ZD Automotive — a German-Chinese success story
Founded in 2012, ZD Automotive is a limited liability company under German law based in Großmehring near Ingolstadt and offers products and technical services for vehicle infotainment systems, connectivity, ADAS and autonomous driving. ZD develops software and hardware solutions for vehicle bus systems that facilitate the development and testing of modern vehicles. In addition to Ingolstadt/Großmehring, the company is currently establishing further branches in Stuttgart and Berlin.
On 18.12.2020, ZD Automotive concluded a cooperation agreement with TUM International GmbH. The cooperation between the two companies relates to the areas of research collaboration, knowledge transfer and consulting for business development in the Chinese market. TUMint is contributing in the cooperation with ZD Automotive its experience in the establishment and development of industry-related research sites and is advising ZD Automotive on this. TUMint also mediates between researchers working in the TUM environment with research projects seeking entry opportunities in China. Qiang Zhou, the founder of ZD Automotive, is himself also a TUM alumni.
Through its wholly owned subsidiary ZD-UNI InnoPark in Nanjing/China, ZD Automotive can offer a wide range of services for start-ups looking to expand into the Chinese market. This includes for example:
— Coworking space in China
— Funding consulting
— Project scouting
— HR and legal consulting
— VC platform etc.
Besides the Inno-Park in Nanjing, ZD Automotive also has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Hefei. The company sees itself as a bridge builder between Germany and China and wants to enable German start-ups to develop further in China.
With the ZD-UNI InnoPark in Nanjing, China, ZD is opening up a new business segment in which it supports German companies in their expansion into China. Through its own business development in China, ZD has a lot of experience and a large partner network in the Yangtze River Delta and other locations in China. ZD can also use its ecosystem to act as an “accelerator” for a company and provide on-site support through a local support team. In addition, ZD’s access to government funding offers German companies a variety of attractive financing options.
Nanjing is located in the economically strong Yangtze River Delta, where the manufacturing industry in particular, especially the automotive industry with all OEMs is represented. The largest cities in the Yangtze River Delta are Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.
— Medium-sized company with min. 20% growth potential
— Research projects that already have patent protection but are still looking for a partner for industrialization
— Holders of patents or licenses to be sold internationally
German industries that are particularly interesting for the Chinese market from ZD’s point of view:
— Automotive/supplier, body shop
— Surface treatment
— Medical technology (devices!) / Health Care (e.g. Siemens)
— Tools, mechanics, mechanical engineering, precision mechanics (computer-aided machine control such as CNC milling, etc.)
— Automation Technology/Robotics
— Renewable Energies/Energy Technology