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ZF and Wolong Electric officially sign off on their joint venture
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ZF Friedrichshafen AG and the Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd. have officially signed off on their joint venture. The partners will develop and produce electric motors and electric components for various vehicle applications at the Chinese Shenyang location, among others, working under the name “Wolong ZF Automotive E-Motors Co. Ltd.”. Volume production is slated to start next year. The new joint venture will also supply components for the new ZF hybrid transmission.

Due to current travel restrictions, ZF and Wolong celebrated the signing of their joint venture via webcast. Jörg Grotendorst, head of Division E-Mobility, was chief signatory for ZF. The contract for establishing the new joint venture with ZF was signed by Jiancheng Chen (right), CEO of Wolong Electric, in Shenyang, China, 6,000 km from Schweinfurt, where one of the nine ZF main development centers in Germany is located.

The partners will develop and produce electric motors and electric components for various vehicle applications at the Chinese Shenyang location, among others, working under the name “Wolong ZF Automotive E-Motors Co. Ltd.”. Volume production is slated to start next year. The new joint venture will also supply components for the new ZF hybrid transmission.

“The joint venture with Wolong reinforces our market position and our competitive edge in China as well, which continues to be the biggest market for electromobility in the world,” says Jörg Grotendorst, head of the ZF E-Mobility Division. “As we’re already using the available capacities for production and development on-site, we can start operations immediately.” 

ZF holds a 26% share in the joint venture. Wolong has been a supplier for the ZF E-Mobility Division in China since 2018. In November 2019, the partners agreed to start a joint venture.

Volume production for the Wolong ZF Automotive E Motors Co. Ltd. venture has been slated to start on the Chinese market in 2021. 

“Founding Wolong ZF Automotive E-Motors Co Ltd. also opens up a global perspective for us,” says Jiancheng Chen, chairman of Wolong Electric. “We want to make this joint venture a global market leader for vehicle motors which use sustainable sources of energy.” 

To back this ambition, plans have been made to open other locations in the European Union and North America. By 2025, around 2000 employees are expected to work in production and development for Wolong ZF Automotive E Motors Co Ltd.

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