January 30, 2014
The Timken Company announces an expanded portfolio of Timken tapered roller bearing sets, hub units and seals for medium-duty vehicles are now available to distributors serving the commercial-vehicle industry.
“We and our distributors see strong demand from the medium-duty vehicle market sector,” says Tom Tecklenburg, director of commercial vehicle original equipment and automotive aftermarket for Timken. “Today, nearly 40 percent of commercial vehicles are considered medium-duty and that number continues to grow as businesses increasingly opt for smaller vehicles to save fuel costs, particularly for in-city deliveries.”
Until recently, access to replacement bearings and hubs for vehicles in weight Classes 4 – 6 was limited, the company says. With the expanded product portfolio, Timken has made it easier for fleet owners and operators to purchase long-lasting, premium bearings with precision profiles, tight tolerances and enhanced surface finishes. Tests show Timken bearings last more than four times longer than popular original equipment bearings, a difference that can increase productivity for medium-duty vehicles, the company says.
Recent research also indicates the medium-duty vehicle market sector is growing at a faster pace than the global gross domestic product, due to rising demand for freight mobility and more efficient in-city deliveries. In addition, medium-duty vehicles stay on the road longer. The average U.S. medium-duty truck is more than 11 years old, the company says.
“The cost of labor and lost productivity due to failure of an economy bearing can easily exceed the price of a premium bearing and hub unit,” says Tecklenburg. “To help keep their trucks running well while carrying heavy loads in stop-and-go traffic, many medium-duty truck owners and operators are choosing long-lasting Timken premium bearings.”