Meritor has opened a new 50,000 sq ft South America aftermarket distribution and customer service centre in Barueri, Brazil, a suburb of Sao Paulo.

While Meritor has operated a parts distribution centre in the area for more than 25 years, the new centre - complete with offices, training facility, warehouse and operations - will focus on the distribution and packaging of parts.

Meritor recently opened aftermarket facilities in India, China and Australia.

"Our experience with serving our customers has enabled us to incorporate many advancements in distribution centre technology," said Angelo Morino, managing director, aftermarket, South America, Meritor. "This vast experience has been incorporated to speed deliveries to customers throughout South America, improve inventories, and anticipate our customers' needs for axle, brake and driveline parts support."

The new facility will soon remanufacture brake and driveline components to satisfy market demand.

The facility is also an integral component in the recent launch into an aftermarket-based, third-party multiple logistics business called Meritor Logistics which offers services like packaging and kitting, material planning, warehousing, distribution, customer support, core consolidation, remanufacturing and consulting services.