Wabco signs $180m deal with global truck maker for supply of power steering gears

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 26 Mar 2019

Wabco, the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, today announced that R. H. Sheppard, its subsidiary that develops and manufactures steering systems for commercial vehicles, has signed a $180 million (Rs 1,137 crore) long-term extension agreement with one of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to supply power steering gears for its truck brands in the U.S.

This latest agreement further represents an industry endorsement of R. H. Sheppard‘s world-class commercial vehicle steering capabilities and builds on its long standing partnerships with the OEM. Additionally, R. H. Sheppard is well-placed to provide the OEM with a range of steering solutions.

Under the agreement, it will furnish the OEM with its leading M-Series and D-Series power steering gears, covering a broad range of Class 5 to 8 medium and heavy-duty trucks for two of the OEM‘s leading brands. The OEM is one of the largest truck manufacturers in North America and has a growing presence in overseas markets.

R. H. Sheppard‘s steering solutions provide a number of differentiating benefits for all OEMs, as confirmed by a supplier award from this leading global manufacturer. Its vertical integration of the supply chain means full control of the manufacturing and logistics process, thus ensuring parts availability and just-in-time delivery for OEMs. Additionally, fleets benefit from the proven quality and long product life of these steering gears as well as the ease of on-truck serviceability, which optimizes vehicle uptime.

“As a long-standing and trusted strategic partner of this global manufacturer, we are delighted to now include hydraulic power steering gears to the advanced technology portfolio that we already provide to them,” said Jon Morrison, Wabco president, Americas.