ZF has expanded its Engineering Center in the Songjiang district of Shanghai, China, and said it plans to add 600 engineers to its local workforce by 2022.
The new center includes new test facilities for e-mobility as well as for driveline and chassis technology for commercial vehicles, rail, special vehicles and passenger cars.
“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,” said ZF board member Peter Lake during the official launch. “As well as tailoring many innovations for our customers, we also want to more quickly seize the momentum from this dynamic market The investment also demonstrates the continued importance of China – one of the largest and most significant markets to ZF.”
ZF said the new facilities will enable the company to more quickly develop advanced technologies for the Asia-Pacific markets. It will work closely with ZF’s other Technology Center in Anting, China, a research and development location that focuses on active and passive safety technology for the Asian market.
The company has expanded its existing facilities to 581,000 sq. ft. with a total investment of approximately €50 million. Further expansion is planned over the course of the next five years. By 2022 ZF said it expects to more than double its workforce to around 1000 employees.
ZF said the investment in Songjiang will result in a comprehensive expansion and update of the current test facilities. The development of electrified or all-electric drives is a main focus of development and the new site also encompasses extensive test facilities for ZF’s growing portfolio of electronic control units.