WABCO Showcases Award-Winning Electronically Controlled Air Suspension
Technology at Mid-America Trucking Show 2013, Further
Demonstrating Global Industry Leadership in Air Suspension Systems
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- (Marketwire) --
03/20/13 -- WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC), (www.wabco-auto.com) a
global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial
vehicle industry, will feature its breakthrough electronically
controlled air suspension (ECAS) technology at the 2013 Mid-America
Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky.
WABCO's ECAS is an enabler technology that supports fleets to
transition from 6x4 to 6x2 configurations by significantly improving
the traction performance of 6x2 trucks on low friction surfaces and
by reducing tire wear through its "intelligent load transfer"
functionality. An independent report published by the North American
Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) in November 2010 confirmed
that a 6x2 truck configuration increases fuel economy up to 6 percent
and achieves weight savings up to 400 pounds (181 kilograms).
WABCO's latest ECAS technology also delivers optimal ride performance
together with additional innovative features such as lift axle
control, speed-activated driveline protection and weight transfer
In North America, WABCO's ECAS technology is distributed and
supported for both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket
retro-fit through the company's joint venture, Meritor WABCO.
Recently, Meritor WABCO and Meritor won two prestigious North
American industry awards that recognize the benefits of WABCO ECAS
technology integrated with Meritor's FUELite(TM) tandem axle.
Heavy Duty Trucking magazine included these innovative technologies
in its list of "Top 20 Products of 2013" recognizing their
significant benefits for fleets seeking increased payload and fuel
efficiency. Additionally, the Truck Writers of North America
Association, a trade body of commercial vehicle journalists, granted
their Technical Achievement Award for ECAS in combination with
FUELite in recognition of the weight savings, increased fuel
efficiency and improved traction control for rear axle applications
that these combined technologies bring to 6x2 configurations.
"We are proud to showcase
this latest generation of award-winning
ECAS technology at MATS 2013, adding to WABCO's record of more than
25 years of technology leadership in ECAS systems," said Bodo Klein,
WABCO Vice President, Vehicle Dynamics and Control Systems. "WABCO
remains committed to meeting the increasing requirements of truck and
bus makers in North America, and internationally, as we pioneer
technologies that improve vehicle safety and driver effectiveness,
while boosting fuel efficiency."
Since WABCO introduced the industry's first ECAS technology in 1986,
the company has sold more than 3.5 million systems worldwide. To
date, customers have driven collectively more than 3 billion miles
(4.8 billion km) on vehicles equipped with WABCO's ECAS technology.
WABCO and Meritor WABCO at MATS 2013 in Booth 34455 in the South Wing
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky, March 21 to 23,
WABCO and Meritor WABCO will host the following events at MATS 2013
-- ESCsmart(TM) "Drive-it-Away" media-only seminar, March 20, 1:30 pm -
2:15 pm, Room C108, South Wing
-- OnGuard(TM) collision mitigation system "Ride-n-Drive", March 21 and 22,
2013 (sign up at WABCO booth 34455)
As the technology leader in the global commercial vehicle industry,
WABCO's breakthroughs include, among other vehicle safety and
efficiency technologies, the first autonomous emergency braking
system (AEBS), the first high performance single-piston air disc
brake, the first collision mitigation system (CMS) with active
braking, and the first electronic stability control (ESC) system.
WABCO also pioneered the industry's first electronic braking system
(EBS), the first electronically-controlled air suspension (ECAS), the
first automated manual transmission (AMT) system and the first
anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Founded in the United States in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake
Company, WABCO is a U.S. public company listed on the New York Stock
WABCO (NYSE:WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and
control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles.
For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic,
mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and
transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading
commercial truck, trailer and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.5
billion in 2012, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For
more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com
About Meritor WABCO
Meritor WABCO is a North American joint venture focused on the
development and delivery of proven, integrated safety technology and
efficiency components. These include braking systems and controls,
active safety systems, and suspension control systems for commercial
vehicles in North America. Two leading global suppliers back Meritor
WABCO, each with more than 100-year legacies. Meritor, Inc.
(NYSE:MTOR), a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and
aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets,
provides the JV with the industry's most extensive service and
support network; while WABCO Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WBC), is a leading
global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety
and efficiency of commercial vehicles, pioneering breakthrough
electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking,
collision mitigation, stability control and transmission automation
systems. For more information, visit www.meritorwabco.com.
WABCO media contacts
+1 248 770 6446
+49 69 7191 6834
WABCO investors and analysts contact
+1 732 369 7477
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