Meritor Introduces New ELSA 225H and 225L Top-Selling Brakes More Flexible and Efficient

HANNOVER, Germany, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today introduced two additions to the top-selling European disc brake family – the ELSA 225H and ELSA 225L – at the IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show. The optimized ELSA 225H offers interchangeability with industry standard brakes and the additional benefit of performance upgraded to 30kNm at a lighter weight. The new ELSA 225L is designed to be a lighter weight alternative product for 25kNm applications.

Additionally, Meritor announced improvements to the existing ELSA family. The extended family of brakes broadens Meritor's ability to offer more optimized products for every vocation. The evolution of field-proven ELSA brakes now offers additional benefits including:

  • Lighter weight than previous models that led the segment
    • ELSA 225H weighs 37kg including pads
    • ELSA 225L weighs 34kg including pads
  • High stiffness structure for low air consumption
  • Improved life and durability for lower total cost of ownership
  • Increased performance with torque ratings up to 30 kNm
  • Greater range of air chamber installation angles
  • Standard, globalized design and production specifications to assure consistent product quality at all localized manufacturing locations

Meritor's European brake team, based in Cwmbran, Wales, put the brakes through a rigorous testing program in the German Alps this year. Trucks from all major European OEMs were driven for two weeks in difficult environments. The performance of the brakes were measured as part of the validation.

"Our brakes performed extremely well in a variety of conditions and met the expectations of our customers," said Dietmar Knoop, director, Engineering, Europe, Meritor. A video of the testing can be seen by this year's attendees at Meritor's IAA booth.

The test route descended more than 1,000 meters with minimum engine braking, pushing rotor temperatures beyond 950 degrees Celsius. Several combinations of rotor and pad were used and each descent was completed safely under all conditions

The ELSA family of brakes utilizes modular construction, which means the internal mechanisms can be matched with a series of validated bridges and carriers to suit any wheel/axle combination. Bridges and carriers are also available for application on wheels and hubs for U.S.-built axles and vehicles.

"The ELSA family of braking products is the strongest, most robust and reliable that we have developed in the 30 years that Meritor has been manufacturing air disc brakes," Knoop said. "Most importantly, this development adds weight-optimized variants for increased fuel economy."

About Meritor, Inc.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 10,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.

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