HANNOVER, Germany – ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) signed separate agreements with two Chinese truck OEMs, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company (DFCV) and Baotou Beiben Truck (Beiben) in Hannover, during the IAA 2010, for further development in the Chinese market.
The agreement with DFCV was signed on September 24 by Huang Gang, president of the Chinese truck builder, and Rolf Lutz, member of the Board of Management, ZF Group, and Group executive of the Commercial Vehicle and Special Driveline Technology division. With a strategic partnership established in 2006, ZF currently delivers manual transmissions it produces locally to the Wuhan-based truckmaker. According to the new agreement, ZF will supply automated manual transmissions “AS Tronic” and other new technologies to the Chinese manufacturer. On top of that, the two parties will also launch joint development projects.
Rolf Lutz (third from left) and Huang Gang (third from right) penned the agreement.
A day earlier, on September 23, ZF signed a letter of intent with Beiben to form a joint venture in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, covering the production of complete rear axle suspension systems for heavy trucks. Hubert Groß, senior vice president of Commercial Vehicle Chassis Modules at ZF Lemförder GmbH, and Wang Shihong, general manager of Beiben, signed the deal. The joint venture, expected to become a reality, will industrialize rear axle suspension systems to meet the demands and requirements of the Chinese market. As released, the two companies are also talking about possible further cooperation for cabin suspensions and other chassis technology.
Hubert Groß and Wang Shihong are ready for deeper collaboration.