When you look for the modern supercar and chances are you’ll see some carbon ceramic brake discs behind its wheels, often with the Brembo logo emblazoned on them. And today, Brembo is announcing a new joint venture with SGL Group, a company specializing in carbon-fiber production, and together the two will jointly operate a new company to help develop carbon ceramic brakes for mass production.
It placed in Milan will work on carbon ceramic brakes exclusively for passenger and commercial vehicles, and will also be seeking a way to bring costs down so that carbon ceramic brakes might be featured in a much broader range of cars.
The company of Brembo with their partner SGL Group eventually expect to sell around €70 million worth of carbon ceramic brakes per year, and the current customer base includes such notable sports car companies as Audi, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Bentley, Daimler, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche. But the key to growth for Brembo and SLG Group’s new company is breaking into markets beyond these select high-end manufacturers.
However, bringing carbon ceramic brakes to the masses will be a long process as the current method of manufacturing the brakes requires several manual and semi-automated processes. Developing new products that can be built completely using automation is the key to expanding business, and by increasing volumes the costs associated with the high end brakes should inevitable come down.