% year-over-year (y/y) to EUR542 million (USD631.3 million) in the first half ended 30 June 2018, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 30 July. Sales increased by 1.8% y/y to EUR18.65 billion. First half sales included pro-rata sales of firs...
    ZF appoints Dr. Holger Klein to company’s board of management
    ZF has appointed Dr. Holger Klein to its board of management with effect from 1 October 2018, the company said in a press release on 27 July. Klein will be responsible of the German supplier’s Car Chassis Technology and Aftermarket (service and parts business). He will also lead ZF’s growth in A...
    ZF, Faurecia demonstrate cockpit solution for Level 4 autonomous vehicles
    ZF and Faurecia have jointly developed an “operating and display concept” for fully automated vehicles (Level 4 vehicles) without a steering wheel and pedals, the German supplier said in a press release last month. The concept cockpit features three screens and a control lever in the center cons...
    17-Jul-2018 News New Products
    ZF spins off eWallet as separate company
    ZF has spun off its eWallet business as a separate company, based in Germany, the company announced in a press release yesterday (5 July). The German supplier has outsourced all activities related to the development and marketing of Car eWallet. In an initial financing phase, ZF will provide the sta...
    ZF’s JV plans to start series production of autonomous EV ‘e.GO Mover’ in Germany next year
    e.GO Moove GmbH, a joint venture between ZF’s subsidiary Zukunft and e.GO, is set to start series production of its autonomous and electrically powered people mover ‘e.Go Mover’ in Aachen, Germany, next year, ZF announced in a press release on 26 June. “System providers like ZF can significa...
    ZF, Mobileye team up to launch advanced cameras for automated driving, ADAS applications
    ZF has teamed up with Mobileye to launch ‘S-Cam4’ family of cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications, the company said in a press release last week. The two partners will supply the new camera technology to a major automotive OEM, said ZF. ZF has ...
    ZF introduces new electric drive solutions for trucks, buses
    German auto component supplier ZF has introduced new electric drive solutions for trucks and buses, according to the company’s press release on 21 June. The new solutions include its AVE 130 electric portal axle, and the new CeTrax electric central drive for city buses and hybrid version of ZF’s...
    ZF develops electrified AMT technology
    Auto components maker ZF has developed electrified Automated Manual Transmission (eAMT) technology for hybridization of small and compact vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 18 June. ZF has developed an innovative concept for the hybridization of front-transverse vehicles by integr...
    Readying brakes for the future
    The global automotive ecosystem is moving towards electrification and ADAS, consequently pushing automakers and suppliers to adapt braking systems to these changes. This is giving rise to automakers and suppliers looking for new ways to differentiate products, and an electrified engine and advanced ...
    Shift-by-Wire – Technology Outlook
    The automotive landscape has been changing for several years with the fitment of automatic transmissions ever increasing. As transmissions get an increasing number of gears, several OEMs are shifting from mechanical linkages to shift-by-wire (SBW) techniques. Historically, systems that make the v...
    Increasing acceptance of heated steering wheel technology
    The steering wheel is one of the main sensory connections that the driver has with the vehicle, and over the years it has evolved from a simple device used for steering the vehicle. Today, the steering wheel receives design focus especially in the luxury-segment vehicles, where luxurious materi...
    ZF/Brakes India: Tapping into India’s EPB market
    Parking brakes are not the most “intriguing” component for creative innovations. However, automakers and suppliers have been relatively active throughout the years trying to push for new solutions in this field, according to Paolo Martino, chassis principal analyst at IHS Markit. Parking brakes ...
    ZF joins eSync Alliance to support development of common platform for OTA technology
    ZF has joined the eSync Alliance, a multi-vender initiative to develop standardized and interoperable over-the-air (OTA) update and diagnostic data solutions in automotive electronics eco-system, the German supplier said in a press release on 26 April. Alpine, Excelfore, Molex and Wipro are also mem...
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