Engaging in R&D on next-generation technologies as a member of an “environmental and energy company” group.
As a member of the Nisshinbo Group of environmental and energy companies, we are engaged in the research and development of products that give full consideration to the environment. We endeavor to use raw materials with low environmental impact, and we are already compliant with the restriction on the use of copper that will come into force in the United States in 2021. Such efforts have been highly appraised by our customers.
Global R&D setup
The Nisshinbo Brake Group operates development sites not only in Japan but also in South Korea and the United States, where friction materials suitable for the respective local requirements are being developed. Another member of the Nisshinbo Group, the TMD Group, performs development mainly in Germany but also operates sites in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and China. Overall, the Nisshinbo Brake Group has 14 sites in seven countries covering the needs of customers over a wide range.
Currently the Nisshinbo Brake Group and the TMD Group are conducting joint research into material composition technology and vibration analysis technology, and tangible results are already being seen.
Initiatives toward next-generation technologies
With the arrival of electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles, and with automatic braking and autonomous driving systems becoming increasingly practical, the world of automotive technology is changing rapidly day by day. In conjunction with these developments, the performance requirements of brakes also are undergoing a change. Imagining the automotive environment 20 years down the road, we are conducting research toward the realization of future technologies.
Presenting research results at scientific conferences
Nisshinbo Brake participates every year in the SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition, which brings together brake experts from all over the world, and regularly presents research results at this event. We also actively attend many other academic meetings and conferences so that the results of our technological efforts can contribute to the brake industry as a whole.