Wabco secures US$950m braking technology contract


Wabco Holdings, a global supplier of braking control systems and other safety technologies for commercial vehicles, has signed a US$950 million long-term agreement with an unnamed company it describes as ‘one of the world’s top manufacturers of commercial vehicles’. Under the eight-year agreement, Wabco will equip two of the OEM’s brands with its braking, ADAS and efficiency technologies as its sole supplier for electronic braking systems (EBS) in Europe and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) in Brazil. Wabco will also supply conventional valves to support both braking systems.

Under the terms of the contract Wabco will also provide air-disc brakes (ADB), electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS), actuators, and its next generation integrated pedal units (IPU). Additionally, Wabco will supply air compressors for the OEM’s engine brand, while supporting the expansion of the engine’s availability in the USA and Brazil with local production and global engineering capabilities. During the course of the agreement, Wabco will also supply its next generation optimized power reduction (OPR) single-piston compressor and its new clutch solution offering enhanced fuel efficiency.

As part of the wide-ranging agreement, the OEM is also confirmed as Wabco’s lead customer for its next-generation OnGuardACTIVE Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) solution, with series production planned for 2019. Featuring a radar sensor which is claimed to offer the commercial vehicle industry’s longest radar detection range, as well as the widest near-range field of view, OnGuardACTIVE can now provide up to full autonomous emergency braking on moving and stationary vehicles from a highway speed up to 50mph (80km/h), even in poor visibility conditions.

As its full system supplier of EBS and ADAS, WABCO will additionally equip the unnamed OEM’s new electric vehicles with systems.

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