Parker Hannifin has been such a big name in the heavy-duty A/C aftermarket that it’s hard to imagine the company not being part of it.
However, Parker has announced that it will no longer supply steel receiver driers effective March 31, 2015, and will stop taking orders completely on Dec. 31 of this year. Also, we’re anticipating a series of price increases from Parker this fall.
Because Parker driers have been prominent in our catalog, we want to tell you what we’re doing so you have access to OEM-quality all-makes alternatives.
Is this a surprise?
The timing may be a surprise but Parker’s decision is not. For many years, the company sold its TXV business in 2009 and its automotive air conditioning business in 2012. It seems to be focusing more on hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical motion and control technologies.
Will someone buy Parker’s receiver drier business?
Parker is the only domestic supplier of heavy-duty A/C receiver driers. It’s hard to envision someone being competitive making these types of driers here in the United States. Most end-users seem less concerned about where a product as long as they believe the cost, quality, and dealer or distributor support will be there in the long run.
What will Red Dot offer?
More than 10 years ago, we decided to provide a line of high-capacity, spring-loaded receiver driers that would be cost-competitive while still meeting the performance demands of heavy-duty vehicle operators in North America. This line is called Red Dot Select.
We worked with a supplier in China and put quality controls in place to make sure the result is a product that we can put our name on. Today, there is a Red Dot Select receiver drier to replace every Parker drier in our catalog. These all-makes driers have a long track record of OE-quality and deliver the same level of performance as the originals.
If you're not familiar with Red Dot Select driers, talk to your Red Dot account manager about how they compare. While we’re sorry to see the Parker name exit the market, Red Dot is providing the best possible option: a proven, cost-competitive receiver drier that’s designed to meet North American expectations for performance and cost.