Global companies ZF and CATL signed a global strategic partnership agreement to push forward cooperation in aftermarket services, with the aim of improving mutual competitiveness in e-mobility. The aforementioned services include service network, battery-related training, connectivity, recycling and reuse. CATLis expected to enhance its global aftersales capabilities and efficiency with this collaboration. On the other hand, ZF, with more than 10,000 workshop partners in its global aftermarket and with the growing products for electric vehicles in OEM quality, will be considered the preferred option in CATL’s service network expansion. Under the agreement, CATL will provide ZF with comprehensive battery training know-how, which will be combined with ZF’s DGUVhigh voltage training to further enhance the competitiveness of its training programs and other aftersales services.

ZF and CATL: statements from the companies

«Enabling creative collaboration between companies can jump-start business innovation. We are proud to be able to complement our aftermarket competencies with those of one of the world’s leaders in new energy», said said Holger Klein, member of the Board of Management, ZF Group. «Together with CATL we will bring the global footprint and leading service solutions of ZF’s Aftermarket Division further into play. We want to drive growth which regenerates and actually improves our natural world. ZF is pursuing corporate responsibility in green energy and low carbon outlay and is committed to realizing the future vision of ‘zero emission and zero accident».

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«The partnership with ZF is an important step towards developing a global comprehensive value chain of batteries. With the support of ZF’s worldwide network, we will further enhance our global aftermarket service and continue to deliver customer-driven new energy products to the world», added Zhou Jia, President of CATL. «Together with ZF, we are also confident that we can contribute to the global trend towards e- mobility and net zero emissions».

ZF participating in Solutrans 2021

Speaking of ZF, the German group has recently participated in Solutrans 2021, held last week in Lyon. There, ZF presented its Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), including the launch of a new integrated e-CMR platform solution to support the paperless transportation of goods world-wide. Also, the collaboration with Goodyear was represented at Solutrans with a joint demonstration vehicle featuring ZF’s advanced Transics-branded FMS and Goodyear’s high performing tyre portfolio and mobility solutions.

In terms of fleet management solutions, ZF currently equips over 200,000 trucks and trailers from multiple fleets across EMEA. Lannutti Group and Groupe Garnier are among the latest major global fleet and logistics leaders to endorse ZF’sadvanced FMS and digitalization capabilities.


«The growing adoption of ZF’s advanced Transics-branded Fleet Management Solutions is helping propel the digitalization journey of the EMEA logistics and transportation industry to the next level of efficiency and safety by providing better information for smarter operational decisions and automation», commented Peter Bal, Business Leader Digital Customer Services EMEA with ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems. «These digitalization partnerships are at the very heart of our growing fleet customer base as we develop forward-looking digitalized solutions that automate key activities to drive leaner, greener and safer fleets through efficiencies and cost savings that are simply not possible with traditional solutions».


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