Apec has expanded its Apec Red and Apec Blue ranges this month with 36 new braking components. The Apec Red range extension consists of 9 brake discs, 1 brake pad set, 1 ABS ring, 2 caliper fitting kits, 1 brake drum and 18 brake hoses. Top applications include the front brake discs for the Toyota Aygo 2022> and the Nissan NT400 Cabstar 2014>.
Pay strikes intensified at TMD Friction’s Hartlepool factory, according to Unite, the UK’s leading union, on 23 February. Around 150 workers began strike action over pay earlier this month. That number has since increased to over 180 as more workers join the union. The workers have now moved to continuous indefinite strike action, risking brake product shortages for TMD’s partners, which include Rolls Royce, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Bentley and McLaren.
Delphi has released several new brake fitments for Nissan, Renault and Fiat vehicles. Specifically, brake drums and shoes, once a staple in automotive braking systems, are seeing a comeback in some vehicle segments and feature heavily in Delphi’s latest roll-out.
Unite members at TMD Friction’s Hartlepool brake factory are staging strike action early in 2024 over “low levels of pay being offered by their employer”. Nearly 150 members of the Unite trade union will down tools. An initial wave of five days of action begins on Tuesday 2 January, but the union hasn’t ruled out further strikes.
In 2022, the automotive emergency braking (AEB) systems market was estimated to be worth US$29.52 billion. And the industry is projected to be valued at $31.61 billion by the end of 2023, both figures according to a recently published Future Market Insights report. In addition, the global market for AEB systems will likely expand at an 8 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the course of the next decade, with a projected value of $68.25 billion by 2033.
TMD Friction and Hella have agreed to transfer the 50 per cent share currently held by TMD Friction in the brake joint venture Hella Pagid to Hella. Hella will thus become the sole shareholder of Hella Pagid. Founded in 2013, Hella Pagid, a joint venture between automotive supplier Hella and brake friction manufacturer TMD Friction, sells brake components and accessories on the global automotive aftermarket. The purchase price has not been disclosed.
Delphi has added more than 300 new braking parts in 2023, including 20 first-to-market additions for high-performance vehicles such as the BMW M-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Other new releases launched this year include applications for Tesla, Renault, Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Honda and VAG to name just a few.
Brake manufacturer, Comline, has shared some advice relating to the intriguing phenomenon of brake disc ‘crazing’.
Imagine a scenario where you are inspecting a vehicle’s brake disc and notice an unusual pattern on its surface: a cluster of small, hairline cracks resembling ‘orange peeling’ or the appearance of crazy paving. This phenomenon is what experts refer to as brake disc ‘crazing’. These clusters of cracks can vary in size and are particularly noticeable, especially on vehicles with open-style alloy wheels.
33 new part numbers have been added to the ever-expanding Apec braking range this October. The range extension includes 18 wear indicators, 10 brake calipers, 2 brake pad sets, 1 brake cable and 2 splash guards. Each one has been meticulously designed and manufactured to OE specification.
Our delayed but still planned departure from fossil fuels will transform the automotive landscape, but how vehicles stop will likely remain fundamentally unchanged. Tecalemit thus points out that brakes may be one of the few components that garages can still service. That being the case, the garage equipment supplier emphasises it is “essential that workshops up their game in what has perhaps become an overlooked source of income.”
Braking specialist TMD Friction UK has introduced two new brake discs and three new brake pads to its Mintex product portfolio, widening its vehicle coverage to meet the needs of the expanding vehicle parc.
SGL Carbon and Brembo have agreed to expand production capacities for their Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes (BSCCB) joint venture. After months working on the details, the two companies have confirmed that BSCCB will invest around €150 million between now and 2027 to expand production capacity at sites in Meitingen (Germany) and Stezzano (Italy) by more than 70 per cent.