Brake Engineering is a UK pioneer in the field of brake caliper remanufacture, and in its 28 years of business the company has grown to become a major UK and international distributor of brake discs, wheel cylinders, brake pads and shoes, fitting kits, brake caliper repair kits, and remanufactured drive shafts. To assist its distributors in these difficult times, Brake Engineering has come up with a range of ready made promotions that it calls ‘Promo Basics’. The company reports that the Promo Basics promotions – which include rewards such as free newspapers, snacks and drinks – won’t break the bank
Fleet Operators in Uganda believe the lacklustre quality of tyres sold in this market is affecting their businesses, and further claim tyre quality to be a major cause of accidents.
According to Ugandan daily newspaper New Vision, bus operators have, through their umbrella organisation the Allied Bus Owners Association, alleged that the frequent burst tyres experienced are occurring due to the poor quality tyres that are dominating the market. Ssebaana Kizito, the association’s chairman, stated that the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) should intervene immediately. He said UNBS should begin monitoring tyres at all sales points to ensure they are tested and proved to be genuine. Counterfeit tyres and brake pads, coupled with escalating operating maintenance and operating costs, are ongoing problems for bus operators.
TMD Friction has introduced an innovative hybrid brake pad generation; the company’s engineers have succeeded in covering European, Asian and American market requirements with one material family. Production is scheduled to start in 2009.
Derek Whitworth, CEO of TMD Friction, says: “In addition to environmental compatibility, our customers profit from greater comfort, a longer service life and reduced brake dust.” Close global cooperation between the engineers of TMD Friction in Germany, the USA and Japan resulted in the development of this new friction material generation.
Following a recommendation from Subaru of America, UK dealership have purchased 50 on car brake lathes from Pro-Cut. According to the company, when the discs are resurfaced using an on-car brake lathe, mulitple repairs for brake judder, squeals and squeaks are virtually eliminated. The PFM 9.19 is the latest generation of on-car brake lathes and can skim an axle in under 20 minutes whilst the brake pads are being changed.
Subaru of America recommended the brake lathe in response to brake discs being classed as consumables and as such not covered by warranty. All Subaru dealerships and service centres have been advised to skim discs rather than replace them, saving the workshop time, saving the customer unneeded expense, and saving the environment by recycling reusable discs.
(Akron/Tire Review) Federal-Mogul Corp.’s Wagner brake brand has introduced its new Wagner Edge Brake Pad System. The new line is now available through auto parts distributors, the company said.
Wagner officials said the Edge Brake Pad System “is the first technology engineered specifically for lighter, leaner, more precisely tuned automotive braking systems and the ever-rising consumer demand for superior brake performance and reliability.” Edge brake pads are said to provide “outstanding braking power and virtually silent brake performance in every covered application.”
The company said Wagner Edge pads produced using “laser-shaped friction technology,” which enables engineers to optimize the interaction between the rotor, pad and caliper for each specific application.
Delphi has launched a new catalogue for 2007 covering its full range of brake pads, shoes, discs, drums and fitting accessories for the independent aftermarket. The catalogue contains details of more than 3600 part numbers including 400 parts which are new to range. Delphi’s extensive offering provides coverage of over 95 per cent of the European vehicle parc.
Following customer feedback into the design of the catalogue, the latest version boasts a number of new features designed to make it easier for customers to identify the right part first time. In the main vehicle application section of the catalogue, thumbnail sized illustrations of both pads and shoes are shown at the end of each double page spread. Full size illustrations of pads have been retained within the catalogue and appear towards the rear.
(Akron/Tire Review) Honeywell’s Bendix brake brand said it is changing its product lineup for 2007, eliminating part duplication and offering a “competitively-priced” non-asbestos organic (NAO) ceramic formulation to round out its product offerings.
Honeywell Friction Materials has launched its new Bendix Jurid Brake Pad and Disk Catalogue to the European market. This new multilingual edition covers the full range of Bendix Jurid brake pads, brake disks and brake disk kits for the passenger car and light commercial vehicle sectors.
Pro-cut International (with a UK base in Cheltenham), will launch the truck market’s first On-Truck Brake Disc lathe at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. The TD502 is a new addition to the existing Pro-Cut on-car brake disc lathe range and is a unique product being introduced into the UK market.
Pro-Cut sales director Guy Carter said: “The need for this type of brake lathe has been identified after extensive research. The London Bus Company has already implemented this new lathe and are seeing excellent returns in time and money, whilst having the added advantage of reduced vehicle downtime, critical to any bus, truck or coach business.”
Honeywell Friction Materials has introduced the 2005 edition of the Bendix and JURID Disc Brake Catalogue for passenger cars and light utility vehicles. Containing over 1000 pages, and with a new cover design, this catalogue proposes a full range of disc brake products including brake pads, brake discs, disc kits (boxed set of pads with corresponding discs) as well as accessories and wear indicators.
TRW Automotive has opened a new 15,000 square metre state of the art braking friction manufacturing facility dedicated to the aftermarket. The 15 million Euro investment at Olvega, in Spain’s Castilla-Leon region, has been opened in to meet demand for TRW’s breakthrough heavy metal free Lucas brake pads. TRW now has nine dedicated European aftermarket manufacturing sites in addition to 23 OE braking, steering and suspension plants, supporting the company’s ambition to have the best original equipment based chassis systems programme in the aftermarket. Currently, production at Olvega is running at almost two million pad sets a year; at full capacity, the site will produce in excess of five million pad sets annually. The plant employs 200 workers.