A look to the future – copper-free fiction materials

In early 2015 an agreement was signed in the USA by automotive representatives, state officials and environmental agencies to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The agreement calls for reducing copper in brake pads to <5% (by weight) by 2021, and 0.5% by 2025. In addition to copper, this voluntary initiative reduces mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibres, and chromium-six salts in motor vehicle brake pads. Continue reading

Winter braking: advice from the market leaders, LUMAG

With winter comes all manner of changeable weather. Our vehicles take on a lot during this time, and that includes our brakes.  With a vital role to play in keeping us safe on the roads, and a volume product for factors, we catch up with Colin Smit, Managing Director of Lumag, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of OE quality brake pads, to find out more about the seasonality of these commodity products. Continue reading

From an enthusiast to a market leader: 30 years of Lumag

The automotive industry is one of the sectors shaping Polish economy. Companies based on domestic capital excel at manufacturing buses, semitrailers and automotive components, often becoming leading players in their market segments. A case in point is Lumag from the town of Budzyń in the Wielkopolska region – a company manufacturing friction materials – which celebrates the 30th anniversary of its operation this year. During these three decades, from a company started by an enthusiast entrepreneur, it grew into one of the leaders of the Polish brake pad industry and today it exports over 80% of its production to over 40 countries around the world. Among other factors, the dynamic growth of the company was possible owing to investment exceeding two hundred and fifty million PLN. Continue reading