Ridewell Forms Partnership with European Suspension Producer Weweler Nederland to Produce Electronically-controlled, Forced-steer Auxiliary Axle Suspension System


June 14, 2006

Ridewell Suspensions (Springfield, MO) is pleased announce the formation of a strategic partnership between Ridewell and Europe's Weweler Nederland. Ridewell is a leading U.S. manufacturer of air-ride suspensions for the truck, trailer, bus and recreational vehicle industries, while Weweler, a division of VDL, serves similar markets in Europe from their base in the Netherlands. The joint venture will integrate Weweler's cutting-edge European technology with Ridewell's knowledge of the North American vehicle market. This partnership is pleased to offer a revolutionary electronically-controlled, forced-steer auxiliary axle suspension system.

The new system will provide users improved fuel economy, reduced tire wear and improved maneuverability. Features of the suspension system include:
o Hydraulically steered with electronic control for rapid reaction;
o Programmable electronic control unit that senses vehicle speed and front axle steer angle to precisely control steer angle of auxiliary;
o Electronic control unit ensure a centered hydraulic / mechanical lock at higher vehicle speed;
o Custom formed axle beam to provide optimal clearance;
o Compatibility with steel and air suspended drive axles;
o Truck and trailer applications;
o Pusher and tag configurations; and
o Axle load capacities up to 20,000 lbs.

The electronically controlled hydraulically steered auxiliary system is also available with the following options:
o Integrated axle lifting systems;
o Custom track axles;
o Disc & drum brakes - 17 ½", 19 ½" and 22 ½" available;
o Single and duel wheel configurations; and
o Custom drops up to 12.4" in formed axle beams.

For more information about this state-of-the-art system, contact Ridewell Suspensions at (800) 641-4122, or www.ridewellcorp.com.

Company Name: Ridewell Suspensions
Address 1: P.O. Box 4586
City: Springfield
State: MO
Zip: 65808
Country: USA
Phone: 417-833-4565
URL: www.ridewellcorp.com

Contact Name: Kristin Persson
Title: Marketing Director
E-mail: kristinp@ridewellcorp.com

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