Mahle has announced the acquisition of German transmission specialist ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe, which will become part of the Mahle Powertrain portfolio and provide significant transmission expertise to the high-performance propulsion systems company.
“The ZG team has proven expertise in optimized gear design and transmission layouts,” said Simon Reader, Mahle Powertrain engineering director. “These can facilitate marked improvements in NVH, friction performance, packaging and weight reduction, leading to improved efficiency, especially for electric drives.
“Every aspect of our work from full powertrains to electric drivelines can be improved by good gear and transmission design, which is why ZG’s acquisition is an important development for us.”
The deal is Mahle’s latest investment in future powertrain development facilities and the expertise of Mahle Powertrain, which has also recently expanded its £8.3m (US$11m) Real Driving Emissions (RDE) Centre to help the automotive industry meet stringent future efficiency targets.
“This acquisition is another important step in the expansion of Mahle Powertrain’s capabilities and further reinforces our position as an engineering services provider across all powertrain technologies,” said Dr Martin Berger, Mahle Powertrain engineering services director.