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The ZF Company

The ZF Company

Details on ZF boards, financial figures, sustainability and our principles.

Company Profile

ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility. ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act.

The company has a global workforce of 153,500 with 271 locations in 42 countries. In 2020, ZF achieved sales of €32.6 billion. Founded in 1915, ZF has evolved from a supplier specializing in aviation technology to a global mobility technology company. With the acquisition of WABCO, the company significantly increased its competence, especially in the technology field for heavy commercial vehicles, buses and trailers. Last year, ZF spent more than seven percent of its sales on research and development.

With its innovative portfolio, ZF is focusing on the “Next Generation Mobility” for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial applications. Group shareholders include the Zeppelin Foundation, administered by the City of Friedrichshafen, holding 93.8 percent of shares, and the Dr. Jürgen and Irmgard Ulderup Foundation, Lemförde, with 6.2 percent.

Annual Report

ZF Annual Report 2020

We are publishing an online version of our annual report. Check it out to learn more about ZF’s strategic developments, or download the PDF.

Board of Management

Board of Management

The Board of Management of ZF consists of seven members.

Next Generation Mobility

The ZF Corporate Strategy

Megatrends, like digitalization, are changing the mobility industry faster than expected. As a technology company, this requires us to develop new products faster and work together more efficiently. To make this successful, we have developed our "Next Generation Mobility" strategy: the basis for all business decisions.

It also defines our goal:

A clean and safe mobility. Automated, convenient and affordable. For everyone, everywhere.

We are active in four technology fields: Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Electric Mobility and Automated Driving.

Digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT) enable us to use our technologies not only in all mobility applications, but also in industrial technology.

Short Video Portrait of ZF

Get to know the mobility specialist ZF in just under four minutes. In an informative film, you will learn what is behind our corporate strategy "Next Generation Mobility". We briefly introduce you to ZF’s four technology domains in which the company is active: automated driving, electric mobility, vehicle motion control, and integrated safety.

Corporate Structure

ZF Group is structured into nine divisions and other companies. You can get a detailed overview of sales, structures and locations here.

The new Division

WABCO is now part of ZF Friedrichshafen AG as the “Commercial Vehicle Control Systems” Division. WABCO’s website is not yet combined with that of ZF.

Corporate Governance

Learn more about our corporate culture and how it is embodied in our daily work.

Investor Relations

ZF intends to continue on its growth path in the years ahead.

Research and Development

Permanent research and development are an investment in the future. It is the only way to achieve innovation and high technical performance for machines with high user benefits.


The topic of sustainability is an integral element of ZF's corporate culture. Learn more about how sustainability is embedded in different areas at ZF.


Proximity to international customers is of great significance to the ZF Group. ZF will therefore continue to consistently expand its global market presence.


What has changed at ZF since it was founded in 1915? What values still exist today?

Current publications

Annual Report 2020

In the Annual Report, you will find important data and facts from the 2020 fiscal year.

Sustainability Report 2020

What does sustainability mean for ZF? The Sustainability Report provides the answer to this question.