Daimler Trucks North America has named the JOST International JSK36 lightweight fifth wheel the standard fifth wheel for all Freightliner truck models. The JSK36 is also available as a published option for the Western Star 4700 and 4900 truck models, Daimler said.

The JSK36 features a lightweight design that also offers safety, ease of maintenance and reliability, the company said. It has simple JOST locking mechanism for ease of use.

“JOST International’s fifth wheel solutions are an ideal complement to our products. We depend on our partners to provide value-added solutions that contribute to our customers’ uptime,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “The low lifetime cost of ownership of JOST fifth wheels makes JOST a smart choice for our customer’s applications.”

“This new agreement with DTNA represents a significant advance in our domestic position.  JOST is the leading manufacturer of fifth wheels around the globe and this partnership positions us well in our progress towards market share leadership in North America,” said Rich Carroll, vice president-sales and marketing for JOST.

JOST International has been manufacturing fifth wheel coupling devices globally since 1956 and began manufacturing for the North American market in its Greenville, Tenn., facility in 2000. In total JOST supplies roughly a half-million fifth wheels to the global market, with more than 350,000 JOST fifth wheels currently on the road in North America.