Meritor, PSI renew strategic alliance

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Updated May 18, 2011

Meritor Inc. and Pressure Systems International on Wednesday, May 11, announced the renewal of their strategic alliance covering the distribution of the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI in North America.

Under terms of the agreement, Meritor remains the exclusive distributor of MTIS by PSI for the commercial semi-trailer market and aftermarket in North America, selling a lineup of kits for new or retrofit installations. Pressure Systems International retains all responsibility for design and manufacture of the system, which includes ThermAlert technology, a high-temperature notification system available on all MTIS by PSI kits.

“Meritor is certainly pleased to have the opportunity to continue offering MTIS by PSI as part of our comprehensive trailer undercarriage product line,” says Craig Frohock, general manager, N.A. Trailer for Meritor. “Together with PSI, we’ve built the automatic tire inflation market from the ground up in North America.”

Frohock says the new agreement allows Meritor to continue bringing the value-added technology to its trailer customers. “During the next several years, we expect more and more customers to adopt MTIS by PSI as a way to reduce operating costs and improve their bottom line,” he says.

MTIS by PSI is designed for simple installation on any type of trailer, including van, liquid tank, logger, flatbed, chassis, livestock, platform, drop frame, dump, deep drop, doubles, dry bulk, reefer, auto transporter and military. The system helps add life to tires, increase fuel efficiency and safety and maximize recap potential. The automatic system has constant air pressure available when needed, with a patented rotary union as the only moving part, which helps reduce maintenance. ThermAlert adds wheel-end heat-sensing technology to alert drivers to take preventative action that avoids damage due to elevated wheel-end temperatures.

“MTIS by PSI offers tremendous value to our customers by improving fuel efficiency, increasing tire life and reducing costly roadside service calls,” says Tim Musgrave, PSI president and chief executive officer. “PSI’s patented technology, combined with Meritor’s market presence, offers the North American trailer industry the leading automatic tire inflation system sold and distributed by a company with a reputation for excellence. Our partnership with Meritor has been good for both our companies and for the trailer industry in North America.”