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Developed in Test fields in England, component delivers the same performance as the original European tablets, with local production cost

Maintaining its commitment to bring innovations to the Brazilian automotive segment, Cobreq, a brand of TMD Friction, a company of the Nisshinbo group, presents to the aftermarket the new Brake Pads N-1512 with kit and N-1513 without kit. The new components will serve heavy-load vehicles, especially the fleet of urban buses with severe application, in addition to trucks and road buses.

The tablets come to market after a year of development in England, under the leadership of the R&D group of TMD Friction do Brasil, with vehicular tests carried out in controlled fields and circuits of the country, located in the United Kingdom. The new range of components has as main objective to meet the specific shooting conditions of brazilian streets, avenues, highways and roads, but with the differential of european engineering expertise, pioneer in the world market of disc brakes. “We identified the need to provide the Brazilian aftermarket with friction materials as advanced as the originalones, but at a local production cost, since the import of parts or raw materials from the components would negatively impact their final cost,” explains Raulincom Borges da Silva, technical assistance coordinator at TMD Friction do Brasil. The dynamometer tests applied during the development period of the brake pads reached the milestone of 3,000 total hours, taking into account performance tests and friction measurement of the parts in various shooting and durability conditions, performed in an environment controlled by the TMD team. As a result, the company delivers to the aftermarket a component that exceeds the expectations of the sector in terms of durability and performance, in addition to ensuring a delivery quality as high as the original European, with the cost-benefit of national production. “This launch represents the evolution of the company in recent years and reinforces our commitment to the Brazilian automotive segment. Today, TMD Friction’s local development capability is considerably advanced, since we have modern and equipped laboratories, as well asa technical staff aligned with state-of-the-art technologies, representing our largest differential in the sector,” raulincom points out.

The N-1512 brake pads with kit and N-1513 without kit are now available for the domestic market, and should be gradually introduced and made available throughout the South American territory during the year 2021.

Cobreq: 60 years of Brazil
Automotive technology has changed over the generations and Cobreq has been evolving with a single goal since 1961: to develop safe and 100% efficient braking technologies for the driver. In 2021, the company, a forerunner in the production of friction materials and brake canvases for the Brazilian automotive industry, completes 60 years of operation in the country, but maintains the tradition, innovation, quality and safety as always.

Cobreq is one of the brands of the TMD Friction group, the world’s largest manufacturer of brake pads. The company develops canvases, shoes and brake pads covering light, heavy and motorcycle vehicles. Located in an area of 100,000 m², in Salto, in the interior of São Paulo, the factory represents one of the largest units of the TMD Friction group outside Europe. For more information, visit  .

About TMD Friction Group TMD Friction, a subsidiary of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a global leader in the manufacture of canvases and brake pads for the automotive industry. In addition to disc brake pads and drum brake pads for passenger and commercial vehicles, the company’s product portfolio also includes sports brake pads as well as segment-specific friction materials. TMD Friction supplies the global aftermarket through the Textar, Mintex, Don, Pagid, Cobreq and Nisshinbo brands, as well as developing and producing friction coatings for the industry under the Cosid brand. TMD Friction Group has four manufacturing plants in Germany, as well as other units in Europe, USA, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan. Currently, the group employs 4,500 people worldwide. For more information, please  .