ZF Friedrichshafen AG is an automotive supplier concern. The concern's turnover in 2003 amounted to 8.9 billion euros, which allowed it to take third place in the ranking of the largest suppliers to the German automotive industry. In 2004, ZF's turnover reached 9.9 billion euros, and the number of employees at 125 enterprises in 26 countries was 54.5 thousand people. In 2010, ZF's turnover reached 12.9 billion euros, and the number of employees was 64.6 thousand people. ZF is one of the 15 largest suppliers to the automotive industry in the world.
The abbreviation ZF stands for "Zahnrad Fabrik" ("gear factory").
In Germany, the ZF concern is represented by the following three main (but far from the only) branches, each of which is responsible for its own area of activity:
ZF Friedrichshafen itself (Friedrichshafen) is the parent company and headquarters of the concern; plant for the production of chassis and gearboxes for commercial/freight vehicles;
ZF Passau (Passau) - two factories for the production of gearboxes for road construction equipment and axles for road construction equipment and buses;
ZF Saarbruecken (Saarbrücken) - chassis and gearboxes for passenger cars.
The ZF Group also includes enterprises of such well-known brands as Boge, Sachs, Steyr, Lemforder and many others.
In 2005, they opened a joint venture with KamAZ OJSC in Tatarstan, ZF KAMA GmbH. The Russian branch of the concern itself is officially considered to be the company “ZF Russia” with its head office in St. Petersburg and branches in Moscow. Currently, ZF Russia is responsible for the entire range of service for ZF products in Russia, the supply of units in a series for Russian manufacturers of commercial vehicles, and the supply of original ZF spare parts through a network of dealers. In 2013, an enterprise for the industrial restoration of gearboxes for passenger cars was opened in Moscow.