Source: ZF announcement
Zhangjiagang, China – The ZF Zhangjiagang Braking plant in China has recently produced its 20 millionth brake caliper. After starting production of calipers including Electric Park Brake (EPB) calipers in 2015, it took four-and-a-half years to reach this milestone. More than 85 percent of these calipers have been sold in China, while the rest are exported.
“The production of the 20 millionth caliper in Zhangjiagang Braking plant marks a new milestone for our braking business in China,” said Dr. Holger Klein, member of ZF’s Board of Management responsible for the Asia-Pacific and India region. “We have also recently developed a face mask production line in the Zhangjiagang plant, which shows how ZF is supporting the health and safety of our employees and taking social responsibility.
“Our plants all over China are achieving business breakthroughs, and we have weathered difficult challenges by performing excellent mitigation and prevention measures during the COVID-19 pandemic period. I hold strong confidence in ZF’s further development in China.”
Ground was broken for the ZF Zhangjiagang Braking plant in 2014 and production of calipers began in 2015. The company reached the 20-million milestone in less than five years while maintaining a parts-per-million defect rate remaining under 0.35. Both indicate a high standard in terms of production efficiency and quality.
ZF has nearly 100 years of history in the automobile braking industry since it designed the first parking brake for Ford in 1928. The Zhangjiagang Braking plant primarily produces the EPB which is a breakthrough for caliper products as it combines motor technology to actuate the parking brake with traditional service brake calipers. It opens the possibility for brake-by-wire technology and supports advanced integrated safety functions.
ZF is the pioneer of motor-on-caliper integrated technology having launched the technology in 2002. The EPB offers significant advantages in weight reduction of braking systems including enhanced fuel economy.
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