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Meritor Remanufactured Brake Shoes Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Product Quality Leadership

Meritor Remanufactured Brake Shoes Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Product
                              Quality Leadership

PR Newswire

TROY, Mich., Jan. 22, 2013

TROY, Mich., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Meritor's Aftermarket business has
been awarded the prestigious 2012 North American Industry Product Quality
Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan for the company's remanufactured brake
shoes.

"We recognize that the production of high quality remanufactured brakes is a
constant challenge for the heavy-duty trucking industry," said Janardan
Damani, research analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "The North American remanufactured
brakes aftermarket and its participants currently face several hurdles because
brakes not only require immediate replacement but can also cause irreversible,
extensive damage to trucks and increase the risk of accidents.

"A major concern for the participants of remanufactured brakes has been
imports from low-cost countries. However, due to the high cost of testing and
product development on the manufacturer side, low-cost countries typically
feature compromises in design and product life. Second, price is the most
important competitive factor in this market, and it complicates suppliers'
efforts to improve their products and develop unique advantages."

The award was announced here at the industry's largest event, Heavy Duty
Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas.

"We are extremely proud of this recognition for our breakthrough product, but
more than that, we're so grateful that we could respond to our customers with
a product that works and addresses a long-standing problem in brake shoes –
rustjacking," said Terry Livingston, general manager, Global Product
Management and Shared Services, Aftermarket & Trailer, Meritor.

According to Frost & Sullivan, "Meritor stands out from the crowd for its
leading position in providing innovative braking solutions for original
equipment manufacturers of trucks. Leveraging its global production base and
supply chain, Meritor has established itself as a leader in brake (shoe)
(re)manufacturing."

More than 15 million Meritor remanufactured brake shoes have been sold to
North American truck operators since it introduced them in the spring of 2009.


"This Product Quality Award represents the company's capability and excellence
in the remanufactured brake segment," Damani said.

Meritor is a leading supplier of remanufactured components – including brake
shoes, transmissions, steering gears, drivelines and axle differentials – to
North American and global truck and trailer manufacturers and truck operators.


Frost & Sullivan's Product Quality Leadership Award recognizes companies in a
variety of markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior
performance. The award is based on five criteria:

  oProduct performance – Frost & Sullivan's independent analysis reveals that
    as a premier provider of remanufactured brakes for the heavy-duty market,
    Meritor has been especially successful due to its emphasis on continuously
    improving product quality. "For example, the PlatinumShield^TM technology
    in Meritor's brake products extends the brake shoe life by arresting
    rust-jacking."
  oProduct reliability – The company has an extensive brake product line that
    meets customer durability expectations with proven reliability for trucks,
    coupled with its vast industry expertise, "thus giving the company a major
    competitive edge." The company also offers the same warranty it offers for
    new products, one year and unlimited miles, and for brake shoes
    specifically, the warranty against rustjacking is three years/300,000
    miles.
  oProduct design – Meritor has demonstrated its ability to understand its
    customers' requirements and offer the best solutions, "offering a product
    design that allows end users to ensure safety for their trucks. Meritor
    isdriven by safety."
  oProduct usability – The key in the remanufacturing of brakes lies in
    effectively managing cores. "Meritor has successfully demonstrated that it
    has a quality core management practice, which helps it to procure and
    integrate cores in the remanufactured aftermarket brake systems." These
    remanufactured brakes are then rigorously evaluated using the same
    criteria as for new brakes, employing state-of-the-art testing equipment
    in its in-house laboratory.
  oPerceived value –  Meritor's products have a reputation for best-in-class
    reliability and performance. Frost & Sullivan research reveals this has
    further cemented customers' perceptions of the "true value the company
    places on product quality...Meritor's quality performance is achieved by
    enhancing the value proposition for its customers."

Meritor's global remanufacturing operations include eight sites in five
countries producing a substantial portfolio of drivetrain and wheel-end
components. More than 30,000 tons of metal are recycled annually in Meritor's
remanufacturing operations worldwide, and the company recycles 90 percent of
all waste from its operations. More than 40,000 tons of cores, or original
components, are processed at Meritor remanufacturing facilities annually.

The Product Quality Leadership Award is a prestigious recognition of Meritor's
accomplishments in the Remanufactured Brakes Aftermarket. An unbiased,
third-party recognition provides a significant impact in enhancing the brand
value and accelerating Meritor's growth. According to Frost & Sullivan, it
desires to inspire, influence and impact three constituencies: investors,
customers and employees.

About Meritor, Inc.

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking
and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.With
more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer
superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves
commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket
customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United
States, and is made up of approximately 9,000 diverse employees who apply
their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers,
joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries.
Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.

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SOURCE Meritor, Inc.

Website: http://www.meritor.com
Contact: Media Inquiries: Mike Pennington, +1-248-670-5736,
david.pennington@meritor.com; or Investor Inquiries: Christy Daehnert,
+1-248-435-9426, christy.daehnert@meritor.com
 
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