Reducing the ecological footprint – Textar´s coated brake discs come in plastic-free packaging

Leverkusen, 24. August 2020. TMD Friction, one of the leading providers of brake technology for original equipment and the aftermarket, has developed new, more environmentally friendly packaging for its Textar passenger car brake discs, which will save 40 tonnes of plastic each year.

A corrugated cardboard will replace the plastic film to effectively separate the Textar passenger car discs so it will not stick to the brake disc coating.

In the aftermarket brake discs are offered as axle sets with workshops receiving brake discs packed in flat boxes. If there are two discs in one package, the surface of the disc coating can be damaged very quickly during transport. This is due to the heavy brake discs causing the grinding dust and anti-corrosion coating to rub off. For this reason, the individual discs were previously packed in plastic film straight after production. This not only offered good protection against abrasion, but also prevented the fresh coating from sticking.

For TMD Friction, a premium product is not just defined by its technical performance, it’s also defined by the ecological footprint it leaves behind in production and use. Water-based coatings for discs, copper-free friction materials and avoiding harmful antimony – environmentally friendly solutions are always taken into consideration at TMD Friction when products are developed and launched.

TMD Friction is now setting another example in the independent aftermarket when it comes to sustainability and is completely getting rid of the plastic film.

“More than 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide every year, with more than a third of this being used for packaging. By switching to cardboard, we will save almost 40 tonnes of plastic a year in the future, therefore making an important contribution to our environment,” says Dalibor Stojnic, Category Manager at TMD Friction. “The workshop also doesn’t have to separate waste, as they can now dispose of all the empty packaging and send it to be recycled.”

The packaging will transition step-by-step from July, meaning plastic-free TMD Friction passenger car brake disc packaging will come onto the market once the existing inventory has been sold.

Photo Caption: TMD Friction is reducing its ecological footprint for brake products.
Photo: Copyright TMD Friction, 2020. Reproduction is permitted free of charge; source must be acknowledged. We kindly ask that a specimen copy be sent to us.
Photo Caption: Textar’s coated brake discs come in plastic-free packaging.
Photo: Copyright TMD Friction, 2020. Reproduction is permitted free of charge; source must be acknowledged. We kindly ask that a specimen copy be sent to us.

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. TMD is part of the NISSHINBO Group. For further information please visit

Contact TMD Friction Group

Sabine Brühl
Group Creative Marketing Manager
Independent Aftermarket
TMD Friction Services GmbH
Schlebuscher Str. 99, 51381 Leverkusen
Telefon: +49 (0)2171 703 2511

Meike Kleemann
Hohenzollernring 14, 50672 Cologne
+49 (0)221 / 53 41 088-38

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