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ZF Aftermarket sets the pace for tomorrow’s mobility

To ensure that vehicles move efficiently, safely, dynamically and reliably, ZF products are the first choice in driveline, chassis and safety systems – for passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. With its guiding principle “see. think. act., ZF has secured a strong global position by mastering the interaction of sensors, control units and vehicle motion control. The Aftermarket Division of the leading automotive supplier is heavily involved in developing tomorrow’s mobility and from this derives the appropriate agenda for the future of the aftermarket.

Helmut Ernst, head of the ZF Aftermarket Division, explains how the opportunities offered by digitalization can be realized: “On one hand, it requires a readiness to question familiar business models, identify the potential of vehicle and user data, derive attractive business opportunities and implement them. On the other hand, market participants have to align even more strongly with customer expectations by offering more individualized mobility services. Here, comprehensive understanding of the systems and technical know-how remains the most important foundation.”

With tailor-made solutions for the aftersales market and with its established product brands ZF, Lemförder, Sachs and TRW, ZF Aftermarket is well-positioned. At Automechanika, Frankfurt, a particular product highlight will be Electric Blue, the new range of TRW branded brake pads for electric vehicles. These drastically reduce both interior noises and particulate emissions when braking.

“We will see an increase in electrically powered vehicles and transportation systems that are highly automated or even driving autonomously, especially in urban environments. By 2030, ZF expects around 30 percent of global automotive production to be focussed on all-electric or hybrid electric vehicles,” emphasizes Markus Wittig, head of the Independent Aftermarket Business Unit (IAM). “As a manufacturer of the accompanying products in OE quality, we have first-hand knowledge. We therefore designed a high-voltage (HV) training concept at an early stage, which has become a bestseller in our comprehensive training program portfolio.”