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Industry Update (Fall 2018) – Trucking Market Continues Upwards

Industry Update (Fall 2018) – Trucking Market Continues Upwards

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Reports heralded the positive economic indicators for September 2018, but trade war, tariffs and rising prices are significant concerns. A closely watched survey on U.S. consumer sentiment hit a high range in September achieved only two other times since 2004. A recent study indicated that the rate of manufacturing growth in the U.S. slowed last…

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Steel Shell (Composite) Brake Drum: Breakthrough in Pricing

Steel Shell (Composite) Brake Drum: Breakthrough in Pricing

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Meritor X30 and Stemco’s CentriFuse brake drums for long have successfully dominated the centrifugally cast brake surface inside a steel shell. It has been a patented technology which blocked new entrants. Now that the relevant patent(s) have expired there is a rush to produce these drums. DuraBrake has recently introduced a new lightweight steel shell…

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Heavy Duty Industry Update (Spring 2018) – Trucking Going Strong

Heavy Duty Industry Update (Spring 2018) – Trucking Going Strong

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Several conflicting political and economic news from super economic powers and others are in headlines. On the global front, there is good news and bad political news such as encouraging news from the Korean peninsula and sad news of chemical warfare in the Syrian front. Business environment continues to be positive in the US. A Commerce…

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Will Tariff War Affect Truck & Parts Prices?

Will Tariff War Affect Truck & Parts Prices?

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Tariffs in general are not good for globalization. Tariffs take away the opportunity of benefiting from the global economy and their advantages. Tariffs are also a weapon to fight back when Governments artificially reduce prices to capture market share. Solution always lies in neutralizing the unfair practices to bring back the economies of countries hurt…

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Heavy Duty Market Acknowledges Air Disc Brakes Have Arrived

Heavy Duty Market Acknowledges Air Disc Brakes Have Arrived

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In less than 3 years, air disc brakes (ADB) penetration in heavy-duty applications has grown from a range of 12 -15% to about 18-25%. This is strong growth for what’s still a relatively new option, but many of the brake makers see ADBs carving out an even larger slice of the pie in the near…

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