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ZF Friedrichshafen to increase EV transmission spending at German plant

Auto News - Published on Wed, 12 Dec 2018

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Auto News reported that ZF Friedrichshafen will invest EUR 800 million (USD 911 million) to adapt its transmission factory in Saarbruecken, Germany, to produce components for electrified drivetrains. ZF expects the share of hybrid drivetrains to grow to 50 percent in the next 10 years from 5 percent now, as automakers try to meet ever-tightening CO2 emissions standards. The money that will be spent at Saarbruecken is part of a 3-billion-euro investment to prepare ZF's transmission business for electrification, including production, infrastructure and the company's supplier network.

Hybrid technology is a growth area, ZF said in a news release. ZF has also said it is developing its own self-driving system as part of a push into new technologies.

The supplier said warned the workforce at the Saarbruecken plant will decline in the long term if full-electric drivetrains grow as expected.

Electric motors and drivetrains have fewer moving parts than internal combustion engines, and some studies, including one partly funded by ZF, have shown that tens of thousands of European automotive jobs could be at risk in the coming decades.

Earlier this year, ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said that 15,000 ZF transmissions jobs were at risk “in theory,” in the transition to electrification but he noted that transmissions also represented a powerful opportunity to create profits by integrating electrification. He said that "We will prepare for that situation (widespread electrification) but we still have some time. We will discuss this together with our works council in a very open manner. I don't have an answer today, but I'm quite confident that we will find a solution.”

In light of that, ZF said Friday that some of the investment at Saarbruecken will go toward measures to increase efficiency and competitiveness, as well as retraining employees.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Wed, 12 Dec 2018
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