GVT Creates Products to Improve Truck Performance

Fri March 16, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

GT Development and Norgren’s Global Truck Group have combined forces in a new business unit called Global Vehicle Technologies (GVT), an international developer of products for a broad range of heavy-duty truck cab/chassis and powertrain applications.

Fleets and owner-operators have been using GT Development and Norgren products for years, but most don’t know it.

“Our products don’t carry our name and aren’t usually visible to truck operators,” said Mike Bozich, GVT president. “Integral parts we design and manufacture, such as rapid dump valves that quickly exhaust air from suspension air springs or a controller for automated manual transmissions, are in all heavy-duty trucks today and are often mission-critical to their safe and efficient operation.”

GVT, the new operating division of Chicago, Ill.-based Norgren, offers fluid and motion control products to commercial vehicle OEMs and Tier I and Tier II suppliers. GVT provides problem-solving engineering expertise and components in powertrain, chassis/cab, braking systems, fuel systems and suspension/driveline operations.

“Our new name, product mix and added engineering capability reflect our commitment to worldwide markets and our continuing emphasis on the needs of commercial vehicle manufacturers and their customers,” Bozich said. “By expanding the components and expertise of GT Development and Norgren’s Global Truck Group, we can engineer and source many of the unique and critical parts that go into commercial trucks.”

Seattle-based GT Development was acquired in 2005 by United Kingdom-headquartered engineering company IMI and integrated into Norgren, its largest business unit.

On the chassis/cab side, GVT’s broad product lineup covers custom-engineered, on-board fittings, cab controls and air management systems. Many of its components are designed to reduce air leaks and assembly time.

GVT’s powertrain systems are designed to enable truck manufacturers to meet emissions regulations and protect the environment, while maintaining peak engine performance. Components include valves, cartridges and actuators.

GVT’s approach is to build close, practical partnerships with its customers to meet technically challenging applications. This “engineering advantage” often results in innovative design and products tailored to its customers’ needs.

“We focus on getting to know our customers’ businesses and creating value-added products that save time and money and satisfy regulatory challenges,” John Adami, GVT’s vice president, chassis/cab sales of North America, said. “Our products help lead the way to lower vehicle emissions, improved fuel consumption and better overall truck performance, reliability and uptime.”

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