Bendix produces 175,000th ADB22X air disc brake at Kentucky facility

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Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake recently reached a milestone when it manufactured its 175,000th Bendix ADB22X air disc brake at the company’s wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky., which began producing the air disc brakes in 2005. The patented air disc brake is a lightweight air disc brake designed to reduce stopping distance and extend brake system life for commercial vehicles.

“The air disc brake manufacturing milestone reflects the increasing acceptance of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake in the North American market,” says Aaron Schwass, general manager for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

In recent years, production has increased year by year, with 23,000 air disc brakes manufactured in 2009 and 52,000 in 2010. The company expects production to exceed more than 100,000 units in 2011. “Demand for the brakes increased nearly 120 percent from 2009 to 2010, and we expect an additional increase of nearly 140 percent in 2011,” Schwass says.

“Our goal with all of our wheel-end solutions is to offer the best in the industry, from the highest level of performance, reliability and safety to the lowest maintenance costs,” says Gary Ganaway, director of the foundation drum brake group, marketing and global development at BSFB. “In this new world of shorter stopping distances, we offer the industry’s widest range of solutions to meet or exceed the federal mandate, enabling our customers to make choices that are best for their operations.”