TMD FRICTION is the world’s leading manufacturer of brake friction materials to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. The company’s product portfolio comprises: disc brake pads and drum brake linings for passenger cars and air disc brake pads & drum brake lining for commercial vehicles, together with friction materials for racing, rail and industrial applications.
TMD FRICTION had global sales in 2010 of $854 million US dollars. TMD FRICTION is the largest supplier in the world for the Original Equipment Market (OE) with a European market share of 60% in commercial vehicles.
TMD FRICTION is also the largest supplier of air disc brake pads to the commercial vehicle sector as well as supplying advanced brake technology to the motorsport market worldwide. Key wins include Daytona 500, Sebring, LeMans, Nurburgring 24 and the US Nascar series.
With a portfolio of global brands including: TEXTAR™, DON*, PAGID™, MINTEX™, COBREQ™ and COSID™, TMD FRICTION has market-leading positions in the global OE and OES markets and in the global replacement parts market, proudly serving customers like VIPAR Heavy Duty, Paccar, Navistar, Daimler, Volvo, DAF, Knorr-Bremse, Meritor, Bendix-Spicer and Webb Wheel among many others.
TMD FRICTION is headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, and has 16 manufacturing facilities in nine countries in Europe, Asia, South Africa, North America, and South America and supplies over one million pieces of friction products per day to its wide array of customers throughout the world.
In 2011 TMD FRICTION was acquired by Nisshinbo Holdings, Inc, a €3 billion global corporation with a diversified technology portfolio, encompassing automotive brake components, textiles, paper products, chemicals, and mechatronics. Combining the Nisshinbo brake division with TMD FRICTION, creates the world’s largest brake friction manufacturer with total friction sales in excess of €1 billion and brings together over 6,000 employees dedicated to providing engineered solutions for all friction requirements.
It is the goal of both Nisshinbo and TMD to create the broadest geographic coverage of any brake friction manufacturer – with an unrivalled global presence with 24 plants covering NAFTA, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, India, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and South Africa.