Wabco bets big on air disc brakes for CVs in India
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
Wabco’s Pan 17 Air Disc Brakes