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Meritor offers N-Type brake friction to meet state 2025 copper compliance laws

Meritor, Inc. is offering high-performing N-type brake friction engineered for a range of gross axle weight ratings and validated to offer performance and durability across multiple brake systems.

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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Meritor, Inc. is offering high-performing N-type brake friction engineered for a range of gross axle weight ratings and validated to offer performance and durability across multiple brake systems.

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“With legislation taking effect in two states during 2021 and 2025 requiring reduced copper content in brake pads, our new MA9300 friction offers OEMs a solution today that complies with the 2025 laws,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of front drivetrain and electrification for Meritor. “Our friction saves OEMs the time and expense of validating brake pads multiple times for various applications and weight ratings and offers the industry a green technology, which has a positive impact on the environment.”

The MA9300 friction demonstrated superior pad wear and similar rotor life compared to Meritor’s current offering during two years of comprehensive lab validation and more than 2.4 million miles of field testing, the company says. The friction fits Meritor EX+ L and EX+ H air-disc brakes for truck and trailer applications and is available on the aftermarket. It is interchangeable with today’s A-level MA761 pads.

Brakes sold in both states cannot contain more than 5 percent copper by weight beginning in 2021 and no more than 0.5 percent copper in 2025. Meritor’s N-type friction meets the 2025 requirement.

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