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The road system is the main means used for the transportation of sugar cane, with a large flow of long and heavy trucks traveling from the harvest areas to the plants. During the harvest period, in addition to redoubling attention to driving, truck drivers and fleet owners should pay attention to vehicle maintenance to avoid road accidents and extra costs. The equipment that makes up the braking system is among the main items that need to be evaluated, such as brake linings, which must be of quality and in good condition.

According to Raulincom Borges da Silva, technical assistance coordinator for TMD Friction, owner of the Cobreq brand, brake linings are components responsible for generating friction to slow the vehicle down, and its preventive maintenance is extremely important to ensure correct and safe operation the brake system. “When worn, the pads can compromise braking, so the ideal is to change them as soon as the situation is identified. Difficulties in braking or keeping the vehicle stopped by means of a hand brake and noise can be indications of problems in the parts ”, he comments.

Generally, the changing of the tarps is done after the vehicle exceeds 50 thousand km, but it is always necessary to check the time recommended by the manufacturer in the owner’s manual and make periodic revisions to find out if there is any problem that indicates the replacement of the item.

The way of driving, the volume of cargo that exceeds 70 tons of cane in some vehicles such as treminhão, and the driving conditions, in many cases in the middle of earth and mud, demand a lot of brakes, which reinforces the importance of tarpaulins that provide efficiency, durability and mechanical resistance. The parts developed by Cobreq, for example, serve new and modern trucks, as well as those of previous generations, with strong investment in technology, tested in different environments and operating conditions, following international standards of safety and low abrasiveness with the drum, which provides lower maintenance cost. “The tarps indicated for this type of vehicle must offer dimensional and thermal stability, as well as resistance to wear under severe conditions, in applications whose average working temperature is higher than conventional ones”, adds the coordinator.


Cobreq is one of the brands of the TMD Friction group, the largest manufacturer of brake pads in the world. The company develops brake linings, shoes and pads covering vehicles from the light, heavy and motorcycle lines. Located in an area of 100 thousand 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 access

About the TMD Friction Group

TMD Friction, a group of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a global leader in the manufacture of brake pads for the automotive industry. It also manufactures disc brake pads and drum brake linings for applications in various types of vehicles. Its product portfolio also includes sports brake pads, as well as friction materials for this segment. TMD Friction serves the global spare parts market through the brands Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid and Cobreq, in addition to developing and producing friction coatings for the industry under the Cosid and Dynotherm brands. The TMD Friction Group has four manufacturing plants in Germany, in addition to other units in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The group has more than 5,000 employees worldwide. For more information access

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