Jamna Auto Industries Ltd. (JAI) has been engaged in the leaf springs business for more than six decades. JAI is the world’s third-largest spring manufacturer with eight manufacturing facilities spread across different parts of India. While leaf springs are used in mechanical suspensions, JAI began developing air suspensions with lift axles in 2011 for the Indian market in collaboration with Ridewell Corporation, USA. This lift axle air suspension was very well-accepted by the Indian automotive industry and a majority of OEMs started using JAI’s lift axle air suspension within 2-3 years of its introduction in the Indian market on rigid trucks.
Seven years later, JAI identified another major opportunity in the market. “As soon as the new axle load norms came into effect in July 2018, wherein it was allowed to carry one tonne of additional load per axle if fitted with air suspension, we pressed our aftermarket network into service to collect data from major trailer fleet operators. We also used this opportunity to educate them on the advantages and features of air suspension,” says Sunil Laroiya, President, Jamna Auto Industries. While the field study was underway, the company’s research and development team at Pune started to design and development work on air suspension systems for trailers in order to ensure that it could introduce the most appropriate product for Indian road conditions in the minimum time possible.
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