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JURATEK IN SECOND MBO

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JURATEK IN SECOND MBO


Braking components manufacturer Juratek has announced a management buyout, with three of its directors taking full control of the company. The buyout is the company’s second in three years, as Chairman Allan Hooks is stepping down from the role.

The Doncaster-based firm will now be run by Managing Director Matt Robinson, Sales and Marketing Director Toby Whewell, and Operations Director Mark Clegg. The change comes following the trio’s acquisition of the remaining shareholding from  Hooks. 

READ: 2016 – JURATEK IN MANAGEMENT BUYOUT

Hooks, who is retiring after nearly two decades at the helm of the firm, said: “I have seen Juratek grow and develop into a well-respected aftermarket company both in the UK and Europe. Its commitment to quality in all areas of its business remain paramount to its trading ethos. 

Juratek in new MBO

“After 20 years with the company I believe it is time for me to hand over the reins to the management team led by Matt Robinson, in whom I have full confidence.”

Hooks joined in 2001, having served as Managing Director at electrical components firm Veco for over six years, and Leeds-based parts store Vegem for three. 

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Matt Robinson, who heads up the new management team, has been at Juratek since October 2014, when he was made General Sales Director. Toby Whewell and Mark Clegg join him in the boardroom, having spent a collective six years at the firm. 

Robinson said: “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Juratek Ltd and have exciting plans to continue the growth of the company both in the UK and overseas markets.

“The company has seen a sustained period of growth and transition in the past 5 years and we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities open to us.

“I was keen for Mark and Toby to join me in the management buyout, between us we have over 70 years’ experience in the Automotive Aftermarket, yet we also retain the energy and passion needed to drive the company to even greater success.”

Juratek’s 50-plus staff are not affected by the change in management structure.  

 

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PUTTING A STOP TO BRAKE DUST

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PUTTING A STOP TO BRAKE DUST


By Greg Whitaker

The knives have been out for traveling by car recently. All around the nation, there have been scores of column inches devoted to the harm that small particulate matter does to our bodies – and if you live around London, you have probably seen some of the anti-car campaigns being run by the Mayor’s office as a new wave of legislation dictating what vehicles can be driven and when take effect.

It isn’t just smokey exhausts that have caught the attention of the powers that be. A cross-party committee called the Air Quality Expert Group has identified that tyres, roads and perhaps most notably, the dust from brake linings are a source of very small particulates which can cause problems with breathing and can also enter the water table easily when rain washes the dust from the road.

Scale of the issue

In one sense the problem is unlikely to be growing as hybrid and electric vehicles use regenerative braking, so the amount of wear on the pads is greatly reduced. However, as the amount of particulates from exhausts reduces, pollution from brake and tyre wear will increase as a percentage, with DEfRA predicting that 10 percent of transport emissions will be from these sources by 2030. In Germany alone it has been calculated that 10,000 tonnes of brake dust is scattered annually.

It might be easy to dismiss this issue as just rhetoric, but cases of lung diseases and asthma are on the rise and there is good evidence that it is the smaller particles, rather than the bigger sooty ones, that cause the most damage to the organs of the body.

So, what can be done? We asked a number of the 60 or so friction lining brands if they are taking any action on the issue.

Scott Irwin, Technical Trainer at TMD Friction, the company behind brands such as Mintex, Textar and Pagid, said: “With regards to pollution through tyres and brakes overall, there are currently no official limits or common methods of measurement. It is much more difficult to provide these guidelines than it was for emissions from exhaust pipes because brakes are open systems”.

He added that his company has around 800 materials to choose from. “Our raw material portfolio management team proactively researches and tests suitable new raw materials that are not harmful to people or the environment when processed or when used in the brake system,” he said, adding that TMD is a member of the UN’s Particle Measurement Programme which is dedicated to address the issues of non-exhaust related emissions from vehicles.

New materials

Most people know that asbestos was used in making brake pads and shoes until it was, quite sensibly, banned from use donkey’s years ago. Perhaps less well known is the use of copper wire to make the friction material bind together. Copper isn’t in itself harmful, but when ground into a fine power, the metal can get into the bloodstream where it is toxic.

