2021 India Press Releases

ZF Doubles Down on India with Renewed Vigor

Pune, 29th June, 2021: ZF, a leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety, is doubling down its focus in India through a significant investment of around 200-million-Euro and strategic consolidation of its business domains with renewed impetus to drive growth over the next decade.

ZF India extends support to cover COVID 19 vaccination costs for all employees and support staff

Pune, 13th April 2021: ZF, a leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, has announced that it will cover the cost of COVID 19 vaccinations for all its on-roll employees in India and their dependents including parents. With this initiative, ZF India will also support contract workers and support staff.

2020 India Press Releases

ZF Opens State-of-the-Art Digital Solutions Center Underlining its Commitment to Mobilize Commercial Vehicle Intelligence

Bengaluru, India. ZF today inaugurated its state-of-the-art Digital Solutions Center in Bengaluru, reinforcing the Group’s commitment to India. Further advancing ZF’s Next Generation Mobility vision, the investment is another validation of India’s importance as a digital solutions hub within the global automotive industry.

2019 India Press Releases

Rane TRW Steering Systems Opens New Facility at Trichy, Tamil Nadu for Occupant Safety Products


  • Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture of Rane Group with the German ZF Group, opens new facility for occupant safety products at Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu.

About Rane Group:

Headquartered in Chennai, India, Rane Group is engaged primarily in manufacturing auto components for well over five decades. Rane Group is a preferred supplier to major OEMs in India and abroad. Through its group companies, it manufactures Steering and Suspension systems, Friction materials, Valve train components, Occupant safety systems, Die-casting products and provides Connected mobility solutions. Its products serve a variety of industry segments including Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Farm Tractors, Two-wheelers, Three-wheelers, Railways and stationery Engines.

Chennai, India, 12 February 2019: The facility is strategically located in Trichy-Chennai national highway, 40 kms from Trichy and 300 kms from Chennai. The new facility will address the expected market demand and add capacity to localize laser cutting of fabrics and airbag cushion manufacturing for captive and exports.

The company has invested around Rs. 400 million in the new facility. Initial capacity will be around 0.50 million modules per annum of Airbags and 1 million units per annum of Seat Belt assemblies. Further, this would be ramped up to 1 million modules per annum of Airbags and 2 million units of Seatbelt assemblies in next two years, with an additional investment of around Rs 250 to 300 million. These investments are aligned with the goal to bring best-in-class technology to help customers to offer products with enhanced safety.

Commenting on the new facility, Mr. Harish Lakshman, Vice Chairman, Rane Group & Managing Director, Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd., said: “This new state-of-the-art facility will help us to address increasing demand for occupant safety products and enable us to further localize the airbag cushion manufacturing process. In this milestone of Occupant Safety Division, I would like to thank our customers and partner ZF for their support in this growth journey.”

Pointing out the strategic significance, Dr. Michael Büchsner, Executive Vice President, Passive Safety Systems Division, ZF Group, added: “The Indian market is increasingly important for ZF Group and particularly for our Passive Safety Systems Division. Our joint activities with Rane are appreciated by local OEMs and support our competitiveness for global customers and platforms. The opening of the joint bag sewing plant in Trichy is the next logical step to further increase our vertical integration and thereby our customer service. That is only possible thanks to the continuous support by our JV partner Rane.”

Adding on the importance for the Indian market, Suresh KV, Head of ZF India Pvt. Ltd., states: “Safety is becoming a key driver for tomorrow’s mobility. With this investment both of the joint venture partners firmly support the target to significantly reduce the number of total road fatalities. Bringing key safety technology to the Indian market underlines the growing importance of this region for the automotive world.”

Groundbreaking for ZF Pune Plant Extension


  • More chassis modules, truck & van driveline as well as powertrain modules for passenger cars will be produced at the extended plant from 2020 onwards.

India, 05 February 2019: Only four years after its inauguration in 2015, business at ZF Group regional headquarter in Chakan, Pune is growing and requires a next extension step. The current facility with its 16,770 sqm built-up space is fully utilized with today’s Commercial Vehicle, Car Powertrain and Aftermarket business.

By year-end a new production complex with 4,000 sqm will be completed and offers additional space to accommodate further production and warehousing activities.

“This investment is a strong signal for the region and the commitment to grow business in the region”, states Dr. Holger Klein, Member of Board of Management, ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “India is an important growth market for ZF and therefore we are expanding our presence here”.

“I am proud of the hard work of our employees, which lead ZF on a positive growth path in the Indian market. With this investment into new building infrastructure we assure that we will also be able to fulfil growing customer demands in future”, said Mr. Suresh KV, Head of ZF India Pvt. Ltd.

Groundbreaking with Dr. Holger Klein, Member of Board of Management, ZF Friedrichshafen AG (4th from left), Daniel Schubert, CFO and Legal Council, ZF Asia-Pacific (left), Suresh KV, Head of ZF India Pvt. Ltd. (3rd from left) and ZF India Management team.

