Bendix Expands Manufacturing for Air Disc Brakes

Bendix expands its manufacturing of air disc brakes at Bowling Green facility

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) will open a new production line at its Bowling Green, KY, manufacturing plant in June to meet increased demand for its patented Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes. Once fully operational, the new state-of-the-art automated production line will triple the current assembly capacity for BSFB’s North American operation.

With a nearly 120% increase in demand from 2009 to 2010 and an expected additional increase of nearly 40% in 2011, the new production line will help BSFB continue to meet the needs of OEMs, fleets, and owner-operators that are looking to extend brake system life and improve highway safety.  

“Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake continues to invest in the business and in the manufacture of air disc brakes,” says Walt Frankiewicz, president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “The dramatic increase in demand and the new production line is the result of the growing acceptance of our ADB22X air disc brake in the North American market. Combined with our Extended Service drum brakes, our goal is to offer the industry’s very best braking solution – solutions that improve safety and reduce maintenance costs while demonstrating the high level of performance and reliability our customers demand.”

The patented Bendix ADB22X air disc brake is a lightweight air disc brake package offering longer brake life and fast and easy pad replacement, improving uptime for fleets. The brakes are designed at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake headquarters in Elyria, OH, and manufactured at its production facility in Bowling Green, KY.

Bendix air disc brakes are proven to significantly reduce stopping distances for commercial vehicles; virtually eliminate brake fade with no degradation of stopping power; provide a passenger car-like feel; and permit straight, stable stops. In addition, Bendix air disc brakes offer longer brake life and fast and easy pad replacement, improving uptime for fleets. Extensive field experience has validated the air disc brakes’ superior performance advantages relative to stopping distance, pad and rotor life, and brake fade.

Since its inception in 2004, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has remained focused on its efforts to advance its braking technology. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake currently offers numerous brake configurations to meet the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reduced stopping distance requirements, including all drum brakes, all disc brakes, or a combination of both. The full lineup of Bendix foundation brake products are commercially available and produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Bowling Green.