Bendix Boosts Air Disc Brake Production

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix), a pioneer in air disc brake (ADB) technology, is expanding its production capabilities to meet the surging demand in the North American commercial vehicle market. With the industry witnessing a significant shift towards ADB adoption, Bendix’s strategic investments aim to double its production capacity, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of supporting this growth trend.

Key Highlights:

  • Surge in ADB Adoption: Adoption rates for Class 6-8 vehicles have increased from 25% in 2018 to over 50%.
  • Strategic Production Investments: Bendix is prepared for a 100% increase in ADB production since 2018, with over a 30% increase already realized.
  • Largest Installed ADB Capacity: Bendix now boasts the largest ADB assembly capacity in North America.
  • Enhancing Safety and Efficiency: ADBs offer shorter stopping distances and improved stability, contributing to higher driver satisfaction and safety.

“Adoption rates for air disc brakes have grown sharply in the last few years and anticipating that growth has been the foundation of the investments we’ve made – all with the commitment to support what this market needs in ADB volumes for tractors and trailers,” stated Nicole Oreskovic, Bendix vice president of sales and marketing.

Bendix’s commitment to innovation and market leadership is further underscored by its position as part of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse, the global leader in ADB production. The company’s recent enhancements at its Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility, include a high-volume assembly line and expanded machining capacity, marking significant milestones towards achieving its production goals.

Moreover, the evolution of ADB technology is closely tied to the broader objectives of improving commercial vehicle safety and efficiency. With benefits such as reduced stopping distances and minimal brake fade, ADBs are playing a crucial role in enhancing the performance of collision mitigation systems, an essential component of modern safety solutions.

As commercial vehicles continue to advance towards electrification and autonomy, Bendix’s comprehensive approach to safety system integration positions the company as a pivotal player in the industry’s future landscape.

About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC: A leader in active safety technologies and air management solutions, Bendix is dedicated to improving vehicle safety, performance, and operating cost for commercial vehicles across North America. As a member of Knorr-Bremse, Bendix continues to set industry standards with its innovative products and commitment to excellence.

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