Wabco bets big on air disc brakes for CVs in In­dia

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The US-head­quar­tered Wabco, provider of brak­ing so­lu­tions, sta­bil­ity, sus­pen­sion and trans­mis­sion au­to­ma­tion sys­tems for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, is bullish on in­tro­duc­ing air disc brakes (ADB) in the In­di­a­nian mar­ket. Wabco feels thatat there is a strong growth op­por­tu­nity in the In­dian mar­ket as, ADBs, com­pared to drum brakes, haveave a num­ber of ad­van­tages li­kee no ex­ag­ger­a­tion of fric­tion co­ef­fi­cient fi­cient dif­fer­ences, re­duced duced fade, high ther­mal mal load, min­i­mal and con­sis­tent hys­tere­sistere­sis and ser­vic­ing ease when chang­ing g brake pads. Safety-en­abled tech­nol­ogy ol­ogy is the fu­ture andnd the com­pany is ready with the prod­ucts. It in­tro­duces ADB in the In­dian mar­ket gath­er­ing its ex­per­tise of more than 2 decades in this s tech­nol­ogy.

Sven Ho­rak, Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness Unit Leader, Wheel End So­lu­tions, Wabco, said, “In­dia is now be­com­ing a ma­tured mar­ket to im­bibe the lat­est tech­nolo­gies. This tech­nol­ogy is there in Europe, China, and the US and the pen­e­tra­tion lev­els are fig­ured as 85%, 8% and 15%, re­spec­tively. Cur­rently 1% pen­e­tra­tion is ob­served in the In­dian mar­ket and by 2020 it will be at least 10%. The tech­nol­ogy is re­li­able, ro­bust and pro­vides brake so­lu­tions for ve­hi­cles

across seg­ments. The stop­ping per­for­mance is high and at least 30% in­crease in per­for­mance is ex­pe­ri­enced. Dura­bil­ity is high, long ser­vice in­ter­vals, cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance, en­vi­ron­men­tal seal are some of the other key at­tributes to men­tion.”

Though the ini­tial cost of air disc brakes is high, it im­proves the ve­hi­cle-brak­ing per­for­mance, pro­vid­ing re­duced stop­ping dis­tances and saves more cost dur­ing main­te­nance. They are the per­fect so­lu­tion for fleet look­ing for high ef­fi­ciency with greater con­trol and sta­bil­ity for a long ser­vice life with low­er­low to­tal cost of own­er­ship. Air dis­cdis brakes re­quire less main­ten main­te­nance and re­place­ment than drumd brakes dur­ing the en­tire life of the ve­hi­cles.

Ho­rak men­tioned thatt there is no greater push across the globe for this tech­nol­ogy, there is an in­di­rect thrust through weight re­duc­tion. It is the only provider of the air disc brake with sin­gle pis­ton tech­nol­ogy pi­o­neer­ing the field. With ththis tech­nol­ogy the man­u­fac­turer claims it can de­liver 30,000 Nm brakes and ththis is one-of-its-kind in tthe mar­ket. At least 440% weight re­duc­tion is com­mit­ted with this tech­nol­ogy.

Across globe the man­u­fac­turer stated that, it has de­liv­ered sev­eral mil­lion brakes. The com­pany is pre­par­ing to de­liver the same to In­dian OEMs as well. It also has plans for the lo­cal­iza­tion, but cur­rently it is sourc­ing the needs from

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