Copper Reduction Activity

news from ITT Motion Technologies R&D

Online PR News – 28-July-2010 – – In the last two years California, Washington, Rhode Island and New York have amended a Bill concerning hazardous materials in motor vehicle friction materials. These legislations will be focused in defending rivers and marine environments to any toxic contaminations to organisms that form the base of the food chain.

ITT Motion Technologies, with the intention to be Competitive and Leader in the WW Friction Material Market, assigned specific resources to develop new formulations to be in line and anticipate any restriction. The first action was to join the SAE forum - Brake Materials Environmental Task Force.
The strength and the secret for competitiveness is to lead the market trend and demand. This is the reason why, thanks to decisions taken in past years, all the ITT’s materials already satisfy the first step of the regulation (due date by January 1, 2014).
The new task for the R&D department is to define the right strategy for the development in conjunction with the Customer testing in order to have an expedite feedback and judgment.
Phase 1 – Deep study of copper role in friction materials
Phase 2 – Release 5% Copper friction material
Phase 3 – Release of a Copper free materials class
This activity has become today the main topic in Europe, mainly for German car manufactures because of their US exports. According their opinion ITT is not a follower and preliminary data already confirm the ITT’s leading position.
Internal dyno and vehicle testing confirmed the Company’s capability in developing these new classes of friction material; 5% Cu materials fulfil all the performance requirements. Furthermore, in some characteristics, they seem even better than the current OE materials.
The focus for testing and validation is to benchmark materials with pedigree on vehicles to be considered as reference; the experience will be extended then on the specific platform for the final release.
The 0% Cu is now under investigation; vehicle assessments are planned in July/August 2010… Results will be available within the summertime!