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ArvinMeritor Targets Significant Growth in Off-Highway Markets

Global engineering, testing and manufacturing capabilities offer advantages to global OE and aftermarket customers worldwide

TROY, Mich., March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc., (NYSE: ARM) announced a re-establishment of its off-highway original equipment and aftermarket components business in North America, South America, Europe and Africa, to address OEM customers in four continents.

Through its long-term joint venture with Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG) in Xuzhou, China, ArvinMeritor has been supplying the Asia- Pacific markets.

"ArvinMeritor has been a major player in the specialty vehicles and off- highway components business for close to 100 years, and we are now poised to re-establish this business," said Tim Bowes, vice president -- Specialty Products for ArvinMeritor's Commercial Vehicle Systems business.

"We have continued to invest in our ability to provide system solutions, including our strong capability to design, test and manufacture our own gearing," he said. "Our company's ability to deliver solutions provides our customers with a distinct advantage in robust product designs, flexibility of design and time to market, as well as overall customer satisfaction."

Dale Eschenburg, director-engineering, stressed the importance of operating in-house metallurgical laboratories, test fixtures and dynamometers, vehicle simulation software, extensive application analysis, and utilization of gear design-and-manufacturing technologies.

"Our customers recognize our gear design capabilities, as well as our resources in conducting parallel engineering and testing," said Eschenburg.

Two New Components

Two major components are enabling the company to support and supply key off-highway vehicle customers -- a new loader drive axle, and the global hub- reduction axle.

The new Meritor loader axle (MOA20DKO 20 metric ton) (44,000 lb. capacity) features multi-plate wet disc brakes, high-capacity articulating trunion mount with an oversized differential for high torque applications. It is designed for loader applications.

A new global hub reduction axle family of single and tandem rear axles, to help meet customer demands for operational flexibility, has been introduced for the heavy haul and construction, refuse, logging, concrete, and mining vocational markets. The axles - offered first for the Asian market -- offer up to 600 lbs. weight savings and a wide ratio range to meet the needs of virtually any on-/off-highway application, as well as a host of suspension adaptations and brake offerings.

The global hub reduction axle family offers advanced technology for highway and vocational applications requiring higher gross combination weight and export markets such as South America and South Africa. The advantages come from several key features of the new fully-dressed axle assembly, including:

  • Proven four-planet wheel-end hub-reduction gearing - for higher capacity ratings and superior performance. The single axle is rated at 26,000-35,000 lbs. GAWR, and the tandem is rated at 52,000-70,000 lbs. GAWR.

  • Needle-bearing design throughout the interaxle differential - provides spinout protection and eliminates the need for a lube pump.

When combined with the Meritor(R) MX-160 front-drive steer axle, the new hub-reduction axle - in either single or tandem configuration - provides maximum mobility in any operating condition for an advanced-engineering all- wheel-drive solution.

Long History and Established Global Network

Since 1909, ArvinMeritor has been leading the heavy-duty axle market with reliable, long-life axles and advanced gearing technology. The company is one of the world's largest independent manufacturers of heavy-duty truck axles for a broad range of vehicle applications, including front drive, front non-drive, single rear-tandem-and tridem drive, and trailer axles.

The company's Specialty Products business unit offers original equipment and aftermarket drivetrain and brake components for the global heavy haul, specialty truck, fire and rescue, off-highway, military, refuse, logging, concrete, and mining markets. Distributed under the Meritor brand, ArvinMeritor's aftermarket parts are precision engineered to original equipment specifications and carry an industry-competitive warranty.

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 18,000 people in 24 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: .

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.

CONTACT: D. Mike Pennington, +1-248-435-1933,; or Terry Huch, +1-248-435-9426,, both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.
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