ZF, a supplier of driveline and chassis technology, has announced it is now the sole supplier of heavy-duty shocks for the Holland Group’s truck and bus suspension systems. The companies said that after significant testing under “severe” conditions in China and Mexico last year, the Holland Group began converting all of its truck and bus suspension systems to ZF Sachs shocks and expects the process to be completed within the next six months.
“We’re very pleased with this program, and will continue to work with Holland to make our products even better,” says Jim King, heavy-duty suspension sales manager for Northville, Mich.-based ZF Sachs. King added that ZF Sachs works toward a goal of a 300,000-mile lifespan for every shock and works directly with OE customers to establish tight tolerance levels of performance and safety, reducing maintenance costs of the shocks, tires and other more complex chassis components.
“This change clearly benefits our customers through increased durability of this important suspension component,” says Roger Elkins, product manager for the Holland, Mich.-based Holland Group. “We have seen a substantial decrease in shock warranty claims through the changeover to Sachs. Our customers report increased shock life, especially in our more severe-duty truck and bus applications.”