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Roadmap 2025

We pioneer motion

We want to shape the future of motion together with our customers, partners, and society. That is what drives us and expresses our identity.

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CEO Klaus Rosenfeld explains the Roadmap 2025.

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our corporate strategy “Roadmap 2025” has been launched in 2020 in order to continue the ongoing transformation of the Schaeffler Group in a future-oriented and targeted manner. The further development of the Strategy in 2023 is designed to build on the company's strengths, thereby further sharpening its corporate profile as motion technology company that creates value to our customers in all areas of motion. There is no question that our customers and their needs will remain the center of all business activities. On this basis, we think that we are well equipped to continue our journey and to pioneer motion in a sustainable way. Read on and see for yourselves.

With best regards
Klaus Rosenfeld
Chief Executive Officer Schaeffler AG



Schaeffler Roadmap 2025: OUR PURPOSE

The invention of the revolutionary cage-guided needle roller bearing put Schaeffler at the forefront of motion right from the outset. We are experts in both rotary and linear motion across a huge variety of markets: We pioneer motion for automobiles, machines, wind turbines, and many industrial applications.

This passion for technology and innovation has always been a core element of our DNA, and it is precisely this pioneering spirit, together with our courage and curiosity, that continues to drive us forward.

Our purpose in today’s environment is therefore just as relevant as it was at the beginning of our 70-year history. It tells us why we are here, and how we respond to the global challenges of today and contribute to building sustainable value for our stakeholders and society as a whole. It also offers our people a sense of meaning and identity, particularly in times of major and constant change.

This applies to more than just mobility. It involves all aspects of motion.



Schaeffler Roadmap 2025: Our Vision

To remain a genuine pioneer and the global number one in motion technology even in increasingly dynamic and complex environments, we will have to keep developing as a company and become even more innovative, agile, and efficient, always putting our customers at the center of what we do. Our ambitious vision reflects this commitment to serve our customers in all their markets along the entire range of motion.



Schaeffler Strategy 2025: Our mission

Being a global leader in motion technology is hard work. Our mission expresses how we realize our purpose and our vision. For decades, fulfilling our customers’ needs with innovative products and services have been the backbone of Schaeffler’s success. And it continues to be.

This is possible because of our unique strength, which is connecting the dots in motion technology. This means that we offer innovative products and services not only in motion technology, such as Bearings & Linear Guides, Transmission & Engine Components, Actuators, E-Motors and E-Drives, Hydrogen Stacks and Plates, and Repair & Monitoring Services. In fact, we offer them across all markets. At the same time, as a motion technology company, we have special opportunities to realize synergies and transfer our component knowhow to more complex systems. This is how we serve the entire field of motion: We guide, transmit, generate, drive, energize and sustain motion.

In future, we will therefore be focusing even more closely on realizing economies of scale as well as economies of scope across markets and offerings.

Our mission underlines our value proposition to our customers by connecting our technological knowledge as well as our wide portfolio of products and services across markets. With the further development of our positioning as ‘The Motion Technology Company’, we show the decisive role of Schaeffler products in the field of motion.


Our motion technology portfolio will be even more advanced to meet the complexity of customer demands. With our further developed positioning we focus on motion as the connecting element of our portfolio. This is how we play a decisive role across all the aspects of motion technology in the markets we serve.

6 product families with motion as connecting element

Bearings & Linear Guides

The beginning of our success story: the cage-guided needle roller bearing. Technically demanding components, such as those in gearboxes, require maximum precision. Our highly developed bearing systems and linear guidance systems fulfil this task. Thanks to continuous improvements in design and construction, they increase efficiency, reduce wear and minimize friction. Our bearing systems are not only characterized by a longer service life, but also help to minimize the fuel consumption of vehicles over long distances.

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Schaeffler spherical roller bearing
Guide Motion

Transmission & Engine Components

Transmitting motion means transferring it technically from one area to another - from rotational to linear motion, for example. In vehicles, for instance, a modern double clutch equalises the speed differences between the engine and transmission, which increases efficiency at higher speeds.

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Schaeffler clutch module
Transmit Motion


A basic principle of physics is that movement is created from energy. Whether generated hydraulically, electrically, magnetically or thermally - innovative actuator solutions are required to create movement at all. With our expertise in various technical disciplines, from mechanical engineering to electronics and software, we are pioneers in the field of innovative actuator technologies. In robotics, for example, an actuator converts a signal into a change in physical parameters such as direction or speed.

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Schaeffler thermo magnet module
Generate Motion

E-Motors & E-Drives

The future of motion is electric - more precisely, the drive systems of means of transport. Electrified drives are becoming increasingly innovative, which is why our product portfolio is constantly evolving. The 3in1 e-axle consists of an electric motor, gearbox and power electronics. It is now possible to add a thermal management system (4in1 e-axle). The transformation of mobility offers opportunities for completely new mobility concepts.

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Schaeffler e-drive motor
Drive Motion

Hydrogen Stacks & Plates

Motion requires energy that is generated in a resource-saving manner. Our goal is to reduce the proportion of fossil fuels to zero. For this reason, we electrify motion by transferring our in-depth expertise to various applications. This knowledge enables us, for example, to develop electrolysers and fuel cell technologies to generate and utilise hydrogen at the same time.

