ZF TRW has announced through
its joint venture, Brakes India Limited, that it has won the first business
award for its Electric Park Brake (EPB) system in India. Launching with a major
global vehicle manufacturer, the technology will start production in 2017 -
marking the first launch of its kind for the Indian market.
EPB is part of ZF TRW’s
ongoing commitment to enhance overall brake system performance and driver
safety and comfort. In addition to providing park brake functionality, EPB is a
fully integral part of the brake system with features such as dynamic actuation
and brake pad wear sensing and reduces the degradation associated with
mechanical systems. The EPB also helps enhance safety in emergency situations
with full four-wheel anti-lock functionality versus standard park brake that
provides emergency braking only on the rear axle.
Manfred Meyer, global vice
president, Braking Engineering, commented, “ZF TRW was first to market globally
with its EPB system in 2001 which pioneered with Lancia, Audi and VW and more
recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Ford F150, Honda
Accord, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and more. We have now produced more
than 65 million units as the world leader in this technology.”
“With our vast experience and
global footprint, we are ideally positioned to bring the performance and safety
benefits of EPB to all vehicles and in all regions,” he added.
ZF TRW offers a range of EPB
solutions including standard EPB, integrated EPB which removes the requirement
for a separate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) due to its integration with the
Electronic Stability Control system, and EPB for front axles which can help to make
the technology more suitable for smaller vehicle segments.
executive director, Business Development, Brakes India said: “Brakes India, with
its strong joint venture partnership with ZF TRW -has been offering a range of
technologies including ABS to the growing Indian market for several years. This
launch marks yet another milestone in our commitment to enhance safety,
performance and comfort for vehicles in this region.
“India will continue to be
dominated by small cars with rear drum brakes. The offering of a front EPB
opens up a wealth of opportunity regarding EPB installation due to its
packaging and performance benefits,” stated Meyer.
Brakes India and ZF TRW have a
fifty years partnership and are now set to enhance their presence in the Indian
market by introducing the latest braking technology and taking the safety of
vehicles to the next level in one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
Source: ZF TRW