Mahle Powertrain Ltd., a subsidiary of Germany-based Mahle Group, has announced the acquisition of transmission specialist ZG-Zahnrader und Getriebe. The company said the expertise of ZG-Zahnrader und Getriebe in optimised gear design and transmission layouts will enable Mahle Powertrain to bring about efficiency improvements throughout the drivetrain.
The latest move will enhance integrated development of the entire powertrain, optimising balance of performance, efficiency, packaging and NVH, the company noted.
Mahle Powertrain stated that ZG-Zahnrader und Getriebe is a perfect complement to its dual powertrain strategy and builds unique competencies with the recently-expanded £8.3m Real Driving Emissions Centre.
Simon Reader, Mahle Powertrain Engineering Director, said since drivetrains are increasingly integrated in pursuit of reduced emissions, efficiency gains come from increasingly focussed refinements. Gears can be overlooked, whether in the ICE, transmission or an electric driveline and today’s high torque hybrid powertrains demand exceptional gear refinement and durability, but there is a constant need to reduce component size and weight, he noted.
Dr. Martin Berger, Director, Mahle Powertrain Engineering Services, said the acquisition is another important step in the expansion of MAHLE Powertrain’s capabilities and further reinforces its position as an engineering services provider across all powertrain technologies.