TMD Friction Releases Copper-Free Air Disc Brake


DETROIT, Mich.–TMD Friction, a global leader in brake friction technology, has received the first NAFTA OE approval for its innovative copper free air disc brake (ADB) pad material, TX7400N.

Fabio Jurchaks, Vice President of NAFTA, stated, “The TMD NAFTA team developed not just a copper free disc pad that performs well, but a material that outperforms the current pad materials available today in both pad and rotor life. “

Results to date have been impressive. It is the first ultra-long life copper free ADB material available in the market,” says Jurchaks.

The OEM agreed with the results and decided to production release the TMD copper free pad, bypassing the interim step of copper reduced material.  This release is five years ahead of the 2025 requirement.  “We are pleased that the OEM places their confidence in TMD to supply their copper free materials”, notes Jurchaks.  “Our drum brake linings in NAFTA have been copper free for a number of years and now with TX7400N as part of our air disc brake pad offerings, we have a full copper free portfolio to offer our OE, OES and Aftermarket customers”. 

TMD Friction is a Nisshinbo Group company. It is a global leader in brake friction technology. From passenger cars, race cars and commercial vehicles, to industrial applications, we drive excellence through effective, reliable and safe braking solutions.

With over 140 years in the braking friction industry, we are among the world´s largest manufacturers of brake friction materials and are trusted by the biggest brands in the automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial sectors.

Nisshinbo Group is a Japanese company listed on the Nikkei 225.It has a diverse line of businesses that include electronics, automobile brakes, mechatronics, chemicals, textiles, papers and real estate.

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