Meeting the growing demand for European parts

With European brands becoming an increasingly popular choice, one of Europe’s leading Original Equipment brands, Hella Pagid Brake Systems, says it is meeting the growing demand for premium quality European parts.
Hella Pagid Brake Systems is the result of a joint venture between German automotive giants Hella KGaA Hueck and Co GmbH and TMD Friction, the world’s largest manufacturer of Original Equipment brake friction and the name behind the Pagid brand.
Pagid’s reputation for serious stopping power stretches back over 60 years and Pagid friction materials are still used on many current models, including performance cars such as the Porsche 911, SUVs such as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, and city cars and utility vehicles including Volkswagen’s Golf and Amarok models.
More than 50 different friction formulations, derived directly from TMD Friction’s OE programme, feature within the Hella Pagid brake pad range to meet the individual requirements and characteristics of the vehicle, ensuring the optimum balance of performance, safety, and comfort.
Its extensive OE programme means many European models roll off production lines equipped with Pagid brake friction and over one million brake pads are manufactured each day at TMD Friction’s European production facilities. Pagid is also trusted by race teams competing at some of the highest levels of motorsport.
The Hella Pagid Brake Systems range brings this Original Equipment expertise to the Aftermarket.

Perfect for the needs of European cars
With a high level of desirability driving the growth in sales of European cars in recent years, the popularity of marques such as Audi, BMW and Volkswagen show no sign of slowing.
European styling flair, brand appeal and high levels of refinement are amongst the reasons why European cars are finding favour with Australian car buyers.
However, to meet the demands of their domestic markets, typically European passenger cars are developed to offer different driving dynamics to their American and Asian counterparts too, with steering, chassis, suspension – and braking – all playing a role in shaping the vehicle’s characteristics and the driving experience.
When it comes to friction components, European manufacturers favour low-metallic brake friction materials.
With a lower metal content, low-metallic friction compounds are said to offer improved heat dissipation, more consistent braking performance and are kinder to discs than the semi-metallic and non-asbestos organic (NAO) friction formulations used by many Asian and American manufacturers.
Hella Pagid Brake Systems states that replacing worn brake pads and shoes on European vehicles with anything other than high quality low-metallic friction components can alter the characteristics of the vehicle under braking and result in increased vibration, more noise and longer stopping distances.

A comprehensive OE disc range from Hella Pagid Brake Systems
Hella Pagid Brake Systems offers a comprehensive range of brake discs, all of which are manufactured to OE specifications and cast from high-end alloys to ensure optimum performance and life, without the issues of vibration and overheating commonly experienced with inferior products.
The range includes coated discs, which use a chrome-free Geomet coating that provides extended corrosion protection and speeds up fitment by removing the need for degreasing; uncoated discs for price-conscious customers and older vehicles; high carbon discs for premium and high-performance vehicles; and two-piece composite discs for certain BMW applications.
Using the same low-metallic friction materials specified by European vehicle manufacturers, Hella Pagid Brake Systems says its comprehensive range of brake pads – which covers most European vehicles – is engineered alongside the OE parts and finished to the same high standards, ensuring that these products provide the same performance, long-life and comfort characteristics as the original part.

A wide array of products
In addition to brake pads, Hella Pagid Brake Systems says it also offers high quality brake discs, available with a special Geomet coating for advanced protection from corrosion; uncoated discs for older vehicles and price-conscious customers; high carbon discs for premium and high-performance vehicles, and two-piece composite discs for certain BMW applications.
The range also includes brake shoes and brake drums, as well as replacement wear indicators, ABS sensors and accessory kits.

For more information, call 1800 061 729 or email info.au@hella.com