In the lead-up to the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, SAF-Holland CEO, Detlef Borghardt elaborated on the state of innovation from a global perspective with particular interest in the North American market. He noted that disc brakes are trending upwards based on statistics for registered vehicles, and that SAF-Holland is participating above average in a “currently growing market there as well”.

Following these market trends, Swedish braking technology company and fellow collaborator, Haldex, claims that it was not until the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards rules were changed, decreasing the stopping distances required for Class 8 trucks (2011 and 2013) that North American fleets of all types took a real interest in disc brakes.

“While many could certainly meet the new rules staying with drum brakes, forward thinking and safety-minded fleets saw an opportunity and started investigating the potential for their fleets,” Haldex said.

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