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Is there a difference between OE and aftermarket brake pads?

For most brake pad manufacturers, the short answer is yes. Most friction product producers don’t have OE production knowledge and focus exclusively on aftermarket specifications. Ferodo however, is one of the exceptions, having a strong OE pedigree.

This also means top tier friction characteristics like excellent stopping power, longer pad life and noise and dust reduction cannot always be guaranteed when opting for aftermarket braking parts.

Simply because they are not made according to the same premium quality engineering standards.

The Ferodo approach: 2 markets, 1 standard
Brake pads are at the very core of a balanced braking system. And that’s exactly why from vehicle build to aftermarket launch, all friction fundamentals should be honoured. Whether certified Original Equipment or aftermarket brake pad, every Ferodo friction product passes the same high-end production lines and is manufactured according to the same rigorous engineering standards: a quality guarantee for any distributor, installer and driver.

Let’s dive a little deeper: Every brake pad is designed based on insights from a state- of-the-art R&D centre in Bad Camberg, Germany. Here, scientists and engineers bundle their expertise to test and upgrade every product down to the smallest detail. After extensive trials, both brand-new OE and aftermarket product launches will be developed in Ferodo OE production plants like the ones in Mondovi, Chapel-en-le-Frith or Kostelec. In these facilities, top of the line machinery and dedicated workforces design premium friction products that bear the Ferodo OE Original Quality seal: your label for powerful stopping ability, minimal wear and a long lifespan.

What is it that 100 top-selling cars all have in common?

  • Take a closer look at the vehicles up on your workshop ramp for their first brake pad change and you’ll see Ferodo OE parts time after time. Over the last 10 years, Ferodo has produced 431,000,000 Original Equipment brake pads for leading car manufacturers
  • Every year, Ferodo produces an average of 40,000,000 pads for factory fitting as Original Equipment
  • Since Eco-Friction technology for low- and zero-copper brake pads was first introduced, three global vehicle manufacturers have signed up to t them to their vehicles – and Ferodo have produced 55,000,000 of the Eco-Friction pads.

OE original quality: your premium guarantee
Pro tip: When buying friction products be sure to choose OE quality parts. These achieve optimal friction due to the OE specifications they are designed to meet. Stringent metallurgical tests assure they perform optimally, even in the most extreme situations. This also means OE quality aftermarket parts can measure themselves against any other Original Equipment products on the market.

OE is a long-standing label for top tier parts: it’s a real benchmark for many of the world’s manufacturers of cars, vans, trucks, trailers and buses. In Ferodo’s case, both OE and aftermarket braking products boast the OE Original Quality label for optimal performance.