Issue: Oct 2009


WABCO Boosts Performance of Electronic Braking Systems for Broshuis



by Michael Pavey

WABCO Holdings Inc, a global technology leader and tier one-supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, supplies Broshuis with WABCO's new controller area network (CAN) Repeater, a breakthrough technology that enhances the performance of electronic braking systems (EBS) on extra long trailers. Broshuis is one of Europe's largest and most innovative original equipment manufacturers of trailers for exceptional transport.

Introduced in April 2009, WABCO's new CAN Repeater is the commercial vehicle industry's first application of high-speed data transmission using CAN in-vehicle communications to improve braking performance of extra long trailers. It enables faster electronic transmission of braking signals in extra long trailers that are used to transport over-sized cargo such as construction materials and steel fabrications.

"WABCO's CAN Repeater is a breakthrough innovation that demonstrates deep understanding of our needs as we design and produce our industry-leading range of extendable trailers and container chassis for heavy, high and long loads," said Pieter-Bas Broshuis, Broshuis Chief Executive Officer. "WABCO is passionate about helping us continually satisfy our customers in their special trailer transport through optimal payload capacity, operational efficiency and advanced vehicle safety."

"We are proud to contribute our newest trailer technology to Broshuis, an industry leader in trailers for exceptional transport and manufacturer of the world's first triple trailer," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Aftermarket and Trailer Systems. "An outstanding innovation, our CAN Repeater allows trailer builders, trailer owners and truck drivers to benefit from improved vehicle and road safety, especially when it comes to extra large and extendable trailer transport."

WABCO's new CAN Repeater continues the company's 10-year track record of technology leadership in EBS for trailers. As of 2008, WABCO has sold more than 843,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com

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