Federal-Mogul Corporation : Wagner® Brake Products Announces Low-Copper
Proprietary New OE21(TM) Low-Copper Formulations Dramatically Enhance Stopping
Power, NVH Control and Fade Resistance in Wagner ThermoQuiet^® Ceramic^NXT
Southfield, Michigan, July 25, 2013.Wagner^® Brake Products has announced a
breakthrough in low-copper automotive brake friction technology that has
resulted in the brand's best-ever levels of stopping power, noise control and
fade resistance. The new Wagner OE21(TM) ceramic formulations are available
immediately in Wagner ThermoQuiet^® Ceramic^NXT brake pads.
"Our engineers have developed an advanced technology that immediately meets
the requirements of impending environmental restrictions and provides
across-the-board improve- ments in performance, NVH control, durability and
dusting characteristics," said Martin Hendricks, vice president and general
manager, braking, Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ: FDML). "The OE21 formulations have
enabled us to make Wagner ThermoQuiet Ceramic^NXT brake pads the best pads we
have ever produced for the aftermarket."
Reduction of copper content in vehicle friction materials is required with the
recent passage of environmental legislation in California and Washington.
Currently, legislation mandates that the use of copper in new original
equipment and replacement brake pads be reduced to less than 5 percent of
material content by weight by January 1, 2021.
Rather than wait for the 2021 deadline, several global vehicle manufacturers
have worked with Wagner brake engineers to integrate low-copper OE brake pads
into next-generation models soon to go on sale.
"Given the success of our OE low-copper technologies, vehicle manufacturers
have made copper reduction an immediate priority across their passenger
vehicle platforms," Hendricks said. "The implications of the legislation
extend far beyond the two states that have passed these rules. This issue is
critical for all OEMs and will soon become a key issue for the aftermarket as
well. The launch of our new Wagner OE21 low-copper formulations is well ahead
of the legislative deadlines, and these new brake pads are now available
throughout the U.S. and Canada."
The proprietary OE21 formulations were developed through an advanced
tribological "fingerprinting" process that enabled Wagner brake engineers
first to map the dynamic properties of copper in a full range of operating
conditions and then identify alternative materials that could provide improved
stopping, NVH control, wear and dusting characteristics. The new formulations
offer 15 percent greater stopping power and are 35 percent quieter, on
average, than previous Wagner ThermoQuiet Ceramic^NXT formulations. In
addition, ThermoQuiet pads featuring the new formulations offer up to 40
percent greater fade resistance than those equipped with previous materials.
"We identified materials that allow us to meet the latest environmental
requirements and achieve dramatic improvements in each key operating
characteristic," Hendricks said. "This breakthrough has resulted in
significant new OE business and we expect it to drive even greater demand for
Wagner ThermoQuiet brake pads and shoes."
To learn more about the proprietary OE21 low-copper friction formulations and
Wagner ThermoQuiet Ceramic^NXT brake pads, please contact your Wagner brake
supplier or visit www.TQBrakePads.com. All trademarks are owned by
Federal-Mogul Corporation, or one or more of its subsidiaries in one or more
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 vehicle safety.
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
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