From January 1, 2013, new legislation by the Brazilian federal government to further increase vehicle and road safety took effect. It mandates that 40 percent of commercial vehicles produced by each original equipment manufacturer (including trailer manufacturers) during 2013 must be equipped with ABS. As of January 2014, all new trucks, buses and trailers must have ABS installed.
Trailer manufacturers that placed recent orders with WABCO in Brazil include Facchini, Guerra, Rodofort, Usicamp and two other leading local manufacturers. Together, these companies supply around 45 percent of the new trailers manufactured in Brazil, the single largest market in South America.
“As the leading supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles in South America, WABCO welcomes the opportunity to support these major trailer manufacturers in their response to the new legislation,” said Reynaldo Contreira, WABCO South America Business Leader. “In each case, WABCO provided them with technical support and a high degree of local customization of WABCO’s industry-leading trailer ABS systems to fulfill their specific requirements.”
WABCO’s ABS for trailers maximizes the effectiveness of the trailer’s brakes on all types of road surfaces in all weather conditions. It prevents the locking of the trailer’s wheels when road friction is not sufficient to transmit braking forces, enabling braking to take place effectively and safely when road conditions are wet, muddy or slippery.