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100 YEARS OF ZF
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
With a rich history, ZF has seized many
entrepreneurial opportunities over the past century
and developed into a world leading technology
company in driveline and chassis technology.
First registered in September 1915 as
Zahnradfabrik GmbH, ZF has grown to employ
72,000 people worldwide at 122 locations, with
special anniversary activities planned to include all
The company has evolved tremendously from its
origins on the shores of Lake Constance as a
specialist aviation supplier producing gears for
Zeppelins and other airships, before it diversified
into the automotive field, supplying gears to the
developing German car industry.
Current Day Worldwide Leader
ZF began to expand its international presence with
the construction of a Brazilian facility in 1958,
followed by the USA (1979) and China (1993),
while also using corporate acquisitions to further
grow the business.
In 1984 the company purchased the Lemforder
Group, granting it access to the chassis
components market and later chassis systems for
passenger cars and commercial vehicles, while the
2001 acquisition of Mannesmann Sachs AG saw
ZF's range expand once more.
Today, innovations are core to ZF's business, with
products such as the adaptive damping system
CDC (Continuous Damping Control), as well as
hybrid drive systems.
The current ZF portfolio includes driveline and
chassis technology products such as transmissions,
driveline and chassis components, as well as
complete axle systems and modules.
ZF technology is currently used in passenger cars,
commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural
machinery, rail vehicles, and marine applications.
The company also focuses on wind power
generation, as well as manufacturing electronic
Looking to the future, the ZF product range is
perfectly positioned to take advantage of new
trends, from fuel efficiency and reduction of CO2
emissions, lightweight design, electrification and
networking, to autonomous driving.
ZF Services Australia Celebrates Anniversary
Amongst ZF's plans to celebrate the anniversary
year, all employees worldwide are being
encouraged to share their own opinions on the
milestones via a special online portal.
In Australia, a Family Day will be held at ZF
Services Australia's Arndell Park headquarters on
August 22. The event will showcase ZF's
involvement in V8 Supercars in Australia, its
products and service offers, and staff family
members will be invited to take part in guided
Within Australia, all ZF products are fully supported by ZF
Services Australia, with further information available at
ZF's Board of Management is looking forward to the company's
anniversary year: (from left to right): Dr. Konstantin Sauer, Dr.
Stefan Sommer, Jrgen Holeksa, Michael Hankel, Wilhelm Rehm,
Rolf Lutz. Not in the photo: Dr. Franz Kleiner, Board Member
since January 2015.
While Australia set a new record for vehicle sales
in 2012 of 1.112 million, only 12.5 percent of
them were locally produced (source: - AAAA News
24 July 2013).
The switch to imported vehicles along with
advancing technology and globalisation is
changing the automotive industry landscape.
Bosch, one of the market leaders in the
automotive aftermarket, is experiencing a period
of major technical and regional change as these
According to Bosch Australia’s Automotive
Aftermarket Regional Director, Damion Newsome,
market players are becoming increasingly
demanding in terms of know-how, innovation,
international presence, and the willingness to
invest. Companies will need the flexibility to meet
these demands to survive in the years to come.
Last year, with the integration of the former SPX
Service Solutions, Bosch Automotive is expanding
and improving its diagnostics offer and it now
plays a vital role in the division’s growth strategy.
Last year Bosch integrated PBR braking to its
product offering, which now carries the suite of
braking products workshops need – from
hydraulics to friction, callipers to disc rotors and
To successfully meet the challenges of the future,
Bosch knows that understanding the customer is
important. Its dedicated automotive aftermarket
team is engaged with its business partners as well
as the needs of today’s motorists.
“In 2015 we will continue to grow and develop
the Bosch Car Service network in Australia and
New Zealand with our focus clearly set on
servicing the needs of the mobility user,” Mr
“Whether this is fleet provider vehicles or
independently owned vehicles, it is Bosch’s
commitment to develop a nationwide network
capable of servicing the needs of the end user.
“This growth is evident by the investment we’ve
made in Bosch Workshop Business Developers.
This team is specifically targeted to create a
connection between workshops and Bosch, as
well as to grow and develop the Bosch Car Service
network and is backed up by the concept
management team based in Melbourne.
“Bosch is not resting on its laurels – there are
challenges ahead but we will continue to drive
new business models to ensure we meet the
demands of the market in 2015 and beyond.”
For more information visit www.bosch.com.au
BOSCH AUSTRALIA’S AFTERMARKET FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
In a changing automotive landscape, Bosch is working to stay ahead of the curve to
ensure the best solutions for end users.
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