NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) is announcing the MTec6™, the industry's lightest trailer axle that offers greater weight savings and lower total cost of ownership. The six-inch, large-diameter axle will be showcased at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition from Feb. 16 through Feb. 19.
"We applied Meritor's advanced product development and manufacturing technologies, combined with a century of experience building axles, to develop the market's lightest trailer axle," said Martha Remski, general manager, Trailer for Meritor. "The MTec6 will save fuel, expand payload capacity and increase tire life."
Meritor's unique design experience and manufacturing processes allow for more efficient use of materials, resulting in an axle that is 36 pounds lighter than the industry-standard 5-inch axle. The lighter axle reduces gross trailer weight to enhance fuel economy and available payload. The MTec6's greater stiffness reduces axle deflection to maintain neutral camber better than smaller-diameter axles, which helps reduce tire wear.
"Our MTec6 is designed to help fleets get the most from their van and refrigerated applications by achieving a higher level of efficiency and reduced maintenance costs," Remski said. "Using our engineering expertise in axle design, we developed a larger-diameter axle with reduced wall thickness while improving basic physical properties, resulting in a lighter, high-strength product."
Because the MTec6 utilizes less material, it is a greener, more environmentally friendly product. After completion of extensive lab testing and field validation, the MTec6 will be available later this year.
Meritor is showcasing the new trailer axle in booth No. 910.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.
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