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ZF plans to be full-range sys­tems sup­plier for new mo­bil­ity

In­dian auto com­po­nent in­dus­try grows 13% in FY2018: ICRA

In the past sev­eral years, auto com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers have en­coun­tered many speed bumps and have tack­led the au­tomak­ers’ de­mands for pro­duc­tiv­ity gains, stricter en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety reg­u­la­tions, in­creas­ing li­a­bil­ity for war­ranties and re­calls. Through th­ese un­cer­tain­ties and up­heavals, the sup­pli­ers have sur­vived with healthy growth in the over­all au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. But the global auto in­dus­try is fac­ing what could be its most dra­matic chal­lenges in a cen­tury, driven by the con­ver­gence of tech­nol­ogy, reg­u­la­tory pres­sure, and con­sumer trends, and so the sup­pli­ers seem to be at the cen­tre of all th­ese.

Hav­ing a strong strat­egy for mo­bil­ity to face the emerg­ing trends is now more im­por­tant than be­fore. One of the lead­ing global au­to­mo­tive sys­tem and tech­nol­ogy sup­pli­ers, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is plan­ning to be a full- range sys­tems sup­plier to tap the up­com­ing trends in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. Re­cently, the Ger­man com­pany con­ducted its ZF Tech Day in Friedrichshafen and show­cased its tech­nol­ogy prow­ess in au­to­mated driv­ing, elec­tric mo­bil­ity, ve­hi­cle mo­tion con­trol and in­te­grated safety. Be­ing a global event, ZF Friedrichshafen AG in­vited

Au­toCom­po­nentsIn­dia and it is un­der­stood that most of the tech­nolo­gies show­cased and demon­strated at the event will change the per­spec­tive the mo­bil­ity in the com­ing years.

The fu­ture of mo­bil­ity has be­gun pre­sent­ing new chal­lenges to sup­pli­ers across the in­dus­try. More pow­er­train sup­pli­ers are ex­pected to of­fer both ad­vanced con­trol sys­tems and low-cost but long-last­ing com­po­nents. The emer­gence of a new mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem of­fers sup­pli­ers new choices of where to play and how to win. In the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity, the key trends would be the emer­gence of au­tonomous ve­hi­cles and shifts in mo­bil­ity pref­er­ences giv­ing rise to shared ac­cess to the trans­porta­tion.

ZF’s strat­egy is to fo­cus on for­ward-look­ing mo­bil­ity con­cepts. It has joined hands

with Aachen-based e.GO Mo­bile AG and in­tro­duced e.GO Mover, a peo­ple and cargo mover, pri­mar­ily for ur­ban mo­bil­ity needs of the fu­ture. In the joint ven­ture com­pany e.GO Moove GmbH, ZF will sup­ply to this ve­hi­cle its tech­nolo­gies like elec­tric drive sys­tems, steer­ing sys­tems and brakes as well as ZF’s ProAI cen­tral com­puter (us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence) and sen­sors which en­able au­to­mated driv­ing. The com­pany also an­nounced that the se­ries pro­duc­tion will be­gin in Aachen, Ger­many, next year. To be­gin with, the ve­hi­cle will be man­u­aldriven with some level of au­tonomous tech­nol­ogy.

“In an in­creas­ingly com­plex tech­nol­ogy en­vi­ron­ment, com­pa­nies that can quickly of­fer per­fectly har­monised sub­sys­tems or com­plete sys­tems so­lu­tions have a dis­tinct ad­van­tage. This is how we have aligned our com­pany’s strat­egy,” WolfHen­ning Schei­der, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, said. “ZF’s strate­gic fo­cus is to be a sys­tems provider that shapes ‘Next Gen­er­a­tion Mo­bil­ity’. We want to pro­vide sys­tems so­lu­tions which can ad­dress all po­ten­tial re­quire­ments when it comes to the mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture,” he said.

With its broad port­fo­lio of prod­ucts and com­pe­ten­cies, ZF is ac­tive in the rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy fields. By mas­ter­ing the in­te­gra­tion of sen­sors, con­trol units and ve­hi­cle mo­tion con­trol, ZF has gained a strong mar­ket po­si­tion. The com­pany is fo­cus­ing on 4 fields: au­to­mated driv­ing, elec­tric drives, in­te­grated safety sys­tems and ve­hi­cle mo­tion con­trol to make the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as com­fort­able and pleas­ant as pos­si­ble for oc­cu­pants. In ad­di­tion, ZF has set up its In­ter­net of Things (IoT) Cloud to en­able ex­ten­sive net­work­ing be­tween sys­tems. ZF will be ac­tive glob­ally and across all ap­pli­ca­tions in pas­sen­ger cars, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, offhigh­way ve­hi­cles and in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy.

