NYLACAST Enters Growing EBB Market

LONDON, U.K.–NYLACAST Automotive is an award winning supplier of materials for automotive braking and steering systems. The company has been around for more than 50 years, and has put product into more than 65 million vehicles across multiple vehicle brands.

When it comes to braking systems, NYLACAST offers the ablity to replace steel brake booster components with polymer/steel composites, which offer significant opportunities for weight reduction without losing structural performance.


NYLACAST polymers also offer a self-lubricating feature.

NYLACAST Automotive has Research & Design Centers in Leicester & Changshu.

The most recent big new-product push from the company is Electric Brake Boosting (EBB), in both development and production volumes.

This application, the company says, came from technical collaboration with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. The company’s worm wheel and rack are used in brake booster applications that require variable brake assistance relative to changing traffic conditions. The assistance is transmitted via specially developed worm wheels which either drive a steel pinion onto a polymer rack or through a re-circulating ball unit which applies rotational movement to a ball screw, thus transmitting lateral movement, thus applying power assistance to a conventional hydraulic braking circuit.

In addition to delivering increased fuel efficiency to vehicles, this technology continues to perform as a gateway to technology (ADAS) such as collision avoidance and autonomous driving, moving away from ageing, vacuum assisted hydraulic braking in conventional fuelled vehicles. This move is essential for Hybrid and All-Electric vehicles.

Simon Harvey, Managing Director of Nylacast Automotive says: “The introduction of this exciting application and efficiency improving gear comes as natural development for Nylacast Automotive, building on the experience and know-how of safety critical automotive applications and the inherent properties of polymer/metal bonded solutions. Our collaboration with industry customers and partners continues to advance thought leadership and drive technology growth in the automotive sector.”

Key Facts About NYLACAST

-Over 530 employees around 6 worldwide sites.

-78% of UK manufactured goods exported to more than 47 countries.

-More than 80 million vehicles featuring Nylacast EPS WormWheels since 1999.

-Over 22% of the workforce have been with Nylacast for more than 15 years.

-Over 900 hours per year spent by team members on community improvement projects and charitable causes.

-More than 7 local charities supported by NYLACAST to develop communities and address topics including mental health, poverty, disabilities and health.

David Kiley
David Kiley

David Kiley is Chief of Content for The BRAKE Report. Kiley is an award-winning business journalist and author, having covered the auto industry for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL/Huffington Post, as well as written articles for Automobile and Popular Mechanics.