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January 4, 2022 10:30 AM, EST

Wabash, Purdue to Focus on Trailer Maker’s Speed-to-Market

Wabash factory Workers install rivets inside a semi-trailer on the factory floor at the Wabash manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Ind. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

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Wabash announced a partnership with Purdue University to accelerate the company’s speed-to-market with proprietary, innovative products.

Lafayette, Ind.-based Wabash entered a five-year agreement with Purdue as its research and development partner at a time when the trailer maker noted logistics disruption from e-commerce and home delivery is colliding with transportation changes driven by electrification, autonomous driving and a heightened focus on sustainability.

“With Purdue’s partnership we can move more quickly to help our customers solve problems that derive from the intersection of logistics changes, emerging technologies and environmental consciousness,” Robert Lane, vice president of innovation at Wabash, said in a release.

Wabash reported it intends to leverage the university’s resources — ranging from advanced engineering and quantum computing power to material sciences and emerging electric vehicle technology — to deliver new or improved sustainability-focused solutions to the transportation, logistics and distribution industries. — Transport Topics

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