Thinking Incrementally

In the face of rapid technological progress and continually growing global competitive pressure, systematic improvement of what currently exists is of immense importance for success in the future.

As a company looking to the future, Schaeffler places particular emphasis on investing in research and development. Worldwide, approximately 6,000 employees work at 16 research and development centers, in close partnership with customers, on new solutions with technologically and economically convincing benefits – for example in the fields of materials, tribology and coatings. In the year of 2014 alone, this commitment led to the filing of 2,518 new patent applications. As a result, Schaeffler is among the leading companies in Germany in terms of inventions.

Dr. Tim Hosenfeldt
Centre of Competence for Surface Technology
Interview: Dr. Tim Hosenfeldt

"We have optimised surfaces at the points where friction and wear occur and have set a priority on the development of new types of coating systems." more

Centre of competence - Surface technology

With the expansion of the Centre of Competence for Surface Technology, Schaeffler has increased its capacity in the field of development and application of coating technology. As a result, we are ideally equipped for a worldwide trend: towards multi-functional and sensory coatings that we develop individually to meet the specific needs of our customers. more


The demand is greater than ever for rolling bearings that are characterised by very high performance capability and operating life even under extreme conditions. more


As a leader in technology and innovation for rolling bearings, Schaeffler is continually driving progress in the field of tribology. more


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