News Releases

TRW'S Advanced Brake Caliper Design -- Termed Thin-Wide Technology -- Reduces Weight and Extends Brake Life

PRNewswire-FirstCall
LIVONIA, Mich.
(NYSE:TRW)
Oct 4, 2007

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in automotive safety systems, continues to broaden its product portfolio with its thin wide bridge caliper technology (TWB). TWB technology combines the dual benefits of increased fuel economy with longer brake life.

  (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071004/CLTH072 )
  (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010824/TRWLOGO )

With the thin wide bridge design, the caliper bridge thickness is reduced by 45 percent in comparison to a conventional brake caliper design, while the width is increased by 40 percent. This 45 percent decrease in bridge thickness allows for an increase in piston effective radius which, when combined with larger pads and rotors, can equate to a significant increase in brake torque output.

"Weight savings and enhanced performance were the primary objectives that led to the re-engineering of conventional brake parts to create highly mass-efficient structures for disc brake caliper housings," said Josef Pickenhahn, vice president, Braking Engineering for TRW Automotive.

Pickenhahn further stated, "The housings on the thin wide design are lighter than their predecessors, promoting better vehicle fuel economy. TWB housings also accommodate larger diameter rotors and friction pad areas, which tend to reduce rotor-running temperatures, brake fade and pad wear. Combined with larger rotors, this also results in increased brake torque output. Advances with thin wide bridge calipers broaden the array of designs to meet specific customer needs and can result in greater customer satisfaction for our world leading caliper products."

About TRW

With 2006 sales of $13.1 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 28 countries and employs approximately 63,800 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive," "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the Internet at http://www.trwauto.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 (the "10-K"), and Reports on Form Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2007, and June 30, 2007 and include: production cuts or restructuring by our major customers; work stoppages or other labor issues at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; non-performance by, or insolvency of, our suppliers and customers, which may be exacerbated by recent bankruptcies and other pressures within the automotive industry; the inability of our suppliers to deliver products at the scheduled rate and disruptions arising in connection therewith; interest rate risk arising from our variable rate indebtedness; loss of market share by domestic vehicle manufacturers; efforts by our customers to consolidate their supply base; severe inflationary pressures impacting the market for commodities; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; our dependence on our largest customers; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; our substantial leverage; product liability and warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to alter terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours and other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010824/TRWLOGO
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071004/CLTH072
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

SOURCE: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

CONTACT: Louise Colledge, TRW Automotive, Europe-Asia, +44-121-506-5000,
Manley Ford, TRW Automotive, +1-734-855-2616, John Wilkerson, TRW Automotive,
North America, +1-734-855-3864

Web site: http://www.trwauto.com/


Email Page Print RSS
email print rss