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 overload protection.
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 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, 2013
WABCO and Meritor WABCO will host the following events at MATS 2013
-- ESCsmart "Drive-it-Away" media-only seminar, March 20, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm, Room C108, South Wing -- OnGuard 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 Exchange.
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.