Supplier Brose has started producing a system for power opening and closing of truck tailgates, saying it “opens up a promising growth segment for the family owned company in North America.

“With a market share of around 20%, pickups are the most popular vehicles in the US.”

The system includes a new drive, control unit and two latches with power cinching.

All components were developed and are produced in house by Brose.

Several special features were considered when developing the tailgate drive. Owners often use trucks in dusty and muddy terrain or to lower boats into water. Based on its door drive, Brose claims to have developed a product which meets the high requirements in terms of water and dust resistance and sets new standards for robustness and durability.

“Our products are small, light and powerful. Brose’s expertise in developing and manufacturing all three components and integrating them into a cohesive system sets us apart from the competition,” claimed Matthew Conrad, head of the supplier’s exterior business unit in North America.

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