Friedrichshafen, Germany/Atlanta, GA. Around two and a half years after the takeover of TRW Automotive in May 2015 and well ahead of schedule, ZF Friedrichshafen AG has largely completed the integration of the US company. Reinforced by its new claim "see. think. act.", ZF now offers a broad portfolio of intelligent mechanical systems which can address the challenges of future trends including digitalization, electromobility and autonomous driving.
Approximately two and a half years after acquiring the US Company TRW Automotive, ZF is now presenting itself as one company. "Originally, we planned three to five years for the integration, so we're delighted we've done even better than expected," says ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer. "I want to thank everybody involved for the great commitment they put into the integration process. This was a major factor for success, as well as the readiness of our employees to join us on this journey."
Sommer emphasized that the takeover of TRW was a key move in preparing ZF for the future of digitalization and autonomous driving: "TRW's expertise in occupant safety and electronics as well as steering and braking technology ideally complement our existing portfolio and help to develop it going forward. The acquisition was the building block for our Vision Zero Ecosystem - a constantly growing network of cooperation partners. It allows customers to profit from our expertise as a systems supplier."
In line with its ‘Best of Both’ approach, ZF identified synergies between the two organizations to create competitive structures as one united organization. ZF Aftermarket has successfully been operating as a combined organization since January 2017. At the same time, ZF has significantly boosted profits and is be able to repay the acquisition debt earlier than planned. The company expects sales this year to exceed EUR 36 billion.
As a visual expression of the near-complete integration, ZF has recently unveiled a new corporate design. Going forward, all divisions will be represented consistently under the ZF name.
Vision Zero the core of ZF
In order to realize Vision Zero – a future of mobility with zero accidents and zero emissions – ZF continues to expand its portfolio of innovative technologies in the areas of driveline, chassis and safety technology. With its intelligent mechanical systems, ZF is contributing towards Vision Zero in the commercial vehicle sector. Examples are electric and hybrid drive solutions for a variety of busses and coaches, as well as advanced driver assist systems that can avoid rear-end collisions or veering off course in highway traffic. The new modular mSTARS rear axle system enables conventional vehicle platforms – passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles – suited for last mile logistics to be converted to electric. Another field of expertise, autonomous driving, resulted in a Joint Venture with e.GO Mobile AG for a self-driving People and Cargo Mover.
ZF is also continually improving on its mechanical components, making them lighter, more fuel-efficient, powerful and durable. This Vision also extends to the railway sector, where new innovative solutions are possible thanks to synergies between divisions.
In addition to its in-house development work, the company has also set up a Vision Zero Ecosystem, a growing network of highly specialized external partners like NVIDIA, Hella or Faurecia.