Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire the ProSteering business of JM Engineered Products, a Lebanon TN-based remanufacturer of all-makes power steering systems for the North American commercial vehicle market.
Upon closing, the transaction will incorporate the ProSteering brand’s products, manufacturing operations, plus its sales and service operations into Bendix’s steering business and remanufacturing unit. Complete integration is expected to take six to 12 months.
“With the addition of these top-line products to our lineup, the aftermarket channel will be able to turn to Bendix as a one-stop destination for an even wider range of high-quality products,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice-president of sales, marketing, and business development. “And customers choosing the steering components--as with our existing products--can count on the backing of Bendix’s long-established post-sales distribution, service, and support network.”
Bendix is working to ensure a seamless integration process for its customers.
“As we navigate through the transition, our goal is to have uninterrupted product and service,” said Dustin Carpenter, Bendix product line director for Steering. “Customers should continue to use their existing order and day-to-day support contacts until they’ve been further notified.”
With the addition of the team behind ProSteering, Bendix is adding a combined 85 years of deep knowledge of North American-based steering gears to further evolve its already deep manufacturing and steering gear expertise – built over six decades by Bendix and Knorr-Bremse Steering Systems, a division of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group. That know-how will allow Bendix to even more quickly adapt its global steering prowess to better meet the needs of the North American market.
The acquisition complements the existing Bendix lineup of all-makes remanufactured products with a complete aftermarket portfolio of steering gears. It demonstrates how the company continues to grow its remanufacturing business, and further develop its operations and offerings.
With an aim at shaping tomorrow’s transportation, steering technologies are a key part of the technology pathway to highly automated and autonomous vehicles. The integration, or fusion, of steering control with other systems, such as braking, advances driver assistance technologies (DAS) to the next level.
“Today, we can help drivers mitigate rear-end collisions, rollovers, and loss of control crashes via the braking system,” Carpenter said. “In the future, we will be able to provide more advanced features, such as lane keeping, sideswipe crash mitigation, autonomous yard maneuvering, and active cruise with braking and steering control as we move forward to even more automated applications. Brakes, steering, and engine control are the keystones of future system fusion to drive further safety on the roads.”