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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    ZF Friedrichshafen establishes new technology center in India
    Global technology company ZF Friedrichshafen has announced the establishment of a new technology centre in Hyderabad, India, according to a report published by The Hindu on 1 June 2022. The complex, which spans 300,000 square feet, is the group's largest software hub. It will be essential to the ...
    03-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Transforming interior concepts, autonomous vehicles pushing airbag technology trends
    Airbags have been one of the essential passive safety technologies in vehicles, along with seatbelts. Automakers developed the idea to use airbags as a supplemental restraint system (SRS) for added occupants’ safety. With increasing safety regulations from rating bodies, such as New Car Assessment...
    ZF signs eight-year zero-carbon-steel supply agreement with H2 Green Steel
    German manufacturer of automotive components ZF Group announced via a press release on 18 May that it had signed a long-term agreement with Swedish startup H2 Green Steel for the supply of zero-carbon steel. According to the agreement, H2 Green Steel will supply ZF 250,000 metric tons of zero-car...
    ZF Friedrichshafen begins construction of R&D center in Mexico
    ZF Friedrichshafen has started the construction of a new research & development (R&D) center for development and manufacturing of high-tech electronic products in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, according to an official press release by the Government of Nuevo León on 11 May 2022. ZF's in...
    16-May-2022 News Investments
    ZF picks 6% stakes in AI vision software company StradVision
    Stadvision, AI vision software company announced that ZF has acquired 6% stake in StadVision to strengthen the company's automated driving perception software portfolio, according to a company press release on 29 March 2022. The company said that the partnership expands ZF's global ecosystem for ...
    30-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Aequita acquires ZF's Electronic Interfaces product line
    Germany-based Aequita has concluded an agreement to acquire ZF’s Electronic Interfaces product line to further strengthen its portfolio, the company announced in a press release on 21 March. Commenting on the deal, Thomas Buda, head of the Electronic Interfaces product line, said, "Aequita...
    ZF Chassis Technology invests USD48 million in Toluca, Mexico plant
    Mexican subsidiary of German automotive parts manufacturer ZF, ZF Chassis Technology, announced that it will be investing USD48.4 million its Toluca plant, according to a 16 March news article published in MexicoNow. According to the article, the investment project will allow ZF to strengthen its...
    23-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Could semi-active suspensions hold the key to ultra-high ride comfort for the mass-market car?
    Since the late 1990s, adaptive or semi-active suspension technology has emerged as the top method of improving the ride comfort and handling performance of a car, seeing application in segments ranging from mid-segment sedans to high-performance roadsters. This article will attempt to answer ques...
    ZF presents Autonomous Transport Systems to UK’s transport department
    ZF has presented its autonomous shuttle to the Transportation Department of the UK, according to a company press release on 25 February. ZF has accelerated the development of shuttle technology through the collaboration of internal Research and Development teams. ZF Shuttle is an autonomous tra...
    EV maker Polestar teams up with global suppliers on its first climate-neutral car project
    Swedish premium electric vehicle (EV) company Polestar, founded by Volvo and Geely Holding, is collaborating with some of the leading global automotive component suppliers, namely ZF Friedrichshafen AG, SSAB, Hydro, ZKW, and Autoliv, in the development of its first climate-neutral car, the comp...
    25-Feb-2022 News New Products
    ZF to assist Baidu’s smart EV brand Jidu in developing chassis, other components
    German automotive components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG will assist mainland Chinese technology company Baidu’s smart electric vehicle (EV) brand Jidu to develop chassis and other components, according to a report filed by the news publication Automotive News on 24 February 2022. While...
    ZF develops scalable and modular e-motor inverter architecture for electric vehicles
    Global supplier of automotive components ZF Friedrichshafen AG has developed a scalable and modular e-motor inverter architecture that can offer electric vehicle (EV) makers maximum flexibility from 400V to 800V, from silicon to silicon carbide, the company had announced on 4 January 2022. The ...
    25-Feb-2022 News New Products
    The braking system industry in 2022 – Level 3 autonomy and beyond
    In the early 2010s, with the launch of the very first “driving assistance” systems, automakers began to rely on the braking system’s electronic stability control (ESC) unit, originally designed to improve driving stability, to decelerate the vehicle without driver input, in emergencies. Since ...
