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Schmitz Cargobull AG and Meritor Announce Development Partnership for Trailer Disk Brakes

July 2019 - The European market leader for commercial vehicle trailers, Schmitz Cargobull, will source one of the lightest disc brakes currently available from Meritor, one of the world's leading suppliers of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, from 2021.

“We’re pleased to be working with a global supplier that has proven braking solutions with consistent quality and dedicated customer service and is aligned with our goals”, said Roland Klement, Chief Research & Development Officer at Schmitz Cargobull.

The wheel brake solution for Schmitz Cargobull is designed to meet all quality requirements in terms of efficiency, safety and performance. By reducing the weight of the disc brake, additional payload is available on the Schmitz Cargobull trailer. The robust single-piston disc brake also has a reduced number of moving parts. This reduces wear and increases service-friendliness.

“Entering into an agreement with a highly respected OEM like Schmitz Cargobull reinforces our goal to diversify the business and positions Meritor for growth in Europe,” said Tony Nicol, vice president, Truck, Europe. “The new brake offers significant cost and weight savings while also maintaining the performance our customers expect.”

Components optimized for weight and performance were developed at Meritor’s braking center of excellence in Cwmbran, United Kingdom. Meritor designed the brake based on delivering TCO benefits for customers while also retaining key aspects of current technologies.

About Schmitz Cargobull

With an annual production of some 63,500* trailers and around 6,500* employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and truck bodies for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of approx. € 2.2* billion in the 2018/2019 financial year. As a pioneer in the industry, the North German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and service contracts, trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used vehicles.


*provisional figures based on the 2018/2019 business year

The Schmitz Cargobull press team:

Anna Stuhlmeier    +49 2558 81-1340 I
Andrea Beckonert  +49 2558 81-1321 I
Silke Hesener:       +49 2558 81-1501 I