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‘No slowing’ Hartlepool brake pad maker TMD Friction after £2 million plant boost

A vehicle brake pad maker says it will increase momentum after spending £2 million on factory upgrades.

TMD Friction is updating grinding machines and paint lines at its Hartlepool plant.

Bosses say the moves will “make a big difference to production”, helping it build on existing output of more than 400,000 parts a week.

Michael Findlay, the company’s UK engineering excellence manager [pictured, below], said: “Having the best machinery and equipment is imperative to us manufacturing our high-quality brake brands and meeting our production targets.



“The new machinery has provided the plant with a safe, compliant and more energy efficient process, which is already proving to be more reliable with a reduction in scrap waste.

“The investment has given a real boost to the Hartlepool site and demonstrates the support and backing it has from the wider global business to ensure a long and sustainable future.”

TMD Friction covers 95 per cent of the European car pad range for the independent aftermarket.

Its Hartlepool factory, which employs nearly 500 staff, operates alongside sister sites in Warrington, Cleckheaton, in West Yorkshire, and Seaton Ross, in East Yorkshire.