ECE R90 for brake discs and drums takes effect. Valid for car models released into the market from November 2016 onwards.

Luxembourg, Leverkusen, 11 November 2016. The ECE R90 guideline, which has been defining certain minimum requirements for brake pads for a number of years, has now also become binding for brake discs and drums.

For all car models launched into the market after 1 November 2016, brake discs and drums have to fulfil the standards of ECE R90. “As one of the world’s leading premium manufacturers of brake technology, we are very happy that the legislator has set a minimum market standard with regard to brake security and product quality. We hope that this will make it more difficult for counterfeit, low-quality brake products to make their way into the market, and thus cause a decline in driving safety”, explains Category Manager Patrick Baßiere.

TMD Friction has been performing sophisticated examinations and tests for a number of years, not just relating to the safety aspects of the ECE R90 standard, but also the comfort level and quality of its products. For example, on top of the statutory minimum tests, brake pads are also examined for moisture sensitivity, behaviour in salt water and in demanding downhill stretches.

“Our in-house testing facilities and day-to-day experience during new original equipment projects, ensures that we are also able to provide the optimum product for the independent aftermarket, even in light of constantly increasing market demands,” says Marco Loth, Executive Director Marketing.

This high standard of quality has also been officially confirmed for brake discs and drums thanks to the ECE seal of approval. That is why TMD Friction is working closely with technical test organisations. As a result, TÜV Nord for brake-disc examinations is always present on site to oversee the tests on TMD Friction dynamometers. The extensive range of products is gradually being sealed with the relevant ECE stamp.
Important for workshops: The binding effect of the ECE R90 for brake discs and drums applies to car models that were launched into the market as of 1 November 2016.

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TMD Friction is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of brake friction materials to the automotive and brake industry. The company’s product portfolio comprises disc brake pads and drum brake linings for passenger cars and commercial vehicles together with friction materials for racing and industrial applications. With its brands Textar, Mintex, Don, Pagid, and Cobreq, TMD Friction has a market-leading position in the global replacement parts market. Under the brand names Cosid and Dynotherm TMD Friction develops and produces friction materials for industrial applications. TMD Friction has operations in Germany as well as in Europe, USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The TMD Friction Group employs approximately 4,800 people worldwide. For further information please visit


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