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TRW LAUNCHES SEMI-COMPOUND BRAKE DISCS


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TRW AFTERMARKET

trw-aftermarket_brake_discTRW Aftermarket has introduced a range of high-performance two-piece (Semi-Compound) brake discs, designed to enhance safety and performance and extend endurance levels in heavier, more powerful vehicles.

This news was announced at this year’s Automechanika, Frankfurt. It further strengthens TRW’s position as the leading supplier of Corner Module (braking, steering & suspension) parts and systems by highlighting its commitment to offering a safer drive across all classes and weight of vehicle.

The initial range of Semi-Compound discs totals 24 part numbers and caters for various BMW models (Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, X5 and X6).

Semi-Compound brake discs consist of a corrosion resistant aluminium hub, joined to the grey cast iron friction ring by special steel pins. This construction allows the heat generated when braking to spread freely, preventing the disc from distorting due to thermal stress.

The use of aluminium also makes the part lighter. This reduces the unsprung mass which decreases fuel consumption and makes the vehicle smoother to drive and easier to handle.

Kevin Price, Marketing Manager, TRW Aftermarket explained: “As a global leader in automotive braking, we strive for the perfect solution for every class and weight of vehicle.

“As vehicles become ever faster and more powerful – as well as heavier due to the increasing number of additional mechanisms to aid safety and comfort – the braking system is subjected to greater and more exacting demands.”

With the consequences of brake discs overheating ranging from reduced performance through to total failure, intelligent thermal management is playing a key role in brake disc development.

Kevin continued: “We utilise a multitude of methods to dissipate heat in a deliberate and controlled way. This is vital to prevent the heat being transferred to other components or the brake fluid.

“By designing and developing a wide range of OE technologies, including braking systems, for the majority of vehicle manufacturers including braking systems, we understand how each component within a system can affect the others. We therefore appreciate that for maximum benefit and performance, all parts have to be developed to work in harmony.”

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ZF CONFIRMS TRW IS ‘AN ASSET’ THAT WILL REMAIN


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Helmut Ernst

Component manufacturer ZF has re-affirmed its commitment to ZF at a press conference held during Automechanika. The conference was led by Head of ZF Services Helmut Ernst, alongside Neil Fryer, VP of aftermarket at TRW.

Ernst said in an interview with CAT after the conference that the combined organisation will change in the UK, but only as the market changes.

Describing the brand as ‘an asset’ he also said that there was ‘no reason’ to think that any of the sub-brands such as Brake Engineering would be affected. “All of the arrangements that TRW has made for a direct link to customers have their reasons. If it was logical for TRW to look at different levels of the aftermarket, we can clearly follow their logic, also” he said.

Commenting on the changes to UK operations, Ernst said: “ZF Services in the UK will change as the market changes. There will be a steady change and to bring together these two very successful aftermarket operations is only the first step”.

Ernst believes that networked vehicles with complex electronic systems represent the next big opportunity for the aftermarket. “The car is changing in respect of connectivity and we must be ready to service and repair these systems. It shouldn’t just be down to the vehicle manufacturers – it should be an open market” he said. “I don’t think it would be a threat as long as the access is there and we will deal with that”. To develop this, the firm has opened a new division called Openmatics to deal with aftermarket fleet telemetry.

When we asked what he would most like to change in the aftermarket, Ernst replied: “Nothing! I like the aftermarket just as it is”.

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TRW RETAINS ‘TOP’ POSITION FOR PAINTED BRAKE DISCS


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TRW

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Following the launch of its latest ‘True Originals’ product campaign, which this time is focused on brake discs, TRW Aftermarket’s UK Marketing Manager, Kevin Price explains to CAT online how through innovation and R&D, a first to market approach and an unrivalled understanding of the market, the business retains its position at the top of the table for painted brake discs.

Almost a decade ago, TRW led the market by introducing a small, niche range of black painted discs. The special paint used was developed in-house, in conjunction with a major VM to reduce corrosion.

Fast forward to today, and as a direct result of customer demand, every one of the 12 million brake discs supplied each year by TRW is black painted, as standard.

The idea for painted discs for the aftermarket was born after research showed that IAM customers wanted an offer which mirrored that of the Original Equipment Supplier (OES) channel. TRW already manufactured painted discs at OES level – grey discs for Volvo and black for Ford.

By reflecting this in the aftermarket, we raised our credibility and forged a closer link to OE.

The niche programme was launched in 2007, but it became quickly apparent that there was a gap in the market – motorists and garages alike wanted this product. Only a year later and we had converted 60 percent of our range, and at Automechanika, Frankfurt in 2008, we not only announced our intention to offer a bigger range, but in effect, in due course to offer ONLY painted discs.

Making the decision to be the first aftermarket supplier to offer a painted-only range not only strengthened our braking portfolio, it reinforced our position as an innovator across Europe.

The brake discs are coated in a special black paint. This was specifically developed by TRW to create a unique surface that adds a protective barrier against rust. Aesthetically, the paint has a special finish, which was pitched at the more ‘discerning motorist’. This was important in 2007 and is a vital differentiator nearly 10 years down the line as drivers are more and more aware of the ‘look’ of automotive parts.

As a leading automotive safety expert, it’s important to TRW to retain as much control over the manufacturing and testing processes as possible. In line with this, the business manufactures more than 70 percent of TRW branded discs in-house at TRW’s global manufacturing plants, including its leading European facility in Frydlant, Czech Republic. Every disc is rigorously tested to the highest standard. Tests include: Dyno tests, salt spray tests and car tests.

The discs are packaged in a special VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor) paper which takes the place of an oil film coating. This eliminates the need to laboriously degrease them prior to fitting, saving time in the workshop.

As a pioneer in the design, development and manufacture of complete braking systems for vehicle manufacturers (VMs), the TRW brand has more than 100 years’ experience; and for the past 20 years, we have directly transferred this knowledge and experience into our aftermarket offer.

Our OE experience affords us innate knowledge of how each part operates within a system and how systems interact with each other. By manufacturing parts that work in harmony with each other, and within that particular system, we are able to provide the perfect braking solution every time, for every class and weight of vehicle.

All of this has made us the aftermarket partner of choice for the past 20 years. With a philosophy to forever push the boundaries of innovation, in order to best serve the customer, TRW is always one step ahead. Always the one true original.

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