Copper is being phased out, and some companies have already removed it entirely from friction linings. However, others have kept it in the mixture and will do so until required to do so by law.

Matt Leeming a Manager at aftermarket braking brand Juratec noted that his company had discontinued use of copper and other heavy metals some time ago, but the problem is spread wider: “Of course, governments are looking to go further than just restricting the use of some of the more problematic ingredients of brake pads. It has been established that this wear debris, or particulate matter, which is a mixture of both pad and disc debris ranging in particle size from under 100 micrometres to approx. 0.1 micrometres, with some of it falling in the critical respirable range of 10 to one micrometres” he said.

By comparison, a human hair typically has a width of about 50 micrometres.

“To reduce particle emissions further will require a much broader approach across a number of fronts so we are seeing special hard coatings being applied to the surface of brake discs to reduce their wear rates and of course carbon-ceramic discs offer reduced wear albeit at a significantly higher cost” Leeming furthered. “The automotive industry is also exploring partially enclosing brakes and fitting them with filters in order to capture the bulk of particulate emissions so the likely final outcome will be a combination of measures”.

The filters referred to by Leeming are being developed by companies including Mann+Hummel based in Germany. The firm recently exhibited a working model of a brake dust filter, which featured in the firm’s company magazine. For the filter media the engineers opted for a metallic based web. The fibers are resistant to corrosion and are able to withstand the high temperatures on the brake. Several German magazines have also shown pictures of the filter, built on as part of the brake mechanism, being tested on various new VWs, suggesting that VMs might include the design on new vehicles in the near future.

Some firms are further down the road of removing metal from brake pads than others. A few we spoke to would only say that the binding agent would be removed ‘when the time comes’, i.e when required to do so by legislation and herein lies the problem of cleaning up the mixture used in brake linings.

There is scope for development, but with so many brands fighting for space on the factor’s racking, there needs to be rules and clearly repeatable tests introduced that everyone must follow.

Trains a problem too

Don’t think that simply avoiding cars and taking the tube will be an answer to keeping clear of brake dust particulates. Filter brand Mann+Hummel has reported that longer visits to underground railway stations can also be harmful to health. Measurements in the London underground system, for example, have registered air pollution with inhalable particles in the range of 500 to 1,120mg per cubic metre, which compared to the EU’s guideline of 50mg is off the scale. A tunnel cleaning train used to be in service, but it was withdrawn and plans for a replacement were quietly dropped.

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PROMO: TEXTAR LAUNCHES HYDRA TEC


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Textar, has expanded its range of brake installation and maintenance products with the launch of Hydra Tec.

The new lubricant has been specifically created for hydraulic components in brake and clutch systems and is ideal for lubricating cylinder working surfaces, pistons and sealing elements. This makes it overall easier to install hydraulic brake components in the caliper.

Hydra Tec also protects working surfaces and other metallic components against corrosion thanks to its water-repellent properties. The formula prevents brake seizure when utilised correctly, keeping all the brake components protected and moving as required.

Scott Irwin, head of technical training at TMD Friction, said: “Hydra Tec is the ideal solution for mechanics when lubricating the caliper’s moving parts. To utilise the paste effectively, we recommend applying a thin, even layer to the working surfaces of the brakes, minus the brake pads, and avoiding using mineral oils as substitutes as the constituents can cause seals to swell and adversely affect the functions of the caliper.”

Available in 180 millilitre tubes, Hydra Tec is compatible with EPDM caoutchouc rubber and commercially available brake fluids including DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 4LV and DOT 5.1.

Textar, which is manufactured by one of the global leaders in brake friction technology, TMD Friction, covers 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid available for next day delivery.

 

As a global premium brand offering a selection of OE and aftermarket products, Textar has an established reputation for high quality, performance and endurance. This makes it the brand of choice for factors and garages.

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TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST

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TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, has proved the quality of its Textar aftermarket brakes in an AMS braking test that scored Textar above the competition and original equipment manufactured material (OEM).

