The success of the Bendix ® brand has been marked by a long list of major product contributions to the automotive, aviation, aerospace and transportation industries for nearly a century. With brakes on cars, buses, trucks, trailers, airplanes, golf carts, farm and construction equipment – and even bicycles, Bendix is one of the best-known names in the transportation industry.
Adding our expertise in the braking industry, MAT Holdings continues the Bendix tradition of introducing new brake products that are welcomed by drivers, professional mechanics, and car enthusiasts.
By 2025 all brake manufacturers in the United States must eliminate copper from their friction formulations in order to meet the California and Washington Proposition 65 regulations.
The legislation was enacted in 2010 due to claims by environmental regulators that as brake pads wear down, copper and other materials are deposited on roadways and in parking lots and then washed into streams and rivers. Too much copper in the water may damage marine and freshwater organisms such as fish and mollusks.
On the way to the 2025 rule the legislation requires brake manufacturers to switch their formulations to low-copper. By 2021 copper content in friction must not exceed 5%. Many friction manufacturers have been forced to start developing new formulations and test a number of different materials to match the characteristics of copper in order to meet the 2021 and 2025 deadline.