Together in Motion—ZF Aftermarket

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Innovative ZF technology for cars, commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and buses will make a decisive contribution to attractive mobility for everyone.

New products—WABCO Modular ABS Sensors and the TRW Electric Brake Booster for e-vehicles will be presented at the Digital ZF Aftermarket @Automechanika 2021, September 14-16.

A key topic of the digital trade show is sustainability and ZF Aftermarket will introduce the #greenaftermarket label for a range of TRW brake pads.

The digitization of mobility is picking up speed; customers’ demands for flexibility, speed and comfort are increasing.

With its partners, ZF Aftermarket wants to enable attractive mobility experiences for everyone.

“Our brand values of trust, passion and care not only determine our realizations in the service portfolio but are also expressed in the individual mobility experience of our customers—at every point within the value chain,” explains Dr. Holger Hättich, Head of Customers & Strategy, ZF Aftermarket.


ZF Aftermarket’s objective is that all market participants understand Next Generation technologies plus their challenges and prepare at an early stage.

Independent workshops are offered including access to vehicle-specific installation instructions and all relevant technical information on ZF Aftermarket and other branded products.

A series of training courses allow workshops to acquire comprehensive knowledge on Next-Generation Mobility.

TRW electric brake booster for electric vehicles

The TRW-branded Electric Brake Booster (EBB) uses a special electronic system to provide improved brake actuation: replacing the vacuum brake boosters and, if necessary, the vacuum pump with its associated cables, sensors, switches and control units.

With this TRW system, ZF Aftermarket is offering a genuine OE innovation at an early stage, which meets high comfort requirements and safety standards and also supports the recovery of braking energy and the range of purely electric vehicles.

A software function also ensures the vehicle is held securely in parking mode by the electric parking brake—the mechanical parking brake can be dispensed with.

WABCO modular ABS sensors

Customer-centric, resource-saving, and cost-effective, the latest WABCO product solves a common problem: when commercial vehicles come to the workshop with a defective ABS sensor, a specific version of this part must be ordered, which may not be in stock.

A modular ABS sensor concept that counteracts this problem has been developed—a short ABS sensor with the standard KEA connector that is attached to the wheel, an extension cable in various lengths, and a range of adapters that cover the main electronic control units (ECUs) available on the market.

Once the modular concept is installed on the vehicle, only the defective component needs to be replaced, significantly speeding up the repair process, reducing downtime and lowering costs.

Shops no longer need to keep a large inventory of different sensors.

Depending on three parameters—sensor type, length, and connector—they can replace hundreds of variants with just a few products.

A combination of two existing ABS sensors, ten extension cables and eight adapters can replace over 400 OE references.

ZF Bus Connect –the power of vehicle data

A new product for the connected Next Generation Aftermarket is ZF Bus Connect.

This is a fleet management tool that enables public transport or private bus operators to enhance and improve the efficiency and performance of their fleets:

  • Safety: Driver monitoring, detection of dangerous driving situations and geofencing prevent accidents and help protect against theft.
  • Efficiency: Live data evaluation on a per-vehicle basis allows for optimized driving, route plans, reduced fuel consumption.
  • Uptime: Predictive detection of damage or wear/tear of consumable items plus diagnosis and repair “over the air” to reduce downtime.

ZF Bus Connect is also suitable for use in hybrid and electric buses, and mixed fleets.

The user can check every aspect of the vehicle—viewing vehicle locations, observe current fuel consumption, battery charge or maintenance status of the vehicles’ parts, tire pressure, brake wear and other system messages.

Partnerships—the key to success

Partnerships with other companies are gaining importance when it comes to spearheading the Next Generation Aftermarket.

“What one cannot do alone, many can do together.”

This quote is more relevant today than ever before,” underlines Hättich.

“Overarching goals—a more sustainable economy, dissolving digital silos or even the design of Next Generation Mobility in the aftermarket require the efforts of many. ZF Aftermarket is open to all co-operations who—like us—want to enable an attractive and sustainable mobility experience for everyone.”


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