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An Indiana-based truck trailer and accessory manufacturer has announced a new partnership with a top research university in its backyard.
Wabash National Corp. signed a five-year research and development agreement with Purdue University that company officials said would bring new products to market faster. The agreement links the Lafayette-based company to Purdue’s Office of Industrial Partnerships, which gives companies access to advanced technology resources on campus, including those in engineering, quantum computing, materials science and electric vehicles.
Officials noted that the deal comes at a tumultuous time for the global logistics industry, which is dealing with both growing demand for e-commerce and door-to-door delivery and an increased focus on sustainability, in particular a push towards increasingly electrified and automated transport. Wabash officials said its R&D and commercialization efforts must keep pace with changes in the industry.
“With Purdue’s partnership, we can move faster to help our customers solve problems that arise from the intersection of logistics change, emerging technologies and environmental awareness,” said Robert Lane, vice president of Purdue. company’s innovation, in a press release.
The announcement follows Wabash establishing a new facility in Purdue’s Discovery Park District in early 2021.
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