TROY, Mich., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR), a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, recently honored Gareth Cantle with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Manufacturing Engineering.
Cantle, manufacturing engineer, received the award for numerous contributions to air disc brake manufacturing and for his role as the architect of Meritor's modern assembly processes. His accomplishments include launching the assembly of Meritor's ELSA®-branded modern air disc brakes, introducing robotic assembly and automatic packaging machinery to the company's Cwmbran, United Kingdom facility and establishing Meritor's air disc brake assembly in China. Cantle also is responsible for introducing semi-automatic air disc brake assembly and a next-generation hybrid air disc brake assembly for a faster, leaner and more cost-effective solution.
"This award reflects Gareth's many contributions to brake manufacturing over the past 43 years and his status as the 'architect' of Meritor's modern air disc brake assembly process," said Joe Plomin, president, International for Meritor. "His innovation and in-depth knowledge of products and manufacturing processes have resulted in world-class quality levels and significant savings. In addition, his work on a new semi-automatic line will greatly benefit Meritor's customers as we strive to deliver the highest-quality products."
"Gareth's strong product and process expertise, combined with his open and innovative approach, has resulted in significant savings in our manufacturing process systems and established Meritor as a world leader in delivering quality products to customers," said Chris Villavarayan, president, Americas for Meritor. "He always has time to explain, continuously innovates and has a great work ethic."
As a recipient of the award, the Meritor Trust Fund will make a charitable contribution of $1,500 on Cantle's behalf to the Newport & District Group Training Association, which manages apprentice training programs in partnership with engineering and manufacturing companies.
Cantle earned his qualifications in mechanical engineering for technicians in 1976 from Alt-yr-yn College, Newport South Wales, United Kingdom. He retired in April after 43 years at Meritor. He lives in Cwmbran, South Wales, United Kingdom.
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, Michigan, 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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