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Federal-Mogul reduces copper in brake pads

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Federal-Mogul reduces copper in brake pads

Federal-Mogul Corp. announced its product development is ahead of California and Washington state requirements to reduce copper content in brake pads. The company says it is leading the automotive industry’s rapid shift to environmentally friendly low-copper brake pads.

More than one million new 2014 vehicles from leading original equipment light vehicle manufacturers will be equipped with Federal-Mogul’s Eco-Friction pads. In the aftermarket, Federal-Mogul recently introduced Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT brake pads featuring the first full-line offering of 2021-compliant low-copper formulations.

Recent legislation in California and Washington state has mandated that copper content in friction formulations be reduced below five percent (low-copper) by 2021. The company says its product development is ahead of that requirement.

“As the number-one 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,” says Martin Hendricks, vice president and general manager, braking, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment.

The 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

For more news on Federal-Mogul’s brake pads see:

ThermoQuiet pads are low-copper-certified


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