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SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, September 16, 2013.Federal-Mogul Corporation's (NASDAQ:
FDML) range of Eco-Friction((TM)) low- and zero-copper brake pad formulations is
experiencing rapid customer acceptance since first being introduced in 2012 for
original equipment (OE) applications. The company announced today it has secured
contracts with three global vehicle manufacturers to supply low- or zero-copper
brake pads for light vehicle platforms beginning in model year 2014, resulting
in more than one million vehicles equipped with Federal-Mogul Eco-Friction pads
by 2015. Federal-Mogul is one of the first braking product manufacturers to
supply low- and zero-copper pads to automakers.
A key ingredient in brake pad formulations, copper limits pad and rotor wear,
noise, and judder, and
contributes to friction stability over a range of
operating temperatures. The metal makes up between 5 and 20 percent of the
friction material mass in typical Non-Asbestos Organic (NAO) and Low-Steel
formulations used throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Recent legislation in certain U.S. states is mandating the eventual phase-out of
copper from brake pads due to its adverse environmental impact, initially
limiting content to less than 5% of total pad weight and eventually requiring
less than 0.5%. As a result, vehicle manufacturers are now specifying brake
systems with the regulated levels of copper, making alternative formulation like
Eco-Friction the standard for new vehicles in markets throughout the world.
"The U.S. legislation is a key driver for global OEMs as they specify brake
friction material for their products," said Martin Hendricks, vice president and
general manager, braking, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment.
"Federal-Mogul's expertise in material formulations and manufacturing has
enabled us to provide a solution that fits the requirements of each regional
market. We are proud to be a leader in this technology and to supply Eco-
Friction to our OE customers nearly 10 years ahead of the legislated deadlines."
Federal-Mogul's Eco-Friction range of low- and zero-copper formulations were
developed using a tribological fingerprinting process to identify alternative
materials that can provide the same stopping performance; noise, vibration and
harshness characteristics; durability and low wheel dust generation as
conventional copper pads. The Eco-Friction zero-copper pads also offer better
corrosion protection of the brake rotor and increased static friction
performance, which is especially beneficial in sloped parking situations.
Eco-Friction formulations were tested and validated using multiple OEM
specifications and are compatible with electronic parking brakes, lighter brake
calipers and electric vehicle braking systems.
Product engineering for Eco-Friction pads is conducted at Federal-Mogul's
technical facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Eco-Friction pads are
manufactured at several Federal-Mogul locations around the world. The company
also presently offers low-copper brake pads to the automotive aftermarket, sold
under the Ferodo(®) and Wagner(®) brands.
Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of
products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and
equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine,
rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products
and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business segments, each with a chief
executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors. Federal-
Mogul's Powertrain segment designs and manufactures original equipment
powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-
duty, industrial and transport applications. Federal-Mogul's Vehicle Components
segment sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than
20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket,
while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products
including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The company's
aftermarket brands include ANCO(®) wiper blades; Champion(®) spark plugs, wipers
and filters; AE(®), Fel-Pro(®), FP Diesel(®) Goetze(®), Glyco(®), Nüral(®),
Payen(®) and Sealed Power(®) engine products; MOOG(®) steering and suspension
parts; and Ferodo(®) and Wagner(®) brake products.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899. The company employs 45,000 people
in 34 countries, and its worldwide headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan,
United States. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.
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