January 14, 2016, Changzhou: The Drive Technology Strategic Business Unit of the HOERBIGER Group has completed the third phase of expansion at its site at Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China. This marks the full localization of products and services needed for complete synchronizer systems used in automotive transmissions in China.
HOERBIGER, together with some 100 high-ranking guests, is celebrating the completion of the third phase of expansion in China with the opening ceremony of an additional production hall. In the future, all manufacturing processes and services that are required for supplying the Chinese automobile industry with complete synchronizer systems will be done in China.
HOERBIGER is the global market leader in innovative synchronizer solutions for automotive transmissions. HOERBIGER synchronizers are used in manual transmissions (MTs), automated manual transmissions (AMTs), and dual clutch transmission (DCTs). The location in Changzhou was founded in 2011, and the plant was initially established to supply a major customer. Since then, the plant has developed rapidly to become a leading player and now supplies performance-defining components for synchronizers to major customers from Changzhou.
Synchronizers are performance-defining key components of manual transmissions (MTs), automated manual transmissions (AMTs), and dual clutch transmissions (DCTs). They are responsible for smooth and comfortable gear shifting in automobiles and other road vehicles. Since the different gears normally run at different speeds, a smooth shift from one gear to another requires a synchronizer to match the speeds during the actual shift. The performance of the synchronizer system is defined by the design of the friction system and form-fit torque transfer. The synchronizer system has a significant influence on the overall mechanical efficiency of the transmission, and hence the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Synchronizers are also crucial to the future development of automotive drive solutions such as hybrid electric vehicles.