Meritor wins prestigious PACE award

TROY, Mich. (March 5) — Heavy-duty equipment supplier Meritor Automotive won the 1999 Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contributions to Excellence (PACE) award for its Highway Parallelogram trailer air suspension system, the first heavy-duty trailer component honored since the award was established in 1994.

The PACE Awards program is sponsored by Ernst & Young and Automotive News to honor the innovations of world-class North American automotive suppliers. Products are judged for their leadership, uniqueness, and performance.

The Highway Parallelogram system is the first heavy-truck trailer component to receive the PACE award since the program was established in 1994. Introduced in 1997, the lightweight tandem trailer air suspension system integrates the slider, trailer axles, and brakes. The design uses a single, unified frame bracket with a specially-designed compact slider. Patented “StablRide” torque tubes serve as the upper control arms of the suspension and provide the system’s parallel action. Meritor said the design eliminates dock walk, is easier on the vehicle, and provides an exceptionally smooth ride.

The award ceremonies were held on March 1 at Michigan’s historical showcase of innovation, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

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