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Meritor is a global leader in providing innovative drivetrain mobility and braking solutions for original equipment (OE) manufacturers of trucks, trailers and specialty vehicles, as well as the related aftermarkets in the transportation and industrial sectors. We are focused on researching and developing advanced technology to improve vehicle efficiency. 

Wherever possible, we share details of these innovations to help drive the industry towards more secure and efficient vehicles. An extract from our library of white papers is available here. Please feel free to use these as the basis for any editorial content that improves the level of shared technology in the industry. All content remains under Meritor copyright and must be fully credited in every usage.




The drivetrain configuration consisting of engine, transmission, drive shaft and rear axle for Class 8 Linehaul trucks has been evolving over the past few years. This change is being brought about in an effort to lower emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The trend is to run engines slower while at cruising speed to achieve better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. To accomplish this, a selection of fast rear axle ratios combined with direct drive transmissions is gaining popularity. • More


 Three New Market Trends Influencing the Aftermarket (January 2014)

The aftermarket sector continues to be important and vital to the operating success and viability of fleets and their parts supplier partners, including warehouse distributors, OE dealers and independent service garages. Many motor carriers are doing more business with warehouses and mini-parts distribution centers (PDCs). They want to maximize tractor and trailer life and uptime from their current vehicle roster. • More


 Procuring the right brake and friction can assure consistent performance (October 2013)

When it comes to meeting new federal stopping distance requirements, fleets have some legitimate concerns: Do we have the right brakes matched with the right friction? Does our inventory of brake parts and replacement friction, brake shoes and disc pads fit a vehicle’s exact operating vocation? Do we have the correct technical specs and part numbers? Will our aftermarket supplier have a call center to answer my operator’s question?  • More



 Why to Outsource: Reduce Costs, Increase Profits (June 2013)

When companies consider outsourcing their logistics operations, they do so for specific reasons. Companies evaluating outsourcing of logistics can consider four distribution options for intelligent decision-making. • More


 Value-Added (Third-Party) Logistics Contributes to Your Bottom Line (July 2012)

The definition of logistics is simple and straightforward: the management of the flow of goods and/or resources between the point of origin and the point of destination in order to meet the requirements of customers or corporations. Logistics involves the integration of information, materials planning, distribution, packaging and kitting and customer support. Reverse logistics includes returns and core consolidation and remanufacturing. • More


 Six Trends in the Vital Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket (January 2012)

The ability to locate quickly high quality aftermarket parts remains critically important to North American truck operators of all sizes as they strive to maximize life and uptime from their current fleet of trucks and trailers. With an average vehicle age approaching almost 10 years, fleet managers are heavily reliant on their distribution channels. The channel outlets are not only expected to provide quality replacement parts (with reasonable life-cycle costs), but also to ensure those components are available when needed and at a customer-friendly price point. Additionally, they must provide appropriate parts support, counsel and expertise.  • More


 Understanding the Impact of Wide Base Single Tires (November 2011)

New-generation wide base single tires have been gaining widespread popularity during the past decade, primarily because of the weight advantage when compared with dual wheels, improved fuel efficiency, and the perceived ease by which fleets and truck owners can transition to the new technology.  • More