SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Fras-le North America has expanded its hydraulic brake offerings for commercial vehicles with the introduction of the "durbloc" brand of aftermarket value brake pads and the GRN Tech copper-free air disc brake pads.
"The addition of durbloc to our hydraulic brake pad lineup is an exciting direct response to the market's demand for a high-quality, value cost option from Fras-le," Bob Harrison, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fras-le North America, said.
Fras-le's copper-free GRN Tech air disc brake pad features environmentally friendly N-type material made from a highly durable formulation that provides increased brake power, as well as rotor and pad durability, the company said. This product offers OEMs with copper-free solutions that will exceed performance expectations, the company said.
The product expansion follows the Fras-le's acquisition last October of Jofund S.A., the Brazilian owner of the Fremax brand of brake discs, drums and wheel hubs for OEM and aftermarket companies.
Fras-le said the acquisition will allow the company to provide an expanded line of rotors in North America. Early product offerings will include a limited amount of premium rotors for the top-selling commercial brake systems in North America for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
"We're listening to market demands and taking action to be more than just a brake pad and lining supplier," Anderson Pontalti, general manager of Fras-le North America, said. "We are very excited about this acquisition and the technology that comes with it, allowing us to introduce an expanded product offering to the commercial vehicle market."
In the last few years, Fras-le said it has been expanding internationally and strengthening its business in North America.
"The last couple of years have been defined by Fras-le as a period of alliances, development and global expansion because the company believed in the power of collaboration for growth and now faces new challenges with modern systems and a strong commitment from our team," Mr. Pontalti said.