Monday, October 31, 2011

ZF – The specialist for chassis technology and drive systems

ZF is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for Driveline and Chassis Technology with 117 production companies in 26 countries. With its workforce of approximately 70,000 employees, ZF achieved sales of 12.9 billion euros in 2010. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about five percent of its sales (2010: 646 million EUR) in Research and Development.

Industrial Technology is the division where the ZF Group bundles its activities for “Off3Road” applications. It comprises the development and production of transmissions and axles for agricultural and construction machinery as well as driveline technology for material handling systems, rail and special driveline vehicles. The division is also responsible for the worldwide business of marine propulsion systems, aviation technology as well as the development and production of wind power transmissions. Electronic components, shift and test
systems for all kinds of applications are also included in the division’s portfolio.

ZF’s presence in India spans over three decades through joint ventures and license agreements. In 2007 ZF started its wholly owned subsidiary in India, ZF India Private Limited. The headquarter is located in Pune and represents ZF’s varied product divisions for Sales, Localisation and product support activities. The group’s Off'road drive'line business unit has already started their local production in Pune for axle and transmission aggregates for the Construction Equipment sectors.

Since early this year axles and power'shift transmissions for backhoe loaders are produced from this location for key OEMs in India and overseas. Localisation of further drive'line aggregates like wheel loader axles are already projected. Recently the group’s Commercial & Special Drive'line technology division had inaugurated their plant in Pune for production of Truck gearboxes.

Furthermore, ZF is exceedingly increasing its service presence in India. Currently there are ZF owned service centers in Pune, Raipur, Bangalore and a dealer location in Delhi. The motive is to quicken response time to field requirements. It is quite evident that the Indian market is one of the key strategic markets for ZF and the group has ambitious plans in India.

Product program:

Tractor transmissions
Planetary rigid axles
Planetary steering axles
Hydrostatic powershift transmissions
Hydrodynamic powershift transmissions
Elevator drives
Mixer drives
Electric drives
Portal axles, 'systems
Single'drive axles, 'systems
Independent front axle suspensions
Axle inserts
Bevel gear sets
Tie rods, Drag links
Torque rods
Test systems

The group’s product divisions involve a high degree of specialization. This competence linked with the experience in project management is the basis for ZF'system projects. As a competent supplier of components, units, systems and system modules ZF meets the requirements of the car' and mechanical
engineering industry. Today ZF takes the responsibility from the project phase over the planning, product development, testing, production development, quality assurance and the logistics up to serial production. The ready'to'install modules or system modules are delivered just'in'time or just'in'sequence. In this way the vehicle manufacturers cooperating with ZF reduce their interfaces to a minimum. Today ZF delivers complete driveline systems (axles, transmissions, electronics) for off'road equipment as well as complete front' and rear axle systems for on'road vehicles. For system solutions the synergy of the innovation capacities as well as the testing' and development potential of all ZF company divisions are used and applied specifically.

Together with ZF as system partner customers benefit from numerous cost saving potentials such as reduced development, logistics, installation and handling expenditure. The stronger and more comprehensive the cooperation, the better and larger are the resulting synergies. In its position as global player, ZF has a
worldwide service network of 700 after'sales centers, thus providing optimum customer support on site.
Wherever a manufacturer wants to export his vehicle to, the ZF Service is already on the spot.

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