Bendix celebrates a decade with Knorr-Bremse Group

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


2010: Delivery of the 100,000th Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program system, marking a major milestone in highway safety solutions.

2010: Production of the 750,000th Bendix BA-921 air compressor. Lightweight and compact, the BA-921 compressor is popular across a wide range of build platforms and features the highest boost capability on the market.

2011: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake manufactures its 175,000th Bendix ADB22X air disc brake from the Bowling Green, Ky., operations. The ADB22X air disc brake – the next generation in air disc brake technology – offers twice the lining life, four times the rotor life, and half the service time – leading to rapid market penetration.

2011: Release of the company's one millionth Bendix ABS-6 braking system. The Bendix ABS-6 family includes the standard antilock braking system, a premium system with Bendix Smart ATC (automatic traction control), and Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP.

2012: During its first decade as a wholly owned part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the veteran, 100 percent ASE-certified Bendix Service, Warranty and Training (SWAT) Team trains nearly 73,000 customers (equaling 345,548 student training hours).

2012: Continuing its renowned performance and serving as a vital resource to commercial vehicle operators, the Bendix Tech Team fields over 700,000 inbound calls. The team boasts over 85 years of collective expertise in commercial vehicle operation.

 

Opening State-of-the-Art Facilities to Enable Enhanced Capabilities

2007: The opening of the BSFB wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky., which manufactures the full lineup of Bendix foundation brake products. The facility was designed to feature the most productive and economic movement of materials and personnel.

2008: The launch of the new 75,000-square-foot Dressed Cab Assembly Center in Huntington, Ind. A business that has experienced exponential growth, the facility is the second modules center opened by Bendix in Huntington. The complex integrated modules produced at this site range from those including cabs containing only brake and accelerator pedals to fully dressed cab modules incorporating 1,000 components from more than 140 suppliers.

2010: The startup of actuator manufacturing in Acuña, Mexico. Following its operations optimization strategy, Bendix added to its expansive manufacturing campus in Acuña with the upgraded 67,000-square-foot facility, a former brownfield.

"Great things can occur in 10 years, but it takes great people – like the people of Bendix and our global colleagues of the Knorr-Bremse Group – to achieve this kind of success. We share a passion for safety, an appetite for innovation, and a strong mutual drive to provide the best solutions to meet the needs of our customers and our industry. We've laid a solid foundation of accomplishment over the past decade, and I believe we have a future filled with long-term potential," said McAleese.

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