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Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: It Comes Down to Quality
By Denise Rondini
While it seems like price dominates conversations about both parts purchasing and service provider selection, the reality is that it often is not the most important factor.
Assemblies are completely torn down and measured and qualified to see if they can be reused. Those that cannot be reused are replaced.
Explaining the World of Remanufactured Parts
By Denise Rondini
Remanufactured parts are a $7 billion business at retail, which has been growing slowly over the past 30 years but even with this growth, there are some misconceptions about what remanufacturing means and about the quality of reman parts.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: The More Things Change
By Denise Rondini
2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: It's All About the Brakes
By Denise Rondini
Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.
Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.
5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity
By Denise Rondini
Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Aftermarket News

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U.S. Supplier Acquires Former European Counterpart
Burgaflex North America has acquired Burgaflex GmbH, a Germany-based supplier of tube and hose assemblies. Both companies were originally part of the Burgaflex Group, which was disbanded in 2010.
Alcoa says aluminum frame rails could lighten trucks by up to 900 pounds.
Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings
By Jim Park
At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.
Yokohama: Mississippi Tire Plant 'Right on Schedule'
Yokohama says its new one-million-square-foot commercial tire plant in West Point, Mississippi, is on target to begin production in October 2015.
Photo: Bendix
Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.
Jim Clark, National Fleet and Dealer Manager.
Hadley Names National Fleet Manager
Hadley has hired Jim Clark as its National Fleet and Dealer Manager as part of a plan to expand the company’s national presence.
From left are, Truck Enterprises executives John Harter and Jim Hartman, and David Danforth, PACCAR Parts general manager and PACCAR vice president. Photo: Kenworth
Kenworth Awards Parts Dealers At Dealer Meeting
Kenworth named Truck Enterprises Hagerstown its 2014 Parts and Service Dealer of the Year and named Worldwide Equipment as the 2014 TRP All-Makes Dealer of the Year.
Dana Holding More Than Doubles 4th Quarter Profit
By Evan Lockridge
The vehicle component manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. on Thursday reported net income for the final quarter of 2014 more than doubled from the same time a year earlier.
Photo: AMP
Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System
AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.
HDT Announces Top 20 Products
Heavy Duty Trucking's editors and a panel of truck fleet executives identified the 20 best new products that appeared in our magazine and website in the past year.
A trailer with an ATDynamics TrailerTail. Photo via ATDynmaics.
Stemco Buys ATDynamics, Integrates Product Lines
ATD's trailer aero devices will complement Stemco's tire-inflation products, executives say.

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Michelin Shows Uniroyal-Branded Truck Tires in Canada Michelin is reinvigorating the Uniroyal brand for a line of lower-cost intermediate market truck tires to meet the growing demand for low-cost tires now served by budget-priced imports.
TrailerCam Helps Drivers Back Into Loading Docks The TrailerCam wireless video monitoring system is a ruggedized, portable wireless camera and transmitter designed to help large truck and trailer combinations back up into a loading dock or other difficult situations.
Road Choice Expands Product Lineup Road Choice Truck Parts has added several replacement product categories to its line of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.
Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Noregon Systems Releases JPro 2015 v1 The latest version of Noregon's JPro has data updates for Cummins and Detroit as well as Ford, GM and Sprinter modules through 2015. It also includes expanded coverage of model years and diagnostic data for Freightliner and Freightliner Cascadia body and chassis controllers.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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