German auto component company ZF
announced the start of its new commercial vehicle (CV) solutions division. This makes ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions (ZF CVS) among
the largest commercial vehicle suppliers globally. This change will also be
reflected in India, which has been identified as a key growth market for ZF.
The new CV division
combines ZF’s former commercial vehicle technology and commercial control
systems divisions, which was formed through ZF’s May 2020 acquisition of WABCO.
P Kaniappan will be heading the CVS business in India. ZF acquired a majority
stake in WABCO India last year and had been working on the integration of WABCO
into the ZF Group.
The ZF Group has
been consolidating its various business in India as part of their ‘Refresh
India’ strategy. This included repositioning of ZF Brand identity in the
country, higher levels of localisation, design-to-market-solutions and
introducing advanced global technological solutions at an affordable value for
the Indian market.
ZF’s business is
India is headquartered in Pune. Suresh KV leads the entire ZF business in the
country as president of ZF India. ZF operates in India through three
subsidiaries, four joint venture partners and eight engineering centres. ZF
India has a multi-product facility based at Chakan in Pune and in 18 other
manufacturing locations across India, with products such as transmissions, axle
systems, chassis and suspension components for CVs and provides powertrain,
chassis and safety devices for light vehicles.
Kaniappan said they
would be helping shape the future of commercial transport systems in India by
leveraging synergies with the ZF group to make CVs more efficient, safe,
connected, intelligent and automated. ZF’s CVS division supplies components and
control systems with four technology domains — vehicle motion control,
integrated safety, automated driving and electric mobility.
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