    CES 2022: ZF launches next-generation chassis domain controller
    German auto parts manufacturer ZF announced via press release on 4 January that it had introduced its next high-performance Vehicle Motion Domain (VMD) Controller at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). According to the press release, the controller, joining ZF’s family of ProAI super...
    12-Jan-2022 News New Products
    CES 2022: VinFast, ZF partner to launch scalable automated driving systems
    VinFast has partnered with ZF to announce at CES 2022 that it will launch platforms with higher-level automated functions “in the near future”, a company press release dated 4 January read. ZF will supply multiple cameras, radars, and LiDAR sensors and the intelligent fusion of the sensors which...
    ZF increases its stake in Rane TRW to become majority shareholder
    Technology company ZF announced that the company has become a majority shareholder in the joint venture (JV) with TRW, according to a press release by Autocar Professional on 29 December. The JV will now operate under the name ZF Rane Automotive India. Suresh KV, president of ZF India, said, “T...
    ZF acquires stakes in Embotech to enhance operational safety
    According to an official press release dated 16 December, ZF announced a strategic partnership with Swiss-based Embotech, a pioneering developer of decision-making software that supports automated driving systems. The partnership will develop customer-tailored automated solutions to support multiple...
    ZF acquires 5% stake in software startup Apex.AI
    ZF has acquired a 5% stake in the software company Apex.AI, it said in a press release on 14 December. In addition to the financial support, ZF will also develop software solutions based on the Apex.OS meta-operating system. “Based on the Apex.OS, we can offer our customers an additional ZF Mid...
    ZF inaugurates engineering technical center in West Midlands, UK
    ZF officially opens its new purpose-built technical and office facility at Blythe Valley Business Park Solihull, according to an official press release dated 18 November. The site showcases cutting-edge technology and infrastructure for developing advanced solutions for a future of autonomous, elect...
    22-Nov-2021 News Investments
    ZF is partnering with Microsoft for cloud-based IT infrastructure
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 16 November, ZF enters the next phase of digitalization by expanding its strategic collaboration with Microsoft. On the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the mobility technology company will build the ZF Cloud, a comprehensive data and integrati...
    ZF acquires Bestmile’s Technology to lead the digital transformation of transportation services
    According to an official press release dated 4 November, ZF announced the acquisition of Bestmile's technology, which represents a significant step toward the commercial vehicle industry's first Mobility Orchestration Platform. This platform, which advances ZF's "Next Generation Mobility" strateg...
    KPIT and ZF to develop middleware solution for mobility ecosystem
    According to a press release published on PRNewswire on 21 October, KPIT Technologies, a leading independent software development and integration partner to the automotive and mobility industries, and ZF Group, a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, an...
    Ford recalls 2011–13 Explorers over rear knuckle assembly manufacturing issue
    According to NHTSA Safety Recall Report 21V-746 submitted on 24 September, automaker Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011–12 Explorers to address a ZF rear knuckle manufacturing issue. According to the report, vehicles included in this action were originally bu...
    14-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    ZF invests in Oxbotica to deploy autonomous passenger shuttles in major cities
    According to Reuters, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German automotive supplier, will invest in Oxbotica, a British autonomous vehicle software startup, to collaborate on developing driving systems for pod-like shuttles capable of transporting people and goods. ZF is acquiring a 5% stake in Oxford-based O...
    08-Oct-2021 News Investments
    ZF to increase stake in software company doubleSlash
    ZF has announced that it will increase its stake in software company doubleSlash from 40% to 51%, according to 1 October press release. doubleSlash will continue to operate independently on the market and develop software products and services for connected mobility. “Over the past five years o...
    IAA Mobility 2021: ZF unveils ‘Modular eDrive Kit’
    German automotive component manufacturer ZF has unveiled the ‘Modular eDrive Kit’ for pure electric drives as its main highlight at the ongoing IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, the company said in a press release on 6 September. According to the company, the ‘Modular eDrive Kit’ is suit...
    08-Sep-2021 News New Products
    ZF launches high-performance mid-range radar for advanced safety
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 2 September, ZF has launched its next generation mid-range radar to support advanced ADAS safety functions and to improve the available ZF coASSIST semi-automated system on the Dongfeng Aeolus Yixuan MAX in China. "Mid-range radar is an imp...
