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Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ)  /  April 19, 2016

Belgium-based WABCO announced Tuesday morning the company has acquired Laydon Composites Ltd. (LCL), a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for heavy-duty trucks and trailers

Through the acquisition, WABCO becomes the only supplier that provides a full range of aerodynamic devices for commercial vehicles worldwide and expands its market access to North America through LCL’s sales network and customer relationships in the region.

“Together, we offer commercial vehicle fleets in international markets the most comprehensive portfolio of aerodynamic products to help them improve operating efficiency and comply with stringent environmental regulations,” says Nick Rens, WABCO president, trailer, aftermarket and off-highway division.

LCL pioneered and continues to advance aerodynamic technology that is standard equipment on leading brands of heavy-duty trucks in North America. The company says its collapsible air fairings improve air flow over tractor cabs, reducing fuel usage as much as 12 percent. For trailers, LCL says its patented, SmartWay Elite certified TrailerSkirt and nose fairings reduce air drag for a combined 9 percent fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions.


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WABCO to Showcase OptiFlow TrailerSkirt Aerodynamic Solution at ATA Management Conference and Exhibition

Wabco Press Release  /  September 29, 2016

WABCO will showcase its OptiFlow™ TrailerSkirt™ at the 2016 American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE), being held October 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

The OptiFlow TrailerSkirt, a lightweight aerodynamic side skirt for trailers, is EPA SmartWay and C.A.R.B. approved and can provide more than five percent fuel savings at U.S. highway speeds. The aerodynamic solution features a unique, patented one-bolt mono clamp technology for fast installation as well as material that is lighter and more rigid than most comparable aerodynamic solutions currently available in the North American market.

Earlier this year WABCO acquired Canada-based Laydon Composites Ltd. (LCL), which has enabled WABCO to further strengthen its position in the global industry and in the North American market. WABCO, with now more than 25 years’ experience in aerodynamics, has been at the forefront of commercial truck aerodynamic solutions with products that include nose fairings, deflectors, trailer skirts, and tails.

“WABCO offers fleets a comprehensive portfolio of aerodynamic products that help them improve operating efficiency and meet today’s strict environmental regulations,” said Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas. “We are excited to be showing our OptiFlow TrailerSkirtaerodynamic solution at ATA.”

Also on display will be WABCO’s industry leading line of air disc brakes (ADBs), including MAXXUS™, which provide up to 15 percent shorter stopping distance than the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 requirements, and 10 percent shorter stopping distance compared to traditional drum brakes.

Please visit WABCO at Booth #822 at the 2016 ATA MCE. Product experts will be available to answer related questions.

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