ZF Friedrichshafen

ZF Friedrichshafen

company_name = ZF Friedrichshafen AG
"Innovationen, die sich rechnen - Innovations of Great Value
company_type = Private company:
Aktiengesellschaft (AG)
foundation = 20 August 1915
location_city = flagicon|GER Friedrichshafen
location_country = Germany
revenue = 12.6 Billion Euros (2007) (US$ 18.9 Billion)
num_employees = 60,000 (April, 2008) [ [http://www.zf.com/content/media/konzern/unternehmen/daten_und_fakten2007/ZF_AeB_08_D_E_3408.pdf ZF Group At A Glance] ]
key_people = Hans-Georg Härter (CEO)
industry = Automotive
products = Automotive
homepage = [http://www.zf.com/ ZF.com]

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a leading worldwide supplier of driveline and chassis technology. With 119 production locations in 26 countries, ZF provides components and systems to the automotive, commercial vehicle, off-highway/construction, marine, rail, and aviation industries, as well for industrial applications.


The company was founded as Zahnradfabrik (gearwheel manufacture) in 1915 in Friedrichshafen, Germany to produce gears for zeppelins and other airships but moved into the automobile market by 1918.

In the 1960s, the company began supplying transmissions to the major German automakers, including DKW and BMW, as well as Peugeot and Alfa Romeo. A popular automatic transmission (the 3 HP 20) was introduced in 1969 which was designed to be an easy swap with the company's manual transmissions. Worldwide subsidiaries and factories were opened in the 1970s, and the company moved into India, South Korea, and became a major supplier to Ford in the 1980s. The company expanded into China in the 1990s.

In 2001, ZF introduced the world's first six-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars in the BMW 7 Series. Today, ZF produces around 1 million six-speed automatic transmissions annually.

The company has six worldwide research and development (R&D) sites to provide product development related to the local markets. The company invests approximately 5 percent of sales revenue in R&D annually.


ZF products include automatic and manual transmissions for cars, trucks, buses and construction equipment; chassis components (ball joints, tie rods, cross-axis joints, stabilizer bars, control arms); shocks and struts; electronic damping systems including Continuous Damping Control (CDC), Active Roll Stabilization (ARS); clutches; torque converters; axle drives; and industrial drives.

Through the ZF Lenksysteme Division (a 50-50 joint venture between ZF and Bosch), steering components and systems are produced, including steering columns, gears and pumps; Electric Power Steering (EPS); and Active Steering.

With the rise in popularity of the semi-automatic transmission in trucks and buses, ZF introduced the ZF-AS Tronic. The company also manufactures manual and automatic truck and bus transmissions. ZF transmissions are the ones used most commonly in buses.Fact|date=August 2008 The Ecomat automatic transmission range which was introduced in 1980, is frequently used in buses.

ZF Lemförder, ZF Sachs, and Boge are all divisions/business units of ZF specializing in original equipment and aftermarket solutions for the automotive industry.

Overseas facilities

* ZF has a re-manufacturing facility and customer support operation in Nottingham, England, to service OEMs like JCB, Terex, Jaguar and fleet users with gearboxes and axles. [ [http://www.zf-group.co.uk/about.htm ZF UK website] ]
* ZF Group North American Operations is headquartered in Northville, Michigan.
* ZF Group Asia Pacific Operations is headquartered in Shanghai, PR China.

ee also

* List of ZF transmissions


External links

* [http://www.zf.com/content/en/import/zf_konzern/startseite/Startseite.html Official website]
* [http://www.man-mn.de/de/media/Pressemeldungen/show_press.jsp?id=86472 EDA element for hybrid trucks] .
* [http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2008/112_0807_zf_technology_showcase/index.html ZF Technology Showcase]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Friedrichshafen — Friedrichshafen …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Friedrichshafen — Bandera …   Wikipedia Español

  • Friedrichshafen (1966) — Friedrichshafen Die Friedrichshafen auf dem Bodensee p1 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Friedrichshafen (Begriffsklärung) — Friedrichshafen steht für: Friedrichshafen, Kreisstadt am Bodensee VfB Friedrichshafen, einen Sportverein aus Friedrichshafen Friedrichshafen ist der Name folgender Flugzeuge: Friedrichshafen FF 33, Militärflugzeug des Ersten Weltkriegs… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Friedrichshafen D — Friedrichshafen D.I Friedrichshafen D.I Constructeur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Friedrichshafen FF-49 — Friedrichshafen FF49C Die Friedrichshafen FF 49 war ein deutsches Militärflugzeug. Durch Überarbeitung der FF 33j entstand im Mai 1917 die FF 49. Vor allem hatte man die Zelle verstärkt und einen stärkeren Motor eingebaut. So wurde die Maschine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Friedrichshafen — Friedrichshafen,   Große Kreisstadt in Baden Württemberg, Verwaltungssitz des Bodenseekreises und der Region Bodensee Oberschwaben, in einer Bucht am Nordufer des Bodensees, 398 m über dem Meeresspiegel, 56 000 Einwohner; Forschungsstätte für die …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Friedrichshafen G.IV — [1917] Лётно технические характеристики • Двигатель • Авиационное артиллерийское оружие • Авиационные средства поражения • Классификаторы • Факты • Использование в иностранных ВВС • Модификации • Галерея …   Военная энциклопедия

  • Friedrichshafen (Germany) — Hotels: Best Western Goldenes Rad Hotel Bodensee (City) City Hotel Krone Friedrichshafen (City) Seehotel Friedrichshafen (City) …   International hotels

  • Friedrichshafen — Friedrichshafen, 1) Stadt, am Bodensee, im Oberamte Tettnang, des württembergischen Donaukreises; Schloß (sonst Priorat Hosen), Sommeraufenthalt der königl. Familie; evangelische Kirche, Töchterpensionat (Paulinenstift), Kurort; Hafen,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Friedrichshafen — Friedrichshafen, Stadt im württemberg. Donaukreis, Oberamt Tettnang, 410 m ü. M., am Bodensee, Knotenpunkt der Staatsbahnlinien Bretten F. und Fischbach Lindau, besteht aus zwei Teilen: der alten, ehemaligen Reichsstadt Buchhorn und dem Kloster… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.