Comline brake pad copper-free cred confirmed

Published:  28 July, 2020

Comline’s brake pads have received an Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) ‘N’ rating, confirming that the brand’s pads contain less than 0.5% of copper by weight.The rating permits the brand to use the AASA LeafMark ‘N’ icon in promoting its range of all makes brake pads.The AASA LeafMark will be included on Comline promotional material in going forward.

Comline’s move towards eradicating copper from its brake pad formulations actually dates back to 2016 in the aftermath of environmental studies conducted in both California and Washington State. Groups and regulators in those regions clearly demonstrated that the wear of traditional brake pads caused copper and other materials to be dumped onto roadways, consequently polluting streams, rivers, and the wider marine ecosystem.

Comline Director of Braking Product Development, Dr. Keith Ellis, commented:“Whilst there is still no formal regulation of copper content in brake pads here in Europe, we took the results of studies from the United States very seriously. As a brand we felt the responsibility to limit the environmental impact of our brake pads and quickly sought to bring our all makes range in-line with planned governance for California.

He added “Although we have been compliant for some time, receiving the ‘N’ rated’ LeafMark from the AASA underlines the validity of our claims and enables us to more effectively promote Comline’s copper-free credentials.”

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) exclusively represents the North American Aftermarket supplier industry but its LeafMark symbol is now being attributed to brands outside of North America.

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