Troy, Michigan – Ivor J. Evans, chairman and CEO of truck equipment supplier Meritor, has been appointed to executive chairman. Jeffrey A. Craig, president and COO, succeeds Evans as CEO and will remain president. Craig has also been appointed to the board of directors.
"Under Ike's leadership, Meritor has made significant progress toward the execution of its strategic vision and we are pleased that he will remain actively involved in the company's leadership as executive chairman," says William R. Newlin, Meritor's lead independent director. "We are enthusiastic about Meritor's prospects for continued growth and shareholder value creation as we work to extend the company's positive trajectory."
Evans says, "It has been a privilege to serve as Meritor's CEO, leading an incredibly talented global team in the company's transformation. Succession planning has been a priority of mine during my tenure as CEO, and the board and I agree that now is the right time to name Jay as Meritor's next CEO."
Evans continues, "Jay is a strong leader who possesses a unique combination of commercial expertise and financial acumen with a relentless focus on execution and performance."
Craig says, "With an experienced leadership team and 9,000 hard-working and dedicated employees around the world, Meritor is well positioned to capitalize on numerous growth opportunities that will allow the company to remain an industry leader for years to come."
As executive chairman, Evans will report directly to the board of directors, have responsibility for the general oversight of the business, work closely with Craig on key business decisions, and set the strategic direction of the company.
Evans has been chairman and CEO of Meritor Inc. since 2013, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Prior to this position, Evans served as president and COO of Union Pacific Railroad from 1998 until 2004 and as vice chairman of Union Pacific Corp. from January 2004 until his retirement in March 2005.
From 1989 to 1998, he served in various executive positions at Emerson Electric Co., including senior vice president, Industrial Components and Equipment. Prior to that, he was president of Blackstone Corp., an automotive component and systems manufacturer, from 1985 to 1989. He also spent 21 years serving in key operations roles for General Motors. Evans is on the board of directors of Textron Inc.
Craig has been Meritor's president and COO since 2014. In this position, Craig provides oversight to Meritor's business segments – Commercial Truck & Industrial and Aftermarket & Trailer. Prior to taking on this position, he was senior vice president and president of Meritor's Commercial Truck & Industrial segment. He served as senior vice president and CFO at Meritor from 2009 to 2013 and has held various positions at the company since 2006.
Before joining Meritor, Craig served as president and CEO of General Motors Acceptance Corp.'s (GMAC) Commercial Finance organization from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of GMAC's Business Credit division from 1999 until 2001. He joined GMAC as a general auditor in 1997 from Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an audit partner. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
Source: Meritor Inc.
Langley, British Columbia, Canada – CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and leading standards development organization, has opened a new laboratory for the testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used onboard low- and zero-emission vehicles. The new lab addresses a growing market for environmentally friendly vehicles and the resulting infrastructure that will accompany the shift to alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG).
Alternative fuel vehicles usually refer to vehicles that do not use traditional petroleum based products such as gasoline and diesel. The Canadian government has committed to bringing emission standards in line with the standards in the United States. In order to meet this goal, the government is evaluating a number of alternative-fuel source vehicles and will be introducing increasing stringent greenhouse gas emission standards.
"CSA Group is proud to encourage the adoption of new technologies that promote sustainable living, and our new laboratory in Langley will help introduce new infrastructure and sustainable products to people across North America and globally," says Magali Depras, COO of CSA Group. "CSA Group has a long history in the transportation industry developing world class standards and providing superior testing and certification services. We are adding new labs and increasing our service offerings to meet the growing and changing needs of our clients and end-users worldwide."
The new laboratory and office is 1,800m2 and provides contract testing services to all national and international standards and regulations worldwide related to high-pressure fuel and fueling systems, allowing for access to North American, and global markets. It specializes in the testing and certification of fuel storage systems and fueling station components for vehicles powered by alternative fuels.
The test facility is also equipped to perform customized tests to validate the safety and lifetime endurance of low-emission and zero-emission alternative fuel vehicles including crush, penetration, fire, and fuel ignition testing. The laboratory also provides technical information services advising on alternative vehicle safety codes, standards and regulatory compliance and offers failure investigation services related to safety incidents.
Source: CSA Group
Rochester, New York –SmartLAP technology for lapping bevel gear sets, with unprecedented productivity, control and data collection offers better quality and higher productivity than was previously possible.
Available on the Gleason 600HTL Turbo Lapper hypoid lapping machine (both new and as a field retrofit), the SmartLAP system combines a unique gear-spindle design with real-time motion-error measurement. It brings dynamic lapping forces under active servo control.
The instantaneous tooth-to-tooth forces are no longer just a function of incoming part quality and passive physics but are instead actively modified by this smart mechatronic system to consistently improve DIN/AGMA part quality.
These enhanced dynamics also enable higher productivity without compromising quality. Pinion speeds and gear torques can now be increased by 30% or more without introducing the spacing errors. The system also compensates for workholding run-out errors, making production less sensitive to tooling conditions.
The tester-like data that is collected is displayed during the lapping process, giving users real-time insight into the process. Aimed at high-volume automotive-size gear set production, this technology erases old boundaries and sets the new world standard for bevel gear lapping.
Source: Gleason Corp