    03-Sep-2021 News New Products
    ZF develops chassis components with innovative sensor module
    ZF announced in an official press release dated 31 August that it is using powerful sensors and clever algorithms in its chassis technology and sensor technology. ZF is already working on the software required for this advanced data analysis. For example, the sensor captures where there are road ...
    02-Sep-2021 News New Products
    ZF uses startup Autotalks’ V2X chipset for connectivity
    According to a press release on AIthority dated 3 August, Startup Autotalks, a pioneer and leader in V2X communication solutions, has been selected to provide V2X solutions for ZF, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers. The dual-mode (DSRC/C-V2X) V2X chipsets from Autotalks will be inte...
    ZF sales rise 43% y/y to USD22.93 billion in H1 2021
    Friedrichshafen-based ZF Group has reported sales of USD23 billion (EUR19.3 billion) in first half 2021, up 43% year on year (y/y) from USD16 billion (EUR13.5 billion) for the corresponding period last year, the company said while disclosing its financial results on 29 July. According to the...
    ZF secures USD6 billion axle contract for Marysville facility in Michigan, US
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, ZF, has announced that its Marysville, Michigan facility in the United States has secured a contract worth almost USD6 billion for the delivery of beam axles and axle drives for pickup trucks until 2027. According to a press release issued...
    ZF to introduce new scalable suite of Data and AI based services for ADAS validation
    According to a press release on PR Newswire dated 30 June, German automotive parts manufacturer ZF Group plans to launch ADAS.ai, a new scalable suite of data and AI-based services for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) Virtual Engineering and Digital Validation. It is intended to aid OEMs...
    01-Jul-2021 News New Products
    ZF announces USD238 million investment plan to grow India business
    Increasing its focus on India, German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF Group) plans to invest around USD238 million and consolidate its business domains with renewed impetus to drive growth over the next decade, the company said in a press release on 29 June. The company has launched...
    30-Jun-2021 News Investments
    ZF acquires stake in mainland Chinese automated parking startup CalmCar
    According to a press release on China Daily dated 16 June, German auto parts maker ZF has partnered with mainland Chinese intelligent vision system provider CalmCar to develop automated parking and automated valet parking technologies, which are expected to be introduced into a mainland Chinese carm...
    ZF Steering Gear (India) to temporarily suspend MP plant for ten days in June
    Steering gear systems supplier ZF Steering Gear (India) has announced that its plant in Madhya Pradesh will remain closed for 10 days, reports Business World quoting a regulatory filing the company has submitted. Significance: ZF Steering Gear (India) has suspended operation at its Pithampur plan...
    ZF launches new brake actuator platform
    ZF has launched a new brake actuator platform and has signed a long-term contract with a major European OEM to equips its brake chamber range in the OEM’s medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCVs), according to a company press release on 24 May. The supplier has applied a platform approach to i...
    27-May-2021 News New Products
    Toyota selects ZF and Mobileye to develop driver-assistance systems
    ZF and Intel-owned Mobileye have been chosen by Toyota Motor Corp. to develop advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for use in multiple vehicle platforms starting in the next few years. According to a joint press release issued by ZF and Mobileye on 18 May, ZF will also supply its Gen 21 mid-ran...
    ZF to supply mainland Chinese OEM with 4D Full-Range Radar
    ZF is to begin supplying its Full-Range Radar technology to mainland Chinese SAIC Motor Corporation from 2022. The Full-Range Radar technology perceives vehicle surroundings in four dimensions, including height, making it similar in capability to optical sensors, such as cameras and lidar. I...
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: ZF to unveil its next-gen ProAI supercomputer
    ZF will debut the next generation of its ZF ProAI automotive-grade supercomputer at Auto Shanghai 2021, it said in a press release on 23 March. The supercomputer is designed for software-defined vehicles and their electronic architectures based on domain or zone controllers. “We are ready to su...
    25-Mar-2021 News New Products
    ZF FY 2020 sales declines by 10.7% y/y to USD40 billion
    ZF has reported 10.7% year-over-year (y/y) decline in sales to EUR32.6 billion (USD40 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2020, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 19 March. The company generated 46% of its 2020 sales from Europe. North America and Asia-Paci...
