ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology with 121 production companies in 26 countries. In 2013, the Group achieved a sales figure of presumably EUR 17 billion with 73,600 employees.
ZF is among the top 10 companies on the ranking list of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide. The company was founded in 1915 for the development and production of transmissions for airships and vehicles. Today, the group's product range comprises transmissions and steering systems as well as chassis components and complete axle systems and modules. As stockholders, the Zeppelin Foundation - which is administered by the City of Friedrichshafen - holds 93.8 percent and the Dr. Jürgen and Irmgard Ulderup Foundation Lemförde holds 6.2 percent of shares. The ZF Group invests about 5 percent (2013: EUR 838 million) of total revenue in research and development every year. In order to further strengthen and expand ZF’s position, the Group will invest over EUR one billion also in the years to come. As one of the worldwide leading suppliers of the automotive industry, ZF Friedrichshafen AG is also committed to motorsports. The ZF Race Engineering subsidiary develops, produces, and distributes ZF core products in the field of driveline and chassis technology particularly for race car applications. From Formula 1, WRC, and DTM to amateur race series and tuning vehicles, renowned motorsports teams rely on innovative technology and first-class service by ZF. Spectacular sports successes document the technical competence and reliability of ZF products along the lines of: The best for the best.