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Drive Technology

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Number 1 for synchronizers

2014 was an exceedingly successful year for the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology. For the first time, the Business Unit managed to win the majority of new synchronizer contracts awarded worldwide through calls for bids during the fiscal year.

Sales of the Strategic Business Unit stabilized at the planned level of 328.2 million euros. Technological cost leadership is the engine for new growth.

HOERBIGER is the first choice for the worldwide automobile industry when it comes to synchronizers that are primarily used in passenger cars, but also in light commercial vehicles.

Customers of the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology include in particular major international, independent transmission manufacturers: GETRAG Corporate Group and its international subsidiaries, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Magna International; TREMEC as well as BorgWarner.

In addition to transmission manufacturers, globally operating automobile groups that produce transmissions in-house rely on HOERBIGER synchronizers and transmission components. These include Daimler AG with its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands; Volkswagen Group and its VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands; French automaker Renault; the Opel and Chevrolet brands of General Motors; FIAT Powertrain Technologies with the brands Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep; the SAIC, JAC, FAW, Qoros and Changan brands in China; Hyundai Group in South Korea; as well as AvtoVAZ in Russia with the Lada brand.

Focused on synchronizer competence

In recent years, the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology focused its operation on the development and production of synchronizers for manual and double-clutch transmissions.

Its locations in Schongau, Oberstenfeld and Penzberg in Germany, the Waterloo plant in Canada, and the Changzhou site in China give the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology a worldwide and market-oriented presence.

"Our strategy is clear: as a reliable, global partner, who delivers top performance in Development and Production, our activities are centered around our customers and focused on product innovations.”

Thomas Englmann
Member of the Executive Board
and CEO of the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology