ZF and battery manufacturer CATL have entered into an aftermarket services partnership to strengthen their e-mobility focus. The core of the cooperation is the transfer of knowledge in the areas of service network, training on batteries, connectivity, recycling and reuse.
Specifically, the agreement now signed calls for CATL to provide the German supplier with “comprehensive battery training know-how, which will be combined with ZF’s DGUV high voltage training to further enhance the competitiveness of its training programs and other aftersales services”. The partners also aim to establish common standards that they will also open up to the industry, and also tie in the topics of data connectivity, recycling and reuse.
CATL says it will increase its global after-sales capabilities through the partnership. “ZF with more than 10,000 workshop partners in its global aftermarket and with the growing products for electric vehicles in OEM quality, will be considered the preferred option in CATL’s service network expansion.”
The Friedrichshafen-based company is increasingly shifting its portfolio towards components for electric vehicles. In spring, for example, ZF announced its intention to go into series production in Europe and China with 800-volt technologies using silicon carbide as a semiconductor. Only recently, the company presented a new product family with which PTOs in commercial vehicles are electrified. And these are just two examples of new eMobility products.
Now the manufacturer, which is active in 42 countries, is sharpening its battery focus in the aftersales sector. The group’s aftermarket and fleet solutions are based on brands such as Lemförder, Sachs, TRW and Wabco.
“Together with CATL we will bring the global footprint and leading service solutions of ZF’s Aftermarket Division further into play,” commented Dr. Holger Klein, ZF board member responsible for the Asia-Pacific region. “We want to drive growth which regenerates and actually improves our natural world.”
According to Zhou Jia, Chairman of CATL, the partnership is an important step in developing a global, comprehensive battery value chain: “With the support of ZF’s worldwide network, we will further enhance our global aftermarket service and continue to deliver customer-driven new energy products to the world. Together with ZF, we are also confident that we can contribute to the global trend towards e-mobility and net-zero emissions.”
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