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Bendix to Make Disc Brakes In U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced it will begin producing its air disc brakes in the U.S. , gambling they're the braking technology of the future.Bendix is investing $3 million in its manufacturing plant in Frankfort, K...


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced it will begin producing its air disc brakes in the U.S. , gambling they’re the braking technology of the future.Bendix is investing $3 million in its manufacturing plant in Frankfort, Ky. to prepare it for air disc brake production, to begin this fall. The company expects to meet its full capacity of 120,000 units by 2006.

“Bringing air disc brake production capability to North America demonstrates our commitment to this technology,” said Tom Wladyka, air disc brakes product line director with Bendix.

“We view this product as the future of braking in North America. Manufacturing air disc brakes here allows us to meet anticipated demand and helps to reduce the overall cost to the end user.”

The increased purchase price of disc brakes is one of the deterrents for many fleets, however, Bendix officials are confident that will be overcome as production costs decrease and the long-term value of disc brakes are better understood. Despite the higher purchase price “The cost of ownership over a period of three to five years is significantly reduced,” said Andreaa Raaber, director of new ventures. For more information, visit www.bendix.com


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