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The Schaeffler Group aims to help customers meet the challenges resulting from global trends such as urbanization, digitalization, shortage of resources, and climate change, such as reducing CO2 emissions with innovative products and system solutions. In 2017, the company defined the focus issue “Green products” for the “Customers and products” field of action. This includes developing and manufacturing products contributing significantly and measurably to making urban and interurban mobility, eco-friendly drives, and the energy chain environmentally sound.
One example in the field of eco-friendly drives is the “Gasoline Technology Car II” (GTC II) concept car, which demonstrates the potential of intelligent state-of-the-art 48 volt hybridization. The GTC II facilitates additional fuel savings of 13% in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) compared to the GTC I presented at the Vienna Motor Symposium in 2014.
Sustainable “Mobility for tomorrow” requires considering the entire energy chain. In the energy chain field, the Schaeffler Group develops solutions for generating, storing as needed, converting, and utilizing energy. The Schaeffler Group develops high-performance components for wind turbines and supports operators with services such as sensor-based remote diagnostics. In addition, the company is researching coatings to increase the efficiency of hydrogen and fuel cells. In the field of energy utilization, the Schaeffler Group is working on improving existing technologies and further electrifying the drive train.
As a result of increasingly complex products and supply chains, ensuring product safety is proving challenging for many manufacturing companies. In the interest of product safety, the Schaeffler Group’s customers place high demands on brand protection. In 2017, the Schaeffler Group gave end customers, distributors, and authorities the OriginCheck app, a tool to quickly and easily carry out an initial check on products purchased. If this check leads the user to suspect that a product may be counterfeit, he or she can use the app to take direct further steps to obtain proper clarification. These checks are based on GS1-standard data matrix codes (DMC) that are placed on Schaeffler packaging. These two-dimensional codes contain various types of information in an encrypted form and identify the product worldwide with no conflicts.