BPI Adds Latest Technology to China Plant
Sept. 19, 2017—Brake Parts Inc (BPI) has invested in new manufacturing and testing equipment for its BPI-laixi plant in Laixi, China in order to expand brake testing capabilities and increase production capacity.
BPI-Laixi is one of four BPI-owned friction plants strategically located around the globe. The plant currently manufactures nearly six million sets of brake pads annually and has added a new LINK 3000 dynamometer to conduct enhance performance, noise and durability testing on friction material.
In order to meet growing customer demand, BPI has added the latest generation of positive molding equipment to the IATF (ISO) 16949: 2016 certified plant. This addition will allow BPI-Laixi to increase its production capacity by one million sets of brake pads annually. The company also has plans to add more positive molding equipment in the first quarter of 2018 to increase capacity by another two million sets per year.
“At BPI, we are continually evaluating and upgrading our manufacturing facilities in order to fulfill the growing demand for quality brake components, including friction, rotors and calipers,” said H.T. Chang, vice president of product development, engineering, R&D and quality, Brake Parts Inc. “By making the commitment to continuously invest in our facilities, we are able to seamlessly integrate the development, testing, validation and manufacturing of new numbers and innovative products into our comprehensive brake parts offering.”