Source: TMD Friction
HARTLEPOOL, U.K. – Leading global original equipment (OE) and aftermarket brakes manufacturer, TMD Friction, recently hosted the next generation of mechanical engineers at its UK-based factory to learn more about the process behind the development of its braking solutions.
During the tour of the facility, students from North Lindsey College witnessed first-hand how TMD Friction’s annual €30 million investment is utilized to ensure its brands offer some of the most innovative and reliable braking solutions on the market.
The students were invited on the tour as part of TMD Friction’s investment into supporting young people within the industry. Later in the year, the Hartlepool facility will host more students from UK-based colleges in a bid to encourage more young people to choose a career within the automotive sector.
Scott Irwin, head of technical training at the company, said: “The industry is suffering as a whole from a skills shortage as more technicians are retiring compared to the number of new workers. To counteract this, TMD Friction is committed to protecting the future of the automotive market by inspiring and involving pupils from an early age to encourage their passion for the industry.
“Interacting with the next generation of mechanical engineers is fantastic for TMD Friction and it’s great to see the students getting a taste for the job.”
About TMD Friction
TMD Friction is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of brake friction materials to the automotive and brake industry. The company’s product portfolio comprises disc brake pads and drum brake linings for passenger cars and commercial vehicles together with friction materials for racing and industrial applications.
With its brands Textar, Mintex, DON, Pagid and Cobreq, the company has a market-leading position in the global replacement parts market. Under the brand names Cosid and Dynotherm, TMD Friction develops and produces friction materials for industrial applications. TMD Friction has four operations in Germany as well as in Europe, USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The TMD Friction Group employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. For further information: www.tmdfriction.com.