#ZFonAir – Dr Dirk Walliser on ZF’s Technology Leadership

#ZFonAir – Dr Dirk Walliser on ZF’s Technology Leadership


Welcome, Dr. Dirk Walliser.
Nice to meet you.
You have already mentioned
many new technologies.
What do you think –
how will the technology
spectrum at ZF change overall?
We have defined four
major technology domains
in our “Next Generation
Mobility” strategy.
First, of course, the well-known ones:
Vehicle Motion Control
(the entire chassis),
Integrated Safety,
E-Mobility and
Autonomous Driving.
All in all, we are
establishing more and more
technological leadership
in digitalization,
AI and other new methods.
We are investing more in
these fields of technology.
But it’s also important to
say what you are not doing.
That’s why we will not make
any body electronics either,
or why we said that we are not
involved in battery cells
because the investment would
de-focus us and distract us
from the actual product focal points.
So the keyword is commitment; you
have also mentioned digitization.
Data-based business models
and software business models
also play an increasingly important
role in the automotive industry.
What is ZF’s strategy?
Will ZF continue to be a
software supplier in the future?
Yes, of course
Future architectures in
the next ten years –
I am not talking about next year
but in the next ten years –
will look much stronger
than standard computers,
like PCs or datacenters or clouds
in which functions are implemented.
We have to adjust to this.
We want to resell
our components,
but we want to enhance them very
strongly with system software components
which then make the combination
very attractive for the OEMs,
especially new OEMs.
In order to develop
the new technologies,
it is of course important to
have the right talents on board,
but ZF is also in competition with the
established automobile manufacturers,
tech groups, Google,
Apple and Co…
What does ZF have to offer to be
attractive to the talent you need?
On the one hand, ZF has an
incredibly strong technology brand.
ZF stands for leading-edge
technology in some areas.
Of course, first and foremost in the transmission,
but also in the area of electronics.
On the one hand, this helps –
on the other hand, through this clear
focus on “Next Generation Mobility”,
where we proactively adjust
to autonomous driving,
where we say we want to reduce
CO2, we will therefore also invest
in electric drives and
electric mobility,
we naturally have a range
of tasks and an environment
that is very attractive
and inspiring.
We also feel this when
we have job interviews
that come up and they say
“I never knew what you were doing,
what technologies you were into.”
That’s why we also get talent
that would otherwise go to a
startup or a software company.
That’s where we’re perfectly
positioned with our heritage and plan.
So technologically well positioned
and well positioned as an employer
Dr. Walliser, many
thanks for the insights
and now I would say we enjoy a
little more the beautiful view
over Frankfurt am Main.
Wonderful – thank you very much.

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