Bendix celebrates a decade with Knorr-Bremse Group

A history of Bendix since the Germany-based Knorr-Bremse acquired the company in 2002.


Marking a decade of further innovation and leadership in commercial vehicle safety, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a proud member of the Knorr-Bremse Group.

Based in Munich, Germany, Knorr-Bremse is the world's pre-eminent manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. Bendix, the North American leader in the development of commercial vehicle active safety, energy management, and braking system solutions, was acquired by Knorr-Bremse in 2002. Since then, the company has extended its more than 80-year legacy as a technology trailblazer, expanding and further diversifying its operations and technological expertise, and helping to improve highway safety. From 1993 to 2002, Bendix had been part of a joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and AlliedSignal (later, Honeywell, Inc.).

"From the start, the Bendix partnership with Knorr-Bremse has showcased what can be accomplished when two industry leaders – each with an incredibly rich heritage of leadership, customer focus, and innovation – come together," said Bendix President and CEO Joe McAleese. "Being a part of Knorr-Bremse and contributing to its always-expanding global technological prowess has been a true catalyst in the continued growth and development of Bendix in North America. The potential of our global organization is unsurpassed; we share a passion for delivering effective, efficient, practical solutions to the industry; and we operate in an environment of strong collaboration, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement."

Capitalizing on its long-established position as an industry pioneer, over the past decade Bendix has introduced an impressive array of groundbreaking active safety and braking system technologies, as well as additional milestones in business expansion – accomplishments McAleese believes have been made possible due to its affiliation with the Knorr-Bremse Group. They include:

Ensuring Business Growth Through Strategic Expansion, Alliances, and Acquisitions

2004: The formation of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), a joint venture between Bendix and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. BSFB offers complete wheel-end solutions, including foundation drum brakes, air disc brakes, slack adjusters, and actuators, plus a full array of related aftermarket parts for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles across North America.

2006: The purchase of Di-Pro Inc., which expanded Bendix operations to include the manufacture and distribution of heavy-duty trucking spring brake actuators and brake chambers.

2008: The purchase of select assets from SmarTire, incorporating the technology for SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS. By providing real-time data on tire pressure and temperature changes, SmarTire TPMS helps save fuel and keeps trucks on the road.

2008: Acquisition of the radar-based VORAD Collision Warning System from Eaton Corporation. VORAD provides following distance alerts, collision alerts, and stationary object alerts to drivers. The move further enhanced to company's ability to provide an economic payback to vehicle operators through a complete range of active safety systems.

2010: Integration of Hasse & Wrede torsional vibration engine dampers – another North American arm of the Knorr-Bremse Group – as a part of the Bendix business, broadening its customer offering.

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