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One of the world’s leading manufacturers of brake friction materials will be led by David Baines, whose long-term experience and international expertise will assist in the promising development and future orientation of TMD Friction

Leverkusen, June 19, 2019. TMD Friction announces that as of August 1, 2019, David Baines will be appointed CEO and Chairman of the TMD Friction Group. David Baines will replace current CEO Tetsuya Kumakawa, who will leave TMD Friction and be appointed to a senior management position within the parent company, the Nisshinbo Group.

David Baines has more than 30 years of experience with TMD Friction in various functions and management areas, as well as accumulating extensive knowledge in the global automotive market. During the last 15 years of his career at TMD Friction, David Baines has held a number of customer-focused positions ranging from regional management to strategic planning and global marketing, and for the past 5 years he has been responsible globally for the aftermarket business unit within of TMD Friction.

About TMD Friction Group

TMD Friction, a group of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is the 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 a variety of vehicle types. Its product portfolio also includes sport brake pads as well as friction materials for this segment. TMD Friction serves the global spare parts market through the Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid and Cobreq brands, as well as developing and producing friction linings for the industry under the brands Cosid and Dynotherm. TMD Friction Group has four manufacturing plants in Germany, as well as other units in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The group has over 5,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

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