ZF Opens Technology Hub in Mexico

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ZF Launches Advanced Automotive Center in Monterrey, Mexico, marking a significant stride in the automotive sector’s push towards enhanced electric and autonomous mobility solutions. This new facility embodies a comprehensive ecosystem, incorporating corporate function hubs, a cutting-edge manufacturing plant, and a pioneering research and development (R&D) center. With the establishment of this complex, ZF not only bolsters its position in the global mobility industry but also propels Monterrey into the forefront of technological innovation in Mexico.

Key Highlights:

  • Strategic Expansion: ZF inaugurates a multifaceted campus in Monterrey, featuring four corporate function hubs and its premier R&D center in Mexico.
  • Innovative Infrastructure: The campus, situated on a 43,294 square meter area within FINSA Guadalupe Industrial Park, hosts 16 state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Employment Growth: Currently employing 700 individuals, ZF anticipates expanding its workforce to 1,000 by 2025.
  • Investment in Mobility: With a $200 million investment, ZF aims to spearhead the development of next-generation automotive technologies.
  • Sustainable and Connected Mobility: The Monterrey campus is designed to foster innovation, emphasizing collaborative and multidisciplinary work environments.

Martin Fischer, President of ZF North America, emphasized the Monterrey campus’s regional and global significance, highlighting its role in driving innovation and technological development. The presence of corporate functions such as finance, IT, and HR operations underscores the facility’s integral role in ensuring the company’s operational efficiency across various regions.

The manufacturing plant within the campus specializes in producing advanced electronic components, such as smart cameras for Advanced Assisted Driving Systems (ADAS) and Integrated Brake Control systems. These components are crucial for the advancement of fully automated driving in passenger and light commercial vehicles.

The R&D center’s 16 laboratories are equipped to conduct comprehensive tests, simulating real-world vehicle conditions to ensure product reliability and performance. This capability underscores ZF’s commitment to maintaining high standards of quality and innovation.

Iván Rivas, Secretary of Economy of Nuevo Leon, praised the investment as a testament to Nuevo León’s emergence as a global technology and electromobility hub. This development not only elevates the state’s economic profile but also aligns with broader efforts to transition towards a more innovation-driven economy.

Jorge Vazquez, Director of ZF Monterrey and R&D Mexico, remarked on the campus’s pivotal role in advancing sustainable and connected mobility solutions. By creating a unique ecosystem for innovation in Nuevo Leon, ZF is poised to contribute significantly to the future of the mobility industry.

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