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Punch Powertrain on a rapid growth track

19 September 2017

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s achieved average annual growth of around 50% and has plans to take its capacity from 1.2 million units at the end of this year to over 3 million units by 2020. It’s headquartered at Sint-Truiden in Belgium and is a major supplier of CVTs to Chinese domestic OEMs from its manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. 


New engines and other changes for 2018MY Jaguars

18 May 2017

When the Jaguar PRs said some of their cars at a regional driving day for UK media were factory-fresh, they were not kidding - several, with the new, in-house made Ingenium petrol engines, had come off the Castle Bromwich assembly line only a day before the event.


The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.


January 2016, management briefing (Part 2)

26 January 2016

The second part of this month’s briefing reviews just some of the supplier autonomous driving innovations that caught our eye in the consumer electronics show (CES) and Detroit auto show this month. While they may not be household names, the likes of Autoliv, Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Magna, Valeo, Visteon and ZF TRW will heavily influence how your autonomous car will perform. Here, the tech talk is on sensor fusion (critical for self-driving cars), connectivity and vehicle-to-everything. In the meantime, semi-autonomous technologies are becoming more affordable thereby paving the way for mass-vehicle market growth.

Latest interviews


ZF’s vision of steering systems in AVs

21 May 2018

Although autonomous vehicles (AVs) are on the horizon, steering wheels will be fitted as standard to new cars for a while yet. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Thilo Bitzer, Senior Vice President, Steering Engineering, ZF Active and Passive Safety Division, about steering systems for AVs as well as active front steering and dual-pinion electric power steering systems.


ZF ramps up R&D spend on AD technologies

14 February 2018

ZF recently presented its next steps on the road to autonomous driving. Its supercomputer, ProAI, acts as a central control unit within a test vehicle and with this ZF is taking a modular approach to the development of automated driving functions. The goal is a system architecture that can be applied to any vehicle and tailored according to the application, available hardware and desired level of automation. To find out more, we spoke to Torsten Gollewski, Head of Advanced Engineering at ZF and Managing Director of the ZF venture capital company, Zukunft Ventures GmbH.


LiDAR Q&A with Velodyne

14 January 2018

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted with John Eggert, director, automotive sales and marketing, at Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. of San Jose, CA. Velodyne is one of the leading developers and manufacturers of LiDAR sensors and its PUCK sensors have been deployed on numerous autonomous test vehicles. 


ZF, Nvidia use AI to develop self-driving cars

25 January 2017

ZF used the most recent CES to reveal a product called ProAI, designed to bring self-driving capabilities to cars and trucks. The safety supplier says its solution, based on Nvidia’s processing technology, will enter production next year ready to meet the automated requirements for Level 4. To find out more, we spoke to Dr Malgorzata Wiklinska, who is manager of advanced R&D at ZF Denkfabrik.

Latest news


ZF joins 'Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative'

2 May 2018

ZF has joined the recently established Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) as a founding member.


ZF to build e-mobility products plant in Serbia

12 April 2018

ZF’s E-Mobility division is expanding its production capacity for electromobility products by building a new facility in the Serbian city of Pancevo. The company is investing more than EUR100m (US$123.7m) in the project.


New ZF CEO hails Mahle for swift transition

23 March 2018

New ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider has praised his former company for smoothing the process of transition to become head of the Friedrichshafen supplier.


ZF urges no trade limitations post-Brexit - CEO

23 March 2018

ZF says it will back tariff-free trade with the UK as Britain prepares its initial exit from the European Union (EU) next year and definitively in 2021 after a so-called 'transition period.'


ZF readies for EV take-up of 30% by 2030 - CEO

22 March 2018

Newly-installed ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider says the supplier is positioning itself to address electromobility penetration of up to 40% by 2030 as the shift from conventional fuels gathers pace.


ZF appoints Wolf-Henning Scheider as new CEO

1 February 2018

ZF has appointed Wolf-Henning Scheider as new CEO, succeeding Stefan Sommer and latterly, Konstantin Sauer.


ZF debt repayment earns Moody's investment grade

17 January 2018

ZF says last year saw it make good progress in paying off debt and meeting sales and earnings targets, with the result credit ratings agency, Moody's classifying the supplier as "investment grade."


German strike niggle continues over pay, hours

16 January 2018

Workers at German firms including car makers and suppliers have been striking today to support a key union's demands for a pay hike and cuts to working hours.


ZF builds Poland camera plant creating 300 jobs

12 January 2018

ZF is expanding its footprint in Poland by building a new plant in Czestochowa to manufacture cameras for driver assist systems.


ZF and Baidu team for autonomous parking

9 January 2018

ZF and Baidu's cooperation to advance autonomous driving technology for the Chinese market has come to fruition with the first application developed using the ProAI supercomputer.


ZF CEO quits suddenly "by consensus"

8 December 2017

ZF CEO, Stefan Sommer has stepped down with immediate effect with no reason for the sudden rupture given by the German supplier.


