Mark Phipps has joined Morse Automotive as vice president of research & development. The position marks an expansion for the company, notes Morse Executive Vice President Jay McCorry. “This is an example of Morse’s commitment to consistently producing the most advanced products for our customers,” he said, “as we seek to broaden our focus into a global perspective for research and development. “Mark Phipps will be overseeing R&D not only in the United States, but also in Morse’s facilities in Mexico and China.” Phipps previously served as a development engineer with Ferodo America (which became part of Federal Mogul in 1998), where he formulated semi-metallic and NAO materials. He was named product development manager in 2003 and was responsible for disc brake pad development for both OE and aftermarket use in North America. Phipps has both a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in applied chemistry and a Ph.D. from London’s Kingston University. Morse Automotive delivers full-line coverage of domestic and import brake pads with four specific types – Ceramic, Elite, Ultra and Friction Master — as well as brake shoes and both loaded and semi-loaded calipers. The company also provides products to many of the largest retail and wholesale distributors in the United States under a variety of private label brands. The company has five manufacturing plants around the world and more than 2,000 employees.