Manufacturing of Raydan’s Air Link suspension has begun at ArvinMeritor’s factory in Monterrey, Mexico. Initial production will fulfill Raydan’s commitments to Mack Trucks and International Trucks, and will expand to include new business generated by Raydan and ArvinMeritor.
The companies say the licensing agreement with ArvinMeritor begins a long-term relationship, authorizing them to market, engineer and manufacture the Air Link rear suspension product line, up to and including 52,000-lb. gross axle tandem weight. Raydan will continue to manufacture and market the Air Link for gross vehicle weights greater than 52,000 lbs.; this marketplace includes tandem-axle fire-rescue vehicles and truck cranes. The agreement also grants Raydan access to ArvinMeritor’s product lines.
“We expect ArvinMeritor’s production and marketing capabilities to increase sales of the Air Link,” says Ray English, president and chief executive officer of Edmonton, Alberta-based Raydan. “By moving production out of Raydan, we can effectively use our manufacturing space to generate new business and also reduce our foreign exchange exposure.”
Raydan says the Air Link suspension is a unique combination of air spring and walking beam technology, which delivers everything the severe service and vocational truck markets demand in a suspension. It features high roll stability, lower maintenance costs, reduced impact damage and a smooth ride, according to the company.