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The future of the automobile will be determined
by increases in efficiency and progressive
electrification of the drive train, as well as
changing patterns of mobility and associated
As an internationally renowned supplier and
development partner, Schaeffler understands
these challenges and presented products and
solutions for "Mobility for Tomorrow" at the Tokyo
Schaeffler Japan has a strong legacy of
collaboration with Japanese carmakers and the
company is making strategic investments locally
and in the Asia Pacific region to expand its
manufacturing footprint and research and
The paradigm shift in automotive engineering is
increasing the complexity and demands on both a
holistic and a systemic way of thinking.
Schaeffler's systems expertise covers every detail
and is based on a comprehensive product portfolio
that comprises precision components and systems
for engine, transmission, chassis, and e-mobility
Exhibits at the Schaeffler booth focused on
efficiency, electrification, and performance, even
as the company highlights ‘fun-to-drive’ models
such as the Formula E show car.
The main focus was, as ever, the increasing
worldwide demand on reducing CO2 emissions
and fuel consumption.
"Our collaboration projects with Japanese OEMs
have led to the development of some highly
innovative and successful technological solutions
for the automotive industry,” CEO Schaeffler Asia
Pacific, Andreas Schick said.
“We are looking forward to building on this
partnership and we are committed to further
enhance Schaeffler's localization footprint in the
Asia Pacific region to shape the mobility for
tomorrow together with our Japanese OEM
customers," Mr Schick said.
The centerpiece of the Schaeffler booth at Tokyo
Motor Show was the "glass car" – a scale model
peppered with approximately 40 Schaeffler
products and technological developments.
It featured impressive demonstrations of
Schaeffler's expertise in developing advanced
solutions to enhance fuel efficiency, driving
dynamics and comfort, while lowering harmful
The model also had a digital display explaining all
the featured product innovations, for example the
electromechanical active roll stabilization in 12V
and 48V versions.
Electrification and hybridisation solutions for
The third generation of high voltage electric axle
developed by Schaeffler was featured at the
The electric axle offers enhanced driving dynamics
for advanced and high-performance hybrid and
full electric vehicles.
Also featured was the P2 high-voltage hybrid
module from Schaeffler, a new solution for
electrification of the drivetrain which can be
matched to a large number of drive concepts on a
modular basis consisting of an automated
disconnect clutch and electric machine.
The new generation P2 hybrid module, with its
high versatility and wide torque range can be used
in both medium and very high performance
powertrain concepts and contributes considerably
to further reductions in fuel consumption.
Technology demonstrator – innovation
Aimed at the growing two-wheel vehicle market in
Southeast Asia, Schaeffler unveiled a technology
demonstration for an efficient, cost-effective
motorcycle for low to medium performance
classes at its booth in Tokyo Motor Show with
innovations for engines, transmissions and
Fun-to-drive with ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Another highlight at the Schaeffler booth was the
presence of FIA Formula-e-pilot Lucas di Grassi
as well as his racecar, the ABT-Schaeffler FE01.
The worldwide first race series for e-cars, the FIA
Formula-e -championship represents the most
dynamic form of electrical driving.
From the very beginning Schaeffler has been the
exclusive technology partner and has designed the
engine and transmission for the racecar.
“Formula e is an excellent opportunity to combine
the emotions of car racing with Schaeffler
technologies,” Managing Director of Schaeffler
Japan, Shinzo Yotsumoto said.
“This highly attractive race series brings emotions
to e-mobility and we can benefit in our automotive
For more information, visit www.schaeffler.com
MOBILITY FOR TOMORROW
Schaeffler at Tokyo Motor Show 2015
The Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission has decided not to clear the
proposed acquisition by GPC Asia Pacific
Pty Limited of the Covs Parts business
from Automotive Holdings Group Limited
GPC is a distributor and retailer of automotive
parts and accessories to trade and retail
customers in Australia and New Zealand,
through its Repco and Ashdown-Ingram brands.
In Western Australia, GPC owns 36 Repco stores
and eight Ashdown-Ingram branches. Covs Parts
operates a 25 branch network in Western
Australia and supplies a broad range of
automotive parts and accessories, primarily to
“Repco and Covs Parts are the two largest
generalist suppliers of automotive parts to trade
customers in Western Australia and are each
other’s closest competitor. The removal of Covs
Parts would likely result in a substantial
lessening of competition,” ACCC Chairman, Rod
GPC is proposing to acquire the company that
owns and operates Covs Parts stores across 16
locations in the greater metropolitan Perth
region, and in the regional towns of Albany,
Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Geraldton,
Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Mandurah and Port
“Trade customers such as mechanic workshops
have raised concerns that the proposed
acquisition would result in GPC acquiring its
closest competitor,” Mr Sims said.
“In particular, the ACCC has received market
feedback about the potential for the combined
GPC/Covs Parts business to raise the trade prices
of automotive parts.”
The ACCC made inquiries with a range of
interested parties, including trade customers,
specialist automotive parts suppliers,
dealerships and retail-focused automotive parts
suppliers in Perth and each of the regional
towns. Market inquiries indicated that trade
customers are heavily reliant on GPC and Covs
Parts for their supply of automotive parts,
particularly in regional towns, with limited other
The ACCC intends to issue a public competition
assessment in due course.
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