Source: TMD Friction announcement

HARTLEPOOL, U.K. — Braking friction specialists TMD Friction, in conjunction with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched a roadshow of technical training workshops for college students to address the skills shortage in the automotive industry.

The first skills workshop was at Lincoln College, on Wednesday 27th April, with the second planned college visit taking the team to York College, on Wednesday 4th May.

Scott Irwin MIMI, head of technical training at TMD Friction, said, “Investing in future talent is key to the longevity of the industry so we’re delighted to be working alongside the IMI to deliver engaging skills workshops to inspire the next generation of mechanics, technicians, and automotive experts.

“The main goal of the workshops is to have automotive students and apprentices attend, who can then meet and network with local employers to learn more about the industry and the crucial skills required.”

The company’s college workshops are being held against the backdrop of the IMI’s annual skills competitions, recently launched to identify the most talented young apprentices working in the automotive sector.

Run annually, they are designed to raise standards and levels of expertise in technical skills across four areas: automotive technology, automotive body repair, automotive refinishing and heavy vehicle technology.

About TMD Friction

TMD Friction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of brake linings for the automotive and brake industries. In addition to disc brake pads and drum brake linings for cars and commercial vehicles, the company’s product portfolio also includes brake pads for motor racing and industry-specific friction materials. TMD Friction supplies the worldwide spare parts market with the brands Textar, Mintex, Don, Pagid, Cobreq, Nisshinbo and Bendix. TMD Friction also develops and produces brake friction products for industry under the brand name Cosid. The TMD Friction Group has four locations in Germany and others in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan and employs 4,500 people worldwide.