Hendrickson’s next-generation mid lift axle to preview at CV Show25 April 2014

Axle system manufacturer Hendrickson is to preview its new mid-lift axle at next week's Commercial Vehicle Show (29 April to 1 May, NEC, Birmingham), ahead of its official launch in September.

Its new mid-lift is claimed to cut weight by 63kg, helping to solve the weight and packaging issues of Euro 6 emissions control systems.

Hendrickson's axle systems can also be optimised for 22.5-, 19.5- and 17.5-inch wheels.

"UK sales growth has been in double digits, with an increasing number of customers choosing Hendrickson's innovative smaller wheel sizes to allow additional payload and increased packaging flexibility," says Mark Page, Hendrickson's new European managing director.

In addition to the fuel economy and tyre wear benefits of a lift axle, the new mid-lift can reduce unsprung weight by up to 200kg, compared to a typical OEM unit by eliminating any need for a second steered axle.

All configurations are suitable for 44-tonne gvw on six-axle applications, with suspension ratings between 4.8 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes, depending on wheel size. Integral airsprings improve driver comfort and vehicle protection.

The specification can also be bespoke, and options include disc or drum brakes and computer-controlled automatic engagement. The system is available for original equipment fit or through bodybuilders.

Laura Cork

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