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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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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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PAGID REVEALS ‘BIG’ ISSUES FOR AFTERMARKET 2017 [INFOGRAPHIC]


Pagid has released results of a survey looking at the thoughts and opinions of those working in the automotive aftermarket, revealing the big issues they face in 2017.

Take a look at their infographic below to see the issues that may affect you this year.


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PAGID GIVES THE AFTERMARKET THE ‘BIG PICTURE’

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PAGID GIVES THE AFTERMARKET THE ‘BIG PICTURE’


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PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

 

Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, has announced the results of its major review of the automotive aftermarket, after surveying 1,000 mechanics nationwide.

‘The Big Picture’ is Pagid’s mission to understand the challenges facing workshops in the automotive aftermarket in 2017. The extensive survey investigated the perceptions of what technicians look for when choosing brake parts, their opinions on braking brands, the biggest challenges mechanics and workshops faced in 2017, and more.

The results revealed a reassuring result for road safety with product quality featuring as the most important factor when looking for a braking brand. Forty-four per cent of those working in garages agreed with this, thoroughly beating price – with only 16% of respondents placing this as the most important factor.

When questioned on issues and pressures facing the automotive industry, the results showed that costs, finding reliable suppliers, attracting customers and coping with demand were all present in garages’ concerns for 2017.

There was good news for Pagid in the survey, with 94% of those surveyed ranking Pagid as either excellent or good, and of those 61% ranked Pagid as excellent. Meanwhile, 76% of garages said they buy Pagid always or often.

 

Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager IAM at Pagid, commented:

“The results of our survey into the automotive aftermarket industry provided insights that we can all learn from, so it was important for us to share the results with the industry as a whole. The Big Picture survey helps garages and workshops see what their contemporaries braking brand preferences are, and what industry issues they face in 2017

At Pagid, we are continually developing our products and range for our valued customers, so it’s vital for us to listen to them to understand their issues, discover what they look for in braking, and find out how we can make their workdays more efficient”.

The survey also enabled respondents to add their own comments on the industry and on braking brands, with David Harrison of Walsh Vehicle Repairs in Mansfield stating, “Pagid are fit and forget. I have never had an issue”, and Joe Bird of Gmech Motors in Reading saying “Pagid are probably the best there is, always a perfect fit, and top quality performance on every car.”

The Big Picture review of the automotive aftermarket will now be an annual survey to discover the latest industry challenges and automotive developments for each year.

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PAGID CUSTOMER WINS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP

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PAGID CUSTOMER WINS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

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Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, is sending one lucky customer on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world-famous Ice Hotel in Sweden!

Jari Nordman from LCV Hire Solutions in Loughborough will soon be off to the Arctic Circle for an amazing four-day trip that includes a dog-sled wilderness adventure, an expedition to search for the magical Northern Lights and of course, a stay in this unique hotel carved from ice. The all-expenses paid trip includes return flights, accommodation, excursions and refreshments throughout.

To win this incredible prize, Jari simply registered his recent Pagid purchases from Euro Car Parts on pagidwinter.com and was lucky enough to bag the first prize. Fifteen prizes were available in total, with runners up receiving Pagid limited edition ‘The North Face’ winter jackets or Pagid ‘Ready for Anything’ winter packs.

Sadie Jonas, Pagid Business Development Manager IAM said, “As market leaders, Pagid takes its responsibilities seriously and for this reason, we developed a full winter driving campaign to help spread the message of safer driving in hazardous conditions. The Pagid Winter competition is all part of Pagid’s commitment to garages, workshops and mechanics to give something back to our loyal customers, and to stay engaged with our audiences”.

Pagid would like to thank all competition entrants and remind customers to stay tuned to Pagid’s websites and social media channels – search for ‘Pagid UK’ on Facebook and Twitter – for more great opportunities during 2017.

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GO OE THIS WINTER FOR SAFE BRAKING


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PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID PROFESSIONAL

The winter can be harsh. Treacherous conditions are rife, and driving in the rain, snow or ice can bring about many accidents. While driver skill plays a part, equipment often plays a bigger role. There’s no point in having the reaction speed of a caffeinated fox when the vehicle’s brakes are shot.

To help explain this to your customers this winter, Pagid is working with garages across the UK to help them give the best care and advice to their customers, whilst also providing upsell opportunities. One such opportunity is for brakes, and ensuring brake pads are up to scratch for those awful winter conditions.

Sludge, dirt and salt, during winter, are not a brake’s best friend. They can all build up inside vital brake parts, affecting performance and corrosion. So, the best friction is required to prevent this from happening, and ensuring brakes work effectively, even in the wet, snow and ice.

Pagid’s first recommendation is to ask customers if they have felt or heard any symptoms that may alert you to worn or damaged brakes. Squeaking, clicking or grinding noises can all point to issues, as would a shuddering or pulling sensation when braking. These are clear signs that brake maintenance (and likely replacement) is in order.

Another opportunity to ensure customers are ready for anything this winter, is to offer to check through customer brake parts as part of a winter check. Looking especially close at the condition across the axle to avoid a potential spin. Ask your customers if they’d like a full brake check when they come in for other work, to help make sure they are as safe and ready for winter elements.

Of course, if new parts are required, always choose the OE-approved braking solutions, such as Pagid. These will ensure that your customers will be best placed to avoid or safely negotiate hazards during the tricky winter conditions. They’re OE-approved for a reason.

With cover for 99% of vehicle makes and models, and have excellent availability, service and support, Pagid delivers the complete braking solution for winter brake parts. Explaining this to your customers will reassure them that Pagid is the best choice for winter braking. For more advice on winter braking, visit www.pagidprofessional.co.uk.

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PAGID SURVEY TO DISCUSS WORKSHOP CHALLENGES IN 2016


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

pagidPagid are on a mission to understand the challenges facing workshops in the realms of the automotive aftermarket in 2016.

They are conducting an extensive survey that will also seek to gain perceptions of what technicians look for when choosing brake parts, their opinions on brands, and more.

By sharing your views in Pagid’s survey, you will also enter a competition, with the opportunity to win a ‘Fully Loaded Pagid Kit’, worth over £500.

Sadie Parker, Business Development Manager at Pagid comments: “At Pagid, we are continually developing products, tools and training courses for you, our valued customers, so it’s vital for us to listen to you to see what your issues are, what you look for in braking, and how we can make your workdays more efficient”.

Workshops, mechanics and technicians, can have their say at: www.pagid.com/survey. Entries are open until the end of October 2016 and results will be published later this year.

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