Volkswagen is converting its plant in Zwickau/Mosel: It will be the group’s first plant to exclusively manufacture electric vehicles in large numbers. Other OEMs produce models with combustion engine and electric drive on one line. What strategies are behind it?
It's the biggest order in the company's history: In the coming years, ZF Friedrichshafen will supply eight-speed automatic transmissions to BMW. The contract has a volume in the tens of billions. The supplier also presented its business figures recently.
The panel discussion at the 10th VDI Symposium "Casting Technology in Engine Construction" took place according to the theme "Strategic Challenges of the Foundry Industry through Shifts in Value Chains in the Mobility Sector".
Structural die casting components are increasingly popular for the automotive industry. Currently, they are proving their strengths above all with upper class cars such as the new Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW series 8 Coupé or the Mercedes-Benz C class. Foundries that want to take advantage of this development must have the proper know-how and suitable facilities.