Schaeffler Australia: Innovative, versatile and tailor-made – system and service expertise for the Automotive Aftermarket
The Schaeffler Group is a global automotive and industrial supplier. Top quality, outstanding technology, and innovative spirit forms the basis of continued success of the company. By delivering high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for industrial applications, the Schaeffler Group is focused on shaping “Mobility for tomorrow”.
The technology company generated sales of approximately 14.2 billion euros 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 in 2018. Around 11,500 sales partners, and more than 70 sales and representative offices around the world, ensures customer proximity.
As a global company, Schaeffler has a strong local presence across the Asia Pacific region and the Schaeffler Australia business is committed to servicing the automotive aftermarket industry in Australia and New Zealand. 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 larger premises in Belrose (NSW).
Schaeffler Australia and New Zealand head office in Belrose, NSW.
Original Spare Parts For Transmission, Engine And Chassis
Schaeffler’s range of automotive aftermarket products are based on a comprehensive system approach and are available for all Asian and European vehicles 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, with its 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. Schaeffler has extensive OEM experience in these product categories and is a development partner to all major automotive manufactures.
In 1985, under the LuK brand, Schaeffler introduced its groundbreaking invention the dual mass flywheel (DMF) that 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 since this invention was introduced, and today every second new vehicle that is produced is equipped with a DMF.
The LuK Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) repair solution for all transmission types.
While manual transmissions are being less frequently installed in new vehicles, double-clutch technology is gaining market share. 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. The high quality of the parts and their perfect precision fit and use of the LuK special tool ensures that repairs can me made quickly and professionally.
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 LuK GearBOX contains all replacement parts and the required mounting material, along with step-by-step instructions, making it possible for workshops to conduct transmission repairs themselves.
The Schaeffler portfolio under the INA brand helps meet the demands for modern engines to use less fuel, be more powerful and operate smoothly – all of which increase the stress on engine components. 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 manufactures for chain-drive systems with over 100 years of experience and works in 18 R&D centres around the world to further develop its products. Schaeffler offers a comprehensive portfolio of repair solutions for chain drives in OEM quality. 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 comprehensive INA Timing Belt kits.
INA Timing Chain Kit For Passenger Cars.
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, and all necessary accessory parts, also a belt position diagram to assist with easy fitment. Schaeffler recommends the replacement of all system components when making repairs to the FEAD to ensure reliable results for this crucial vehicle operation and safety system.
With over 800 components and repair solutions for the valve train, the INA portfolio includes camshafts, bucket tappets, hydraulic camshaft timers, and control valves. The fastest-growing products include electric and hydraulic camshaft timers for chain and belt driven systems, which enable dynamic camshaft control – helping to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions.
Innovative systems for on-demand engine cooling systems, include the INA Thermal Management Module (TMM), invented by Schaeffler. The TMM uses sensor controlled rotary vanes to precisely adjust the temperature balance in the powertrain – enabling savings of up to four percent in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In addition, Schaeffler offers an industry-leading portfolio of mechanical, switchable, and electric water pumps.
With its heritage brand FAG, Schaeffler is a proven chassis specialist offering high-quality components for suspension, steering, damping and bearings.
Schaeffler 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 also 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. The high-quality range features market-leading coatings and sealing technologies, ensuring durability of the products.
New Components Added To The FAG Chassis Spare Parts Portfolio Include Steering and suspension parts, drive shafts and strut mountings.
Complete Kit Repair Solutions
Schaeffler’s 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
As vehicle repairs have become more complex and with the increasing number of new models, Schaeffler offers a wide range of services under its REPXPERT brand to support customers with training, technical field service, and information regarding repairs and the special tools required to perform them. 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 step by step installation videos, find service information, damage diagnostics, technical manuals RMI, and earn rewards via the bonus program. There is also a REPXPERT technical hotline with experts available to answer questions directly.
At REPXPERT.com.au, mechanics can quickly find all the components they need for repair work.
Ready For The Future – “Mobility For Tomorrow”
With its industry-leading R&D, Schaeffler is a development partner of automotive manufacturers for all key future technologies and initiatives, including electronic mobility and autonomous driving.
Schaeffler is already a developer and manufacturer of electronic axles and hybrid modules for electric vehicle producers around the world and is currently working on 25 different
e-mobility projects. This work includes innovations for the aftermarket in developing solutions for repair service.
“Projects like the Schaeffler’s Formula E racing around the world and 4ePerfomance concept vehicle, tests and improves the developments in Schaeffler’s electronic technology for the future.” Warren Barnett, Manager Automotive Aftermarket AU/NZ said.
Schaeffler Has Been Active In ABB FIA Formula E, The World’s First Electric Racing Series, From The First Season.
The vision of autonomous driving is becoming a reality, with ‘Space Drive’ technology systems being developed by Schaeffler Paravan. The technical feature is a digital control system which regulates all driving processes, eliminating the need for mechanical linkages.
Featuring interfaces for GPS, a host computer, cameras, radar, and sensors, ‘Space Drive’ technology offers a high level of flexibility so that autonomous – fully automated and driverless vehicles are possible for the future. Schaeffler Paravan continues to focus on developing this technology, as well as other innovative mobility systems.
Schaeffler will continue to develop automotive and automotive aftermarket technologies and solutions for the future as part of its “Mobility for tomorrow” strategy.
Schaeffler Australia offers global technical expertise and experience, comprehensive repair solutions and services directly to the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket.
“We’re focused on expanding our product ranges and distribution network to meet the needs of the local market for all makes and models. And with our dedicated 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, visit www.schaeffler-aftermarket.com.au.