We’ve been designing and producing original equipment for automotive vehicle manufacturers for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise that we’re the leading braking systems manufacturer in the global aftermarket, too.
TRW True Originals rear and front brake pads offer more safety, wider coverage and easier fitting. We make DTEC brake pads using a premium ceramic formulation that reduces rim surface dust by up to 45%, and our COTEC friction coating cuts the stopping distances on new brake pads by up to 7 metres.
COTEC is the unique friction coating developed by TRW that significantly improves safety after brake pad replacement, improving the contact between the brake pad and disc to outperform both our major competitors and original equipment.
We make the back plates of TRW True Originals brake pads from high quality steel, and powder-coat them to inhibit rust. We bond the robust back plate to the friction material using a unique adhesive compound that can withstand extremely high temperatures and shear strengths (we know, because we’ve tested them to extremes).
We heat the friction material to up to 700°C to carbonise the first 0.5 to 1.5mm of its surface, getting rid of any trapped gases and resins. This reduces the need for bedding in and enhances brake pad performance. It’s a more effective process than conventional brake pad scorching, and not all aftermarket suppliers will go this far – some don’t even carry out a scorching process at all.
The scorched plate layer is then given an innovative surface coating that optimises friction right from the first stop – your customers will feel the benefit of better braking as soon as they drive away from your workshop.
All TRW True Originals brake pads meet the strict ECE R90 specifications that apply to all aftermarket brands. But for us, the testing doesn’t end there, but continues in the lab, on the road and in between (for example, we carry out shear strength testing during production control). We test our brake pads to the extreme to meet industry standards. Then we test them harder, so that they meet TRW standards.
TRW True Originals brake pads are fitted with high quality shims that act as a damper between the friction material and the brake calipers – we use the same metal shim and special adhesive that’s used in original equipment.
Our friction components are tested in our NVH (noise vibration harshness) laboratories and on the road, so we can keep pushing the technology further. For example, we now also use a fibreglass material instead as well as of rubber for the shims of our aftermarket brake pads, and even produce integrally moulded shims and a multi-layer construction to maximise noise reduction in new brake pads.
All this product innovation and enhanced safety is matched with great service quality, too. We’ll give you all the fitting accessories required to achieve a fast fit, and our 24,000km warranty will give you peace of mind and add value to your business.