Haldex partners with Fras-le on disc brakes

LAS VEGAS, NV – Haldex is bringing its Air Disc Brakes to North America with a “big bang,” says Walter Frankiewicz, president and senior vice president, Haldex North America.

The company announced during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it is offering a full line of all-makes Air Disc Brake pad repair kits through a partnership with Fras-le.

Under the co-branding agreement, Haldex will market the products under the Midland brand and be responsible for sales, marketing and distribution. Fras-le will be responsible for engineering and application expertise.

“We believe that in Fras-le, we have selected the perfect partner for this innovative program,” Frankiewicz said. “Fras-le has earned the confidence of Haldex and many customers around the world, and has continuously proven their expertise in the manufacturing realm while demonstrating a proficient understanding regarding the demands of today’s braking applications and developing high-performance friction solutions through their strong engineering and R&D platforms.”

The move comes as Haldex emerges from a failed hostile takeover by Bendix and Knorr-Bremse. “Our organization has a passion to win and overcome obstacles,” Frankiewicz said.

There are about 1.5 million air disc brakes around the world, and the components are gaining ground in North America.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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