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MADE IN CHINA: THE PLUSSES AND THE PITFALLS

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MADE IN CHINA: THE PLUSSES AND THE PITFALLS


Choosing where to site a factory is an issue that is as involved with peoples’ perceptions as it is with politics and cost

National brake pads

China is a country where it is cheap and easy to have products manufactured, but there are a number of things to consider if you want to get involved. “My view on producing in China is that it is very good, but if you allow local engineers to do it, they will do it their own way” said David Houlden, MD of National Autoparts. “The classic is if you give them a drawing and it will come back differently, because ‘it is easier’”.

Houlden is clear on a solution. “To overcome that you do it yourself. You have people out there on a very regular basis and keep those people in the factories. We employ a UK quality company to be out there and check stuff as well as our own engineers are there on a regular basis”.

He adds that the two factories that his company uses are owned in a joint venture with a local partner.

SKILL SET
When National took the decision to introduce pads, a new skill set was required. “Metal we understand, but for friction we had to take on someone for two and a half years” he said. “We didn’t know a lot about pads, so we employed a consultant who had OE experience, who is heavily involved in anything we do”.

However, manufacturing on the other side of the world is not without its problems. Even if the product quality is consistent, there is an issue of logistics to consider. Colin Smit, UK MD of Polish manufacturer Lumag, which sells the Breck light vehicle pad range in the UK said: “I wouldn’t want to place an order with five months worth of stock all the way from China”.

“From here (in Doncaster) we have a 98 percent pick rate and we can place a daily delivery on the factory if we want to. It only takes three days to get the stock from the factory” he said, adding that the warehouse had quite a high stockturn and there was no reason to tie stock, and therefore cash, up in inventory.

Producing in Europe is markedly more expensive, something Smit admits to being ‘a difficult sell’ to customers that are simply focused on price. “It’s a premium product, not a white- box product. We are targeting customers of premium brands”.

Meanwhile, some brake components are produced even closer home and are remanufactured in the UK.Brake Engineering has produced in Wales since it was founded in the 1980s. However, the days of needing to accrue a big stockpile of core for one reference before you begin are in the past. “Traditionally, a remanufacturer would stockpile individual references in cages until there is a large enough batch for it to remake” said Steve Willis, IAM General Manager at the firm’s parent company. Today, Willis says that this notion is obsolete. “If the car is on a ramp and needing a part, the garage isn’t going to wait for us to assemble a core pile, they will go somewhere else – so it is critical for us to service the need as soon as possible and Wrexham is all about making sure the highest service level is maintained” he said.

 

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ORIGINAL COLOUR CALIPERS MAKE A SPLASH

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ORIGINAL COLOUR CALIPERS MAKE A SPLASH


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF BRAKE ENGINEERING

cat-newsletter-image-031116-brake eng painted callipersBrake Engineering has launched a range of original colour painted calipers for the independent aftermarket.

The new brake calipers have been specially designed to match the caliper colour originally fitted on a vehicle making the process more efficient for technicians and offering additional reassurance that the part will fit first time, every time.

Unveiled at a recent trade show and via the brand’s new LinkedIn page, the calipers were extremely popular among motor factor visitors with many expressing their confidence in the range as the calipers match OE fitment when supplied as new and are 100 percent end of line tested during production.

Available in a range of original colours including red, grey, mint green, blue, black and yellow, the calipers cover a wide percentage of the European vehicle parc including popular models: Volkswagen Beetle and Jetta (2010); Skoda Fabia and Roomster (2002-11); Vauxhall Astra and Meriva (2004-10); Audi A3 and TT (2003); Peugeot 208 (2012); Seat Altea XL and Leon (2003); Fiat 500, 500c and Panda (2006); Volkswagen Eos, Golf, Golf Plus and Jetta (2003); as well as Renault Megane II and Clio III (2006) to name a few.

The supplier’s brightly-coloured calipers are easily identifiable as OE-matching quality components, reflecting Brake Engineering’s commitment to bringing reliable, premium product ranges to market.

Adam Griffiths, UK Marketing Specialist, said: “The launch of our painted calipers has been incredibly well received and sits alongside our Original Aftermarket campaign, which is designed to simplify the supply and fit of braking products. We will continue to expand the range and ensure motor factors and technicians have all the necessary technical and customer support available to them.”

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ESSENTIAL WINTER VEHICLE CHECKS – BRAKE CALIPERS


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With the onset of Autumn and Winter, garages have a key part to play in ensuring cars are fit for purpose.

The most common failure during this season is of course the battery, and it goes without saying, frozen coolant and screen wash due to insufficient additive, or out of date antifreeze.

With the roads clogged with ice, it is even more important that the brakes are operating efficiently and more importantly, evenly across an axle. Locking up of a front or rear wheel can lead to a nasty spin and accident. Salt and grit can also lead to issues with corrosion.

A visual inspection of the mechanical and hydraulic parts is the first step, looking for in particular leaking, cracking and wear of all associated parts.

Having completed the visual checks, now check the physical operation of the caliper, in particular, the free sliding action of the guide bolts in the carrier. The piston should push its pad into contact with the disc, and the carrier should pull the other pad into contact.

If this fails to happen, and there are any signs of corrosion or damage, dismantle the caliper and remove the pads. Take the carrier, and clean using brake cleaner and a wire brush. Pay particular attention to the guide pins, and guide pin bores and make sure you don’t damage the rubber components.

Under no circumstances must any attempt be made to “re-work” the carrier, i.e. using a file to “clean out” corrosion. Any work of this nature can lead to excessive clearances to the pad abutments, which will result in clanking and rattling noises on braking. If necessary fit new guide pins and dust covers.

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BRAKE ENGINEERING INTRODUCES NEW PRODUCTS


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Brake_productsBrake Engineering has added six new brake calipers, as well as one pair of brake discs and one brake pad set to its extensive product range, reflecting its commitment to constantly develop its offering to meet customer requirements.

The new brake calipers cover popular models for both left- and right-hand applications including: Mercedes Benz C250, C320, C35, E200, E250, E300, E350, SLK200, SLK250 and SLK300 (2007); Fiat 500L, 500L MPW and 500L Trekking (2013); and also Fiat 500X and Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010).

Meanwhile, the additional pair of discs cover the Mazda CX7 (2007) and the brake pad set covers Audi A4, A5, Q5, S4, S5 and SQ5 (2007). The new-to-range parts join Brake Engineering’s already comprehensive range.

Brake Engineering is well-known and highly regarded for its expertise in the production of calipers, and with this wealth of experience, intricate attention to detail and efficient remanufacturing process, it is able to meet the consistent high demand for first-class, premium products.

Working alongside its customers, Brake Engineering offers technical support and training where necessary. This ensures full optimisation of the product range and that motor factors and technicians have access to key information on how to fit parts correctly.

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