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Caterpillar Will Stop Making Vocational Trucks

Less than a year after ending its partnership with Navistar and vowing to build its own line of trucks, Caterpillar announced today that they will cease production of on-highway vocational trucks entirely.
Caterpillar Will Immediately Cease Taking Truck Orders

The company says that they will immediately stop taking orders for CT660, CT680 and CT681 trucks, but they will honor orders that have already been sent. They also say that they will continue to support existing Caterpillar trucks.

Caterpillar officials say that they made the decision based on the current trucking market and careful analysis of their own business.

Around 70 jobs will be cut, with layoffs starting in March and continuing gradually.
Planned Transition From Mexico To Texas Manufacturing Plant Will Not Happen

Caterpillar launched its vocational truck line with Navistar in 2011. Seven months ago, they discontinued the partnership with Navistar with the intention of taking more control over the development and design of their trucks. They were planning on moving the truck manufacturing operation from Mexico to a plant in Victoria, Texas, but they had not yet made the transition. “This decision allows us to exit this business before the transition occurs, ” said Ramin Younessi, vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar’s Industrial Power Systems Division.


Caterpillar has already cut 5,000 jobs and shut down several plants in an attempt to stay afloat amid tough global economic conditions.
Freightliner to lay off about 940 at N.C. manufacturing plant 
Almost 1,000 workers are being laid off from a North Carolina Freightliner truck manufacturing plant in a move the company believes will be temporary until demand increases.

The division of Daimler Trucks North America said Monday the layoffs of about 940 workers will leave about 2,200 employees at its Cleveland heavy-truck plant.

Laid-off workers will receive pay and benefits for nearly two months after the cuts take effect Friday. Federal law requires big employers to provide a two-month notice ahead of mass layoffs.

The company said in May it would add more than 600 jobs and a third production shift at its plant in nearby Mount Holly, which makes Freightliner medium-duty trucks.

The job cuts are because of a “sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate and is considered temporary,” David Giroux, the company’s director of corporate communications and public relations, said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer.

Daimler Trucks is reducing production at the facility by one-third “in anticipation of a softer North American truck market in 2016, which will be somewhat below the very strong market of 2015,” Giroux said.

The Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant makes heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks. The location currently employs about 3,100 workers. That will drop to about 2,200 after the “temporary adjustment.”

The company declined to comment further on the layoffs.

The Freightliner layoffs come one month after Volvo Trucks announced it was laying off 734 production workers at its plant in southwest Virginia due to a slowdown in demand.

Layoffs at the New River Valley Assembly Plant in Dublin will take place over three weeks starting in early February, company spokesman John Mies said.

Miles added that Volvo was adapting to market changes including a decline in demand for long-haul trucks. 
Cummins gets certification on diesel, NG engines

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. Monday announced that it received certification for its complete lineup of on-highway diesel and natural gas engines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting both the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards which take effect in January 2017.
Fuel efficiency is improved across the commercial vehicle engine lineup from 5.0 liters to 15 liters.
“Cummins is committed to providing customer-focused innovation as soon as it is ready,” said Amy Boerger, vice president-sales and support. “For example, efficiency improvements implemented in the 2016 ISX15 400 hp-to-475 hp ratings will provide customers with fuel economy gains over the 2013 ISX15, ranging from 2.5 percent on the base engine up to 7.5 percent with a SmartAdvantage Powertrain with ADEPT (SmartCoast) features.”

Throughout 2014 and 2015, Cummins implemented efficiency enhancements that enable its engines to meet EPA 2016 and GHG 2017 requirements, Boerger said, adding that on-board diagnostics requirements are met with enhanced monitors, ensuring that exhaust tailpipe emissions stay within the EPA limits.
A particulate matter (PM) sensor has been implemented, and electronic controls have been enhanced to interact with the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) quality sensor implemented by OEMs on DEF tanks. With a focus on continuous improvement, Cummins plans to incorporate further product enhancements to improve performance, reliability and efficiency throughout 2016.
Customers can contact Cummins Care for information about all diesel and natural gas engines, available free of charge.
“As part of the total value that Cummins offers customers, coupled with its strong commitment to customer support, Cummins Care provides a trusted source of information for questions regarding the latest engine and product technology,” Boerger said. “The Cummins Care team is also prepared to answer all operational questions on topics such as fuel and oil specifications and maintenance intervals.”  
Eaton introduces new line of aftermarket self-adjusting clutches   

GALESBURG, Mich. — Power management company Eaton has added a new self-adjusting clutch to the company’s lineup of aftermarket products. The new EverTough by Eaton Self-Adjust clutch has been engineered specifically for aftermarket applications and eliminates the need for manual adjustments.




All EverTough clutches are affordably priced and designed for longevity to extend the life of later life-cycle trucks. Features include easy-to-see wear indicators, stainless steel cam springs, full-round baffles, and dampers that optimize aftermarket torsional vibration needs.

“EverTough clutches are an excellent choice for customers looking for an unbeatable combination of value and performance,” said Ben Karrer, global product strategy manager, Eaton. “The clutches also feature Eaton’s proven self-adjust technology that competitive models just cannot match, and receive the same industry-best Roadranger driveline support as our OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) clutches.” 

Available in 14- and 15.5-inch sizes at thousands of truck dealers and independent parts suppliers throughout North America, the EverTough Self-Adjust clutch has a 25,000-mile lube interval and comes with a one year warranty. Eaton’s newest addition to its aftermarket offerings will be available for order February 1, 2016.

Eaton Commercial Vehicle components are supported by Eaton’s Roadranger network that includes more than 200 drivetrain professionals throughout North America who provide solutions, support and expertise to fleets and dealers. For more information visit www.eaton.com/roadranger, where the latest product information is available, as well as service, parts and training assistance, 24 hours a day. Experts are available in the Roadranger Call Center by dialing 1-800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com. 
 
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