An Audi A5 and VW Passat Variant test vehicles were loaded to the permissible gross vehicle weight along with two passengers. The car was brought to a standstill by braking from a speed of 100 km/h ten times in a row. The first and the tenth braking applications were evaluated to provide information about the characteristics of the brake pads when they were cold and hot.

Textar competed against three competitor brands and the respective OEM material, with both test vehicles equipped with ex works. Overall, Textar achieved the best results compared to the competitors’ products and the VW Passat Variant scored even better results than the OEM material. The Audi A5 with Textar brakes performed identical to the OEM material, for cold and hot braking, and was the most stable performer in comparison with its competitors. The difference between the first and tenth braking application was only 0.2 m, the same as the amount achieved by the brake pad fitted as part of the original equipment from the manufacturer. The biggest deviation by a competitor was 2.8 m.

For cold braking, Textar brake pads and all three competitors achieved even better results than the OEM material. For hot braking, nearly every brake pad except one beat the OEM pad in terms of braking distance. Textar was the supplier with the lowest deviation between the first and tenth braking application, only 0.2m, compared to a competitor with 8.7m which corresponds to two vehicle lengths.

The internationally accepted AMS test was originally developed by automobile magazine, Auto Motor Sport. TMD Friction performed the test within the scope of the benchmark series, to secure and expand the high quality and performance of its products based on the results gained.

Vincenzo Di Caro, Product Engineer of TMD Friction, said: “Today, in a time of high-tech, high-performance cars and increasing traffic, brakes have to generate maximum performance with speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. Significant testing cycles are also very important to us in order to check and improve our products. The AMS test shows one of many examples of Textar placing great importance on safety as well as removing prejudice by demonstrating that aftermarket brake pads can be even better than OE products when dealing with original spare parts.”

TMD Friction launched its premium brake brand, Textar, to the UK market aftermarket earlier this year. The full range of products cover 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes brake pads, discs and accessories, including brake fluid, available for next day delivery. The launch of Textar passenger car provides the aftermarket with a superior braking product, complementing the long-established Textar brand dedicated to the OE sector.

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AIMING FOR PERFECTION

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AIMING FOR PERFECTION


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AISIN GROUP

Aisin braking portfolio

The Aisin group is a diversified global conglomerate with special expertise in materials processing, precision engineering and manufacturing technologies. While the principal activity is the design and manufacture of automotive parts and systems, the group also produces household appliances such as fuel cells and other products related to the energy, lifestyle and wellness sectors.

Guided by the founder’s commitment to “quality first”, Aisin has developed a strong position as a global supplier of premium automotive parts and systems to vehicle manufacturers. In addition to Toyota, which has taken a 24% equity in the company, Aisin is a major supplier to the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Volvo, General Motors, PSA Group, Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi, Honda, Suzuki and Changan Group.

Aisin Seiki group
Japan-based Aisin has been processing materials and manufacturing premium precision products for more than 70 years. Founded as an aircraft parts manufacturer, the company has now developed into a Fortune Global 500 company with more than 190 subsidiaries and affiliates around the world. The Aisin group is a strong top-10 supplier in the automotive OE and aftermarket industries, and recorded net sales of over 29 billion Euro in the 2016 financial year.

Drive, turn, stop…

The Aisin automotive product range is comprehensive, covering all the principal vehicle functions – driving, turning and braking – and includes drivetrain, clutch, brake, chassis, engine and cooling systems, in addition to vehicle body parts.

The group strives to anticipate customer needs and has invested heavily in the last few years to meet the changing requirements of the automobile industry. Using its expertise in diverse metals and processing technologies, Aisin is now producing lighter vehicle parts – including cast parts for the engine and related areas – helping car manufacturers meet lower fuel consumption and emission standards.

Strong R&D resources

For these new trends, Aisin is able to draw on its impressive worldwide research and development assets. Back in 1970 it was one of the first auto parts manufacturers to construct its own vehicle proving ground equipped with test tracks. Aisin now has three proving grounds worldwide with a variety of track surfaces.

In parallel, state-of-the-art indoor testing facilities enable Aisin to evaluate a wide range of vehicle performance areas including electronic devices, fuel economy exhaust emissions, high-temperature environments and vehicle stability control systems.

