Advances in brake friction technology are expanding the gap between pads manufactured to Original Equipment specifications and those designed for low-cost, generic applications.
That’s the view of Federal Mogul engineers, one of the world’s leading suppliers of OE friction technologies, who say that developments that are critical to safety, comfort and environmental protection require highly advanced materials that are increasingly specific to individual vehicle applications.
Pads and shoes that do not reflect this may show increasingly poor performance relative to the originals they replace.
The warning came as the company, which was founded in Detroit in 1898 and which today employs 45,000 people in 34 countries, opened its doors to a party of international journalists who were given access to facilities and processes at its plant in Turin, Italy.
Ferodo’s aftermarket range covers brake pads for over 99 per cent of European cars and light vans. It is also the preferred choice of European vehicle manufacturers and is fitted as original equipment to many of the best-selling cars in Europe.
The company’s aftermarket brands include Anco wiper blades, Champion spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE, Fel-Pro, Goetze, Glyco, Payen, Nural and Sealed Power engine products, steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo and Wagner brake products.
Declan O’Byrne was among those given unparalleled access to Ferodo’s operations in Turin and you can read his full report in the next edition of the Auto Trade Journal