DETROIT—ZF Friedrichshafen has completed its acquisition of Wabco Holdings Inc. in a deal that—valued at more than $7 billion—demonstrates a prominent foray into self-driving commercial vehicles for the supplier.
A ZF spokesman confirmed that the German parts supplier, which specializes in driveline and chassis technology, completed its acquisition of Wabco on May 29.
ZF first announced its plans to purchase Wabco, largely a trucking parts supplier, in March 2019. Wabco's Americas headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Mich., not far from several other major automotive suppliers in the suburban Detroit area, but its corporate headquarters is in Bern, Switzerland.
Wabco supplies integrated braking systems and stability control systems, air suspension systems and transmission automation controls, as well as aerodynamics, telematics and fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses and trailers.
"The combination of these two successful enterprises will bring a new dimension of innovation and capability for commercial vehicle systems technology," ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said in a statement. "Thanks to our perfectly complementary portfolios and competencies, we are able to offer unprecedented solutions and services for manufacturers and fleets globally. In this way, we are actively shaping the future of the changing transportation industry."
ZF previously said it expects to generate about $44 billion a year in revenue from the purchase, which it hopes will form a leading integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle technology.
This also isn't the first big move ZF has made toward the future. Previously, ZF pledged to invest more than $13.6 billion into electric vehicles and autonomous driving.
In 2014, ZF acquired TRW Automotive in a $13.5 billion deal to expand into the self-driving car market.
ZF also announced in March its partnership with self-driving truck company TuSimple for development and commercialization of its autonomous systems.
The crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic did not significantly delay the close of the deal as it was expected to be finalized in the second quarter of this year, the company has said.
Still, reports say that ZF has not been exempt from other hits resulting from the current crisis. According to Reuters, the supplier told employees that it plans to reduce its workforce by up to 15,000 jobs, or around 10 percent, by 2025 as a result of a slump in demand.
ZF ranks No. 5 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $36.9 billion in 2018.