Automotive manufacturer TMD Friction secures over £2m of investment

Global leader in brake friction manufacture, TMD Friction, has invested £2m into new state-of-the-art machinery at its Hartlepool plant that will help to increase efficiencies and production of its premium quality brake pads.

The investment will replace three paint lines and some of its grinding machines with the latest technology, providing the factory improved flexibility and agility through both its reliability and simplification of the combined pad handling system, meaning it can produce a wider range of the product portfolio.

TMD Friction, which is based at Oakesway Trading Estate in Hartlepool, manufactures more than 400,000 parts per week, covering 95 per cent of the European car pad range for the independent aftermarket.

Michael Findlay, UK Engineering Excellence Manager at TMD Friction, said: “The new paint lines will make a big difference to our production outputs and will really bolster how efficient we are able to operate.

“Having the best machinery and equipment at our disposal is imperative to us manufacturing our high-quality brake brands and meeting our production targets, so this new investment really has come at a crucial time for the business. The new machinery has provided the plant with a safe, compliant and more energy efficient process, which is already proving to be more reliable with a reduction in scrap waste.

“The investment has given a real boost to the Hartlepool site and demonstrates the support and backing it has from the wider global business to ensure a long and sustainable future in Hartlepool.”

TMD Friction is a global manufacturer with sites worldwide. The UK production facility in Hartlepool was established in 1974 and now employs 485 people. There are also support sites in Warrington, Cleckheaton, Seaton Ross and Darlington.