Partnerships to improve the environmental impact of products
The transport sector has to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and air pollution. Brembo, through its Research and Development activity, monitors the continuous evolution of the sector, directing research into the best braking system toward solutions able to meet the challenges of the future such as electrification, autonomous driving and digitalisation.
Brembo, aware of the environmental impacts generated by the production processes typical of the automotive market, is committed to strengthening the development of innovative and carbon neutral products, convinced that purchasing decisions will be increasingly driven by environmental impact, but especially by the will to consolidate the change to sustainable mobility and reduce the environmental impact of the Group’s entire value chain.
Innovation, for Brembo, aims to ensure not only increasingly cutting-edge products able to anticipate and meet the new needs typical of the automotive industry, but also products that allow the environmental impact to be improved, through:
• the selection of low-impact raw materials;
• the reduction of GHG emissions thanks to the use of lights alloys allowing to limit braking systems weight;
• the reduction of particulates during braking, harmful for human health;
• the development of smart products such as mechatronic components.
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. During 2020, Brembo took part in the following joint research projects:
INPROVES: a project to develop and validate high performance electric motors to be used in the next generation of braking and electric propulsion systems for electric vehicles. The project meets the sustainability goals of the Group that has decided to invest in the production of electric motors with a potential significant impact on the environment, thanks to the reduction in fossil fuel consumption. Brembo successfully completed the design of brake system motors and their production process, with an initial series of prototypes created and tested. June 2020 saw the installation at the plant in Stezzano (Italy) of a pilot flexible production line to demonstrate the efficacy of the Internet-of-Things and Industry 4.0 paradigm, applied to specialised production.