Research & Development

Innovating our way to Success

Whether in driving comfort, safety and reliability, or in procurement and operation: ZF products set standards for driveline and chassis technology. To ensure its continued success through innovative solutions, ZF sets aside around 5 percent of its annual sales for research and development. A story that began in 1916 with simple experiments has today become a global R&D network.

Systematic innovation

The continual development of new technology is of crucial importance to ZF. Manufacturers expect innovative products to set their vehicles apart from the competition. Functionalities for better driving dynamics, comfort and safety – as well as fewer individual components and assemblies – are increasingly in demand. ZF research and development meets these challenges with its extensive expertise and clear understanding of the dynamic relationships in the whole vehicle. To secure its product strategy, ZF has introduced an integrated management process that systematically analyzes and evaluates the market, customer, product, technology and production for all innovations.

Global network

Thousands of engineers and technicians work in research and development worldwide. Here divisions and business units focus on market and product expertise to develop cutting-edge products according to customer needs. Corporate Research and Development (R&D) undertakes basic and theoretical research while supporting the operational development teams in the business units. Decentralized product development at the business unit level occurs in Saarbrücken, Schweinfurt, Passau and Dielingen, Germany, as well as at ZF Lenksysteme in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, and ZF North America Technical Center near Detroit. The central R&D department in Friedrichshafen coordinates the activities of ZF Engineering Pilsen and ZF Japan Engineering. The development center in Shanghai, China, is also integrated.

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