BWI Group and thyssenkrupp Steering partner in EMB to lead world’s chassis-by-wire technology 

  • BWI and thyssenkrupp will forge a long-term partnership to develop cutting-edge X-by-Wire chassis technology. 
  • The jointly developed Electro-Mechanical-Brake (EMB) systems will enable Level-3 and above autonomous driving capabilities. 
  • Start of production and global sales for the new EMB system are slated for 2026.  
  • Dynamic testing of third-generation EMB prototypes has garnered significant interest from several automakers.  

April 9, Budapest. BWI Group, a world-leading tier-1 intelligent automotive chassis supplier, and thyssenkrupp Steering, a global tier-1 automotive partner for steering solutions signed a contract for the development and manufacture of a pioneering Electro-Mechanical Brake (EMB) technology. This collaboration aims to further advance Level 3 and above autonomous driving brake capabilities. 

The long-term cooperation will pave the way for further chassis-by-wire collaboration. The technical synergies will drive the future of X-by-wire chassis systems and enable the transformation from assisted to autonomous driving by enhancing safety, comfort and efficiency. 

George Chang, CEO of BWI Group, and Patrick Vith, CEO of thyssenkrupp Steering, formalized the agreement in Budapest, Hungary, on April 9. Executives from both companies were present at the signing ceremony. 

“We at BWI are excited about the future of chassis-by-wire,” said George Chang, CEO of BWI Group. “We are pleased to be collaborating with thyssenkrupp Steering on this truly innovative technology, leveraging our expertise in braking systems since 1934 and our century-long heritage of chassis technology innovation to drive progress within the industry.”

“Together, we want to contribute to the next generation of chassis systems and set standards for safety, performance, and sustainability” said Patrick Vith, CEO of thyssenkrupp Steering. “Our many years of experience as a major supplier in the steering sector will stand us in good stead.” 

Under the agreement, BWI Group and thyssenkrupp Steering will leverage their strengths and expertise in safety-critical systems and software to bolster their collaboration.  Both companies will accelerate the joint development of EMB systems as one important element of future vehicle motion control (VMC) solutions.  

BWI Group brings more than a century of history and real-world R&D and production experience to the development of the new EMB product, including expertise in brakes and suspension systems. It serves more than 50 customers worldwide. The company also leverages its prior experience with EMB systems as Delphi in the 2000s.  

thyssenkrupp Steering has been developing steer-by-wire technology for many years. The company contributes deep knowledge of new electrical/electronic (E/E) architectures and software, as well as its competence in electro-mechanical braking systems derived from steering technology. 

Dr. Karsten Kroos, CEO of thyssenkrupp Automotive Technology said “Through partnerships like this one, we aim to develop competitive components for modern chassis systems serving the global automotive industry in an agile, innovative, and capital-efficient manner. Our focus is on synergies in technology and costs.” 

Dr. Karsten Kroos, CEO of thyssenkrupp Automotive Technology said:

“Through partnerships like this one, we aim to develop competitive components for modern chassis systems serving the global automotive industry in an agile, innovative, and capital-efficient manner. Our focus is on synergies in technology and costs.” 

Doug Carson, CTO of BWI Group said: “We have strong expectations in forging this strategic partnership with thyssenkrupp. Together, our brake-by-wire expertise will drive chassis technology breakthroughs that meet global standards and promote EMB adoption in Europe, North America, and Asia.”    

EMB R&D will occur at BWI Group’s global R&D Centers located in Italy, Poland, U.S. and China, along with its Shanghai Software Center; thyssenkrupp’s technical centers in Hungary and Liechtenstein will also perform significant roles. 

Pioneering full-dry EMB technology 

The jointly developed EMB system is a premier offering that complements both companies’ controlled chassis portfolios. The two companies are now developing the third generation of EMB, a revolutionary technology that fulfills the need for simplified vehicle assembly while providing braking redundancy for Level 3 and above autonomous driving technologies. 

Featuring a dual-motor design, efficient packaging, and novel redundancy, the newly developed EMB caliper ensures safety and reliability. Its reaction speed for time to wheel lock (TTL) is nearly twice as fast than modern one box wet brake systems.  Additionally, it enables complete braking energy recovery and fully meets the electric and intelligent needs of braking systems for smart vehicles. 

EMB is a visionary brake technology that eliminates the need for brake fluid while offering precise control with zero drag. It will become the definitive solution for future brake-by-wire technology, replacing current hydraulic calipers, and the accompanying One-Box and Two-Box brake actuation/modulation systems.  

Globalized production anticipated in 2026 

Looking ahead, the project plans to establish state-of-the-art automated production lines by 2025. Production and product delivery are expected to begin in 2026. BWI Group’s advanced automated production facilities worldwide will coordinate and expedite the mass production of EMB systems, ensuring this groundbreaking technology is available to a wide array of automakers worldwide.  

Leveraging BWI Group’s nine manufacturing facilities and multiple proving grounds spread across key automotive centers in Asia, Europe, and North America, this cooperation regarding EMB systems, ensures efficient production and widespread distribution. Because the products are designed for worldwide markets, they will be manufactured to high standards to fulfill the variety of local demands and requirements.  

