TMD FRICTION Products has announced a new agreement with Global Parts Network, LLC (GPN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VIPAR Heavy Duty, which will make TMD's DON and TEXTAR brands exclusively available through VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
TMD FRICTION will supply the majority of friction products to GPN from its factory in Queretaro, Mexico and the products will ship from GPN's CoMan Centers (Cooperative Manufacturing Centers) in the U.S.
TMD FRICTION is a manufacturer of brake friction materials in the original equipment market and aftermarket for passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles. Under the agreement with GPN, TMD FRICTION will make available a full line of high quality OE premium friction products in economy, standard, premium severe duty, long life and vocational grades of friction for all vehicle applications. TMD FRICTION has locations in Germany and four other European countries, as well as in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan.
"During my career in the heavy-duty industry I've developed a great respect for the VIPAR Heavy Duty organization and their distributors," said Russell L. Armer, North America business development manager, TMD FRICTION. "TMD FRICTION looks forward to working with our new partner in this exclusive distribution agreement."
Established as an independent company, GPN provides seamless service and support exclusively to the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors and suppliers.
"This new relationship with TMD FRICTION and the ability to exclusively offer the DON and TEXTAR products alongside our other highly recognized brands, will position the VIPAR Heavy Duty stockholder with a strong brand portfolio," said Gene Damron, GPN's general manager. "This will not only enhance the value proposition for our distributors, it will increase opportunities for all the business partners who work through our CoMan Centers."