Going forward, Aisin aims to continue working with its subsidiaries and customers to anticipate future requirements and fulfil its mission to contribute to the creation of a better auto society and higher standard of living.

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SUCCESS FOR TEXTAR BRAKE DISCS


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TMD FRICTION

Global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, has put the quality and performance of its Textar brake disc coating to the test; comparing thickness, uniformity and corrosion against three competitor products as part of its benchmarking series.

TMD Friction defined 20 measuring points, including four at the contact surface of the disc top hat, and four on the visible outer surface of the disc to evaluate coating thickness and uniformity. The results showed that Textar had the thinnest coating in all measuring areas (see picture.1 & picture.2), with only a slight variation in data, indicating high uniformity.

Textar had the most even coating while proving equally resistant to corrosion when compared to its thicker-coated competitors. The test also highlighted that coated discs have equivalent break-in properties to uncoated discs.

Results revealed that thinner coating does not lead to higher corrosion, and despite having the thinnest coating among the tested products, Textar had similar results to its competitors. To determine corrosion resistance, the brake discs were sprayed with five percent saline solution in a salt spray cupboard for 96 hours.

Both coating thickness and uniformity make a real difference to brake reliability. If the coating is too thick and uneven on the contact surface of the brake disc top hat, it can have a huge impact on runout. Too much runout causes brake growl and leads to steering wheel movement and/or vibrations in the brake pedal. The thinner coating not only ensures efficient use of materials, but also brings about improved braking reliability.

Vincenzo Di Caro, development engineer at TMD Friction, said: “Coated brake discs can be used as and when you need them, without preparation. To protect from corrosion, uncoated discs are stored in oil, which must be removed from the disc before assembly.

“Coated discs don’t require oil removal, reducing workload and making the process more environmentally friendly through reducing oil waste. We recommend garages always clean the existing hub and remove corrosion before assembly so that the new brake disc can reach optimum performance.”

TMD Friction regularly carries out tests within its benchmark series to secure and develop the high quality and performance of its products. TMD Friction always chooses a balanced mix of competitors, including well-known OE and aftermarket manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1: Test results for Textar (yellow) and the three competitor products at four different measuring points (P1 – P4) at the outer surface of the brake disc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 2: Test results for Textar (yellow) and the three competitor products at four different measuring points (P5 – P8) at the contact surface of the disc top hat.

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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING

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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF JAPANPARTS GROUP

Japanparts Group. New product
ABS sensors. Pre-code: ABS- / 151- / 151

What is the ABS sensor for?
The ABS sensor – positioned on the constant-velocity joint or near the wheel hub – has the fundamental task of constantly updating the ABS control unit, reading the speed of each individual wheel through a cog wheel. The ABS sensor is the fundamental element in the braking system because, as it continuously communicates with the control unit, it significantly increases driving safety by stopping the vehicle in the quickest and safest way possible.

The ABS sensor transmits the tangential velocity – measured on the wheel – to the other systems. The electronic control unit processes this information (slipping or differences in velocity between wheels), activating the anti-blocking system on the brakes. If the ABS sensor detects a loss of traction on the wheels, the ABS system adjusts the pressure of the fluid in the individual cylinders and activates the pump that excludes the manual system and acts immediately on the brake.

Why to check the ABS sensor?
It is good practice, every 2 years, to check the electrical parts inside the braking system. The ABS braking system tends to deteriorate the most during the winter months, owing to the extreme weather conditions and the salt on the roads.

The main causes of replacement of ABS sensors may also be: damage from collision or accidental contact with the gravel found on the road, impact with the tone wheel owing to a bearing anomaly. If the sensor is broken, the entire ABS system is deactivated.

What are we offering?

With a coverage of 89% of the vehicles on the roads, Japanparts Group further extends its range of ABS sensors with more than 500 codes available for Asian, European and American vehicles, and add our range items that are usually difficult to find, such as cam shaft position sensors or crankshaft position sensors.

ABS sensors under the Japanparts, Ashika and Japko brands are guaranteed for 24 months, and offer a high-quality equivalent alternative to the original product, and are used in ABS, ASR and GPS systems. They are made with special plastic materials and have high quality electro-technical and electro-mechanical properties, which guarantee a high level of resistance. The sensors and connecting cables are capable of resisting extreme temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C.

