Brembo and SGL Group Developing Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Brakes
By KBB.com Editors on June 2, 2009 11:43 AMCurrently confined to the supercar realm, those frightfully expensive but remarkably effective carbon ceramic brake systems may be heading to vehicles priced more towards the everyman side of the spectrum. A pact just signed between Italy's premier super-stopper maker, Brembo, and the German carbon-fiber expert SGL Group intends to do just that under the aegis of the new Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes organization that will be headquartered in Milan. With a mission to "focus on the automated production of the next generation of carbon ceramic brake discs for the broader car market" this new joint venture is set up to maximize the operating synergies between the two firms at all levels of the development and volume manufacturing processes. Alberto Bombassei, CEO of Brembo S.p.A. sees the pairing as a potentially game-changing development. "The combination of our expertise in top level brake systems and carbon ceramic disc application with SGL Group's outstanding knowledge of the materials will allow this type of product to be applied in a broader market segment. "Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes" marks a further step in Brembo's development towards systems with even greater performance and lightweight that meet the changing requirements of the automotive world, including respect for the environment."