Strong market growth ahead 

EMB technology is becoming the focus of key automotive manufacturers, and it represents game-changing evolution for automotive chassis systems and the future demands of propulsion drive systems, electrification, performance, and sustainability. The jointly developed EMB caliper system underwent dynamic tests in Sweden, U.S. and China. Enthusiastic feedback and interests well as cooperation intentions were secured with major automakers in the three continents. 

An industrial forecast projects that EMB calipers will contribute 13% of the total global braking market by 2035. 

Winter tests prove BWI Group’s top technology

EMB dynamic test leads brake-by-wire

BWI Group conducted dynamic extreme-cold tests for the quality and performance of the product lineup installed on all-new mainstream car models in Europe, North America and Asia, while its revolutionary Electro Mechanic Braking technology dynamic test wrapped up on Mar 8.

As the world’s leading tier one supplier, BWI Group insists on carrying out winter tests in three continents, which not only proves the performance and working status of the Group’s intelligent chassis products in real snow and cold conditions, but also reflects the more stringent global R&D standards of BWI Group.

George Chang, member of Board of Directors and Global CEO of BWI Group said, “Our products are sold globally alongside vehicle products from over 50 customers worldwide. Consequently, BWI Group must adhere to increasingly rigorous international technical standards throughout the entire R&D to production process. For instance, we firmly maintain conducting extreme cold tests annually in China, the United States, and Europe to fulfill the demands of international standards.”

Given the global chassis market is rife with varying regulations and technical standards in areas such as safety, environmental protection, noise, and electromagnetic compatibility, the smart chassis company works in world-class vehicle testing centers in Swedish Lapland, the U.S. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and farthest northern Heilongjiang Province in China every winter to prove the latest smart brakes and suspensions for world-renowned auto brands’ latest models.

Based on the customer centered culture and values, the international premium tier-1 supplier’s winter tests in three regions are designed to focus on real ice, snow, and cold conditions for robust product development to meet the strict standards and differentiated needs of the three major automobile markets, drawing closer to Customers in Europe, the U.S., and China.

This year, the company’s line-up in the global winter tests include iDBC1 (1-Box) integrated brake control system, Electric Parking Brake, Electric Stability Control, the 4th generation MagneRide suspension, and the Semi-Active Roll Control system.

It is worth mentioning that the company’s industry-leading controlled braking technology, full-dry Electro-Mechanical Brake, is now undergoing a dynamic extreme-cold test on a premium SUV in Arjeplog, Sweden, to prove its performance and global quality.

The full-dry EMB is full electric plug and play product fully meeting the needs of smart braking system to empower higher-level autonomous driving, and it quietly completed its maiden winter test in February, 2023 in China’s Heilongjiang Province.

Ambitious future target

Facing the future of intelligent and electric automobiles, BWI Group has actively developed technology and expanded production of smart chassis products with the efforts of over 900 R&D team members worldwide.

BWI Group’s brake-by-wire and active suspension products are empowering Level-2 to Level-4 Plus autonomous driving and lead to a climbing market share of intelligent products in global sales.

BWI Group’s brake-by-wire products recently entered the European market in a large deal with a well-known European auto group, and also returned to the mainstream market in North America with a high-volume application last year.

The company started providing iDBC2 (2-Box) and iDBC1 intelligent wired braking systems in the second half of 2023. An iDBC1 production line recently completed its construction in Jiangsu province, China.

George Chang said, “Our smart chassis products, including wired braking and active suspension systems, are gaining global markets speedily, and their order values are 1.7 times of our foundation brakes and passive dampers last year.”

BWI Group’s braking and suspension products lead the market with high quality in the same field and have been recognized by more than 50 global automakers. Thanks to the progress on technological breakthroughs, business development, and production, The company’s total order value rocketed by nearly 300% year-on-year in 2023.

The company’s solid development has benefited from the integration of its global resources from three continents, Asia, Europe and North America, to empower global smart mobility.

With a heritage reaching back over 100 years, BWI Group is now operating a total of 9 production bases, 7 research and development centers, and 1 software center worldwide.

BWI Group commits to carbon-neutral production

Sustainability ambition launched as new plant sets benchmark

  • Concrete measures taken to achieve zero carbon emission goals.
  • BWI 2.0 strategy advanced by new management team with global background.
  • Global footprint expands to provide safe, comfortable, smart and sustainable mobility solutions.

Nov. 21, Beijing. BWI Group announces its latest sustainability ambition with expectations to achieve carbon-neutrality in operations by 2027 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across its supply chain. This announcement was made along with a series of other worldwide initiatives at the start of the production ceremony of the company’s Zhangjiakou Manufacturing Base.

George Chang, Board Director and Global CEO of BWI Group said at the ceremony on Nov 17:

“BWI Group is actively taking the responsibility of corporate citizen as a key link in the auto industry upstream value chain. We launched concrete measures worldwide in all our sites to empower customers to realize their carbon emission goals.”

