Author: Ben Nussbaum

Ben Nussbaum, Chief Content Officer of The Brake Report, has more than 20 years experience in publishing. He was the founding editor for USA Today's line of special interest magazines and the founding editor for i5 Publishing's newsstand one-off magazine program. He lives outside Washington, D.C. Email him at [email protected]

Brembo caliper cover

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of an ongoing series on counterfeit brake parts. Read Part 1 here. Plastic Brembo caliper covers are a great way to add a splash of color to a car. They’re inexpensive, they’re easy to buy on the Internet, and they come in a variety of…

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Fake brakes

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of an ongoing series. Part 2 is also posted. Counterfeit brake parts are a big, international, complex — and most of all murky — problem. The BRAKE Report spoke with industry leaders, attorneys, investigators, and researchers to try and define and explain the problem…

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Sergio Carvalho

The BRAKE Report spoke to Sergio Carvalho, the CEO of Fras-le, about the company and its recent expansion. At the time of the conversation, Carvalho was in Alabama, where Fras-le has a facility in Prattville. Fras-le’s recent growth was capped by the purchase of Fremax in August. Fras-le is best…

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WABCO

WABCO’s new American headquarters officially opens today. The $20 million building is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It reflects a new culture at WABCO and new priorities for the future. WABCO CEO Jacques Esculier hosted the ceremony along with Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas. Morrison spoke with The Brake Report…

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Taiwan derailment

A train derailed in Taiwan on Sunday, causing a number of fatalities and injuring hundreds of passengers. Two theories emerged as to why the train went off the tracks, both involving brakes. According to a CNN article on the Taiwan derailment, The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, but…

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Knorr-Bremse IPO

After its IPO Friday, German brake conglomerate Knorr-Bremse is officially a public company. According to Transport Topics, Knorr-Bremse’s majority shareholder, Heinz Hermann Thiele, now has a net worth of about $15.3 billion. According to the site: Knorr-Bremse was founded in 1905, and Thiele started there in 1969 as a legal specialist…

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Lumag 30th anniversary

2018 has been a big year of investment for Lumag. Not only has the company celebrated its 30th anniversary but it also saw the company dig deep and place significant investment into its services, manufacturing capabilities and resulting products. The year began with a €5million investment in a Bruderer Shim…

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SAE Brake Colloquium

SAE Brake Colloquium kicks off this Sunday. In anticipation of the yearly event, The Brake Report spoke with three exhibitors. Cardolite creates industrial products from cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL). Bruker creates high-end scientific instruments. Dekati specializes in manufacturing tools to measure and sample fine particles. Get to Know Cardolite…

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Jeff Coggins

Sangsin Brake Welcomes Jeff Coggins as the Vice President of Sangsin Brake America DULUTH, GA (October 11, 2018) – Jeff Coggins has joined Sangsin Brake as the Vice President of Sangsin Brake America, according to H.J. Song, President of Sangsin Brake America. “We welcome Jeff to the Sangsin Brake organization…

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Stockholm, Sweden, October 10, 2018: Veoneer, Inc. (NYSE: VNE and SSE: VNE SDB), the world’s largest pure-play company focused on Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD), has developed the “Zeus” supercomputer – designed to meet the requirements for level 4 Autonomous Driving with Zenuity’s Autonomous Driving software…

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Kelly Funkhouser

Imagine the proud owner of a new vehicle, one equipped with a dazzling array of driver-assistance features. The owner drives the car off the lot and is soon on the highway. The driver has decades of experience behind the wheel, but minutes of experience with all the new technology in…

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Michael Schorn

At this year’s SAE Brake Colloquium, Michael Schorn is being awarded the Forest R. McFarland Award for his contributions to the SAE Engineering Board. Michael has been participating in the SAE Brake Colloquium for about 20 years and has contributed as a session organizer for about 10 years, with a recent focus…

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Brake Parts Inc (BPI) was named a 2020 Supplier of the Year by GM

MCHENRY, Ill. – Oct. 9, 2018 – In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Brake Parts Inc (BPI) has made a donation to the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) to support their efforts to help auto care industry members affected by the recent natural disaster in North and South Carolina. “Many…

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Hyundai Cradle

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, today announced it is investing in Perceptive Automata to develop artificial intelligence software for self-driving cars and automated systems. Perceptive Automata, a startup based in Somerville, Mass. with an office in Silicon Valley, has developed software that gives…

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Ford F-150 Lawsuit

An investigative journalist in Tennessee has been looking into brake problems with Ford F-150s. Jeremy Finley works for WSMV television station and first reported on the issue in August. According to his research, hundreds of complaints have been lodged. The NHTSA sent a letter to Ford in September, asking for a…

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Knorr-Bremse IPO

German manufacturer Knorr-Bremse reports a high level of interest in its upcoming IPO. In fact, the company is shortening its pre-sale offer period by a day. This pre-sale period is an opportunity for very large investors to purchase large blocks of the stock, typically at a discount. Knorr-Bremse’s pre-sale offer…

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Meneta Black Box™

Meneta is on the move. That’s the message from Kim Oestergaard, a 25-year veteran of the automotive business. He is the head of Meneta Germany, Meneta Advanced Shim Technology Denmark, and Meneta North America. Meneta is investing in its business in the United States and increasing its local NVH testing…

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bicycle disc brake

Anna van der Breggen was off the front of the world championships road race for 43 kilometers — plenty of time to look closely at her bike. And what did we see? A first at elite world championships: Disc brakes, on the winner’s bike. Read more at Velonews. Earlier in The Brake Report: Bosch’s eBike…

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november car sales

September vehicle sales numbers are in, with three major headlines: Vehicle sales are way down from September 2017. One main reason is that last year’s numbers were artificially high due to Hurricane Harvey, which forced many buyers to purchase new vehicles. The industry’s long slide away from passenger cars and…

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This quarter in brake stocks

The Brake Report is happy to introduce this new quarterly feature. Every three months we’ll round up information on the stock performance of public companies in brake manufacturing. We’re also happy to introduce a new tool for the brake community: The Brake Report Stocks Page. It’s a live, constantly updated…

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Tenneco Federal-Mogul

In April, Tenneco announced plans to purchase Federal-Mogul for $5.4 billion. Today the Tenneco Federal-Mogul acquisition is complete. Federal-Mogul makes Ferodo and Wagner brake products, along with many other leading auto parts brands. Federal-Mogul had been part of investor Carl Icahn’s large portfolio. Icahn is now the largest individual shareholder…

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roadstar.ai

Roadstar.ai, a world leading SAE level-4 autonomous technology pioneer, announced today it has selected AWare™, Renovo’s production-grade OS for automated mobility, as its development and commercialization platform. Roadstar.ai gains access to the ecosystem of AWare-compatible vehicles, sensors, and other third-party technologies and services that interact with its automated driving system (ADS).…

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MGH-100

Mass production of “Mugunghwa-100,” a core electronic brake system, attracts attention from clients Automobile parts company Mando (CEO Chung Mong-won) hosted “Flawless Launching Ceremony” for MGH-100 (Mugunghwa-100), an electronic brake system (EBS) at Brake Business Headquarters in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do on September 18, with Halla Group Chairman Chung Mong-won and eighty executives in attendance.…

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Kelly Funkhouser

The 36th SAE Brake Colloquium kicks off October 14. The annual event is changing to keep pace with new technology and audience expectations. This year’s Colloquium features two new formats. On Sunday, two tutorials help industry professionals anticipate the brakes of the future. Zachary S. Tullock of Nissan will speak…

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