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Low-copper Wagner OE21 brake pads

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Low-copper Wagner OE21 brake pads

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.

Federal-Mogul Corp. says the new Wagner OE21 ceramic formulations are available immediately in Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT brake pads.

“Our engineers have developed an advanced technology that immediately meets the requirements of impending environmental restrictions and provides across-the-board improvements in performance, NVH control, durability and dusting characteristics,” says Martin Hendricks, vice president and general manager, braking, Federal-Mogul.

“The OE21 formulations have enabled us to make Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT 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% of material content by weight by Jan. 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 says.

“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.”

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