BWI Group has developed an ambitious carbon neutral plan to promote customers’ sustainable development activities around the world. The first step is to power all BWI Group manufacturing facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2027, which will help the group achieve carbon-neutral emissions in operations in the same year.

The second step is to remove an equivalent amount of all 7 greenhouse gases from emissions in production and supply-chain activities to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in supply chain by 2050, according to BWI Group’s ambitious sustainability plan.

BWI Groups sustainability plan is directly related to 8 of the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

To reach these ambitions and targets, BWI Group has developed 8 workstreams to drive decarbonization in its organization. This initiative is directly related to 8 of the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and indirectly related to all 17 goals.

BWI Group has established a Sustainability Board and appointed a Global Sustainability Director to oversee the initiatives mentioned above. A dedicated project champion with a specific scope of work has been selected to drive each initiative.

The sustainability initiatives have involved several reporting and auditing initiatives that measure the group’s progress towards sustainability targets, including the following globally accepted approaches: Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), NQC (SAQ 5.0), EcoVadis, Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Responsible Mineral Initiative (RMI), and Conflict Mineral Reporting Template (CMRT).

BWI Group plans to empower clean smart mobility by promoting concrete sustainable measures

As an active component of the sustainable development strategy, Zhangjiakou Manufacturing Base will make full use of abundant local green energy, ensuring that the plant operates on 100% renewable energy by 2027. As BWI Group’s largest plant, Zhangjiakou Manufacturing Base not only sets a benchmark in terms of its total floor area, but also when it comes to decarbonization efforts.

The Zhangjiakou Manufacturing Base was optimized for intelligent assembly and green building standards from its blueprint through its construction process. It is equipped with sustainable development features such as rooftop photovoltaic for green power generation, solar hot water systems, and LED energy-saving lamps for the workshop.

In addition, it is expected that the entire photovoltaic roof area will reach 22,000 square meters after the completion of the plant. The installed capacity totals about 2 megawatts, which will generate green power of nearly 2 million kWh annually.

“Our Zhangjiakou Manufacturing Base’s photovoltaic roof alone will directly cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 1200 ton per year,” – said Mr. Chang.

Pro-Ecological Solutions and Initiatives

Implemented by BWI Group at R&D Center

  The BWI Group Research and Development Center in Balice, Poland, a northwestern suburb of Kraków, was opened in 2020. From the very beginning, the design of the facility was guided by the idea of maintaining the principles of sustainable development, which was so successful that in the same year the building was awarded first place in the 2020 Prime Property Prize competition in the Green Building category. At the very beginning, good pro-ecological practices were introduced, and the course continues to this day.

  The building in which the BWI Group Research and Development Center operates is equipped with a trigeneration combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) system. It is a modern gas-powered power generator enabling optimal management of utilities by heat recovery from the engine, which is used to regulate the temperature in the rooms: heating through a heat exchanger, cooling through an absorption unit. Planned improvements will soon extend the functionality of the system to include heat recovery for cooling machines in laboratory areas. It is here that cogeneration was used for the first time in an office and laboratory unit in the BWI building.

  Several other pro-ecological solutions and initiatives have been implemented:

  In the common rooms, automatic light sensors have been installed. These sensors regulate consumption depending on the intensity of natural light and the presence of personnel.

  Throughout the building, water valves in social rooms automatically shut of in the event of not closing the valve (tap), protecting against the waste of precious water resources.

  Air conditioning has been limited to working hours only. This is sufficient to ensure the comfort of room users. In off-hours, air conditioning is shut off.

  A flower meadow is maintained in the immediate vicinity of the building, positively impacting the daily functioning of the staff with its greenery and colorful mix of flowers. Interesting insect houses are present next to the meadows, which is very conducive to preserving the natural environment.

  For bicycle commuters, BWI Group provides a very spacious shelter with various types of bicycle racks. Cyclists have at their disposal changing rooms, showers, hair dryers and clothes dryers. In addition, many BWI Group employees regularly take part in the annual NCU Bike to Work campaign, in which the most persistent cyclists are rewarded. BWI Group also sponsors riders with cycling T-shirts and sweatshirts.

  In May 2023, the first BWI Group Ecology Day was organized. As part of the day, volunteer employee crews cleaned rubbish from the areas directly adjacent to the BWI Group facility. Additionally, 14 new trees of various varieties were planted.

  Steps are being taken to eliminate plastic in the facility’s immediate surroundings. Plastic water cups have been replaced with ceramic ones. Employees received a commemorative mug with their initials from the company at the annual company party.

  In our company canteen we have placed information about the amount of CO2 generated by the preparation of a specific dish. In this way, we build awareness of the impact that each of us has on the environment.

  The company car fleet now includes hybrid vehicles so that employee business trips may be done with an eye towards generating the lowest possible exhaust emissions.

  Energy consumption is closely monitored on an ongoing basis so that our facilities operate in the most sustainable and efficient ways possible. For example, test machine operation is optimized to minimize energy consumption and maximize savings.

  The facility is certified according to the BREEAM standard, a system used to assess and improve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of business assets at every lifecycle.