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WABCO Enhances Trailer Air Suspension; Exhibits Industry's New Electronic Air Suspension System for Trailers at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and HANOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (WBC), (www.wabco-auto.com) a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today showcased its innovative electronic trailer air suspension control (eTASC) at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012 in Hanover, Germany. WABCO''s new eTASC is the industry''s new suspension control device for trailers, offering advanced functions and benefits compared with conventional and electronic trailer air suspension systems.

With new eTASC, WABCO continues its 20 years of leadership in air suspension control for trailers. It is the first system in the global trailer market that integrates conventional suspension functions and best-in-class electronic suspension functions into a single offering. Five major suspension functions enabled by eTASC are now offered together through WABCO''s OptiLevel™ functionality:

  • More efficient electronic air suspension that reduces air consumption during driving, resulting in higher fuel saving, compared with conventional systems.
  • Operators can lift and lower the trailer at any time without electrical power.
  • Return-to-Load Level automatically maintains trailer height at the required level while (un)loading.
  • Memory Level function adjusts trailer height automatically to programmed levels such as (un)loading levels.
  • Return-to-Ride Level adjusts the trailer chassis to a safe driving level when the vehicle starts driving.

"WABCO''s new eTASC significantly advances several air suspension functions on trailers, further extending WABCO''s technology leadership toward safer, more efficient operation of all types of trailers," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Trailer Systems and Aftermarket. "WABCO''s OptiLevel module shows how trailer fleets can boost fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It also increases driver comfort and effectiveness, while further improving vehicle safety, through innovations in air management."

WABCO''s eTASC featuring OptiLevel is part of the company''s award-winning Intelligent Trailer Program, a suite of applications for safer, more efficient and more innovative operation of all types of trailers. Trailer builders and fleet operators select those functions most relevant and cost-effective for their needs through separate or combined modules.

WABCO at IAA 2012 in Hall 16 at Stand B10

Hanover Exhibition Center; Hanover, Germany

September 20 to 27

Live Demonstrations at IAA Innovation Stage

WABCO trailers equipped with innovative functions from WABCO''s Intelligent Trailer Program will be featured daily in live demonstrations at the IAA Innovation Stage (outdoor area, north of Hall 26).

Keynote about India by WABCO INDIA Managing Director

WABCO INDIA Managing Director P. Kaniappan will address customer partnerships in India on September 21 at 2:15 p.m. in the Convention Center.

Keynote about China by WABCO President, Asia

WABCO President, Asia, Leon Liu will address technology designed for China on September 26 at 11:50 a.m. in the Convention Center.


WABCO (WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded over 140 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world''s leading commercial truck, bus and trailer manufacturers. With sales of $2.8 billion in 2011, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.