Don Expands Its U.K. Distribution Network

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Source: TMD Friction announcement

LEVERKUSEN, Germany – Global aftermarket brake brand, Don, has expanded its passenger car distribution network in the United Kingdom with the addition of a new stockist, Spartan Motor Factors.

Covering the south west and Wales, Spartan Motor Factors has 13 sites, with two more depots due to open in 2021. The new distributor now stocks a full range of Don passenger car products, including brake pads and discs.

Part of TMD Friction, Don’s PC range offers copper-free brake pads and discs that are engineered to provide reliable braking at a value price point. Available for a variety of vehicles from small cars to small vans, the Don PC range is tested and manufactured for consistent quality with an excellent price-performance-ratio designed to appeal to price-sensitive drivers.

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According to Lee Gratton, general manager at Spartan Motor Factors, “We have been working with TMD Friction to stock its premium brake brand Textar, which has really helped to elevate our position within the marketplace and increase our sales. As a result of the success we have had from stocking Textar, we have chosen to also stock TMD Friction’s DON brand as our mid-tier brake brand.

“It’s a recognisable brand known for quality at a reasonable price and perfect for customers wanting a reliable product that’s not going to break the bank. We look forward to extending our relationship with TMD Friction.”

Nick Hayes, UK sales manager at TMD Friction, said, “Spartan Motor Factors is an ambitious and growing network in the south west and Wales. Following the success of stocking our Textar, we were pleased to be chosen to help expand Spartan’s product portfolio with the introduction of our DON PC range.

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“As a global manufacturer of brake friction products, our aim is to provide high quality products to meet all budgets and requirements within the market. Spartan is the perfect example of how we work with our customers to deliver a variety of solutions to meet every garage’s braking need.”

About TMD Friction

TMD Friction, a subsidiary of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a global leader in the manufacture of brake pads for the automotive and brake industry. Alongside disc brake pads and drum brake linings for cars and commercial vehicles, the product portfolio also includes motorsport brake pads as well as friction materials for industry. TMD Friction supplies the global spare parts market through brands like Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid and Cobreq. TMD Friction also develops and produces friction linings for industry under the brand Cosid. The TMD Friction Group has four sites in Germany, with more in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan, and employs around 5,000 staff worldwide. For more information, visit

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