ZF TRW is celebrating the production of one billion brake calipers within its ‘Colette design’ family of products.
“This is an amazing achievement for our braking business as we mark the production of one billion Colette brake calipers. No other disc brake design has reached such widespread acceptance on world roadways and today disc brakes are recognized as the most efficient method of stopping light vehicles,” said Manfred Meyer, vice president, global brake engineering for ZF TRW.
“As vehicles evolve to ever increasing levels of requirements for CO2 emission reduction, safety, electrification and sophistication, ZF TRW continues to seek new approaches for efficency and performance,” he continued.
Fuel efficiency has been another key driver in the development of disc braking systems – from lightweight materials where many calipers are now made of aluminum, in pursuit of “zero drag” systems that produce the minimum of friction between caliper and rotor during non-braking service. ZF TRW estimates that more than half of the world’s cars are now fitted with a Colette-based design caliper.