Mobility Solutions

Bosch brake pads offer high quality and safety

  • Bosch emphatically rejects allegations made by Canadian supplier
  • Brake pads meet all safety standards and offer extensive protection against corrosion-induced detachment of the friction lining
  • Tests and field experience confirm high quality of both steel surfaces used
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  • October 29, 2015
  • Mobility Solutions
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Bosch uses regular, standardized tests to ensure the quality and safety of its brake pads. Bosch thus emphatically rejects recent allegations made by Canadian supplier Nucap Industries Inc. The company has falsely accused Bosch of using untreated steel in its brake pad carrier plates, thus compromising the pads’ quality and putting driver safety in jeopardy. This allegation contradicts, on a fundamental level, how Bosch conducts its business. Bosch has at no time made compromises where the quality or safety of its brake pads are concerned in order to save money. Instead, test results confirm the Bosch products’ convincing performance, regardless of the surface treatment used on the carrier plates.

Brake pads consist of a carrier plate and friction lining. With regard to the allegations that the untreated carrier plates used promote increased corrosion and thus lead to the detachment of the friction lining, Bosch offers the following response:

  • The high quality standard of the steel used in the carrier plates has not changed for many years. There are two equivalent surface treatment options that can be used to meet Bosch specifications. Both of these have been in use for many years, and differ solely in the surface appearance of the supplied parts. The steel itself is the same.
  • What is crucial for the adhesion of the friction lining is the quality of the surface immediately before the friction lining is applied. The strength of the bond is ensured by appropriate processes during the manufacture of the brake pads at Bosch manufacturing sites. A final finish in the form of a comprehensive powder coating provides for extensive protection against corrosion.
  • Bosch controls quality by means of regular testing, including standardized salt-spray and shear tests. Test results of Bosch products considerably exceed the requirements.
  • Failure rates for brake pads with respect to corrosion-induced detachment come in at well under one ppm (part per million) .
Bosch has many decades of expertise in the area of brake components and complete brake systems. Bosch continuously develops essential products such as ABS and ESP brake control systems, brake boosters, brake disks, and brake linings. Uniform standards ensure the same quality at all manufacturing sites worldwide, whether in Germany, the U.S., China, Mexico, or any other country.

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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