AEQUITA Buys TMD Friction from Nisshinbo

LEVERKUSEN, Germany – TMD Friction, a worldwide leading specialist for high-quality brake friction solutions for the automotive- and brake industry, confirmed its sale to Munich-based AEQUITA, an international industrial group with a strong automotive division.

AEQUITA acquired TMD Friction from Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the fulfilment of other customary implementation conditions. The financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed.

TMD Friction’s leadership team has been thoroughly involved in the acquisition process throughout and will do everything required to ensure a smooth transition of the TMD Friction Group to AEQUITA.

Alongside its automotive suppliers the IFA Group, the SIGNATA Group, the Meteor Group and the Willi Elbe Group, AEQUITA’s automotive division records sales of more than €2 billion.

Investment provides focus on future growth, more independence and flexibility

The automotive industry is changing at a tremendous pace, which poses enormous challenges for all.

“This deal comes at exactly the right time for TMD, and we could have no better partner than AEQUITA. It provides us with the best opportunity to run our business independently while strengthening our competitiveness, further driving our own ongoing transformation, and expanding our position as the trusted supplier of brake friction solutions to a diversified portfolio of leading OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers, and the international independent aftermarket,” said David Baines, CEO of TMD Friction. “AEQUITA’s investment is excellent news for TMD because they are far more than just a financial investor. The team at AEQUITA represents the perfect partner to help us build a much more robust and profitable company, which in turn opens the strong prospect for future growth.”

“TMD is a tremendous company and a great addition to our automotive division. With more than 135 years in the brake friction industry and its strong R&D know-how, TMD has established itself as the global partner of choice for its blue-chip customer base – strong fundamentals which we will build on,” said Christoph Himmel, Managing Partner of AEQUITA. “We believe that TMD offers significant growth potential in both, the OEM as well as the independent aftermarket.

“Together with the company’s great management team and employees, we will aim at materializing on these potentials.”


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.