Automotive supplier TMD Friction expands capacities in Essen
Essen, July 31, 2018. TMD Friction, one of Hella Pagid’s parent companies and one of the largest brake pad producers in the world, is about to cluster production at its Essen location. The brake system specialist will be an immediate beneficiary of the new main production plant on which the Hella Pagid headquarters are located as the extended plant will produce some of its portfolio’s brake pads. This will allow Hella Pagid to further consolidate its role as leading provider of brake components for the aftermarket.
Currently, TMD Friction in Essen produces 23 million brake pads annually; following the extension of the plant, up to 65 million brake pads per year are anticipated for production in Essen alone. “We are proud of the investments by our parent company in Germany and look forward to provide our customers with products of a major original equipment manufacturer,” says Thomas Gorkow, Product Management & Marketing Director at Hella Pagid.
The new production site will additionally be updated by a modern raw material mixing facility using state-of-the-art technologies. This is to the benefit of Hella Pagid. A majority of its brake pad portfolio has already switched to copper-free and -reduced brake pads. By using the latest techniques, Hella Pagid will reach its goal of globally distributing copper-free brake pads well before the legal deadline of 2025.
Hella Pagid is offering more than 2,300 European-made brake pads today and thereby covers 99 percent of the European vehicle stock. The company’s product range additionally includes wearing parts, brake hydraulics, liquids and accessories. Sales companies and warehouses around the globe and also logistics hubs in Germany and Asia make sure that the products quickly reach wholesale distribution chains and workshops. Add to this that motor mechanics can also rely on a fast and competent customer service. Updated technical information and practice-related tips are at all time available via HELLA TECH WORLD (www.hella.com/techworld).