Just recently, ZF TRW announced that it is rolling out Electric Park Brake (EPB) technology in India with the help of its joint venture with Brakes India Limited, a Chennai-based company. The joint venture has won their first-ever business award for EPB system in the country, and the technology will begin production next year—marking the initial debut of its kind for the Indian market.
Apart from offering park brake functionality, EPB is a fully essential part of the brake system with features such as brake pad wear sensing and dynamic actuation. It minimizes the degradation associated with mechanical systems as well as helps improve safety in emergency situations with full four-wheel anti-lock functionality versus standard park brake that offers emergency braking only on the rear axle.
According to Manfred Meyer, global vice president, Braking Engineering, ZF TRW was first to market globally with its EPB system in 2001 which pioneered with VW, Audi and Lancia and more recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Honda Accord, Ford F150, Range Rover Evoque, Nissan Qashqai and more. He said that they have now produced over 65 million units as the world leader in this technology.
In a statement, Badri Vijayaraghavan, executive director, Business Development, Brakes India, claimed that Brakes India, with its solid joint venture collaboration with ZF TRW, has been providing an array of technologies including ABS to the budding Indian market for many years. “This launch marks yet another milestone in our commitment to enhance safety, performance and comfort for vehicles in this region.”
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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