Brake shoe relining is currently enjoying a buoyant period, according to commercial vehicle brake specialist Roadlink International.
Due to a number of defining factors, including the growth in drum brakes used on new trailers and cost pressures on transport operators, Roadlink’s continued investment in brake shoe relining has propelled the company forward as the ‘go-to expert’ in this area.
Having established its position over a number of years in the CV brake shoe market, Roadlink has one of the largest ranges in Europe covering more than 200 references. Brake shoes come complete with OE brake linings to suit all types of truck, trailer and PCV applications.
Roadlink’s state of the art brake shoe reline operation is approved to ISO9001:2015 quality & ISO14001:2015 environmental standards. Roadlink adheres to a 15-stage production process for relining brake shoes. This involves rollers being checked where applicable and shoe platforms treated with an anti-corrosion long lasting water-based paint, unique to Roadlink.
An inspection is undertaken after each stage and shoes come supplied with a full warranty. Every Roadlink exchange brake shoe carries a unique serial number that allows for total product traceability.
The company’s brake shoe reline operation was the first in the UK to achieve the coveted Brake Assured status. The “Brake Assured” symbol guarantees that brake shoes are fully remanufactured to the highest product quality and safety standards possible.
Keith Sedgley, Roadlink joint managing director, said: “We’ve maintained a level of investment in brake relining and we’ve grown the business as a result. There’s often no need to throw away a brake shoe and it’s encouraging to see the message of effective remanufacturing – offering safe, high quality products – being embraced by the CV industry.”
Remanufacturing in the UK currently contributes approximately £4.3billion to the UK economy with this figure expected to grow dramatically thanks to further investment. Remanufacturing is not only good for the environment through the reduction of CO2 emissions but reduces raw material and energy consumption.