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Ever wondered where EBC Brakes' acclaimed brake pads are made?

We stop by at the Bristol-based European Friction Industries [EFI] factory, where the majority of EBC Brakes' pads are produced for applications such as automotive, motorcycle and more.

Watch as pads are formed from start to finish in this proudly British establishment, and stay tuned for further videos from EFI very soon...

To find out more about EBC Brakes. head over to EBC Brakes - The World's Leading High Performance Brake Specialists.

Introducing European Friction Industries – EBC Brakes' Bristol Friction Material Factory - YouTube
 

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I had a look at your Bristol manufacturing site video, high on glitzy show but low on any detail so I watched Jonny Smith tour for about 6 minutes and saw a couple of things I was not comfortable with.

At 3:54 the EBC guide shows him some metal backing pads and says they are for a Polaris XXX. The trays were completely unidentified, Jonny commented on this after checking them all round but the rep seemed quite nonchalant. There’s a real danger of product being mixed/intermingled when it lacks identification like that, Product Identification and Traceability should be a standard requirement during all stages of manufacture. “Trust us, we know what we’re doing” doesn’t cut the muster in the modern world.

At 6:23 parts are waiting to be tumbled so should have been completely clean but there is clear evidence of corroded parts in the trays. Tumbling will actually disguise the corrosion by the parts all rubbing together but it will resurface later on.
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View attachment 1945 I had a look at your Bristol manufacturing site video, high on glitzy show but low on any detail so I watched Jonny Smith tour for about 6 minutes and saw a couple of things I was not comfortable with.

At 3:54 the EBC guide shows him some metal backing pads and says they are for a Polaris XXX. The trays were completely unidentified, Jonny commented on this after checking them all round but the rep seemed quite nonchalant. There’s a real danger of product being mixed/intermingled when it lacks identification like that, Product Identification and Traceability should be a standard requirement during all stages of manufacture. “Trust us, we know what we’re doing” doesn’t cut the muster in the modern world.

At 6:23 parts are waiting to be tumbled so should have been completely clean but there is clear evidence of corroded parts in the trays. Tumbling will actually disguise the corrosion by the parts all rubbing together but it will resurface later on.
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This was a brief factory tour which a number of people have liked and was not a detailed product video!

When making videos within our facilities, We have to use some 'artistic licencing' and certain things are not permitted onto camera and are not even known by Jonny. Each parts bin is coded although you would not have been able to see this for certain reasons. The full traceability route card was to the left of the bin of parts which you would not see and was not shown on the video.

The other parts go through several more processes including acid dipping and copper passivating and then are checked before packaging and sent to our USA plant.

I hope that clears these issues up for you!!!
 
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