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Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.
Commentary: Tracking Truck Health
By Denise Rondini
Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: We Can Do Better on Brakes
By Denise Rondini
We've long been aware of the inadequacies of air disc brake training, particularly in the United States.
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.

Aftermarket News

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Don Sturdivant, CEO of FleetPride. Photo courtesy of FleetPride
FleetPride Names Its New CEO
Heavy-duty aftermarket parts supplier FleetPride announced that Don Sturdivant has been selected by the board of directors to serve as the new CEO of the company.
Meritor Expands Support for Drivetrain Direct Program
Meritor is adding dedicated customer support for aftermarket differential- and transmission-component rebuilders enrolled in the Drivetrain Direct program.
Mike Kamsickas, SAF-Holland's new president of Powered Vehicle Systems. Photo courtesy of SAF-Holland
SAF-Holland Names New Head of Powered Vehicle Systems
SAF-Holland announced that Mike Kamsickas has been named the new president of the Powered Vehicle Systems Business Unit, replacing Jack Gisinger who will be retiring.
Phillips Industries Raises Money to Support Wyakin Warrior Foundation
Phillips Industries recently raised and contributed over $30,000 to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps severely wounded, injured, or ill post 9/11 veterans.
SAF-Holland Launches OE Parts Program
SAF-Holland is launching Bumper-to-Bumper, an original parts program hosting a line of service parts and tools across several brands.
D. Mike Pennington passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Photo: PenNotes LLC
University Establishes Award Honoring Mike Pennington
The University of Memphis has established an award named in honor of alumnus Mike Pennington, a well-known figure in the trucking industry who recently passed away at the age of 64.
Photo left to right: Mark Willis – HDA Truck Pride, Bobby Willingham & Alan Davenport – owners of Davenport and Willingham, Edward Neeley – Truck Supply Company of South Carolina – sponsoring member. Photo: HDA Truck Pride
HDA Truck Pride Names Truck Service Expert of the Year
HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Wabash National Signs Aurora Parts to Exclusive Deal
Wabash National announced a five-year agreement with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of aftermarket parts the company's trailers and brands.
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.
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.

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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.
Dayco’s New Serpentine Belt is Thinner Dayco Products announced plans to release the Dayco Gold Label Asymmetrical Double Sided Belt, a new serpentine belt designed to meet demands on certain heavy-duty vehicles.
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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