    ZF launches 800V architecture for EV components; begins series production
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it now offers components based on the 800V architecture for electric vehicles (EVs). According to a press release issued by ZF on 9 March, the company stated that this is being done in response to the re...
    10-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Ibeo Automotive Systems testing IbeoNEXT lidar sensor in Germany and mainland China
    Ibeo Automotive System has begun testing of its solid-state lidar sensor IbeoNEXT for Great Wall Motor, the company said in a press release on 25 February. The company has commissioned German-Chinese testing and validation provider LiangDao for series testing. The testing will take place a...
    ZF launches coASSIST Level 2+ automated driving system on 2020 Dongfeng Aerolus Yixuan sedan
    ZF has launched the coASSIST Level 2+ automated driving system on the 2020 Dongfeng Aerolus Yixuan sedan in late 2020, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 23 February. The system offers drivers improved safety and comfort benefits at affordable costs. “The launch ...
    ZF to supply new brake control systems for Volkswagen electrified vehicles
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has confirmed a new series production order for brake control solutions, which will be equipped as standard in Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 models as well as in the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular e-drive system platform....
    27-Jan-2021 News New Products
    ABS and ESC fitment to be driven by emerging markets and affordable vehicle segments
    Having a high safety ranking is a unique value proposition (UVP) for any carmaker, coupled with the fact that safety norms worldwide are becoming increasingly stringent, and the number of vehicles on the roads are increasing globally at very high rates, the requirement to improve overall vehicular s...
    Jeep launches Wrangler Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe hybrid SUVs
    FCA-owned American carmaker, Jeep, has launched its latest hybrid SUV, the Wrangler Sahara 4xe and Wrangler Rubicon 4xe. According to a press release issued by Jeep on 23 December, the company states that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe integrates two electric motors and a 17 kWh, 400V lithiu...
    29-Dec-2020 News New Products
    ZF supplies airbags, chassis modules for new Zoox robo-taxi
    German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen will provide occupant safety systems and chassis modules for the new Zoox robo-taxi, according to a ZF press release on 17 December 2020. These solutions include airbags mounted in the roof and in the seats. The challenge is the innovative camp-fire seating positio...
    ZF unveils new automotive middleware; establishes Global Software Center
    ZF has unveiled a new automotive middleware platform, the company said in a press release on 16 January. It will act as a “mediator” between a vehicle's computer operating system (OS) and its software applications. “Our customers benefit from accelerated development processes and signi...
    16-Dec-2020 News New Products
    C- and D-segment vehicles to drive demand for semi-active damping systems
    The focus on ride quality is increasing and so is the demand for advanced, cost-effective suspension systems. Automotive suspension systems range from simple, passive spring-based systems to cutting-edge active systems that can independently raise or lower the height of vehicle at each wheel in resp...
    ZF establishes new automotive electronics plant in Poland to begin production of S-Cam4.8 cameras
    ZF has established a new plant in Częstochowa, Poland, to produce automotive electronic components for light vehicles, the company said in a press release on 26 October. The 12,000-square-meter plant is located on a 69,000-square-meter plot of land in the Katowice Special Economic Zone in Częstoch...
    27-Oct-2020 News Investments
    ZF unveils next generation of AKC active rear axle steering system
    German automotive components manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen has announced the second generation of its AKC (Active Kinematics Control) active rear axle steering. According to a press release issued by ZF on 14 October, this new system features a greater steering angle of up to 10 deg...
    16-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mech...
    ZF collaborates with startup Aeva to produce autonomous sensors
    German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has partnered with Silicon Valley startup Aeva to develop lidar for autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 8 September. The companies claim the new sensor to be the world’s first Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar for the automotive ma...
    09-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ZF starts production of ‘ibeoNEXT’ lidar system, including ECU
    Ibeo Automotive Systems has commissioned ZF Friedrichshafen produce to its ibeoNEXT solid-state lidar system, including the system’s electronic control unit (ECU), according to a press release by ZF on 27 August. The company will begin delivery of ibeoNEXT lidar systems to its customers, including...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X
    The first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X is assembled at Opel's facility in Eisenach, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 86,000 units. If you would like you...
