BPW has won the ETM Award as strongest brand for trailer axles and running gear systems for the 14th year in a row.
The ultra-lightweight Airlight II running gear, first delivered at the beginning of 2020, with the lightweight components LightTube trailing arm and the aluminium hub, is becoming a bestseller even in the pandemic year. The 9t running gear with a module weight of less than 370 kilograms enables more payload with less fuel consumption.
This is not only well received by operators of tanker vehicles: Transport companies with tippers, container chassis and refrigerated trailers are now also increasingly turning to this BPW innovation because it promises significant additional revenue and is practically maintenance-free in operation.
Like all trailer axles and running gear systems from BPW, Airlight II is based on a digital DNA that accompanies the vehicle throughout its life, making maintenance and spare parts procurement more efficient. However, the digital DNA also changes the way in which running gears are configured: Trailer manufacturers are given access by BPW to an online configurator, in which the suitable running gear for any transport purpose can be configured and ordered as a “digital twin” with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Around 200 design and sales engineers in Germany already use the tool. BPW plans to introduce the online configurator in other European countries before the end of this year, with other components of the BPW Group such as lights and locking systems being introduced step by step.
Ralf Merkelbach, head of key account management large fleets Europe at BPW commented: “The ETM Award is one of the most important prizes in the industry, because this is where transport professionals from the field choose their preferred brands. We are proud to have won it 14 times in a row – and we are determined to earn it year after year.
That’s why we never cease in our efforts to supply the most innovative, because sustainably efficient axle and running gear systems for trailers. We want to deliver tangible benefits to our customers from design and production to operation and the aftermarket.”
Due to Covid-19, the award ceremony was broadcast via live stream.