ZF is stepping up its activities in China with several additional plants, and the extension of development capacities. The Group has had its own production sites there since 1994; currently, there are 32. ZF already offers customers in China high-tech solutions for e-mobility and autonomous driving and is increasingly enlarging its customer base with Chinese manufacturers and new mobility providers.
“Our strategy for the Chinese automotive market is called ‘local for local’,” explains ZF Board Member Dr Holger Klein, responsible for the Asia-Pacific region with China as its core market. “Almost all of our customers will expand their business in China in the coming years. We will support them in this by offering our entire portfolio locally – from development services to local just-in-sequence delivery,” says Klein and announces: “We will increase our degree of localization in China up to 100 percent in the coming years. With our innovations and high-tech products, we will have an even stronger presence in the future.” To this end, ZF is investing significantly in the expansion of its production capacities and on-site development in China.
Introducing production of ZF’s 8-speed 8HP automatic transmission to the Shanghai plant, where automatic transmissions have been produced since 2004, is proof of this. With immediate effect, ZF will supply local customers with its flagship product for passenger cars. A variant of 8HP for plug-in hybrid drives can also be produced here. In the future, ZF will strive to produce purely electric drives in China; production facilities for this are currently underway. To meet local production demand for passenger car electric power steering systems in China, ZF is building a new steering plant in Zhanjiagang – the largest of ZF’s 32 plants in China, to date. ZF will also serve the commercial vehicle market more locally from China: A joint venture with commercial vehicle manufacturer Foton will start production of the TraXon automatic and hybrid commercial vehicle transmission in just a few weeks. To support this, a joint production plant has been built south of Shanghai
In 2018, ZF generated sales of more than 6 billion in China. ZF presents its current product portfolio at Auto Shanghai in Hall 5.2 from April 16 to April 25, 2019.