Together on the Path to Efficient Future Mobility

Schaeffler Showcases Diversified Range of Offerings for Automobiles of the Future at Tokyo Motor Show

Together on the Path to Efficient Future Mobility
(PresseBox) ( Herzogenaurach / Tokyo, )
- Exhibits feature Honda i-DCD hybrid system with Schaeffler double clutch technology and 48-volt ideas for entry-level hybridization

- Bringing together global technology and Japanese innovation to optimize vehicle performance and driving pleasure

- In the region for the region, out of the region for the global network

Schaeffler participates in the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 from November 20 to December 1 with a wide array of technologies for the optimization of internal combustion engine based drive trains as well as hybrid solutions and products for all-electric mobility, under the theme Efficient Future Mobility. Highlights of exhibits at the Schaeffler booth in East Hall 6 include the electromechanical phasing system for valve trains, the Honda i-DCD hybrid system equipped with Schaeffler's double clutch technology and the 48-volt system for entry-level hybridization.

Innovative hybridization - new era in drive-train technology

The combination of Japanese hybrid technology and European double clutch solutions marks a new era in drive train technology. The Honda i-DCD hybrid technology integrated with the Schaeffler double-clutch system offers the highest fuel economy in the world. The system offers the option of using the electric drive for starting the engine and driving at low speeds. On deceleration, the internal combustion engine disengages, allowing the electric motor to maximize regenerative braking efficiency.

The newly developed 48-volt smart hybrid system is another example of an innovative idea for efficient future mobility. The advanced concept shows potential for offering essential advantages of a hybrid vehicle and, at the same time, is an economically attractive, low-cost option that allows CO2 emissions to be reduced by up to 15 percent.

In keeping with the trend of individual mobility and the still-dominant role of internal combustion engine based drive trains, key components for fuel saving engine technology, innovative transmission systems and sustainable chassis solutions are on display at the exhibition. In addition, Schaeffler also showcases various solutions for E-mobility such as comfortable high-performance engine start-stop functions, hybrid clutches and hybrid modules.

Matching global technology and Japanese innovation for efficient mobility

"We want to deepen our relationships with Japanese customers and contribute to further innovation," says Shinzo Yotsumoto, Managing Director of Schaeffler Japan, and Representative Director and President of its Automotive Division. "Bringing together European technologies and Japanese innovations is one of the ways in which Schaeffler can contribute to the development of innovative and creative solutions for future mobility."

The Honda i-DCD technology is an excellent example. It is a combination of Japan's preeminent hybrid technologies and innovative efforts and Schaeffler's most recent double clutch system. Schaeffler has collaborated with many global manufacturers, including several leading Japanese car makers, and boasts an excellent record for supplying a wide variety of engine, transmission and chassis solutions out of its global manufacturing and engineering footprint. Optimization solutions such as the high efficiency chain for continuously variable transmission (CVT) for Subaru and Jatco, the damper and clutch technology for the NISSAN Fuga Hybrid as well as valvetrain components for highly efficient engines and many more are results of such successful collaboration.

Globally, the Japanese automotive industry has played an important role in developing technologies to increase fuel efficiency and safety in vehicles besides making major advances in the drive towards hybridization and electric mobility. "We believe Schaeffler can make a number of contributions to Japan's automotive industry, which is one of the nation's key industries, and are confident these opportunities will increase in the future, especially in rapidly developing markets in Asia," says Mr. Yotsumoto.

The automotive market is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Tighter emission and safety regulations, diversified markets and stronger demand for driving pleasure will add to the increasing complexity of the industry. This is especially true in emerging markets, where the demands for vehicle function and performance differ greatly from those in developed automotive markets such as Europe, North America, and Japan.

In the region for the region, out of the region for the global network

"Schaeffler operates as a global partner giving it a distinct advantage in locally developing and manufacturing customized products which meet local requirements. As part of our diversification strategy to address the future challenges of the automobile industry, we are expanding our global footprint, in tandem with our customers, in key growth markets - particularly in Japan." says Wolfgang Dangel, Member of the Executive Board, President Automotive of Schaeffler AG. "We are making timely strategic investments to enhance our production and R&D footprint in key growth markets such as South East Asia, India and China which enables us to fulfill our role as global development partner for Japanese Car Makers.

Schaeffler Japan, the company's subsidiary in Japan, has implemented a series of strategic initiatives for strengthening the organization in line with this customer-centric approach. The transmission, engine and chassis business units are integrated to focus on vehicle and system understanding. In addition, by pursuing global key account management approach the company is able to further strengthen its strategic partnerships with Japanese car makers. Continuing efforts to consolidate its local presence, in January 2014 Schaeffler Japan plans to open a sales office in Utsunomiya.

"The word 'Meisterschaft' in German," according to Shinzo Yotsumoto, "describes the spirit of honoring outstanding manufacturing techniques. Schaeffler has valued this ideal since the time the company was established. We are ensuring premium quality and zero defects for our customers through our world wide uniform quality management system, manufacturing standards and production processes. I believe this has much in common with the Japanese idea of 'monozukuri', which embodies a commitment to producing and creating things."
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