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News   November 4, 2013   by CARS Magazine

BPI Unveils Brake Industry Game Changer at AAPEX

Brake Parts Inc, the makers of Raybestos brand brakes, is once again leading the industry with revolutionary braking technology. In 1982, BPI brought non-asbestos (NAO) and semi-metallic disc formulas into the Aftermarket. In 1998, they...


Brake Parts Inc, the makers of Raybestos brand brakes, is once again leading the industry with revolutionary braking technology. In 1982, BPI brought non-asbestos (NAO) and semi-metallic disc formulas into the Aftermarket. In 1998, they introduced the first ceramic formulation. At the 2013 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, Brake Parts Inc introduced Enhanced Hybrid Technology (EHT) to the braking world.

            “This is a real game changer for the Aftermarket,” said David Overbeeke, President and CEO of BPI. “Element3 brake pads with EHT give our customers a real selling advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

Enhanced Hybrid Technology is a breakthrough innovation that combines the best attributes of ceramic and semi-metallic into one brake pad formulation. Ceramic formulations are a popular choice among technicians and DIYers given their reputation for quiet operation and performance. At the same time, semi-metallic formulations deliver better wear and durability; especially in severe use and high heat environments.

As popular as ceramic pads have become, they are not perfect for every application. For example, some ceramic pad formulations are prone to rust jacking on the inboard side of the rotor, especially in the snow and salt belts of US and Canada. In addition, ceramic formulations have a high copper content; as much as 20-25 per cent in some pads. This is an issue since all brake pads must contain less than five per cent copper by 2021, to comply with the mandated copper reduction legislation, and 0.5 per cent by 2025.

To address some of these issues, and to meet the upcoming copper compliance legislation, BPI took on the challenge of developing new brake pad formulations. After more than two years in development, BPI has released the world’s first Enhanced Hybrid Technology brake pad… Element3.

Overbeeke said, “EHT exceeds our performance expectations at every level. The quiet operation, cleaner wheels and improved stopping power are amazing. You can really feel the difference.”

Element3 includes extensive coverage for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks, with concentration in applications 10 years old or newer. The product line is enhanced with an exclusive Quiet Steel shim for additional noise damping and quieter operation. And for a complete repair, hardware is included on a majority of applications; ensuring the brake pad installation is done right.


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