ZF expands development capabilities in China

Apr 19, 2017   Tier Suppliers

The latest test facilities for e-mobility as well as for driveline and chassis technology for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and special applications.

ZF is setting the course for further growth in the Chinese market with the expansion of its Engineering Centre in Shanghai. The new facilities, based in the Songjiang district, will enable the company to more quickly develop advanced technologies for the Asia-Pacific markets. Further expansion is planned over the course of the next five years. The Engineering Centre focuses on driveline and chassis technologies for all applications, with e-mobility being the primary focus – an area of significant growth in China. The facility works closely with ZF's other Technology Centre situated in Anting, a research and development location which focuses on active and passive safety technology for the Asian market.

ZF's Engineering Centre in Songjiang was officially opened at Auto Shanghai 2017. The company has expanded its existing facilities to 54,000 m² and by 2022, expects to more than double its workforce to around 1000 employees. Total investment is approximately €50 million.

"The investment in our new Engineering Centre highlights our commitment to further localise engineering activities so that we can more effectively support our Chinese customer base. As well as tailoring many innovations for our customers, we also want to more quickly seize the momentum from this dynamic market " said ZF Board Member Peter Lake during the official launch. "The investment also demonstrates the continued importance of China – one of the largest and most significant markets to ZF."

Penetration of electronics and e-mobility

The investment is being used to comprehensively update and expand the current test facilities in Songjiang. Engineers can now utilise state-of-the-art equipment in several laboratories for the application development of driveline and chassis systems technologies. This covers a wide range of applications from passenger cars and commercial vehicles to rail and special vehicles. The development of electrified or all-electric drives is the main focus of development. The new Engineering Centre also boasts comprehensive test facilities for ZF's growing product portfolio in the field of electronic control units (HMI – Human Machine Interface).

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