ZF Expands Engineering Center In China

ZF's engineering center in Shanghai, China, has been expanded with additional laboratories, test benches and offices.
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ZF expanded its Engineering Center in the Songjiang district of Shanghai, China, and plans to add 600 engineers to its local workforce by 2022.
The new center includes latest test facilities for e-mobility as well as for driveline and chassis technology for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, rail and special vehicles.
ZF said the new facilities will enable the company to more quickly develop advanced technologies for the Asia-Pacific market. It will work closely with ZF’s other China Technology Center in Anting, a research and development location which focuses on active and passive safety technology for the Asian market.
The company has expanded its existing facilities to 54,000 m2 with a total investment of approximately €50 million. Further expansion is planned over the course of the next five years. By 2022, ZF expects to more than double its workforce to around 1000 employees.
“The investment in our new Engineering Center highlights our commitment to further localize engineering activities so that we can more effectively support our Chinese customer base. As well as tailoring many innovations for our customers, we also want to more quickly seize the momentum from this dynamic market ” said ZF board member Peter Lake during the official launch. “The investment also demonstrates the continued importance of China – one of the largest and most significant markets to ZF.”
ZF said the investment is being used to comprehensively update and expand the current test facilities in Songjiang. Engineers can now utilize state-of-the-art equipment in several laboratories for the application development of driveline and chassis systems technologies. The development of electrified or all-electric drives is the main focus of development. The new Engineering Center also includes comprehensive test facilities for ZF’s growing product portfolio in the field of electronic control units (HMI – Human Machine Interface).