Belgian air brake manufacturer Wabco has won contracts to provide anti-lock braking systems (ABS) to six of Brazil's leading trailer manufacturers.
Trailer manufacturers that recently placed orders with Wabco in Brazil include Facchini, Guerra, Rodofort, Usicamp and two other leading local manufacturers that remained unnamed. Together, these companies supply around 45 per cent of the new trailers manufactured in Brazil, which is considered the single largest market in South America.
The orders follow a new legislation by the Brazilian Federal Government to further increase vehicle and road safety that took effect on January 1, 2013. The legislation mandates that 40 per cent of all commercial vehicles produced by each OEMs during 2013 – including the trailer industry – must be equipped with ABS. As of January 2014, all new trucks, buses and trailers must have ABS installed.
“Wabco welcomes the opportunity to support these major trailer manufacturers in their response to the new legislation,” said Reynaldo Contreira, WABCO South America Business Leader. “In each case, Wabco provided them with technical support and a high degree of local customisation … to fulfill their specific requirements.”