Eco-friendliness, energy efficiency and the increasing number of electric and hybrid vehicles mark the start of a fresh era in the automotive sector. Schaeffler vowed to support these cutting-edge developments with progressive technologies.
Against this backdrop, the German company will double its global capacities in the electric mobility industry. It is anticipated that during the next five years, the total number of employees working in the electric mobility and mechatronics sectors will increase to 2,400.
According to Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler, in 2011, the company set up the eMobility Systems pision to systematically combine its activities in the field of electric mobility. He claims that only five years later, they can offer a broad product range with new product start-ups.
Driven by R&D, Schaeffler has come up with technologies to volume production readiness within a short period of time under the organizational structure of the eMobility Systems pision.
Products like hybrid modules or electric axles led to new product lines, accompanied by a complete personnel increase and high investments. Schaeffler has embraced its structures in order to constantly promote the positive developments and successes on this vibrant market.
Since April 2016, Andreas Englisch has been handling the restructured Hybrid Drives business unit. This unit will consist of the product lines “Hybrid Modules”, “CVT”, and “Electric Axle”, and will expand its workforce to more than 300 employees by the end of the year.
The proven product line organization guarantees optimum partnership between development, purchasing and production. The inpidual product lines will be reinforced by a central research and development department in the Automotive pision, which focuses on carrying out complete simulations and tests for different drive topologies in the vehicle, consisting of all disciplines needed for electrification.
This department consists of a global network with a focus on China, Germany and the US. All projects such as the volume production start-ups for the electric axle and module sectors, can thereby be managed jointly on a global scale.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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