    M&A: Veoneer completes divestiture of US brake control business to ZF
    Swedish automotive technology provider, Veoneer, has announced that it has completed the divestment of its US-based brake control business unit. According to a press release issued by Veoneer on 11 August, the company stated that its US brake control business unit has been divested to German automot...
    Aluminum brake calipers to experience increased demand after 2025
    Over many years of automotive innovation, vehicle safety has experienced many innovations and developments in order to keep occupants safe under almost all circumstances. Tracing back, the very first automotive safety feature is the braking system. Automotive brakes have also gone through their fair...
    ZF Group’s H1 2020 sales drop 26.4% y/y to USD15.2 billion
    ZF Friedrichshafen has reported a 26.4% year-on-year (y/y) decline in sales in EUR13.5 billion (USD15.2 billion) for the first half ended 30 June 2020, according to a company press release on 7 August. The company posted negative EBIT of EUR640 million, compared with positive EBIT of EUR380 million ...
    Ibeo Automotive’s lidar system to feature on Great Wall Motor vehicles starting 2022
    Ibeo Automotive Systems has won contract to supply its IbeoNEXT solid-state lidar sensors to Great Wall Motor, the company said in a press release on 30 July. The Chinese automaker will equip its new WEY sports utility vehicle (SUV) with IbeoNEXT lidar from 2022. GWM has commissioned its subsidiary ...
    ZF launches next-generation ADAS camera
    ZF has unveiled its next-generation advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) camera, the S-Cam4.8, through a press release on 27 July. Launched with Mobileye’s vision technology, the S-Cam4.8 will feature in the new Nissan Rogue in the United States. The camera includes a premium three-len...
    03-Aug-2020 News New Products
    ZF to establish new division for electrified drivelines for passenger cars
    ZF has decided to establish a new division for electrified drivelines for passenger cars, the company announced in a press release on 29 July. The new division is being set up out of the previous Car Powertrain Technology and E-Mobility Divisions in order to offer customers electrified driveline sol...
    ZF supplies electric steering system and brake components for VW Nivus in Brazil
    ZF will supply various components including electric steering system and brake components for Volkswagen’s new Nivus model that will be produced in Brazil, according to a report by AutomotiveBusiness on 16 June. The company will supply electric steering system, brake servo, rear disc brake, and st...
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    M&A: Knorr-Bremse completes acquisition of R.H. Sheppard Co.
    Knorr-Bremse has completed the acquisition of R.H. Sheppard from WABCO Holdings Inc., United States, which sold Sheppard in connection with the acquisition of WABCO by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Knorr-Bremse announced in a press release on 2 June. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a North America...
    M&A: ZF completes acquisition of WABCO
    German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has announced that it has completed the acquisition of WABCO, a US automotive components manufacturer. According to a press statement issued by ZF on 29 May, the company has received all required regulatory approvals and has commenced the integration ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs by 2025
    Automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it plans to axe up to 15,000 jobs, which represents nearly 10% of the company’s staff, by the year 2025 in response to falling demand across the globe. According to a report filed by Automotive News on 28 May, an in...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF secures USD1.48 billion in additional liquidity
    German automotive components and systems supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has announced that it has strengthened its liquidity in order to provide it with increased financial flexibility to overcome the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a press statement issued by ZF on 20...
    21-May-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: ZF, WABCO receive regulatory clearance in mainland China for proposed merger
    German auto components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen and American auto parts manufacturer WABCO have announced that the companies have received a vital regulatory clearance for their planned merger. According to a joint press statement issued on 15 May, WABCO and ZF have stated that the companies...
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF Steering Gear partially resumes operations in India
    ZF Steering Gear (India) Limited has resumed operations at its plants located in Village Vadu Budruk, Pune, and at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, after obtaining permissions from the local district authorities, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 11 May. “The company is slowly prepar...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Juke
    The second generation Nissan Juke is assembled at Nissan's facility in Sunderland #1, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Nissan Juke from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 102,000 units. If you would like your compa...