Click and download the ABS Sensor Catalog: http://www.japanpartsgroup.com/splash/page

The ABS braking system
What is the ABS braking system for?

When, in a dangerous situation, the driver brakes hard on the brake pedal, the wheels get stuck and skid over the road surface. This has the following results:

– A loss of directional control, with the vehicle swerving. – A lack of control of the vehicle. – An increase in the space required to stop. – Deformation of the tyres. – An increase in accidents.

When the brake pedal is pushed all the way down, the ABS system adjusts the pressure on the individual cylinders, in relation to the acceleration or deceleration of the wheels.

What are the advantages of an ABS system?

ABS stops the wheels from locking during the braking phase, therefore:

– Directional stability is maintained.
– The vehicle’s manoeuvrability is ensured.
– There is a reduction in braking distance. – The tyres are not damaged. – Many accidents are avoided.

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

Pagid, the UK’s biggest braking brand and part of TMD Friction, has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.

ABP Motorsport’s Chris Meredith entered the Workshop Winners competition after purchasing Pagid brake parts from his local Euro Car Parts. After over 12,500 entries, Chris was drawn as the grand prize winner.

Chris was presented with the cheque for £10,000 by Head of UK Sales for TMD Friction Nick Hayes and Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson.

The cheque allows ABP Motorsport to choose from the biggest range and best workshop equipment from Euro Car Parts Workshop Solutions – with Pagid picking up the tab.

Chris Meredith, Managing Director of ABP Motorsport, commented:

“I’ve been purchasing Pagid for over six years now. They were the first to coat their brake discs to prevent corrosion when standing still. I admire the OE quality, availability and the premium packaging. Our customers appreciate the way they look too.

“Lots of our equipment here at ABP needs upgrading, especially our MOT bay. The money will help us to make the necessary improvements and will kick start our bigger plans to make substantial investments to benefit our team and loyal customers.”

There have been many more winners in the Workshop Winners campaign too, with instant wins including 18-piece pneumatic wind back toolsets, 10-piece pro brake toolsets, Workshop Winners t-shirts and A3 retro signs.

Sylvie Layec, Sales Director, IAM at TMD Friction, commented:

“Workshops across the UK are working tirelessly day in, day out to serve their customers. Through our Proud to Fit garages, we already reward hard-working mechanics, but this summer we wanted to go one step further.

“Through the £10,000 ABP Motorsport has won, we expect to see a significant impact that will reward the garage for all their hard work. We are looking forward to seeing the effect this prize will have and the upgrades they make.”

Pagid will continue to support and reward UK garages with further promotions throughout the year. Keep up to date by visiting pagid.com and signing up to the newsletter.

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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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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND

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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Three new stockists have been secured following April’s launch of superior brake brand, Textar, to the UK market, developed by global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction.

Parts distributors, BMG, Super Spares and Direct Auto Parts now stock a full range of Textar products including brake pads and accessories, as well as brake fluid, available for next day delivery. The range of high-performance brakes is also complemented by a wide range of brake discs, including high carbon and composite discs, with the full range covering 99.9% of the UK car parc.

Textar is a global premium brand offering a selection of OE and aftermarket products with a renowned reputation for high quality, performance and endurance. This makes Textar the brand of choice for OE and aftermarket, as well as a sought-after product offering for factors and garages.

Nick Hayes, UK Sales Manager of TMD Friction, said: “Expectations were high for the launch of Textar which, I’m pleased to say, have been undoubtedly met. Along with securing three new stockists, we also have a number of factor contracts in the pipeline, that can see how the Textar passenger car brand can elevate their current product offerings. It’s an exciting time for us as a friction manufacturer and for the industry.”

Utilising cutting-edge technology, Textar brakes are precision engineered to offer maximum safety, performance and comfort. This uncompromising approach has been the ethos of the brand for more than 100 years and has led to Textar being a trusted partner to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. For more information on Textar please contact UK.technical@tmdfriction.co.uk.

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