In­dia fo­cus

ZF is keenly fol­low­ing the de­vel­op­ments in the In­dian econ­omy and its fast-evolv­ing au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. In­dia will make airbags manda­tory for all pas­sen­ger cars from Oc­to­ber 2019, and will move to BS VI emis­sion norms from April 2020. Plans are un­der way to re­place a large fleet of ve­hi­cles that are older than 20 years from the roads with the new ones. Due to new dafety reg­u­la­tion, ZF feels that the de­mand for seat belts and airbag will be in up­swing. There­fore the com­pany is in dis­cus­sion with the OEMs and is plan­ning to en­hance its ca­pac­ity for airbags and seat­belts. The pow­er­train sup­plier also feels that, from 2020 there will be big de­mand for au­to­matic trans­mis­sion sys­tems for trucks after the im­ple­men­ta­tion of BS VI.

“In­dia will be shift­ing to BS VI emis­sion norms in 2020. Due to higher emis­sion norms, higher ef­fi­ciency is needed on the driv­e­lines. We hope that this will help the mar­ket up­grade from man­ual trans­mis­sion sys­tems to the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion sys­tems. We are try­ing to be ready for that. We have ma­jor plans on how to grow in In­dia and in China. In China, we have built up an engi­neer­ing cen­tre in Shang­hai. China is a ma­jor truck mar­ket and, there­fore, we started work­ing on a JV with Fo­ton. In In­dia, our fo­cus is on the Pune fa­cil­ity, which has enough area for fu­ture ex­pan­sion. Also, our seat­belt and airbag busi­ness is very im­por­tant for us due to up­com­ing safety norms. We are hav­ing dis­cus­sions with our OEMs and plan to op­ti­mise costs through largescale man­u­fac­tur­ing,” Wil­helm Rehm, Head Cor­po­rate Ma­te­ri­als Man­age­ment, Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy and Mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment at ZF Friedrichshafen AG said.

Ear­lier this year, ZF In­dia achieved cu­mu­la­tive ex­ports of parts worth 100 mil­lion eu­ros (Rs 802 crore). The com­pany has dou­bled its tar­get to 200 mil­lion

eu­ros. For this, the com­pany plans to have a se­cured sup­ply chain from In­dia and have in­stalled a pur­chas­ing hub with peo­ple lo­cated in Hy­der­abad, Pune and in Coim­bat­ore. Rehm said, “We have aligned this pur­chas­ing hub di­rectly to Europe, and we are hav­ing a lot of dis­cus­sions with our In­dian sup­pli­ers. For us, In­dia is a very im­por­tant mar­ket. In many cases, we have de­liv­ered parts from In­dia to the US, Ger­many and to other lo­ca­tions as well.”

En­hanc­ing lo­cal­i­sa­tion

About the plans for ZF In­dia, Fredrik Staedtler, Ex­ec­u­tive VicePres­i­dent, Head of Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion at ZF said, “It is very en­cour­ag­ing to see the de­vel­op­ments that are hap­pen­ing in the In­dian mar­ket. In In­dia, we will fo­cus more on the six-speed and nine-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion sys­tems. We will work with the sup­ply base to in­crease our pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties. This will be the first step where we will see the au­to­ma­tion of the trans­mis­sion sys­tems. We have plans to lo­calise our chas­sis com­po­nents like shock ab­sorbers. Var­i­ous as­pects of chas­sis and driv­e­train will be lo­calised in our Pune plant.”

In In­dia, ZF is present with 2 fully-owned sub­sidiaries - ZF In­dia (Pune) and ZF Wind Power (Coim­bat­ore) and has 5 joint ven­tures; ZF Hero Chas­sis Sys­tem, Rane TRW Steer­ing Sys­tems, Somic ZF Com­po­nents, TRW Sun Steer­ing Wheels and Brakes In­dia. It also has its Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad, which works for both lo­cal and global projects.

ZF is a global leader in driv­e­line and chas­sis tech­nol­ogy as well as ac­tive and pas­sive safety tech­nol­ogy. It has a global work­force of 146,000 in about 230 lo­ca­tions in 40 coun­tries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of Euro 36.4 bil­lion. ZF is one of the largest au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers world­wide. ZF al­lows ve­hi­cles to see, think and act. The com­pany in­vests more than 6% of its sales in re­search and devel­op­ment an­nu­ally – mainly for the devel­op­ment of ef­fi­cient and elec­tric driv­e­lines and for a world with­out ac­ci­dents. With its broad port­fo­lio, ZF is ad­vanc­ing mo­bil­ity and ser­vices in the au­to­mo­bile, truck and in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy sec­tors.

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