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ZF appoints NZ sales and technical executive

Heavy vehicle driveline specialist, ZF Services Australia, has announced the appointment of Glenn Ayres to the position of Regional OE Sales & Technical Support Executive for New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

According to ZF, from 17 February Ayres will be focused on increasing the company’s presence in the NZ bus and coach market and strategically guiding and supporting the authorised partner network. Additionally, he will represent the entire ZF products portfolio in the market.

“We’re very excited to have Glenn join the ZF Services family,” said ZF Head OE OES Sales Oceania, Gary Bain.

“It’s an exciting time for ZF, with technology constantly evolving and our product range ever growing. It’s timely that we increase our presence in this strategically important region," he said.
With technical and engineering background, Ayres studied mechanical engineering before going on to become a master technician for Scania Truck and Bus in his native England.

Following a stint with Scania Australia, he commenced work with ZF Services UK in 2004; initially holding the position of Product Support Engineer and later General Sales Manager.

Over the past two years he has been working in the industrial chemical field, primarily in the automotive and transportation markets.

ZF’s OE range for buses and coaches features a vast catalogue of parts, from driveline, to steering, brakes, chassis and electronic components.

Across the region, the company claims, ZF transmissions have found favour with new bus and coach buyers, with 90 per cent of deliveries featuring products such as the ZF Ecolife, ZF AS-Tronic, and more recently, the ZF Traxon, which reportedly delivers top fuel savings, comfort levels and noise reduction characteristics.

The company said it is also at the cutting edge of future technologies, providing electric drive systems to city bus fleets globally, with the AxTrax AVE low-floor electric portal axle featuring liquid-cooled motors integrated directly into the axle.

ZF said later this year will see the release of the centre drive electric product, CeTrax, for the evolving city bus market on new chassis and even potentially the replacement of diesel engines with electric drives.

The company also offers intelligent connectivity solutions via the Openmatics platform, supplying telematic and diagnostic products for fleet managers.

On the chassis front, ZF said it has a full suite of active and passive dampers, as well as axle systems for practically every application.

(Image: Newly appointed ZF Regional OE Sales & Technical Support Executive for New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands, Glenn Ayres.)

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