Focus Areas

Partnering and Scouting for Companies and Technologies

The dominance of software, shorter innovation cycles, new business models – all this has an impact on us, as a leading automotive technology supplier. In order to master these challenges, we respond with innovations, agility, new approaches and the collaboration with the best internal and external talents.

With our Global Innovation Hubs, we are right at the source, finding new and potential partners for future mobility.

R&D for autonomous driving and new mobility concepts

ZF is an agile technology company that essentially contributes to shaping the mobility of the future. In doing so, we transfer intelligent solutions from the fields of passenger cars and commercial vehicles to neighboring areas, such as micromobility and industrial technology.

A tightly woven network of engineers at our global R&D centers is the foundation for this. Whenever it makes sense, we cooperate with highly specialized partners from the ZF Ecosystem.

Silicon Valley

The newly opened ZF Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley aims at three targets: find the right partners in the areas of digitalization, artificial intelligence, automated driving and new mobility concepts, cooperate and invest.

As of late, the University of California in Berkeley has become an academic partner. Through this, ZF wants to promote the areas of highly and fully automated driving.


Plug and Play Recognizes ZF with Corporate Innovation Award

2017-12-19. Friedrichshafen, Germany / Sunnyvale, California. Californian start-up accelerator Plug and Play has honored ZF with the Corporate Innovation Award in the Mobility category. With the award, the innovation platform recognizes partner companies who show particular commitment to the network and who support start-ups by serving as cooperation partners as well as mentors.

About ZF

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of 146,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of €36.4 billion and as such, is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

ZF enables vehicles to see, think and act. The company invests more than six percent of its sales in research and development annually – in particular for the development of efficient and electric drivelines and also in striving for a world without accidents. With its broad portfolio, ZF is advancing mobility and services for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology applications.