American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM), today announced it will produce a carrier
assembly for a major U.S. commercial truck program.
The carrier assembly will be used in a tandem, double-reduction rear axle for heavy-duty vocational, commercial and line-haul application vehicles, beginning in 2009.
AAM is leveraging the legacy knowledge-base and commercial vehicle expertise of its Albion Automotive subsidiary in the United Kingdom and the engineering talent provided at its new Fort Wayne Engineering Center in Indiana for this program. The manufacturing process for this product will employ the company's environmentally friendly two-cut/dry-cut gear generation process to produce gear sets that meet the extreme levels of durability essential for heavy-duty applications.
"This new business is AAM's first major venture into commercial trucks in the United States and brings a new product manufactured by AAM to the U.S. market,” said AAM Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Richard E. Dauch. “With this award, we are able to further expand our strategic initiative of increasing our new products penetration into new market segments with new customers."