ZF Establishes Joint Venture in China
At the headquarters of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, the management of ZF and of Nanjing Highspeed & Accurate Gear (Group) Co. Ltd. (NGC) signed a contract to establish the ZF Nanjing Marine Propulsion Co. Ltd. (ZF-NMP). The company will be based in Nanjing, P.R. China, owned 60 percent by ZF (China) Investment Co. Ltd., Shanghai (a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG) and 40 percent by NGC. The new company will assemble and market ZF Marine’s range of heavy duty transmissions for application in workboats and ocean-going commercial vessels powered by engines up to 18,500 hp. The ZF-NMP factory building is currently under construction and assembly of transmissions will commence in the near future, after all governmental permissions have been received.
ZF CEO Sommer Steps Down
ZF Friedrichshafen AG chief executive officer Dr. Stefan Sommer has left the company after five years at the head. Finance Board Member and CEO Deputy Representative, Dr. Konstantin Sauer, will fill in as CEO on an interim basis. The news follows the company's recent appointment of Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen as its new chairman.
Rolls-Royce, ZF Strengthen Propulsion Ties
An agreement between ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Rolls-Royce Power Systems will see the two companies collaborate even more closely on the development, marketing, sales and service of marine propulsion systems. The combination of MTU engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems and marine transmissions from ZF have long been a match for many commercial ships and yachts. Now, the two companies plan to work together even more intensively to develop new technologies and products to help ensure clients are provided with fully optimized propulsion solutions.
Paefgen Named Chairman of ZF's Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG appointed Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen as its new chairman, at an extraordinary meeting on December 4, 2017. Paefgen, a member of the Supervisory Board since 2008, will succeed Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr. Since 1976, Paefgen has held various managerial positions in the automotive industry. From 1995 until 2002, he was member of the Board of Audi AG, and from 1997, he was chairman of the Board of Management. From March 2002, he was responsible for the Bentley brand, and as chief representative of Volkswagen AG, was also responsible for Volkswagen's Corporate Research and Motorsports. Between 2003 and 2005, Paefgen was head of Bugatti Engineering GmbH. From 2007 up to his retirement in 2011, he was president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
Schwarz Joins ZF Marine North America
ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, announced that Ed Schwarz has joined the team as Business Development Manager for the Commercial and Fast Craft product line in North America. In his new role, Ed will be responsible for working closely with both the sales and aftermarket organizations to develop strategies that best align ZF’s products with industry needs. A graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point, Schwarz comes to ZF with over 15 years of experience in the maritime community.
ZF Explores Chinese Offshore Market
Marine Propulsion Systems, a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, shared at the sidelines of Marintec China 2013 that China continues to be a key focus for the company and shared plans to strengthen its footprint in the market. ZF Marine has been in China since 2006 and currently operates a sales and services office in Shanghai which serves as a competence center for all marine applications in China. With optimism slowly returning to the global offshore market, the industry is expected to climb steadily and this presents significant business opportunities for ZF Marine…
ZF Celebrating 100th Anniversary
Zahnradfabrik GmbH was founded in 1915, and through a 100-year history has developed into a leading technology company in driveline and chassis technology with a global network of 71,600 employees at 122 locations worldwide. ZF developed from its roots as a supplier specialized on the aviation industry to a global mobility technology company. Its founding at Lake Constance 100 years ago had its origins in Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, which was headquartered there at the time and which was also a shareholding partner of Zahnradfabrik: The task of the newly founded company was to develop…
ZF Turns 100
ZF Friedrichshafen AG is celebrating its centennial in 2015. Founded in the city of Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance in 1915 as “Zahnradfabrik GmbH,” the company developed from an aviation specialist with regional roots to an international technology company active on the global mobility markets, including maritime. MR recently visited with Daniel Härter, Vice President Industrial Technology, Head of Business Unit Marine Propulsion Systems, who took over responsibility for ZF Marine as of September 1, 2014. ZF is obviously large and diverse across many markets.
ZF Extends Range of Hybrid-ready Transmissions
ZF Marine Friedrichshafen AG, the marine propulsion systems division of the ZF Group introduced the ZF 3300 PTI transmission at SMM 2014. With the launch of the ZF 3300 PTI, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems expands its product offering in it hybrid-ready product portfolio. Designed to be powered through standard diesel engine input, or via alternate power source through a Power Take In (PTI), this new transmission brings a hybrid-ready solution suitable for all types of high speed pleasure and commercial applications.
Heuer to Take Helm at MTU
Dr. Rolf A. Hanssen, after more than 10 years as CEO of MTU and Head of the DaimlerChrysler Off-Highway Business Unit, will terminate his contract as planned with effect from December 31, 2004. The Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and the Supervisory Board of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH have selected Volker Heuer, who is currently still Presidente de los Centros Industriales of Mercedes-Benz Espana S. A., to take over as the CEO of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH and Head of the DaimlerChrysler Off-Highway Business Unit, effective August 1, 2004
ZF Geared up for a Commerical Maritime Push
A walk through the ZF Friedrichshafen AG marine propulsion system manufacturing plant in southern Germany does nothing but confirm the commonly held perceptions of German engineering prowess: the facility is clean to a fault; the equipment is modern and well-maintained; the employees are orderly and efficient. While the ZF marine propulsion systems business – which generated a turnover of $336 million in 2013 – is but a sliver of the company’s overall 2013 sales of $22.4 billion…
Tognum America changes name to MTU America Inc.
