Hendrickson has concluded a strategic cooperation agreement with Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Limited, an affiliate of China National Heavy Duty Truck Company (CNHTC), China’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks.
Under this agreement, Hendrickson will design, develop, and manufacture advanced rubber suspension systems to be used in select heavy-duty trucks manufactured by CNHTC or its affiliates. Hendrickson recently established a production facility in China to supply the suspension systems necessary to support CNHTC. This plant began operation in the second quarter of 2010, and is capable of producing 35,000 truck suspensions annually.
Hendrickson developed a new suspension especially for the challenging conditions on Chinese roads. Designed to balance durability with significant weight savings, this model is dramatically lighter than competitive products offered in the Chinese market. Through its design, the system offers premium ride quality in both empty and loaded conditions, with increasing stability as the load increases.
Hendrickson will unveil this suspension at the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, September 23 – 30.
Sinotruk group is the market leader for heavy trucks in China and has a market share greater than 20 percent. In 2009, Sinotruk shipped more than 125,000 trucks. The main production sites of the company are located in Jinan, the capital of the province of Shandong.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a global manufacturer and supplier of truck, tractor, bus and recreational vehicle suspensions and heavy-duty springs; trailer suspensions, controls and nonintegrated axles; truck and trailer lift axles, and bumpers and trim components to the commercial transportation industry. For additional information, visit www.hendrickson-intl.com or the Hendrickson China web site at www.hendrickson.com.cn.