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ZF: A reliable partner to the Australian truck industry

ZF is one of the world’s premier automotive technology companies, providing cutting edge original equipment componentry to car, truck and bus manufacturers across the globe.

It is also a major manufacturer and provider of aftermarket products to the same high original equipment (OE) standards, to service the heavy vehicle market in Australia. Through its SACHS, LEMFÖRDER and TRW brands, ZF offers the Australian aftermarket shock absorbers, steering and suspension componentry, clutches, and even transmission lubricants, all developed to maximise service life and minimise downtime.

These too, are the result of the latest refinements to ZF’s truck benchmark transmission, TraXon, which now includes predictive maintenance capability among its many advanced features.

Significantly the world’s first modular design, with the capability of adding setting-off and shift modules, the lightweight TraXon transmission now uses GPS-based connectivity to provide owners with real-time monitoring of the vehicle’s operation.

By being able to monitor the condition of components such as transmission oil or clutch discs, via the Cloud, the vehicle operator can proactively plan routine or necessary maintenance, maximising efficiency and reducing downtime.

As global leaders in transmission technology, ZF recognised the need for original equipment quality lubricant for gearboxes and differentials.
Called EcoFluid M, ZF has developed a premium-grade synthetic transmission lubricant, whose durability properties enhance decreased maintenance and operating costs by extending operational life between changes to three years, one more than the industry norm.

SACHS shock absorbers are another ZF aftermarket replacement component, all manufactured to full original-equipment specifications and available to fit a wide range of leading commercial vehicles. There are also SACHS shock absorbers for trailers and even the driver’s cab, as well as an extensive range of suspension springs.

ZF also offers a range of SACHS truck clutches and components, again made to original equipment standards, and designed to both maximise power delivery and durability.

ZF’s LEMFÖRDER is another aftermarket player, offering Australian operators a comprehensive range of chassis and steering parts, including drag links, tie-rods, v-links and more. These have been designed to bolt in as direct original equipment replacement or for vehicle enhancement, providing operational benefits like increased payload, reduced fuel consumption and optimised driving dynamics.

While from TRW – a commercial vehicle component specialist since 1906 – ZF provides a range of steering and suspension products, including linkages and steering gear systems, in a quality ‘Corner Module’ portfolio.
Fitments are flexible to suit the wide variety of heavy vehicles operating in the Australian market.

All aftermarket parts available through ZF are made to the same manufacturing processes as their OE components and subject to the same quality and inspection processes for maximum performance.

Making all of these aftermarket components accessible is the ZF Part Finder app, available free to download from app stores. By setting Australia as the default country, the ZF Part Finder app allows customers to search for SACHS, LEMFÖRDER and TRW replacement parts by various means, from the part number, the vehicle’s VIN or the vehicle’s manufacturer.

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