ZF integrates aftermarket businesses

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is taking another step in the integration of TRW Automotive by combining the two aftermarket organisations of ZF Services and TRW Aftermarket.

With effect from 1 January 2017, the new organisation will create the world’s second-largest service organisation in the automotive supplier segment. Customers can learn about the new brand portfolio structure and associated services for the first time at Automechanika Frankfurt in September.

‘Having already fully integrated sales and purchasing in the original equipment business, our aftermarket business partners will now benefit from this successful integration,’ said ZF chief executive officer Dr Stefan Sommer. ‘With its aftermarket activities, ZF ensures that its products perform powerful and reliable throughout their entire life cycle and a professional diagnosis and repair with original equipment spare parts is provided in the workshops. It is important to us to speak with one voice in this segment and to ensure that our products and services are available in all markets worldwide.’

He continued, ‘The future of autonomous driving is not just being driven by R&D. Our aftermarket organisation is also an important driving force which will ensure that workshops can understand and service these new vehicles, and in turn our ground breaking products.’

ZF acquired TRW Automotive on 15 May 2015 and integrated the company into the organisational structure as the Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. The respective aftermarket activities still sit within this division.