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Lightweighting

A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle. Specifying lighter-weight upfit materials decreases the vehicle’s curb weight, which, in turn, lowers operating costs by reducing fuel consumption and decreases emissions.

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International Introduces Lightweight HV Mixer

International Truck’s new lightweight HV50B mixer package removes over 1,000 pounds of weight from the truck, with engineering optimizations that allow drivers to haul up to 9.75 cubic yards of concrete while staying under 66,000 pounds GVW.

Meritor Offers Lightweight Trailer Suspension

Meritor has introduced the MTA-Tec6 trailer suspension, a lightweight option that Meritor says offers up to 23,000-pound capacity for tankers, flatbeds and other vocational applications.

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