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February 9, 2021 2:15 PM, EST

ZF Expands US Transmission Production

ZF Friedrichshafen, Gray Court, S.C.ZF's manufacturing facility in Gray Court, S.C. (ZF Friedrichshafen AG)

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced it is investing $200 million in commercial vehicle transmission manufacturing in North America.

Beginning in 2023, ZF will produce the ZF PowerLine 8-speed automatic transmission — for medium-duty trucks, buses and heavy-duty pickups — at the company’s manufacturing facility in Gray Court, S.C.

The additional production line at ZF Gray Court will result in more than 500 American jobs.

ZF began production of the PowerLine 8-speed automatic transmission at its global headquarters in Friedrichshafen, Germany, at the end of 2020 and made its first supply to North American customers in 2021.

In 2023, volume production will begin in the United States and will exclusively serve North American market demand.

At the same time, “with its modular design, PowerLine is prepared for mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, making it a true technology bridge to future mobility,” said Christian Feldhaus, director of commercial vehicle driveline technology in North America for ZF.

Since opening in 2012, the Gray Court facility has produced 5.5 million automatic transmissions. The 1.6 million-square-foot facility employs 2,200 people with capacity to produce 1.2 million transmissions per year.

ZF, which acquired Wabco Holdings Inc. on May 29, 2020, now has 160,000 employees worldwide with approximately 260 locations in 41 countries. It offers customers a product portfolio that includes driveline, steering, braking, ADAS technologies and telematics, coupled with a full-service network. — Transport Topics

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