Name change aligns corporate name with primary product brands MTU and MTU Onsite Energy; German holding company Tognum AG renamed Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. Effective immediately, Tognum America Inc. has changed its name to MTU America Inc. Based in Novi, Mich., the company is responsible for the manufacture, development, sales and service of MTU engines, propulsion and drive systems and MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems in North and Latin America. The company also maintains manufacturing facilities in Aiken, S.C. and Mankato, Minn.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems to Take on Successful MTU Trainees
MTU Friedrichshafen informs that 36 young people have just successfully completed their vocational training courses at Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG and its subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen. The trainees completed technical and commercial courses lasting between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half years. ʺProvided that their performance and conduct has been satisfactory, the trainees will be offered open-ended contracts,ʺ said Head of Training, Martin Stocker. The offer also applies…
ZF Acquires Bosch Rexroth Industrial Gears Arm
Following the go-ahead from antitrust authorities, on December 1, 2015 ZF has officially taken over the industrial gears and wind turbine gearbox business from Bosch Rexroth AG. With this, some 1,200 employees altogether at the Witten, Beijing and Lake Zurich (USA) locations will thus join the technology company. The purchase price has not been disclosed. For ZF, the acquisition is an entry into the business with large industrial gears that are used in oil rigs, mine vehicles, tunnel drilling machines, or cableways, for instance.
Tognum Make Ramblers Happy with Path Agreement
Tognum has agreed to the building of a public path running between its MTU plant in the Friedrichshafen district of Manzell and the shore of Lake Constance. A contract to that effect has been signed by Joachim Coers, CEO of Tognum and managing director of MTU; Andreas Brand, Lord Mayor of Friedrichshafen; and Lothar Heissel, chief architect from the regional administrative authority (Präsidium) in Tübingen. With its signature, MTU Friedrichshafen allows Friedrichshafen City Council to build the path directly in front of the MTU Plant 2 site.
First GL Approved Oil Mist Separator
UT99 AG, a company in the development and manufacture of oil mist separators for crankcase ventilation of combustion engines and for lubricating oil tank vent for turbines, received Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its oil mist separator. "The world's first class admission of Germanischer Lloyd for a secure oil mist separator is the systematic continuation of our philosophy," explains Lukas Riedo, Managing Director of UT99 AG. Environmental and safety requirements are getting higher in the marine and offshore sectors…
ZF Fortifies Product Line, Business Plan
Consolidation of manufacturing and service entities is perhaps the world's worst kept secret. Marine propulsion manufacturers, in particular, have been rapidly consolidating companies, lines and capabilities in order to broaden their organizations to be truly global, while filling any holes in the power range along the way. ZF, a renowned maker of marine transmissions, has done this and more in becoming a single source propulsion supplier. The expansion of the product line includes a complete propulsion systems was part of ZF Marine's strategic plan established in January 1999. It has now become a reality, with the founding of the Propulsion Systems division, based at ZF Padova.
Dieter Royal New CFO at Tognum
Friedrichshafen, 16 March 2011. The specialist for propulsion and power solutions Tognum decided at the meeting of the Supervisory Board on 14 March 2011, that Dieter Royal (47) will join the Executive Board as the new member responsible for the Finance and Corporate Services Division effective 1 October 2011. Dieter Royal succeeds Joachim Coers (46) as CFO, who replaces Volker Heuer (58) as CEO of the Tognum Group as of 1 October 2011. As announced in April of last year, Volker Heuer will then terminate his contract and go into retirement.
Tognum Makes Large Investments
2012-2014: Investment of more than one billion euros in plant expansion and R&D; Publication of Annual Report 2012 announced. The specialist for propulsion and power solutions Tognum intends to invest more than one billion euros by the end of 2014. This amount exceeds the volume that Tognum specified in a cornerstone paper together with Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce plc two years ago. Approximately €600 million of the total investment will flow into each of research and development and long-term capital expenditure.
Parliamentary Under Secretary Beckmeyer Visits Rolls-Royce
Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG in Friedrichshafen. Dr. Ulrich Dohle, company CEO who also chairs the MTU Friedrichshafen subsidiary, explained the low-emission diesel engines of the future. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. MTU's engine portfolio was presented to Under Secretary Beckmeyer in a tour of the Training Centre and Assembly Shop. Beckmeyer is the German government's coordinator for the maritime industry.
Tognum to Reduce Size of Executive Board
In January 2011, the first step taken by Tognum to establish a new global sales organisation came into force. The new organization is designed to improve the service and support provided for the company’s existing customers and above all to acquire new customers worldwide for its broadly diversified product portfolio. Peter Kneipp (53) joined MTU Friedrichshafen in 1989 as a project manager for marine propulsion systems. At an early stage in his career, Peter Kneipp was involved in projects that enabled him to acquire experience in the Asia-Pacific region, where he has worked since 1997 until the end of 2010. He initially spent several years in Singapore, where he was mainly involved in customer service and after sales.
Genset Manufacturer to be Taken Over by Tognum MTU
Specialist manufacturer of propulsion and power systems, Tognum, has received the approval of the competition authorities for the takeover of the Bavarian manufacturer of power generator sets Aggretech. This means that 75.1 per cent of the shares in Aggretech will be transferred to Tognum this week. It is planned that the new Tognum subsidiary will be renamed to MTU Onsite Energy Systems GmbH. The Board of Management of Aggretech and later Managing Directors of the new company will be Hubert Diener as Chairman and Stephan Hoffmann. Hubert Diener was previously the Head of the Special Production Department at Tognum’s subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen and Stefan Hoffmann was CFO of Aggretech.
Tognum Now under Rolls-Royce Power Systems Name
Effective immediately, the former Tognum AG will now operate under the name of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. Since March 2013, the specialist for large engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG, each of which has a 50% shareholding in the company via a joint venture. The group of companies with MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH as the core company has been consolidated in the Rolls-Royce Group’s results since the beginning of 2013.