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
Syracuse, New York – Leak-detection equipment helped launch the world's first racecar equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine in 2014 and will play an important role in bringing hydrogen-powered engines to consumer markets in years to come.
Inficon hydrogen leak detectors were used to develop the Aston Martin Rapide S that completed last year's 24-hour race ADAC Zurich race, demonstrating the reliability of hydrogen powertrain technology, notes Thomas Parker, Inficon’s automotive sales manager for North America.
Austria-based Alset GmbH led a team of 35 systems and component suppliers to develop the Aston Martin Rapide S's hybrid engine that can be driven with any mixture of hydrogen or gasoline fuel.
When highly volatile gases such as hydrogen and oxygen are used in a vehicle's combustion system, it's essential to identify and eliminate any possibility of a leak. The Alset team selected Inficon leak detectors to test their system throughout the development process and on race day as well.
"Developing a functional hydrogen-hybrid drive system in principle is not all that difficult," explains Gonzalo Auil, a regional manager for Alset. "The challenge was in the details. Our goal was to achieve optimal combustion during every form of operation to obtain maximum performance from the fuels without putting a strain on the engine."
CO2 emissions were reduced significantly when the engine was operated in hybrid mode without a noticeable horsepower loss (521hp for hybrid operation compared to 578hp for gasoline). When powered purely by hydrogen, the engine provided 438hp with virtually no CO2 emissions.
"Modifications to the Aston Martin's engine were kept to a minimum and according to the development team could be transferred to production vehicles without considerable expense," Parker says. "Preventing leaks within the hydrogen engine system is essential and will result in additional testing and production requirements."
Conventional water or spray leak-detection methods would be too costly and time consuming for assembly-line hydrogen testing, especially for fuel lines, connecting parts or even the injection systems. Inficon's Sensistor Sentrac provides automakers and their suppliers with a cost-effective solution.
In order to conduct on-site leak tightness tests at the ADAC Zurich race at Germany's famous Nuerburgring, Alset used the mobile battery-operated version of the hydrogen leak detector.
"We checked all components for leak tightness," Auil adds. "Since stress levels are greater for the vehicle and its components than during normal traffic conditions, the development team needed a seamless, comprehensive documentation to demonstrate safety and suitability for series production.
"Many leak-detection devices take a long time before they are able to again deliver meaningful results. That was not the case with Inficon's system. If we pinpointed a leak, we continued the test in just a few seconds."