TENNERT, N.J. – Chris Magello, better known to his more than seven-million YouTube followers as automotive guru ChrisFix, has recently released a video promoting one of the latest changes enacted by FMSI (Friction Materials Standards Institute), the organization which maintains the standardized part numbering system for aftermarket brake pads.

FMSI’s latest addition is its “Z” number identification for brake pads. The “Z” indicates the mechanical attachment of the friction to the steel backing plate in the manufacture of the brake pad.

According to Frank Oliveto, president of FMSI, the new “Z” designation is another step in the evolution of his organization.

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“FMSI is now in year four of a five-year modernization plan,”  said Oliveto. “We heavily invested in new state-of-the-art technology,  directed by an active board combined with new staffing, established a very modern ITAF style operating system.

“We collaborated in developing new data partner agreements bringing more services and information to our members quicker, better, faster and far more accurate.”

Acknowledgment of the new designation, as well as the organization’s importance within the industry, by the person considered the leading do-it-yourself mentor on YouTube meant a lot, Oliveto added. 

“Having ChrisFix highlight the importance of FMSI’s data is a step in the right direction for all our members, parts retailers and consumers in general,” he said.