New Option Offers Lightweight, Cost-Effective Wheel-End Solution
TROY, Mich. (Oct. 12, 2016) – Meritor® (NYSE: MTOR) today announced an expansion of its wheel-end portfolio to include Opti-Lite™ brake drums that offer cost-conscious aftermarket consumers a new lightweight drum option. The Opti-Lite drum is designed for linehaul and weight-sensitive applications such as tanker/trailer and freight.
"Developed on the same platform as our established STEELite™ X30 brake drums, the Opti-Lite drum maintains the high quality associated with its genuine product heritage and offers similar weight and fuel savings," said David Reid, senior product manager, Aftermarket for Meritor. "The lower price of the Opti-Lite will appeal to customers in search of an economical drum option produced in the United States."
Opti-Lite drums are offered in the most popular wheel-end configurations for steer, drive and trailer axle applications. Fleets and vehicle operators will benefit from a reduction in vehicle weight by more than 200 pounds in a tandem axle tractor/trailer combination when compared to full-cast drums.
"Opti-Lite drums do not require welded-on weights and offer an optimized balance spec for smoother performance on the road," Reid said.
For ease of identification and ordering, the Opti-Lite brake drums will carry the same base nomenclature as the genuine STEELite X30 offering with the number 50 included as a prefix for product clarification. The prefix 50 is associated with all Opti-Lite series part numbers.
Opti-Lite brake drums are covered by Meritor's standard aftermarket warranty. For more information about the drums and specification details, visit Literature on Demand on meritor.com and search for publication number SP-16169.
Note to editors: A photo of Meritor's Opti-Lite brake drum is located here.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of approximately 8,400 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR.