Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) recently reached a milestone when it manufactured its 175,000th Bendix ADB22X air disc brake at the company's wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green KY, which began producing the air disc brakes in 2005.

The ADB22X air disc brake is part of BSFB's line of wheel-end systems that meet and exceed the new federal stopping distance requirements mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The patented air disc brake is a lightweight air disc brake design proven to reduce stopping distance and extend brake system life for commercial vehicles. In recent years, production has increased dramatically year by year, with 23,000 air disc brakes manufactured in 2009 and 52,000 in 2010. The company expects production to exceed more than 100,000 units in 2011.

“The air disc brake manufacturing milestone reflects the increasing acceptance of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake in the North American market,” said Aaron Schwass, general manager for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “Demand for the brakes increased nearly 120% from 2009 to 2010, and we expect an additional increase of nearly 140% in 2011. More and more OEMs, fleets, and owner-operators are turning to the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake to reduce stopping distance and improve highway safety.”