2018 India Press Releases

ZF Expands Commercial Vehicle Product Portfolio in India; Inaugurates New Shock Absorber Production Line


  • Installed capacity of 0.7 million shock absorbers to be in full production by end of 2019
  • ZF India to make complete range of shock absorbers including cabin & axle shocks for commercial vehicles –trucks, buses and railways

Pune, 29 October 2018: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, continues its growth and expansion in the region by announcing the start of its new shock absorber production line in India. The new production line will be part of ZF’s regional headquarters based in Chakan, Pune, with an annual installed manufacturing capacity of 0.7 million units. It plans to increase the capacity to three million units in the coming three to four years.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Suresh KV, president of ZF India, said: “With the dynamic business environment of the country and initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ZF is focusing on significantly expanding its manufacturing capabilities in the country. With our wide array of products for commercial vehicles, we are already actively shaping the three megatrends in the Indian auto industry: Safety, Efficiency and E-mobility.”

The completely localized production line will manufacture a comprehensive range of shock absorbers for commercial vehicles and industrial applications like trucks, buses and includes cabin and axle shock absorbers. The production line will be established in the existing multi-product facility and will offer operational synergies with the current set-up - helping the company to optimally utilize its resources.

Furthermore, manufacturing processes used in different global plant locations will be followed at this new production line. Mr. Fredrik Staedtler, global head of ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Business, said: “The rapid development of India’s infrastructure, implementation of new norms for emissions and new vehicle loads, as well as the electrification of vehicles and scrappage policy, are all set to trigger a demand for the upgrade of commercial vehicles. As a systems solutions provider, ZF is well positioned to play a significant role in the growth of the Indian commercial vehicle sector as OEMs seek to introduce the latest technologies to their CV portfolio. For example, our 9speed transmission technology for commercial vehicles is already BS-VI compliant.”

ZF has an extensive range of products for commercial vehicles in India. ZF offers transmissions, axles, chassis components & steering systems for commercial vehicles in the Indian market. The company makes Steering systems with JV partner Rane TRW Steering Systems Limited and Anti-lock Braking (ABS) technology with JV partner Brakes India Private Limited.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new CV Shock absorber production line. From LtoR Mr.Suresh KV, President ZF India Pvt.Ltd.,Mr.Tom Flack,President and Chief Purchasing Office,Tata Motors Ltd.,Mr.Staedler,Head of Division, CV Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

ZF targets 360-degree safety approach in India


  • ZF has a strong local manufacturing presence in the Indian market with occupant safety and braking systems
  • ZF participates in the ‘Stop the Crash’ event in Delhi to promote safety technologies
  • Promotes awareness of road safety with ZF Safety Bunny

Delhi, 28 September 2018: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, is uniquely positioned to support its customers’ new safety requirements that will be introduced soon in India. The company has significantly widened its safety systems portfolio in India and has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in the country to cater to the rising needs of its customers.

The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) will soon come into play. As part of BNVSAP’s new safety regulations, it will be mandatory for all new cars sold in India to be fitted with airbags and ABS as a standard. It will also mandate the fitment of reverse parking sensors, seat belt indicators and a speed alert system as standard equipment in all new cars. The new regulations are expected to come into force from April 2019 and all new cars sold in India will have to meet them.

These regulations have encouraged many automakers to expand their footprint and manufacturing bases in India. With a broad product portfolio of safety systems and solutions – already localized in the Indian market - ZF is optimally positioned to help OEM meet new safety requirements.

Suresh KV, president of ZF India, commented: “ZF has localized a number of key safety technologies in the Indian market including seat belt and airbag systems (through its JV partner Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd.), as well as advanced braking systems including its Electric Park Brake (EPB) and Anti-lock Braking (ABS) technology with JV partner Brakes India. These locally manufactured safety components will play an increasingly important role in helping to enhance the overall safety of the driver and the vehicle”.

ZF participates in the 'Stop the Crash' event

As a part of its endeavor to continue providing world class safety systems solutions, ZF is participating in the Indian ‘Stop the Crash’ event taking place today in the ramp up for the Global NCAP World Congress in Delhi, India. During the congress, worldwide New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAPs) are gathering to discuss independent consumer vehicle safety ratings and assess the contribution that safer vehicles can make to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Stop the Crash is a multi-stakeholder partnership campaigning for life saving crash avoidance technologies in support of the UN Global Goals. It aims to demonstrate the benefits of key safety technologies and promote increased market adoption. ZF supports this cause globally. The event in Delhi will highlight among others Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).These technologies are an important step when it comes to safety systems which will help OEMs meet regulatory requirements.

