SCHAEFFLER AUSTRALIA: INNOVATIVE, VERSATILE AND TAILOR-MADE
Providing system and service expertise for the Automotive Aftermarket
The Schaeffler Group, a global automotive and industrial supplier, says its commitment to top quality, outstanding technology, and an innovative spirit forms the basis of its continued success.
By delivering high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as bearing solutions for industrial applications, the Schaeffler Group says it is focused on shaping “Mobility for tomorrow.”
The technology company generated sales of approximately 14.2 billion euros (approximately 23 billion AUD) in 2018. With around 90,500 employees, Schaeffler is one of the world’s largest family companies and, with approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries, has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.
The Schaeffler Group has three business divisions – Automotive OEM, Automotive Aftermarket, and Industrial. The Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for Schaeffler’s global spare parts business and delivers components and holistic repair solutions for passenger cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles, and tractors.
With more than 1,700 employees, Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket generated sales of approximately 1.9 billion euros (approximately 3 billion AUD) in 2018.
As a global company, Schaeffler says it has a strong local presence across the Asia Pacific region. Schaeffler Australia operates in two locations, Sydney and Melbourne, and its field team services all Australian states and New Zealand. Earlier this year Schaeffler Australia relocated its Sydney headquarters to a larger premises in Belrose (NSW).
Original spare parts for transmission, engine and chassis
Schaeffler explains that its range of automotive aftermarket products are based on a comprehensive system approach and are available for all Asian and European vehicle makes and models.
With innovation, technical expertise, and the highest standards in original equipment quality, the company offers spare parts and complete repair solutions for clutches and release systems, transmission, engine and chassis applications under iconic brands LuK, INA and FAG.
Schaeffler’s LuK portfolio includes components for repair of all types of power transfer systems for continuously variable, double clutch, automatic and manual gearboxes. Its products cover the core areas of clutch systems, vibration damping, clutch release systems and transmissions. Further, Schaeffler says it has extensive OEM experience in these product categories and is a development partner to all major automotive manufacturers.
In 1985 Schaeffler introduced its “groundbreaking” invention, the dual mass flywheel (DMF), which reliably dampens torque vibrations in the transmission and ensures high levels of shifting and driving comfort, while also reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Over 115 million LuK DMFs have been produced and today every second new vehicle that is produced is equipped with a DMF.
Schaeffler has supplied OEMs with dry double clutches since 2008 and wet double clutches since 2014 this experience is applied to solutions for the aftermarket. With its LuK RepSet 2CT, Schaeffler is the market leader for double clutch repair solutions, covering 85 percent of the vehicle market for dry double clutches worldwide.
With the LuK GearBOX repair solution, Schaeffler offers a complete solution that simplifies the repair of manual and double clutch transmissions as well as differentials.
The Schaeffler portfolio under the INA brand helps meet the demands for modern engines to use less fuel, be more powerful and operate smoothly. INA offers intelligent cross-system repair solutions for the four key systems of the engine: for the timing drive (for both belt and chain driven vehicles), the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD), the valve train, and cooling system. The portfolio offers a wide range of individual products and complete system repair kit solutions.
Schaeffler is one of the largest OE parts manufacturers for chain-drive systems with over 100 years of experience and works in 18 R&D centers around the world to further develop its products. The INA Timing Chain Kit is vehicle specific and comes with the timing chain, timing chain sprockets, hydraulic and mechanical chain tensioners, tensioning rails and guide rails as well as the gaskets and mounting parts. Schaeffler also offers INA Timing Belt kits.
The INA FEAD Kit is designed to reduce vibrations and improve driving comfort. Kits are vehicle specific and come with all components in OE quality, including V-belt, tension and deflection pulleys, all necessary accessory parts and a belt position diagram to assist with easy fitment.
With its heritage brand FAG, Schaeffler says it is a proven chassis specialist offering high-quality components for suspension, steering, damping and bearings.
Schaeffler reportedly offers everything for the easy replacement of wheel bearings including high-precision and reliable wheel bearings and complex bearing modules – from the FAG WheelSet, to the FAG WheelPro for replacing the wheel bearings at both ends of a single axle, to wheel-bearing repair solutions for light commercial vehicles and pre-assembled wheel bearing units for heavy commercial vehicles, like the FAG Repair Insert Unit (RIU) and FAG SmartSET.
Schaeffler has recently expanded the FAG product range to include steering and suspension parts, drive shafts and strut mountings for chassis repairs.
The range includes control arms, tie rods, stabilisers, supporting and guide joints, and axial joint kits.
Complete kit repair solutions
Schaeffler states that its continuous improvement processes to meet the needs of workshops has resulted in numerous complete repair kits. The kits provide OE quality components, designed to work perfectly together for a reliable and complete repair, while saving money and time in ordering parts, installation and vehicle downtime.
Technical support for mechanics
The Schaeffler REPXPERT technical portal, www.repxpert.com.au, is available to support mechanics and automotive technicians in their work – with the right data, technical information and resources to help them in providing fast and efficient repairs.
Registration for the portal is free, and here mechanics can access Schaeffler product information, use the TecDoc product catalogue to search for repair parts and kits, watch installation videos, find service information, damage diagnostics, technical manuals and earn rewards via the bonus program.
Schaeffler Australia offers global technical expertise and experience, comprehensive repair solutions and services directly to the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket. With its industry-leading R&D, Schaeffler says it is a development partner of automotive manufacturers for all key future technologies and initiatives, including electronic mobility and autonomous driving.
“We’re focused on expanding our product ranges and distribution network to meet the needs of the local market. And with our REPXPERT website and hotline we aim to support local workshops with the technical information they need for their everyday work and more complex repairs,” Warren said.
Schaeffler products are distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand through national wholesalers, reseller groups as well as major chain stores. Schaeffler Australia is also a Capricorn Brand Partner.
For more information, call Schaeffler Australia on 1300 585 462 or visit www.schaeffler-aftermarket.com.au