Forged PowerPak Piston Kit For Cummins Diesel 12 And 24 Valve Engines Now Available from Mahle Motorsport


OE Design with Extra Strength for Added Durability
Fletcher, NC, May 7, 2018 - Once available only as a custom option, MAHLE Motorsport announces that its highly popular Cummins 12 and 24 valve diesel engine forged pistons are available off-the-shelf as a PowerPak kit. Designed specifically with drag and pulling vehicles in mind, added strength and design flexibility make MAHLE’s PowerPak pistons a favorite for competition-only applications.
The performance forged pistons feature fully radiused valve pockets where applicable to reduce stress and fatigue cracking. CNC machined from MAHLE’s exclusive M142S alloy chosen for properties of high-temperature strength and low expansion characteristics, they are best suited for dedicated drag and pulling vehicles.
For more information about now off-the-shelf MAHLE Motorsport PowerPak designed for Cummins 12 and 24 valve diesel engines, contact www.mahlemotorsports.com, or call MAHLE Motorsport toll free at 888-255-1942.

Pro Comp 4-Inch Suspension Systems For Chevy/GM 1500 And Toyota Tundra


Pro Comp is constantly adding applications to our long list of suspension systems in an effort to provide our customers with the best product regardless of what brand truck they drive, what lift height they desire, or what budget they are operating in. Pro Comp’s latest offerings are 4-inch suspension systems for the 2007-15 Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and 2007-15 Toyota Tundra. Both systems are FMVSS 126-compliant and integrate seamlessly with the factory electronic stability control systems and allow fitment of 33-inch tall tires.
The foundation of each of these Pro Comp suspension systems is a heavy duty one-piece crossmember and CNC-machined knuckles that work in conjunction with strut spacers that retain the factory struts to maintain the OE ride quality and handling. The rear suspension is raised to match the front ride height with lift blocks, new u-bolts, and nitrogen charged Pro Comp ES9000 shock absorbers. As you have come to expect from Pro Comp, all necessary bracketry and hardware is included with every suspension system.
Own a late model Ford or Ram half ton truck? Don’t feel left out; Pro Comp will be introducing 4-inch suspension systems for these trucks in the near future. Like all Pro Comp products, each kit is covered by the Pro Comp Promise Lifetime Warranty. These suspension systems also qualify for the Pro Comp Lift Shield 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty at no additional cost when installed by a Pro Comp Authorized Installer. For more information about these suspension systems or any Pro Comp products please contact Pro Comp at 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220, 800.776.0767 and visit www.ProCompUSA.com.

Missouri Anti-Vehicle Safety Inspection Dies At The End Of The Session

ASA Thanks Repairers for Grassroots Efforts
Washington, DC, May 22, 2018 - The Missouri Legislature closed its session without a floor vote on House Bill (HB) 1444. The bill was “dropped from the House calendar.” If enacted, HB 1444 would have repealed Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program. The 2018 Missouri legislative session has ended for the year.     “ASA is proud of Missouri repairers who spoke up in opposition to House Bill 1444, which would have eliminated the state vehicle safety inspection program,” said Tom Piippo, ASA Mechanical Operations Committee director. “ASA presented testimony against HB 1444. This is an example of what repairers can do when they work together for a common goal. In this case, our goal was to protect one of the best vehicle safety inspection programs in the nation.”
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous state affiliate and chapter groups. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2900, ext. 2.

Bendix Unveils Upgraded Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Facility

ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has expanded its remanufacturing capabilities and capacity with a $3.2 million capital investment in equipment and facility upgrades at its Huntington, Indiana, plant. The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center now handles the complete salvage, coining, and assembly processes that make up start-to-finish remanufacturing and can produce several million remanufactured commercial vehicle brake shoes annually. Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, began serial production of reman shoes at the facility in the fall of 2012. Combining Bendix’s nearly 40 years’ experience in remanufacturing with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake’s acknowledged leadership in wheel-end solutions and brake shoe manufacturing, the center has assembled more than 1.9 million brake shoes since its opening in 2012. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. “As the commercial vehicle industry continues to adapt to ever-changing regulations and compliance standards, fleets and owner-operators are turning in greater numbers to high-quality remanufactured brake shoes as a solution in their parts strategy,” said Henry Foxx, Bendix director of remanufactured products. “The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center grew from our desire to provide reman brake shoes offering the durability, reliability, performance, and extended lining life expected of original equipment. With the completion of the next phase of production expansion, in tandem with our three-tiered portfolio of reman brake shoe offerings, Bendix is better equipped than ever to meet every customer’s need for safety, performance, and value.”
Bendix’s Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center employs 65 people, part of Huntington’s total roster of 430 employees. The center’s 74,000 square feet bring the Huntington operation’s total to 547,000 square feet, comprising four manufacturing and assembly facilities as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center. Key to the upgrades to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center is the coining process, which returns used brake shoes to the shape engineered by their original equipment (OE) manufacturers. Bendix has always coined 100 percent of its remanufactured brake shoes, and the upgrade increases coining capacity and capability. “A brake shoe undergoes a tremendous amount of force and drastic temperature changes during its life cycle,” said Frank Gilboy, BSFB brake shoe product line manager. “Over time, this results in deformation. It’s twisted, or it’s stretched, and if you just reline that shoe with new friction – like most brake shoe reliners do – you’re going to have issues when it engages with the drum, because it no longer has the correct geometry to provide full contact and stopping power.” The new Bendix 1,000-ton coining press reproduces the original manufacturing methods, applying the full tonnage necessary to return the shoe to its proper shape and OE specifications. All of those specifications are crucial to maintaining brake safety and performance in the era of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) mandate and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. “We understand how critical it is for all the welds to be correct, for the thickness of the steel to be correct, and for all the other factors that go into brake shoe engineering to be considered,” Gilboy said. “Our inspection uses all of our OE design experience and criteria to make sure that the shoes we inspect and put into remanufacturing production are suitable to go back out there for another lifetime in the field.”
Other improvements to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center include a self-contained salvage and de-lining area, which prevents dust and other contaminants from reaching the painting and riveting process; four automated de-liners that remove the friction with greater accuracy and reduce the chance of accidental shoe damage; and two new 24-cubic-foot blasters that clean the shoes in order to provide the best adhesion surface for the new lining. Additionally, a new 2,000-square-foot paint line can handle up to 500 parts per hour. When Bendix reman shoes undergo final assembly, the production line uses the same riveting procedure used by OE manufacturers. This ensures correct lining attachment for maximum lining service.
The improvements were also designed to meet Bendix’s rigorous standards for safe and environmentally sustainable workplaces. Employee ergonomic and safety considerations played significant roles in developing the production line, which also incorporates extensive wastewater treatment and waste diversion methods.
The always expanding remanufactured Bendix brake shoe product portfolio is supported with in-house research and development – along with ongoing comprehensive friction testing – conducted at the company’s engineering center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as a state-of-the-art order fulfillment operation to ensure that customers receive fast and easy access to inventory. Bendix remanufactured shoes are fully supported by field-tested sales and service professionals; a 100 percent ASE-certified field technical support team; and the Bendix Tech Team (at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE), an expert technical support group providing service advice, brake system troubleshooting, and product training.
Bendix remanufactured brake shoes are part of the company’s ever-growing portfolio of wheel-end technology that delivers on safety, plus other areas critical to fleets’ success. By delivering complete braking solutions and robust post-sales support, Bendix helps improve vehicle performance and efficiency, lowering ownership costs and increasing highway safety. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit FoundationBrakes.com.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 2,700 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Huntington, Indiana; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725), or visit bendix.com.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call 1-866-610-9709 or visit FoundationBrakes.com.

Race To Acquire New Technology Fuels Rising M&A Transactions

Annual report from the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Jefferies LLC shows record M&A transaction driven by new technology acquisitions
Research Triangle Park, NC - The race to acquire technology fueled a rising number of M&A transactions in 2017, according to the annual report from the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and Jefferies LLC: Automotive Aftermarket Investment Report. OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, non-automotive technology companies, private equity firms, and select aftermarket players all placed bets on various auto-tech companies in 2017, according to the report. These acquisitions highlight four main auto-technology themes:
• Changing Personal Mobility
• Autonomous Driving
• Vehicle and Driver Connectivity
• Increased Vehicle Electrification
Six of the last seven years have posted more than 100 M&A aftermarket transactions, and 2017 was a strong year for M&A transaction volume with more than 160 transactions occurring in North America and Europe. The industry remains attractive to both strategic and financial buyers due to favorable industry tailwinds which include growing and aging car parc, increasing vehicle utilization and miles driven, and low fuel prices (although gas prices are now on the rise). Complementing these are a healthy U.S. economy, rising disposable income and inexpensive debt.
In 2017, approximately 83 percent of transactions involved a strategic buyer, a level of strategic involvement that is in line with the last five years’ average. Of that 83 percent, approximately 40 percent of the acquirers were private equity-backed. Of deals completed in 2017, 37 had disclosed prices -- 19 of which had total transaction value exceeding $250 million.
The 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Investment Report is annual review of automotive aftermarket mergers and acquisitions, and equity activity is provided to AASA members by Jefferies LLC and AASA. The purpose of this publication is to touch on notable transactions that occurred in 2017 and discuss deal trends in the aftermarket landscape.
For more information about AASA’s industry analysis offerings, contact Philip Atkins, AASA director, strategic research and planning.
About AASA
AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent - promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
“AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”