Innovation

Creating and innovating to improve together


Partnerships to improve the environmental impact of the products




One of the prime objectives of Brembo product innovation is to reduce environmental impact, linked especially to the production of raw materials used, the generation of particulates during braking — harmful for human health — and greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles that can be reduced also by limiting the brake systems’ weight.

 
 








In a perspective of open-innovation, and to improve the effectiveness of research in these areas, the Group encourages collaboration, through networks and joint work projects, with other players in the automotive sector, Research Centres and Universities both at Italian ​level and at international level.


 

Awards for innovative ideas


Brembo values the contribution to innovation of all teams and reinforces the spirit of collaboration within the Group, by rewarding ideas that have enabled major improvements and progress to be made in different areas including quality, process or product innovation, cost reduction, increased productivity and simplified processes. ​

Every year Brembo uses the Excellence Awards Brembo to reward the new solutions presented by Group employees. Said awards are structured as follows:

Best Idea, which promotes ideas for improvement in the production and office area;

Best Improvement Plant and Best in Class Plant, which respectively reward the plants that have produced the most significant improvements and the best performances in terms of quality, production system efficiency and human resources organisation within the plant.

 
 

The Innovation Awards recognise the best ideas relating to the following business areas:

  • - Product; 

- Systems production process;

- Disc production process.


 

The Accademia del Freno (Brake Academy)





In partnership with the Milan Polytechnic, Brembo set up the Accademia del Freno (Brake Academy) in 2014.

This technical and scientific advanced education initiative specializing in braking systems seeks to complement the academic curriculum of Milan Polytechnic’s engineering students.

This partnership aims to train new braking system specialists, therefore developing the sector's future professionals. ​

 

 

The main joint research projects in which Brembo participates 






REBRAKE
: financed by the European Union and coordinated by Brembo together with the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and the University of Trento, it is the first project relating to the production of braking systems that allow a reduction in the emissions of particulates duringthe braking phase.

For further information www.rebrake-project.eu​

 



COBRA
: This is a research project for the development of a new type of material for brake pads, steered by Brembo and co-financed by the European Commission. 

For further information www.cobralifeproject.eu/en​​

 




LIBRA
(Light Brake): Launched in 2015, this project aims to develop brake pads using a material capable of replacing steel in the composite material backing plate, reducing pad weight by 50%.

 



LIFE-CRAL
: Launched by the European Union in July 2016 and set to end in December 2019, this project is coordinated by Brembo and aims to develop a production line, in the pre-industrial phase, that will allow aluminium and magnesium components to be produced, starting with recycled or highly impure materials, whilst at the same time maintaining the product’s end quality.

For further information www.cralproject.eu

 


EQUINOX
: Brembo is a partner in this European research project, which aims to identify possible alternatives to critical raw materials included in the list drawn up by the European Union.

For further information http://equinox-project.eu/​ 

 



LOWBRASYS: The challenge is to develop a new generation of technologies, materials and measures to improve the impact of vehicles on health and the environment through an innovative braking system that can halve the emissions of micro and nano particles. 

For further information www.lowbrasys.eu/en 



 
 

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