Federal-Mogul Corp. and its Wagner Brake brand are leading the automotive industry’s rapid shift to environmentally friendly low-copper brake pads. More than 1 million new 2014 vehicles from leading original equipment light vehicle manufacturers will be equipped with Federal-Mogul’s Eco-Friction pads, according to Federal-Mogul. In the aftermarket, Federal-Mogul recently introduced Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT brake pads featuring what the company states to be the first full-line offering of 2021-compliant low-copper formulations.
“As the No. 1 global manufacturer of friction for the total OE and replacement market, we have taken the lead in developing eco-friendly formulations that also provide improvements in overall brake pad performance,” said Martin Hendricks, vice president and general manager, braking, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment.
Recent legislation in California and Washington has mandated that copper content in friction formulations be reduced below 5 percent (low-copper) by 2021. Federal-Mogul says that its product development is well ahead of that requirement.
Now featured in Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT pads, Federal-Mogul’s new Wagner OE21 low-copper formulations are 35 percent quieter and offer 15 percent more stopping power and up to 40 percent greater fade resistance than previous formulations, according to the company.
To learn more about the automotive industry’s shift to low- and zero-copper brake pads, visit www.WagnerBrake.com.