Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

New truck workshop concept Bosch, Knorr-Bremse, and ZF plan joint venture

  • Full-service portfolio for multi-brand commercial-vehicle workshops
  • Scheduled to start operation in Germany in 2013
Karlsruhe/Munich/Schweinfurt – The Automotive Aftermarket division of Robert Bosch GmbH, Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG's ZF Service business unit plan to establish a joint venture. This new company will operate as a system center providing a full-service portfolio for multi-brand commercial-vehicle workshops. The joint venture is to be based in the greater Munich area and will initially employ some ten associates. The formation of the joint venture is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

The joint venture's full-service portfolio is to include a hotline, technical training programs and information, diagnostics, workshop equipment, and quality management. Starting from the middle of next year, it is initially planned to offer the workshop franchise as an independent brand to multi-brand commercial-vehicle workshops in Germany. Following this, it will gradually be rolled out in other European countries.

The three joint-venture partners are among the leading international suppliers to passenger-car and commercial-vehicle manufacturers. Their product range helps the transport sector save fuel and makes it more eco-friendly. Their product ranges are complemented by extensive service expertise gained over many years in their individual workshop franchises.

“In the shape of Bosch Car Service and AutoCrew, Bosch already offers two internationally successful full-service concepts in the passenger-car workshop market. Based on this experience of workshop franchises and our expertise in the commercial-vehicle industry, for example with regard to engines and electrics, we intend to work together with Knorr-Bremse and ZF, whose strengths complement our own, so that workshops that service and repair commercial vehicles can also benefit from these services,” says Robert Hanser, president of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division.

“The growing technical complexity of commercial-vehicle systems makes it increasingly important that we improve workshop expertise in this area, and in this way lastingly boost these workshops' competitiveness. As a specialist for safety systems in the commercial-vehicle sector, we are excited about this cooperation with Bosch and ZF, since it allows us to offer workshops advice in this area and to help them satisfy growing demands,” says Klaus Deller, member of the executive board of Knorr-Bremse AG.

“With its comprehensive ZF Services ProTech franchise, ZF Services already offers workshops tailored support in drive and chassis technology. Together with our partners, we are now able to offer an even wider range of services,” says Alois Ludwig, chairman of the board of directors of ZF Services. He goes on to summarize the objective of the planned workshop franchise for commercial vehicles: “Commercial-vehicle customers place particular importance on high quality and flexible service. Our combination of a new franchise concept and tried and tested products in OE quality will allow us to help workshops take up this challenge and position themselves in the market.”

Contact persons for press inquiries:
Bosch:
Heiderose Dreiner
Phone: +49 (0)721 942-3145
Heiderose.Dreiner@bosch.com

Knorr-Bremse AG:
Christoph Günter
Phone: +49 (0)89 3547-1402
Christoph.guenter@knorr-bremse.com

ZF Services:
Fabiola Wagner
Phone: +49 (0)9721 475-6110
fabiola.wagner@zf.com

The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 11,000 associates in 140 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 450,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Diagnostics” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 15,000 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 500 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com.

The Knorr-Bremse Group is the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. For more than 100 years now the company has pioneered the development, production, marketing and servicing of state-of-the-art braking systems. In the rail vehicle systems sector, the product portfolio also includes intelligent door systems, control components, air conditioning systems and windscreen wiper systems, as well as platform screen doors. Knorr-Bremse also offers driving simulators and e-learning systems for optimum train crew training. In the commercial vehicle systems sector, the product range includes complete braking systems with driver assistance systems, as well as torsional vibration dampers, powertrain-related solutions and transmission control systems for enhanced energy efficiency and fuel economy.

Additional information can be accessed at www.knorr-bremse.com

ZF is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for Driveline and Chassis Technology with 121 production companies in 27 countries. In 2011, the Group achieved a sales figure of Euro 15.5 billion with more than 72 000 employees. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about five percent of its sales (2011: Euro 750 million) in research and development.

ZF Services consistently continues the systems expertise of ZF in the aftersales market. With integrated solutions and the complete ZF product portfolio, the business unit ensures the performance and efficiency of vehicles throughout their complete service life. For the aftermarket business, ZF's driveline and chassis technology is offered using the well-established product brands Sachs, Lemförder, Boge, and ZF Parts. With its global service network and on-demand offers, ZF Services has also become a popular partner in the non-automotive sector.

Additional information can be accessed at www.zf.com/presse

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Automatic All-Wheel Drive New single-wheel drive solution from Rexroth switches automatically and at just the right moment between two-wheel and all-wheel drive

  • All-wheel drive only when needed – automatically activated

    HET valve block for high energy efficiency

    Compact plug-and-play solution for simple vehicle integration

The greatest possible traction in difficult conditions while retaining optimal energy efficiency – often conflicting goals when developing or purchasing single-wheel driven municipal vehicles and work machines. Bosch Rexroth now introduces their HET High Efficiency Traction Control, a new hydrostatic drive solution that combines and meets both requirements.

The energy efficiency of HET is based among other things in the fact that all-wheel drive is only activated when needed – fully automatically with no driver intervention. If in difficult terrain for example a wheel loses its grip with the ground, slip rapidly increases. The Rexroth MCR radial piston motor driving the wheel responds by increasing the oil flow. The rising oil flow causes a momentary and seamless transmission of the torque to the series-connected MCR motor and wheel located on the other axle. By using this “slip activation” of the all-wheel drive the High Efficiency Traction Control provides reliable response to the terrain and saves significant energy compared with fulltime all-wheel drive.

In less difficult terrain or on the road the wheels in the driving axle generally have sufficient traction. The radial piston motors on the other axle then simply “free-run”. Only the two permanently driven MCR motors transfer the power from the diesel engine. However, slip occurs not only when a wheel spins. Due to deformation of the rubber tires it is actually always present to a greater or lesser degree. Even this comparatively slight slip will also result in an increasing oil flow by the driven radial piston motors. The increased flow is hydraulically clamped between the driving and free-running radial piston motor, resulting in a significant loss of efficiency for the entire travel drive.

HET completely eliminates this efficiency loss. A specially developed valve block ensures that “excess” hydraulic oil caused by natural slip is directed to the low-pressure side of the circuit.

In addition, the HET valve block is not located in the main oil flow, thereby minimizing losses even further. Integration of the purge function and other design features make the unit highly compact, while the plug-and-play solution reduces time and money associated with installation and piping.

The HET uses no sensors or control electronics. In addition to the newly developed valve block it consists of proven standard components from Rexroth such as the A4VG or A10VG pump as well as MCR motors with constant or selectable displacement volume. This makes the HET a flexible solution for use in a wide variety of vehicle types such as municipal vehicles, mini-dumpers or small front loaders. It is designed to cover the greatest possible number of requirements, including vehicle speed or installation space.

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