Automotive service providers and other aftermarket professionals can learn more about the industry’s transition to low- and zero-copper brake pads through a brief technical video now available on the Wagner Brake brand’s website, Wagner Brake leads the industry’s rapid transition to low-copper technology and provides a full line of highly advanced ceramic disc brake pads that comply with 2021 low-copper requirements.

The new video, featuring Federal-Mogul Product Development Manager Sarah Olson, explains the global implications of recent legislation mandating the dramatic reduction of copper and other potentially hazardous materials in original equipment and replacement brake pads. Olson is part of the engineering team that developed a broad portfolio of low- and zero-copper formulations.

In 2013, Wagner Brake introduced a full line of 2021-compliant replacement brake pads featuring the brand’s exclusive OE21(TM) low-copper friction technology. In the OE market, more than one million vehicles by 2015 will be equipped with its low- or zero-copper pads.

Chris Battershell, Director of Braking, North America, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components Division said, “As the market leader, we feel it is important not only to explain why low-copper legislation is affecting all parts and service providers, but also to detail the significant performance advantages of our new, compliant technology.”

Testing has shown that Wagner ThermoQuiet brake pads featuring the OE21 formulations offer 15% more stopping power, are 35% quieter and provide up to 40% greater fade resistance than previous Wagner ceramic formulations. “These are the best ceramic formulations – in terms of overall braking performance – Wagner has ever developed,” Battershell said.

Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a CEO reporting to the Board of Directors. The Powertrain division designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications. The Vehicle Components division sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving OEMs with products including braking, chassis, wipers and other components.


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