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International Newsmaker Q&A: Eugenio Madero

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:20
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SANLUIS Rassini, a subsidiary of the Mexico-based SANLUIS Corporación, is a supplier of suspensions and brakes. It has manufacturing operations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Major clients include General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Scania, Randon and Mitsubishi.

The brake division was the recipient of GM’s 2012 Supplier of the Year Award.

“SANLUIS Rassini helped play a critical role in GM’s success in 2012 through their dedication and commitment to consistently exceed our expectations by being innovative, delivering high quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value,” says Grace Lieblein, the automaker’s vice president of global purchasing and supply chain.

Eugenio Madero, CEO of SANLUIS Rassini North America, recently answered a series of questions about the pace of innovations within the category.

What are some of the latest technological advancements regarding rotors?

We’ve seen the industry shift from using one-piece full cast rotor designs to taking advantage of more premium, two-piece designs. There have also been new advancements in engineering and materials.

For example, at SANLUIS Rassini, we are able to provide better thermal heat transfer and better NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) behavior thanks to breakthroughs in engineering and design. We focus a lot of our efforts on providing lighter weight but higher performing rotors. We actually just introduced a new rotor design for the Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Package. The rotor features a unique combination of ductile (nodular) iron in the hat and gray iron on the brake surface, which has allowed for a significant weight reduction and improvement to fuel economy – which is of extreme importance to today’s automakers.

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