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ZF accelerates commitment to the Chinese market
With several additional plants and the extension of its development capacities, ZF is stepping up its activities in China.
ZF is now expanding this presence in order to enable development and manufacture of the complete product portfolio in China to support the local market in full. ZF already offers customers in China 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'," says ZF Board Member Dr. Holger Klein, responsible for the Asia-Pacific region with China as its core market, in a press release. "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." "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,” Klein continues. To this end, ZF is investing significantly in the expansion of its production capacities and on-site development in China. The company will introduce production of its 8-speed 8HP automatic transmission to the Shanghai plant, where automatic transmissions have been produced since 2004. 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 there. In the future, ZF will strive to produce purely electric drives in China; production facilities for this are currently under way. 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 via a joint venture with commercial vehicle manufacturer Foton. Production of the TraXon automatic and hybrid commercial vehicle transmission are set to start in just a few weeks. To support this, a joint production plant has been built south of Shanghai The company says that the number of employees, currently around 15,000 in China, will grow significantly in the coming months.