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF Active Safety and Electronics lays off 291 employees at Lebanon plant in US
    ZF Active Safety and Electronics (formerly TRW Automotive) has laid off 291 employees at its Lebanon, Tennessee, plant in the United States, according to a report by the Nashville Post on 6 April, citing documents filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development....
    01-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF North America partners with US-based Detroit Sewn to manufacture face masks
    ZF North America has partnered with US-based Detroit Sewn to produce face masks to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 15 April 2020. The company plans to produce 100,000 face masks by the end of April. These masks are being developed for f...
    16-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: IAC, Mann+Hummel, ZF announce layoffs in US
    The extended production suspensions by most of automakers in the United States amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected their supplier base. Several tier-1 suppliers in the largest automotive market in North America have announced temporary stoppage of manufacturin...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations at Marysville plant in US
    German auto components manufacturer ZF has put manufacturing operations on hold and laid off 800 of its employees at its production facility situated in Marysville, Michigan, United States, owing to the widespread coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a report filed by news publ...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    ZF 2019 sales drop marginally y/y to USD40.9 billion
    ZF’s sales declined 1% year-over-year (y/y) to EUR36.5 billion (USD40.9 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the automotive supplier said in an annual press conference in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 26 March. Adjusted for currency and merger and acquisition (M&A) effects, sa...
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the pot...
    ZF, WABCO expect to complete merger in Q2 2020
    According to a press release issued on 24 March, American auto parts maker WABCO and German auto components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen have stated that both companies have received all the requisite approvals from relevant regulatory authorities, with the exception of the Chinese State Administrati...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive suppliers in India suspend manufacturing operations
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mint reported on 23 March. In a regulatory filing, Minda Corporation said that it is suspending manufacturing ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    ZF launches industry’s first front electric parking brake
    Germany-based automotive components supplier ZF has launched a front electric parking brake, which happens to be an industry first. This electric parking brake system can be installed in even smaller cars, and the traditional handbrake lever or park brake pedal can be done away with in favor of an e...
    13-Mar-2020 News New Products
    ZF forms JV with Wolong Electric Group for electric motors and components
    ZF has officially signed an agreement with Wolong Electric Group to set up a joint venture (JV) for manufacturing electric motors and electric components, ZF announced in a  press release on 10 March. ZF holds a 26% share in the JV, and the remaining shares are held by Wolong Electric. Named&nb...
    Electric parking brakes set to become more prevalent in lower-segment cars
    Electric parking brakes (EPBs), once seen as a luxury feature that was available only to buyers of high-end and premium vehicles, are poised to make significant inroads into lower vehicle segments. This technology replaces the conventional hand-operated brake lever with a switch that operates the br...
    Bosch, ZF join Open Manufacturing Platform
    German auto parts manufacturers ZF Friedrichshafen and Bosch are joining the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) in a bid to accelerate and scale the development of manufacturing applications, ZF announced in a press a release on 19 February. OMP’s aim is to enable faster and more cost-effective inn...
    ZF secures US, EU approval for Wabco deal
    German auto parts major ZF Friedrichshafen has secured unconditional US and EU antitrust approval for its previously announced USD7 billion acquisition of Wabco, Reuters reported on 23 January. According to the report, US regulators had required the companies to sell Wabco's steering components busi...
    CES 2020: ZF presents ‘Safe Human Interaction Cockpit’
    ZF will demonstrate its ‘Safe Human Interaction Cockpit (SHI Cockpit) at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES 2020) in Las Vegas, this week the company said in a press release on 6 January. The SHI Cockpit enables interaction between human and on-board systems of a vehicle, including advan...
    10-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CES 2020: ZF presents coASSIST for Level 2+ semi-automated driving
    ZF has unveiled coASSIST, a hardware and software suite that delivers advanced safety, driving comfort and Level 2+ semi-automated driving functions, at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the company said in a press release on 6 January. The system, utilizing Mobileye EyeQ chip, will ...
    07-Jan-2020 News New Products
    ZF collaborates with Microsoft to provide software-driven mobility solutions
    ZF has announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide software-driven mobility solutions, said a company press release on 19 December. Together with Microsoft, ZF intends to bring its software engineering processes, methods, and solutions to the speed and quality IT companies lead with, the relea...
    20-Dec-2019 News New Products
    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
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