Suresh KV continued: “ESC is a proven safety technology that has been mandated across a number of global markets. It also provides a building block on which a number of integrated safety systems are based. Studies have shown that ESC can lead to substantial reductions in crashes, deaths and serious injuries.”

“ZF is today a worldwide leader in ESC, having launched its first generation in 2002. It now has development and manufacturing capabilities in all major global regions with plans to localize in India”, he added.

As a part of its commitment to safety, ZF India recently kicked off its ‘Safety Bunny’ campaign which aims to educate 10,000 plus children between 5-10 years old about the fundamentals of road safety. The Safety Bunny initiative aims to raise children’s awareness of the dangers that road traffic presents and to teach them basic practices such as how to safely cross the road or to always buckle their seat belts. This is accomplished through courses teaching the basics of road safety with interactive quizzes and learning games.

All of ZF’s initiatives are directed towards achieving ‘Vision Zero’, a world with Zero Accidents & Zero Emissions.

Mascots of the Safety Bunny Campaign

ZF Automated Driver Assist; ZF Electronic Stability Control Technology.

ZF Group showcases advanced technology solutions for the Indian market at FISITA 2018


  • Exhibits latest technologies in the areas of autonomous driving, advanced safety and efficiency at FISITA 2018
  • ZF offers a ride experience in a demo vehicle equipped with advanced chassis technology solution mSTARS (modular Semi-Trailing Arm Rear Suspension)
  • Dr. Holger Klein, the newly appointed member of the Board of Management, reaffirms ZF’s focus on the Indian region

ZF Demo Car at FISITA India 2018.

ZF to highlight leading technology portfolio and strategy for India at FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018


  • ZF will exhibit products from its diverse portfolio in line with its claim “see. think. act.”
  • The company highlight expansion plans for India
  • ZF protocar equipped with mSTARS technology will be showcased at the drive area

ZF, a leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, will be participating in the FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018.

The FISITA World Automotive Congress is taking place for the first time in India in Chennai from 2nd - 5th October 2018. This year, the theme is ‘Disruptive Technologies for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility’ and ZF will focus on technological innovations in these areas and in line with its claim “see. think. act.”. For example, ZF will be showcasing a protocar equipped with the latest mSTARS technology - a one of a kind axle concept that offers multifaceted applications in the most diverse vehicle segments. The visitors can experience the technology live in the drive area.

Furthermore, ZF will be exhibiting its latest technologies in the areas of autonomous driving and advanced safety such as the ZF ProAI, seat belts, airbags for curtain knee airbags and side applications as well as the company’s Automatic Manual Transmission, EVD2, clutch cover XTend, clutch by wire, ADAS (Autonomous Driving and Assisted driving system) technology can be experienced through VR glasses at ZF’ s booth.

In India, ZF has a strong local mechanical engineering team that supports product development and application engineering for both the automotive and non-automotive customers. Additionally, ZF recently set-up a technology center in Hyderabad which focuses on developing innovative electronics and software solutions. At FISITA, ZF will also highlight its ongoing expansion plans in India.

Mr. Suresh KV, Country Head, ZF India, said: ” FISITA 2018 will be an important platform for highlighting our innovative technologies suitable for the dynamic Indian automotive market and customers’ requirements. The changing policy landscape in India has opened up a plethora of opportunities and at ZF, we are optimally placed to help support our customers and the industry in meeting new standards.”

ZF’ s booth will be number 4020 at the Chennai Trade Centre.

Products on display

ZF launches Child Road Safety Campaign in Indian Market


  • 'Safety Bunny' Campaign aims to improve road safety awareness with children aged between 5 and10 years
  • The initiative will be conducted in schools across Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Coimbatore

India, 21 August 2018: ZF, a leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, today announced the launch of a child road safety campaign in India. The campaign uses a ‘safety bunny’ to educate children between 5-10 years about the basics of road safety. The initiative will initially address more than 10,000 students across Pune, Chennai, Gurgaon and Coimbatore.

Suresh KV, president for ZF in India said: “In India, there are more than 150,000 fatalities per year, accounting for 11 percent of all road deaths worldwide. Around 43 children die in road accidents in India every day, and an alarming 75 per cent of passenger vehicle users (driver, co-driver and rear) in India do not wear seat belts leading to an additional 15 deaths every day. As a leader in safety technology, road safety is our priority and we see a responsibility to educate society on how to be safe road users. This is the goal of our ‘Safety Bunny’ campaign - to educate drivers of tomorrow and help them to understand the principles of road safety from a young age. The bunny is the campaign’s ambassador – making learning fun and interesting as it focuses on the needs of being vigilant and cautious on the roads.”

With the campaign, ZF employees will conduct educational sessions highlighting key aspects of road safety such as the importance of wearing seat belts, how to cross the road safely, correct in vehicle behaviour & importance of following traffic rules. All these learnings will be delivered through quizzes, fun games and roleplay.

Mascots of the Safety Bunny Campaign

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