TMD Friction’s Textar premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Leverkusen, 26th June 2017. Brake pad specialist TMD Friction has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction. Following the market implementation last year, a wide range of Textar brake pads with the new Q+ shims is now available.

As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has a renowned reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises.

An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent direct contact between brake pistons and backing plates. Thus vibration transfer will be effectively dampened.

Textar has extensively developed these dampening shims with the innovative textile-like texture, which dampens and decouples the brake pad effectively from other braking components. The texture is complemented with a unique adhesive to further enhance the dampening function, as it also dampens high frequent vibrations.

These optimised components are called Q+, derived from the English word “quiet” while “+” symbolises the improved dampening characteristics. Textar Q+ dampening shims can be easily identified through the textile surface structure as well as the imprinted Q+ Logo.

Comprehensive tests, including a test stand and on the road, showed significant comfort improvements with Q+. The best results will be achieved when new Q+ brake pads are combined with Textar brake discs as these components complement each other.

Caption: After the market implementation last year a wide range of Textar brake pads is available with the newly developed Q+ shim.
Photo: Copyright TMD Friction, 2017. Reproduction permitted free of charge provided source is cited. Please send us a specimen copy.

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


Sabine Brühl
Group Creative Marketing Manager
Independent Aftermarket
TMD Friction Services GmbH
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Telefon: +49 (0)2171 703 2511

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