X2Safe is an example of how an employee’s idea can lead to a new product at ZF at start-up speed. The company isn’t leaving anything to chance as it creates competitive advantage with digitalization. “The transformation is not only affecting our products, services, and technologies, but also our culture,” says Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Digital Officer at ZF.
In order to usher in this change in culture, the company also seeks inspiration externally through events such as ZF Pitch Night, for example, where more than 50 startups from 15 countries presented their ideas at the company’s headquarters in Friedrichshafen. “At Pitch Night, we brought young, creative minds from the international startup scene directly to the company to share their best ideas,” explains Wiklinska, now Head of Digital Ecosystem and Strategic Partnerships at ZF.