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January 24, 2020 11:45 AM, EST

Bendix Partners With OptiCat on E-Commerce

Company Relocates Damper Manufacturing
Bendix at NACV 2019A view of the Bendix exhibit at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has partnered with OptiCat to distribute digital product data and photographs securely to Bendix’s channel partners for use on e-commerce platforms.

Separately, Bendix announced the transfer of its North American engine vibration damper manufacturing operations by midyear.

OptiCat, based in South Jordan, Utah, provides a network of product data validation, distribution and assessment programs designed to optimize suppliers’ data and its distribution to the marketplace.

Once registered via the self-enrolling online access, Bendix channel partners are provided with data that conform to industry standards, including unique high-resolution product photos, Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards codes, product types (service new, remanufactured, spare kits) as well as weights and dimension.

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The initial dataset, in excess of 26,000 parts, spans the full Bendix product portfolio.

Meanwhile, its engine vibration damper manufacturing will shift from the company’s North Aurora, Ill., facility to the Bendix manufacturing campus in Huntington, Ind. The North Aurora facility, about half the size of the one in Huntington, is expected to end production by July.

The action is part of the company’s plan to make the best use of its North American manufacturing locations and address long-term growth and site expansion potential amid the escalated demand for damper products.

Elyria, Ohio-based Bendix is a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, which is headquartered in Munich. — Transport Topics

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