ZF to add 80 UK jobs as camera demand booms

15 November 2017

ZF is ploughing EUR34m (US$40m) into its North East England camera plant in Peterlee as it ramps up new production lines and looks to add a further 80 jobs to the current 880-strong workforce.


just-auto Plus only Iveco presents new Stralis X-Way

30 October 2017

The Stralis X-Way is Iveco’s completely new range specifically developed for vocational and construction logistics missions, which provides the Perfect Crossing for on-road applications requiring off-road mobility. The Stralis X-Way delivers...


Deutsche Post to deploy 3,400 AD trucks in 2018

11 October 2017

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is planning to deploy a test fleet of autonomous drive (AD) delivery trucks - some 3,400 vehicles - starting in 2018. As part of the plans, ZF and NVIDIA will partner to supply key technologies.


Jaguar Land Rover updates Range Rover, adds PHEV

11 October 2017

Tata Motors' Jaguar Range Rover has updated its flagship Range Rover for 2018 with a redesigned cabin, some new technology and the addition of a new plug in electric petrol hybrid powertrain as recently announced for the Range Rover Sport.


ZF looks to add piece to puzzle with Baidu link

21 September 2017

ZF says its tie-up with Chinese internet company, Baidu provides another "piece in the puzzle" as it looks to extend its technological reach into nrew spheres.


ZF and Faurecia detail work on Cockpit 2025

20 September 2017

ZF and its partner Faurecia have unveiled the initial results of their collaboration, following the introduction of their new seat concept during IAA 2017.


Frankfurt - ZF new logo after TRW acquisition

14 September 2017

ZF says it has achieved integration with US supplier, TRW faster than anticipated as it moves to capitalise on the power of the combined component giant to address industry megatrends.


ZF signs BAIC JV for EV component production

14 September 2017

ZF has inked a joint venture with BHAP, a subsidiary of BAIC to produce components for electromobility in China.


ZF and Baidu agree strategic cooperation

12 September 2017

ZF Friedrichshafen and Chinese internet company Baidu have announced a new strategic cooperation. The two partners intend to collaborate in the areas of autonomous driving and telematics as well as mobility services to develop extensive technical solutions for autonomous driving in China.


just-auto Plus only ZF achieves 100m EPB production milestone

8 September 2017

ZF produced its 100 millionth Electric Park Brake (EPB) unit, the first company in the world to have reached this milestone. The inventor of the EPB motor-on-calliper brake, ZF’s EPB is the true embodiment of an intelligent mechanical system. EPB is...


ZF enters strategic research partnership

1 September 2017

ZF has entered into a 'pioneering strategic research partnership' to coincide with the opening of its Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley. Together with researchers from the renowned University of California, Berkeley, the company will in future harness the self-learning machines that are crucial to fully autonomous driving in the automotive field.


Luxshare to acquire ZF’s Global BCS business

31 August 2017

ZF is divesting its Global Body Control Systems Business Unit to Luxshare based in Hong Kong.


ZF launches column drive EPS on 2017 Jeep Compass

9 August 2017

ZF has launched its first column drive steering system in the US on the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass.


ZF posts H1 operating profit of EUR1.2bn

3 August 2017

ZF has recorded first-half adjusted operating profit of EUR1.2bn (US$1.4bn) with sales up 2.7% to EUR18.3bn.


BMW redesigns flagship Rolls-Royce

28 July 2017

BMW's Rolls-Royce has redesigned its flagship Phantom limousine for the first time since the first 'German' version was launched in 2003.


Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV

13 July 2017

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it.


ZF to push Vision Zero and identity in Frankfurt

27 June 2017

ZF says it will use the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to push its integration with TRW as well as the Vision Zero concept of no accidents and emissions elimination.


ZF teams with start-ups for agile market reaction

26 June 2017

ZF says its collaboration with many start-up companies will allow it to bring products more quickly to market as well as identify hitherto untapped areas of technology.


Jaguar delivers on 300PS petrol Ingenium promise

26 June 2017

As promised, Jaguar is introducing an yet powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol engine to its XE and XF saloons and F-Pace SUV models.

ZF news

ZF’s vision of steering systems in AVs

21 May 2018

Although autonomous vehicles (AVs) are on the horizon, steering wheels will be fitted as standard...


ZF joins 'Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative'

2 May 2018

ZF has joined the recently established Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) as a founding m...


ZF to build e-mobility products plant in Serbia

12 April 2018

ZF's E-Mobility division is expanding its production capacity for electromobility products by bui...


New ZF CEO hails Mahle for swift transition

23 March 2018

New ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider has praised his former company for smoothing the process of tra...


ZF urges no trade limitations post-Brexit - CEO

23 March 2018

ZF says it will back tariff-free trade with the UK as Britain prepares its initial exit from the...


ZF readies for EV take-up of 30% by 2030 - CEO

22 March 2018

Newly-installed ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider says the supplier is positioning itself to address...



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