Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Auto Parts are adding steering systems and associated activities to their co-operation.

The joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng was established in 2015 and focused on the production of air brake products.

Based on their original collaboration in the field of braking systems for commercial vehicles, the parties are now expanding their cooperation to include steering systems. They are also increasing their investment and cooperation in research and development in the field of automated driving.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with Knorr-Bremse in recent years,” said Dongfeng CEO and Dongfeng Auto Parts GM, Chen Xinglin.

“We are serving customers who are steadily demanding an operating ecosystem that works efficiently through better integration and simplified operation.”

For his part, Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems division executive board member, Peter Laier added: “The joint venture continued its excellent performance throughout the past years.

“In close cooperation with Dongfeng, we have developed products and solutions more closely adapted to the specific requirements of the Chinese market. By including steering systems in the joint venture, we are taking another important step in order to become a market player in the Chinese commercial vehicle steering systems market.

“At the same time, the combination of braking and steering systems will build the basis for us to become a system supplier for driver assistance systems (DAS) and highly automated driving (HAD). This will help to improve the road safety of China’s commercial vehicles.”