Mer­i­tor In­dia bets big on Sus­pen­sion for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket

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Af­ter do­ing a mar­ket study on sus­pen­sion for the line­haul multi-axle trucks, Mer­i­tor In­dia, man­u­fac­turer of axles and sec­ond largest in brakes, en­tered into the sus­pen­sion busi­ness with its new Slip­per type sys­tem re­cently. The new sus­pen­sion is meant for medium duty trucks of 25T to 37T ca­pac­ity. Slip­per type comes in the cat­e­gory of leaf spring sus­pen­sion with its own unique char­ac­ter­is­tics. Mer­i­tor In­dia will in­tro­duce a range of cus­tomised sus­pen­sion prod­ucts in In­dia in the next 2 to 3 years.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of Slip­per type sus­pen­sion for multi-axle line­haul ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier this year, Mer­i­tor In­dia made its in­ten­tions clear to bring world class sus­pen­sion prod­ucts to In­dia. Mer­i­tor In­dia be­came the first com­pany to of­fer a me­chan­i­cal 4-leaf sus­pen­sion for In­dian com­mer­cial trucks,

which cur­rently use bell-crank type sus­pen­sion. Mer­i­tor’s slip­per sus­pen­sion is also the first full slip­per type sus­pen­sion with patented fea­tures of­fer­ing un­matched per­for­mance.

The tests and field tri­als so far have proven 20-30% tire life im­prove­ment. This com­bined with low-cost main­te­nance makes Mer­i­tor’s slip­per sus­pen­sion the best so­lu­tion for mul­ti­axle line­haul ap­pli­ca­tion. For more than 65 years, Mer­i­tor has en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured ground­break­ing com­po­nents that are the bench­mark for trailer, mil­i­tary and spe­cialty sus­pen­sions for global mar­ket. Next in de­vel­op­ment stage is a unique lift-axle sus­pen­sion and trailer sus­pen­sion that comes as a com­plete mod­ule with trailer axles and brakes.

Mer­i­tor HVS In­dia & Au­to­mo­tive Axles Ltd., a joint ven­ture of Mer­i­tor Inc. of the US and the Kalyani Group, is poised to take on the chal­lenge of next level growth. Well known for its driv­e­train and brak­ing sys­tem for high­way, off-high­ways and mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions, the group has man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Mysore, Jamshed­pur and Pant­na­gar and an af­ter­mar­ket ware­house in Pune. With over 100 re­tail outlets across the coun­try, Mer­i­tor is also ex­pand­ing in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. It has en­gi­neer­ing cen­ters in Bengaluru and Mysore. The up­com­ing state-of-the art R&D fa­cil­ity in Mysore with a ded­i­cated multi-axis test rig will help to speed up the prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

Hav­ing en­tered the In­dian mar­ket over 3 decades ago, Mer­i­tor has cre­ated a very strong brand in the coun­try, bring­ing out prod­ucts to suit the lo­cal con­di­tions, con­stantly in­no­vat­ing and com­ing up with new tech­nolo­gies and cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent ge­ogra­phies within the coun­try with a strong team for sales and af­ter sales sup­port. Be­ing a ma­jor global player has cer­tainly been an ad­van­tage for Mer­i­tor, but Mer­i­tor In­dia’s abil­ity to lever­age the global ad­van­tage to cater to lo­cal re­quire­ments has been the key to suc­cess in a chal­leng­ing

mar­ket like In­dia.

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