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ZF Marshall Safety Electronics Plant Celebrates 65 Years and Launches New Generation of Camera Technology

ZF facility employs 800 people in the production of airbag control units and crash sensors, electronics for brake systems and for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)

MARSHALL, Ill.August 2018 – The Marshall manufacturing facility located in Central Illinois is among the world’s leading producers of automotive safety electronics and is an integral part of ZF ‘s leadership in the supply of automotive camera technology.

Marshall is currently launching the ZF S-Cam4 camera family that includes a single lens, mono-camera designed to help meet updated test protocols such as EuroNCAP pedestrian triggered automatic emergency braking (AEB), including a crossing bicycle AEB test. The innovative camera family also includes a premium three lens TriCam4 version to support advanced semi-automated driving functions, adding a telephoto lens for improved long-distance sensing capabilities and a fish-eye lens for improved short-range sensing with a wider field of view.

ZF supplies more than a dozen vehicle manufacturers globally with advanced ADAS sensor technologies including front-facing cameras, helping to enhance safety and forming the basis for partially to fully automated vehicle functions. ZF and its partners design, develop and deliver advanced camera, radar and LIDAR technologies designed and tested to customer specifications, while helping to meet global regulatory and consumer safety rating requirements.

As plant manager Theo Williams explains, “This is a special place with special people. The team is focused on supplying our major vehicle manufacturer customers with high-quality parts that help keep families safe in their cars and trucks. The plant has a proud past and a bright future thanks to the 800 dedicated employees who meet the challenges of running a major operation with energy and enthusiasm.”

“We can say without any doubt that Marshall has had an extraordinary ride in its first 65 years,” said Christophe Marnat, executive vice president for the ZF safety electronics business. “From the small factory that made radio and TV parts beginning in the 1950s to the powerhouse factory of today the Marshall plant is an important contributor to the mobility trends that move people across the globe.”

ZF Friedrichshafen AG 

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 is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

The company allows 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, the orgaization is advancing mobility and services in the automobile, truck and industrial technology sectors.

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