CoolDrive Auto Parts has moved into the Commercial Braking arena with the addition of the Textar brake technology range.
ColDrive said Textar has been a worldwide leader in vehicle brake friction supplies for over 100 years, with more than 70 per cent of all commercial vehicles in Europe equipped with Textar brake linings as standard.
The brand is also a leading supplier to the aftermarket for trucks, trailers, buses, and coaches, with the company manufacturing 1.2 million friction products a day.
The Textar range available via CoolDrive features more than 135 brake pad lines, over 430 brake linings, and more than 100 brake disc types.
Textar’s commercial vehicle range covers popular applications for truck manufacturers such as Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, DAF, Renault, and Scania, as well as components compatible with leading axle and system suppliers such as Meritor, Rockwell, BPW and Knorr-Bremse.
Textar’s development timeline for a new friction product can take up to three years, including up to 300,000km of on-road testing, 2,000 hours of dynamometer testing, computerised simulations of braking performance and wear patterns, and rigorous homologation testing in real-life conditions, as well as extensive NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) and comfort engineering.
Considering the unique demands commanded by different applications, multiple techniques are utilised to bond the friction material to the backing plate, including steel or cast plates with brass pins, cast plates with cast-on pins, steel plates with weld mesh, or lightweight plates with pins, with the different processes ensuring the permanent securing of the friction material, even under the most extreme thermal loads.
Textar has developed 334 different formulations of friction material created from 43 raw materials.
Outside of the commercial vehicle market, the brand is at the forefront of new technologies, with the development of cutting-edge products for electric and hybrid vehicles.