Spotlight on ZF Friedrichshafen AG
ZF is an innovative company that invests into the future by creating series ready products based on results generated by its own research and development. Thanks to ZF technology, individual mobility and driving pleasure can be combined with reduced fuel consumption, preservation of resources, as well as additional safety and comfort.
ZF offers mobility technologies in line with market requirements around the globe, and combines these where necessary with engineering and industrialization know-how locally. As one of the ten largest automotive suppliers worldwide, ZF develops and produces driveline, chassis, and steering technology as well as electronic systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and offroad machinery. ZF is also an important transmission specialist for special and rail vehicles, marine craft, and helicopters. ZF is setting the pace for the future, too – with electrified drivelines and automotive lightweight construction. In 2012, the technology company achieved a sales figure of EUR 17.4 billion with about 75 000 employees and 121 production companies in 26 countries.
High technology at the heart of developing successful vehicles.
Whether for energy efficiency, safety, reliability, driving dynamics and comfort, or simply being economical to purchase and operate, the standards for all ZF development activities are set by the benefits to our customers – vehicle manufacturers and users. Technology leadership is our claim. ZF products set standards in driveline and chassis technology. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about five percent of its sales in research and development.
Attractive opportunities for highly qualified workers.
Highly motivated and qualified employees have every possibility at ZF to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. The basis therefore consists of the most modern development tools available, extensive technical exchanges in a company that operates around the world, and a management style that requires a high degree of self-responsibility.
There are about 7 500 employees working in ZF Research and Development worldwide. The bases for cooperation among locations are the common standards for data exchange, coordinated training, and central support to accompany processes. The major ZF Engineering Centers are located in Friedrichshafen, Dielingen, Passau, Schweinfurt, Schwäbisch Gmünd as well as in Northville, Michigan, USA, Pilsen, Czech Republic and Shanghai, China.