Photography: Mohd. Nasir
Wabco India, the domestic arm of Wabco
Holdings, a leader in safety technology will be demonstrating its safety and
efficiency technologies at the Ti Prima Truck Racing Championship on March 23
at the Buddh International Formula 1 Circuit in Greater Noida near Delhi.
Tata Motors has recognised Wabco Holdings,
a global technology leader and Tier-I supplier of safety and efficiency systems
to the commercial vehicle industry as its braking technology partner. The 12 Tata
Motors Prima model 4038.S are basically
customised vehicles that will feature a slew of safety and efficiency
technologies, adopted from Wabco’s global portfolio.
a press statement, Jacques Esculier, Wabco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
stated: “As the local market leader for commercial vehicle safety and control
technologies, Wabco is honoured to
sponsor Tata Motors’ T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship as its official Braking
Technology Partner. We are excited to display the high performance of our
advanced braking systems in a racing environment, which represents the most extreme
conditions for heavy duty trucks. The five decades of experience we have gained
from innovating safety and vehicle control systems here in India means that Wabco
technologies are helping to protect drivers not just on the race track, but in
the hundreds of thousands of trucks and buses on India’s roads every day".
The race trucks are fitted with
integrated compressed air system such as Wabco’s high performance anti lock
braking system, besides the high output compressor technology, advanced air processing
system and braking components.
fact, Wabco was the first auto component firm to introduce ABS to the
commercial vehicle industry. What is more, the company had sold in excess of
eight million systems worldwide. The ABS enhances the stability and
steerability of vehicles in even the most extreme braking events. Wabco also
combines its world-class braking components with advanced controls systems to
improve the response time and reduce the braking distance of vehicles.
Furthermore, Wabco’s innovative high-output compressor technologies and air
processing systems also improve the efficiency of vehicles by lowering their
weight and fuel consumption, the company statement said.
Wabco’s innovative technologies like ABS, ESCsmart
roll stability control, OptiDrive automated manual transmission and OnGuard
collision mitigation are widely recognised by commercial vehicle makers as well
as fleet operators for their ability to improve driver effectiveness and road
Wabco India has five plants in India.
These plants are located at Ambattur, Chennai; Jamshedpur; Mahindra World City,
Pant Nagar and Lucknow. Besides that, the firm also has a software development
centre and a company-owned test track in Chennai. Wabco India excels in
engineering, manufacturing and local sourcing. The company designs,
manufactures and markets conventional braking products, advanced braking
systems and other related air-assisted products and systems. Last, but not the
least, it has achieved a major market share in the Indian original equipment
manufacturers market as well as the domestic aftermarket, which it serves
through an extensive national distribution network. In India, it employs more
than 1,100 persons. Wabco India has logged sales of Rs 976 crore in 2012-13.
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