International Dealer News IDN 143 June/July 2018 - Page 13

news ROOM Brembo “Carbon Factory” for racing pads Rendering of the new Brembo “Carbon Factory” for racing at Curno Brembo has started construction on a new factory “dedicated to the processing of carbon special materials that will compete on the tracks all over the world”. The Chairman of Brembo SpA, Alberto Bombassei, placed the first stone of the new building at Curno, Italy. The building will host the "Carbon Factory" - the company’s flagship facility for carbon fibre race product manufacturing. Dedicated to the design, development and production of the company’s competition carbon brake pads and discs, this all-new green field operation “verticalises the carbon brake process under one roof. The new facility is an addition to the Brembo operations already existing in Curno, where the company already develops and finishes braking components for racing”. The new building will occupy an area of approximately 7,000 square meters (23,000 square feet), on an approximately 17,000 square meter site, with production activities expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. Brembo will produce semi- finished carbon-carbon discs and pads - different from the carbon- ceramic discs destined for super-performing road cars, produced at Stezzano and in Germany. The new facility’s production will be dedicated to equipping the cars and motorcycles of teams competing in all the main motor racing disciplines, from Formula One and MotoGP on down. Brembo says it is a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 15 countries on three continents, with 23 production and business sites, and a pool of about 9,000 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in R&D. Their 2016 turnover was € 2,279.1 million. Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand too. The Chairman of Brembo SpA Alberto Bombassei with Vice President Matteo Tiraboschi, CEO Andrea Abbati Marescotti and Director Performance Group Mario Almondo INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - JUNE/JULY 2018 13