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Over the past few years, the Asia-Pacific market, and China in particular, has developed into one of the most important regions for ZF. In order to further extend research and development, and to reinforce its market presence in the Far East, ZF is considerably expanding its headquarters for China and the Asia-Pacific region, which are located in Shanghai. The space for offices, laboratories and test benches will be almost quadrupled from 11,000 to 54,000m².

From Shanghai, ZF coordinates business in China and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. “In the upcoming years, we want to continue the growth dynamics in the region,” says Rudi von Meister, president for the region of Asia-Pacific at ZF. “With the expansion of our headquarters in Shanghai, we are laying the foundation for that.” Currently, approximately 400 employees work at the facility on China’s east coast. The expansion will make room for 900 employees. Construction work has started, along with the groundbreaking. The building will be completed at the end of 2015. In the next five years, ZF will invest approximately €50m (US$66.8m) in the project.

In addition to administration offices, the new building will primarily be home to laboratories and test benches. “Here, we will then be able to test products of car driveline and chassis technology, as well as commercial vehicle or construction machinery transmissions,” says ZF’s CEO Stefan Sommer, who is also responsible for corporate research and development. “For the first time, engineers from all divisions of the group are united under one roof.” This makes it easier for the engineers to establish networks and exchange their knowledge in order to adapt products specifically for the Asian market. A test facility for the new 9-speed automatic transmission will also be installed in the new building – as of 2017, this new transmission will be produced in China as well.

6 August 2014


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