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 Tomaz Varela with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Product Engineering.
Varela, chief engineer for Meritor's business in China, received the award for leading numerous development projects for specialty and off-highway axles, brakes and wet-disc brakes. Varela, a member of Meritor's Intellectual Product Committee, has registered nearly 40 patents in the past 20 years. He has led development teams for several products, including a family of axles for cranes in China, new fabricated housing design architecture for off-highway axles and new heavy-duty hub reduction axle for port terminal tractors. He currently leads Meritor's off-highway engineering team in China.
"Tomaz has shown outstanding engineering leadership throughout his 35-year career at Meritor," said Joe ElBehairy, vice president, Engineering, Quality and Product Strategy. "Tomaz' involvement on numerous development projects for specialty and off-highway axles, brakes and wet-disc brakes has been outstanding, and his leadership of our off-highway engineering team in China is helping to meet the needs of that diverse market."
As a recipient of the award, the Meritor Trust Fund will make a charitable contribution of $1,500 on Varela's behalf to his alma mater, Escola Politecnica, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Varela, who joined Meritor as a manufacturing engineer in Brazil in 1980, moved to Product Engineering in 1982 and relocated to the United States in 1993.
Varela currently lives in Xuzhou, China. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Escola Politecnica in 1979.
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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