TRW Automotive Brake Calipers Offer High Performance, Lower Cost Across Broad Vehicle
LIVONIA, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive, the world leader in foundation brakes and the number one
supplier of calipers worldwide, is introducing an expanded lineup of brake calipers that offer outstanding performance at very
Among the new designs is the company's FBC caliper, which has already been chosen by a major European manufacturer for
two passenger car model lineups beginning in 2007. The caliper can also be fitted to vehicles weighing up to 4.5 tons, and thus
can be used across a range of car, light truck, sport utility and smaller commercial vehicles.
The FBC offers customers greater brake torque within a given wheel size. The lining area is up to 25 percent greater than
competitive designs leading to greater durability and an appreciable increase in lining life. The design also incorporates an
innovative pin to pad configuration that enables precise pad loading and contributes to reduced brake noise. TRW's innovative
carrier design allows for an improved, fully sealed pad guiding system further improving NVH performance and leading to a
more robust brake system.
"Feedback from customers has been very positive thus far," said Josef Pickenhahn, vice president, Braking Engineering for
TRW Automotive. "Those who have tested the new caliper report a confident brake response with superior pedal feel, and a
number of customers in North America and Europe are evaluating the caliper for new vehicle models."
"We feel the FBC and the even more cost effective FBN caliper design can be of great advantage to the light to medium duty
commercial vehicle market. These vehicles are not easily reconfigured to larger wheel sizes, but in most scenarios, TRW's
caliper range can accommodate the increased stopping requirements without the need to undergo a costly redesign of the
chassis corner," Pickenhahn said.
The caliper designs can also incorporate lightweight materials such as aluminum in the caliper housing and the piston to offer
weight savings leading to enhanced fuel economy. Additionally, there are twin piston versions under consideration for
applications requiring more stopping power.
As a result of the wide bridge and increased lining area, rotor diameters can be maximized and the increased thermal capacity
allows the brake system to run cooler with enhanced performance. The designs also yield a large visible facing that can
incorporate customer logos, providing an excellent styling opportunity for open wheel designs.
"As the leader in caliper technology, TRW is constantly striving to improve on designs that have become world standards, such
as the Colette, easily the most trusted design over the past 25 years. The addition of these new calipers will allow customers to
choose the optimal solution for their needs, bring greater customer satisfaction and enhance the safety of the future vehicle
fleet," according to Bill VanderRoest, technical director of Foundation Brakes for TRW Automotive.
With 2003 sales of $11.3 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's top 10 automotive suppliers. Headquartered in
Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 61,000 people in 22 countries. Its
products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems,
occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket
replacement parts and services. TRW Automotive news is available on the Internet at www.trwauto.com .
This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements. All
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in
forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our
actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in the TRW Automotive
Holdings Corp. final prospectus dated as of February 2, 2004 (the "Prospectus") filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (the "SEC") pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4) and our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31,
2003 (the "10-K") and include: our substantial leverage; the highly competitive automotive parts industry and its cyclicality;
pricing pressures from our customers; increasing costs for purchased components and raw materials; non- performance by, or
insolvency of, our suppliers; product liability and warranty and recall claims; our dependence on our largest customers;
limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; increases in interest rates; fluctuations in
foreign exchange rates; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours; work stoppages or other labor issues and
other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the Prospectus, in the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do
not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.
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