(L-R) Melker Jernberg, chair of the Swedish Steel Prize jury and head of SSAB EMEA, Michael Brown, Mack Trucks director of project management, Greg Kiselis, Mack principal engineer, Martin Lindqvist, CEO and president of SSAB AB, and John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mack’s Twin Y air suspension has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Swedish Steel Prize, which recognizes the world’s most innovative designs using high-strength steel.
The award was presented today in Stockholm, Sweden. Mack was one of four finalists for the award.
“Mack Trucks demonstrates how innovative and skilled development can help us to take advantage of high-strength steel to make stronger, lighter, and more sustainable products, which is one aspect of what the prize is intended for,” said Melker Jernberg, chairman of the Swedish Steel Prize jury and head of the EMEA business area within SSAB, the organization that presented the award.
Mack’s Twin Y is the industry’s first suspension to use high-strength steel in a unique Y-shaped design, the company claims. The strong, yet lightweight design reduces suspension windup and improves tire traction and braking control.
“It’s an honour for Mack Trucks and the Mack Twin Y Air Suspension to be recognized for innovation in a global competition,” said John Walsh, Mack vice-president of marketing. “As a trucking industry leader, it’s gratifying for Mack to continue to move the industry forward, being always mindful of delivering unmatched performance, fuel efficiency and comfort for Mack customers.”
Mack was presented with a 10,000-Euro (US$13,400) prize, which it said it will donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit group that empowers wounded service members in the US.
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