ZF To Build Transmissions for BMW

An agreement has been reached between ZF Transmissions and BMW that is expected to localize the supply chain between the two companies. The Laurens County Advertiser this week reported this comes from statements from both companies last Friday. The front-page story states that ZF’s Gray Court facility will manufacture its advanced 8-speed automatic transmission for BMW’s plant at Greer. The Advertiser article quote’s ZF CEO Wolf-Hennig Scheider saying, “This business win is the largest single order in the history of ZF.” He added, “When it comes to electrification of passenger cars, in addition to pure electric drives, it confirms our strategy to focus on plug-in hybrids as an every-day solution and to develop attractive products in these areas.” ZF reported this order has a ‘double-digit billion (Euro) value.’

The Advertiser quoted Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Jon Coleman as saying this new partnership between ZF and BMW is tremendous for ZF’s Laurens County facility. “This announcement shows that the Upstate of South Carolina is one of the major automotive manufacturing hubs, not only in the U.S. but in the world.”

The report indicates production of the new generation of the transmission is set to begin at ZF’s Saarbrucken plant in 2022 then move to Gray Court and China.

More details on this development are available in this week’s Laurens County Advertiser.