Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng include steering systems in joint venture

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 11, 2020

Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Auto Parts have added steering systems and associated activities to their joint venture. This move represents the latest step in the two parties‘ commitment to expanding the joint venture.

The joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng was established in 2015 and focused on the production of air brake products. Based on their original collaboration in the field of braking systems for commercial vehicles, the parties are now expanding their cooperation to include steering systems. They are also increasing their investment and cooperation in research and development in the field of automated driving.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with Knorr-Bremse in recent years. We are serving customers who are steadily demanding an operating ecosystem that works efficiently through better integration and simplified operation. Knorr-Bremse‘s experience in the truck sector combined with its advances in steering systems will deliver a powerful experience to our customers, together with greater operational efficiency,” said Chen Xinglin, vice president of Dongfeng Limited, CEO and general manager of Dongfeng Auto Parts.

Dr Peter Laier, member of the executive board of Knorr-Bremse responsible for the commercial vehicle systems division said the joint venture had performed well since it began.

“In close cooperation with Dongfeng, we have developed products and solutions more closely adapted to the specific requirements of the Chinese market. By including steering systems in the joint venture, we are taking another important step in order to become a market player in the Chinese commercial vehicle steering systems market. At the same time, the combination of braking and steering systems will build the basis for us to become a system supplier for driver assistance systems (DAS) and highly automated driving (HAD). This will help to improve the road safety of China’s commercial vehicles.”

Along with a strong call to promote the efficiency and safety of commercial vehicles in China, the expanding cooperation represents a positive response to the increased automation and networking of transport operations.