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Schaeffler HYDRON power stack elektrolyzer
Energize Motion

Repair & Monitoring Services

Our aim is to keep Schaeffler products in motion for as long as possible. This is not only important for our customers, but also emphasises our strong commitment to sustainability. This is made possible by products of the highest quality, intelligent monitoring solutions for monitoring industrial applications and innovative repair solutions from the automotive aftermarket.

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Schaeffler OPTIMITE products
Sustain Motion

By means of our product families, we describe all products and services that we offer along the entire range of motion, from all types of bearings and linear guides that guide motion to our repair and monitoring services that ensure that our products are in use for long, thus that sustain motion. Along the way, we transmit, generate, drive and energize motion by offering transmissions and engine components, actuators, e-motors and e-drives, as well as hydrogen stacks and plates.

Our product families are interrelated, as one product provides the foundation for another one. In some cases, one product is a crucial component for another one. In many other cases, technology from one product family is transferred to develop a product that is a key element of another product family.

This ability to extend our offerings from one product family to another also builds the basis to continuously extend the customer that we serve across a huge variety of markets.


Just as it is our competitive advantage to build bridges from on product family to another, it is our value proposition to our customers to transfer technological know-how from one market cluster to another.

Our four Market Clusters

  • Schaeffler provides products for various vehicle drive trains, as well as products for two-wheelers, railway, aerospace and agricultural and construction machinery. As the mobility sector is undergoing a profound transformation, we offer e-mobility and new mobility solutions. With our Schaeffler Aftermarket portfolio, our customers are served with repair solutions for passenger cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles, and tractors.

    Transportation & Mobility
  • We are a systems expert for the development of production machinery machine tools and machinery for the textile, printing, and food and packaging industries as well as medical technology and electronics manufacturing. In addition, we offer “heavy duty” rolling bearing applications in the raw material extraction, steel and non-ferrous metals as well as cellulose and paper industries. The concepts also extend the lifecycle of machines and reduce the lifecycle costs.

    Machinery & Materials
  • Intelligent technologies based on AI and automation increase the speed of production automation, while industrial connectivity is providing the foundation for significant efficiency gains through Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as condition monitoring and preventive maintenance. For us, this trend offers unprecedented potential for growth and increased efficiency – not just for the benefit of our customers, but for our own production operations.

    Industrial Automation
  • Schaeffler’s technological expertise is already on display in products and solutions for hydropower, solar energy, and wind power applications. Another important topic in the area of renewables is hydrogen, where Schaeffler develops stack solutions and services for electrolyzes. This business has a high growth potential and covers not only components for hydrogen production by electrolyzers. Simultaneously, Schaeffler develops fuel cells for use as alternative and more sustainable source of energy in cars.



The key to our success, our ability to offer our customer products and services that pioneer motion in all its dimensions, is the cornerstone of what makes us unique. At the same time, it is our unique selling points, our profound system understanding, our innovative spirit as well our ability to excel in highest quality precision manufacturing that enable us to pioneer motion the way we do it.

  • For us as a motion technology company, innovation means shaping the way ahead. It applies to our offerings just as it applies to the mindset of all our employees globally. As always, we focus on what our customers need from us. This passion for technology and innovation has always been a core element of our DNA, and it is precisely this pioneering spirit, together with our courage and curiosity, that continues to drive us forward.

  • We are experts in providing superior quality. We ensure low defect rates in our production, thus enhancing the quality of our products. Our customers benefit not only from highest product quality, but also from outstanding service quality, as we satisfy their requirements and expectations in terms of reliability, service life, efficiency, and flexibility in production.

  • Our comprehensive system understanding and the ability to transfer technology across product families, enables us to offer continuously optimize complex, individualized solutions. At the same time, as a motion technology company, we have special opportunities to realize synergies, by harnessing the variety of interfaces between the markets and customers we serve.

    System Understanding
  • We are experts in manufacturing excellence, thanks to our sophisticated high precision technologies, such as large forging, cold forming, heat treatment, machining, grinding, injection, coating, winding and assembly. This enables us not only to provide superior quality, but also to innovate, as our expertise in manufacturing one specific product very often enables us to develop another product.

    Manufacturing Excellence


The Schaeffler Group is a publicly listed family business, a company built on the strong values of its founders. Alongside a strong will to achieve success, the Schaeffler Group’s corporate culture consists of its people’s willingness and ability to challenge themselves, try new approaches, and take a long-term view. At Schaeffler, to strive for success means to strive for superior quality and first-class technology. We have distilled all these aspects into four core values: Sustainable, Innovative, Excellent, and Passionate. These values are the cornerstone of everything we want to achieve with our strategy.


We assume responsibility for the future of Schaeffler Group and coming generations. With continuity and a long-term view.


As pioneers we know: For (almost) every problem there is a solution. If not, we will create one.


We strive for the highest quality in everything we do. No matter where and when.


What drives us is curiosity, fascination for innovative technologies and the joint success with our customers.

The Schaeffler Group is a company with a unique identity – a company shaped by its founders, with a long history of success, a clear strategic orientation, and a strong commitment to deeply held values and principles. This identity has made us strong in the past and will make us even stronger in the future.

Our diverse and vibrant Motion Crew from around the world

The further developed positioning of Schaeffler as “The Motion Technology Company” aligns our positioning with a simplified presentation of our product and services offering. It is a crucial step for the future success of our company and can only be brought to life with the commitment of our entire organization. This is a decisive moment for our company as we take the next steps to secure our long-term success. Our employees, in cooperation with our customers, partners, and society, focus on the element that combines our offering across three divisions and come together as the Motion Crew.

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