ZF Develops Cleaner Production of Brake Pads


Source: ZF Aftermarket

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany –  ZF has developed a new technology which uses a dry powder coating adhesive for brakes, creating a cleaner working environment for employees by reducing and eliminating solvents – all the while not affecting the quality of the product.

The use of “Powder Adhesive Technology” for its TRW branded brake, which are manufactured without organic solvents, has earned ZF the Partslife Environmental Award.

Brake pads for passenger cars and commercial vehicles are no longer bonded to the carrier plate with the previous solvent-based adhesive but are now bonded with a dry adhesive powder. More than 150 tons of solvents can be saved each year from this innovation.

Saving the environment at top performance

The connection of the friction material with the rear wall is extremely important when braking as the lining must never come loose from its carrier plate. ZF’s ‘Powder Adhesive Technology’ ensures this and guarantees high quality and top performance of its TRW brake pads.

“Our agenda for the future of the aftermarket is characterized by our claim to harmonize environment and technology,” said Helmut Ernst, head of the Aftermarket Division. “We accompany our customers on the path to sustainable mobility with expertise, innovation, and inventiveness.”

About the Partslife Environmental Award:

ZF Aftermarket has been awarded the Partslife Environmental Award in recognition for its Powder Adhesive Technology. The goal of the award is to promote innovative and exemplary measures for environmental protection, as well as encourage employees of other companies to follow in their footsteps.  

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