Source: Rane Brake Lining Ltd. announcement

CHENNAI, India — Rane Brake Lining Ltd. (RBL), headquartered in Chennai, India, has announced the expansion into the North American market to service the braking needs of the commercial vehicle and passenger vehicles.

“From our growing footprint throughout Asia and Europe, RBL has become recognized as a reliable partner and market leader focused on premium braking performance through innovation, advanced materials research, and state of the art manufacturing technologies,” according to R. Balakrishnan, President of RBL. “We continue to invest in our talent as the core foundation to support and expand our capabilities. As we have closely monitored the growth in the US market regarding commercial and medium duty vehicles, RBL is properly positioned to service and partner with our customers throughout NA to offer a premium experience when it comes to transportation safety.

“We are excited about the opportunity and timing of entering the US market. As we continue to methodically develop our global footprint, RBL continues to gain a better understanding of local experiences that continually improves our offering and tailors the performance to the voice of the customer.

“To further support the voice of the customer locally and integration activities, we would like to announce the appointment of Chris Janech who will direct the business development activities for RBL for North America. Chris has a proven track record with all facets of the automotive and commercial vehicle brake markets and centrally positioned within Charlotte, NC to support our customers”.

“It is truly an honor to be aligned with an organization that holds innovation and quality in such high regards, as evidenced by their Deming Awards for manufacturing,” said Janech. “Through strict quality controls and manufacturing technologies, RBL is a reliable partner to control ongoing costs and eliminate barriers that leads to a path forward for integration of new product technologies for disc brakes and brake linings.”

RBL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rane Group, headquartered in India, a leading manufacturer of steering and suspension systems, valve train components, friction materials, occupant safety, light metal casting, aftermarket, and connected mobility solutions. With a global outreach, the Rane Group has offices in Novi, Mich. and Charlotte, N.C. and manufacturing aluminum die cast components at their wholly owned facility in Russellville, Ky.