Meritor axles will be standard equipment on Wabash National Corp.’s dry and reefer trailer products, Meritor announced, among other details of a three-year agreement that takes effect at the first of the year. The new standard-equipment designation, the company says, is designed to reduce weight and offer structural advantages − contributing to improved productivity through increased fuel efficiency and payload capacity.
The Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) has also been selected as the preferred automatic tire inflation system by Wabash, Meritor notes. More than 8 million fleet tires are currently protected by MTIS.
Meritor air disc brakes, along with the Meritor Trailing-Arm (MTA) suspension, hubs, drums and slack adjusters, and Meritor’s new MTec6™ large-diameter axle, which provides a 40-pound weight savings to a standard axle, are all optional in Wabash configurations.
The new agreement builds on a more than 30-year history of Meritor supplying a variety of trailer axle and braking systems to Wabash, one of the industry’s largest manufacturers of trailers for traditional van and vocational configurations across multiple applications.
“We greatly value Wabash as a long-term customer,” said Dave Pritchard, trailer general manager for Meritor. “We appreciate Wabash selecting Meritor for this important business and look forward to beginning this new phase of our relationship.”