- Strong customer base: all major automotive manufacturers as well as approx. 1,200 automotive suppliers (Tier 1)
- Change to new powertrain technologies addressed proactively: The number of customer projects and volume production orders in the field of E-Mobility is increasing continually
- New E-Mobility business division set up
Customers and products
One of the preferred technology partners, the Automotive OEM division is working on technologies for the various drive concepts, markets, and regions and delivers appropriate solutions for the most varied requirements of the automotive industry.
The division’s product range includes components and systems for vehicles with drive trains based on internal combustion engines as well as for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. Since January 01, 2018, all products and system solutions for electric mobility, i.e. for hybrid and purely battery electric vehicles, are managed centrally through the new E-Mobility business division. On this basis, the Automotive division is subdivided into the following four business divisions, which in turn comprise several business units and product lines:
- The Engine Systems BD develops and provides components and systems for engines. Precision products are key to helping engines consume less fuel and comply with increasingly stringent emissions standards. The product portfolio includes valve-lash adjustment elements, variable camshaft phasing units, timing and front end auxiliary drives, and thermal management modules.
- The Transmission Systems BD develops and provides components and systems for transmissions. Recent years have seen the development of numerous products for the various types of transmissions that have already made it into volume production. Automated manual transmissions and double-clutch transmissions have joined the classic manual and automatic transmissions.
- The E-Mobility BD combines all components and system solutions for hybrid and purely battery electric vehicles – from mild hybrids (48 volt) and plug-in hybrids through to purely electric vehicles. The product portfolio includes hybrid modules, primary components for continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), electric axle drives, hydrostatic clutch actuators and electric wheel hub drives.
- The Chassis Systems BD develops and provides components and systems for chassis. Its wide range of products includes wheel bearings and mechatronic systems through to electromechanical actuators for active chassis control with integrated sensors that capture data.
The Automotive OEM division’s global key account management function is responsible for serving key customers. In this manner, the Automotive OEM division is consistently aligned along customer and market needs and the course for its sustainable profitable growth has been set.
The key indicator for trends in the Automotive OEM division’s relevant market is global automobile production. Research institute IHS expects steady market growth in the next few years, with electric drives characterizing the mobility of the future. By 2030, as much as 30% of all newly produced cars will be using all-electric traction/drive systems according to a scenario recently proposed by Schaeffler. 30% will be equipped exclusively with an internal combustion engine and 40% will have a hybrid powertrain consisting of an internal combustion engine plus an electric drive. The Automotive OEM division responds to these challenges with a comprehensive approach. Whether components and systems for vehicles with drive trains based on the internal combustion engine or hybrid and electric vehicle applications – the division provides innovative solutions for all types of drives in order to make low-emission driving fit for the future.
Key growth drivers
Under the strategy “Mobility for tomorrow”, the Automotive OEM division addresses the current megatrends of the automotive sector - drives reducing fuel consumption and emissions, electrification, shared mobility, interconnectedness, and autonomous driving. These megatrends offer growth perspectives in all market segments. These perspectives are driven, in particular, by growing sales of modules and systems in the field of new electrification technologies, which is intended to considerably increase content per vehicle, and, as a result, generate growth approximately four percentage points higher than the annual growth rate of the global automotive market.
From drive trains based solely on an internal combustion engine through to a hybrid or electric design: The Schaeffler Group’s broad development expertise creates tailored drive solutions for the mobility needs of the various target markets, making an important contribution to ensuring that tomorrow’s mobility is efficient and clean.
Drives reducing fuel consumption and emissions: The Automotive OEM division’s comprehensive know-how enables it to make the classic drive train as eco-friendly as possible and has a broad and growing product portfolio. The integrated torque converter, the electronic clutch, the electric camshaft phasing unit, the fully variable valve control system UniAir, and the second-generation thermal management module offer innovative solutions for meeting legal limits and emission targets.
Electrification: Considerable potential improvements are offered by the electrification of conventional drive trains. In light of this, the field of E-Mobility represents one of the key opportunities for the future under the strategy “Mobility for tomorrow". Consequently, the E-Mobility initiative was defined as part of the excellence program “Agenda 4 plus One”. The Automotive OEM division already offers innovative solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles today. 48-volt systems with components by the Automotive OEM division being a particularly cost-efficient solution for driving with zero local emissions. These systems enable electric clutch systems, as well as hybrid modules and electric axles to be integrated in existing vehicle architectures, making new efficient and convenient features possible. Plug-in hybrids offer all-electric driving, allowing for zero local emissions. Another development was the electric axle, a modular solution for hybrid vehicles and all-electric driving cars. The modular design of this all-electric driving drive makes it highly versatile. The electric wheel hub drive ”E-Wheel Drive” offers innovative technology for the Mobility of tomorrow, as well. This highly integrated drive facilitates completely new vehicle designs.
The number of customer projects and volume production orders in the field of electric mobility is continually increasing. The division plans on as at least 15% of total Automotive OEM revenue being generated by components, subsystems and systems for hybrid and fully battery-electric vehicles as early as 2020. The Schaeffler Group has received a total of currently eight volume production orders for e-axles and hybrid modules from various automobile manufacturers around the world, the main driver being the Greater China region, which is increasingly setting global market trends in electric mobility. Three of these volume production orders for e-axles and hybrid modules came from China.
Shared mobility, interconnectedness, and autonomous driving: Interconnectedness between people, processes, data, and things is advancing at an unstoppable speed and is one of the strongest growth segments of the future. The digital revolution also influences all facets of the automotive sector. For Automotive OEM, a key component here is the development of intelligent components and systems for autonomous driving, electrification, and interconnectedness. The wheel hub drive offers the perfect platform for driverless and shared vehicles and mobility solutions. Integral electromechanical sensors assess parameters such as location and road surface condition and transmit them to the cloud. Topics such as autonomous and interconnected driving as well as shared mobility are also giving rise to new development partnerships and business models.