ZF Services shift it up a gear
THE Sunshine State's Truck Show was a big event not just for Brisbane.
The same could be said for ZF Services Australia too.
The event saw the official Australian debut of the ZF's TraXon transmission, the first in the world to offer a modular design.
The design enables basic transmission to be combined with various setting-off and shift modules, to assist in a more economical practice and give manufacturers and operators the best flexibility for every application.
Offering 12 or 16 forward gears and up to four reverse gears, TraXon is suitable for torque requirements of up to 3400Nm and can be linked to five modules.
ZF is renowned in the industry for its technological advancement and product offerings and its new TraXon meets the commercial vehicle market's requirements for a versatile, flexible solution.
This makes the transmission more economical in practice, giving manufacturers and operators the best possible flexibility for every application, as well as increasing driver comfort.
TraXon features ZF's innovative electronics, including software, combining the predictive shifting strategy, PreVision GPS, as well as a rolling and rock-the-vehicle-free function.
Alongside the TraXon, ZF showcased its AS Tronic automatic transmission, which will gradually be replaced by TraXon over the coming years.
The team also had on hand the Intarder wear-free brake system option for both TraXon and AS Tronic.
The Intarder system assumes 90% of all braking without involving the service brake; thereby increasing safety, reducing brake wear, brake dust, noise emissions, and most of all reducing maintenance costs.
The company also celebrated three decades of operation in Australia during the event.
"A significant portion of our business in Australia is in the trucking and commercial vehicle sector and we owe much of the longevity of our business to the relationships we have established in this industry,” ZF Services Australia managing director Mark Sookais said.
"Our stand is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment, not just in original equipment, but also in replacement parts and components.”
Today the Australian operation has more than 60 staff located at two distribution hubs in Sydney and Perth, and provides state representation in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The company has a global workforce of around 137,000 in around 230 locations in 40 countries.