Friday, 23 February 2018


Newfren, new compounds

Based near Turin, Newfren has been manufacturing a complete range of motorcycle brake spare parts for over 50 years - brake pads, brake shoes, brake discs and clutches for a wide range of popular Italian and international makes and models going back to the 1960s.

Stock replacement and high performance products are offered, with new high performance compounds available that feature 16 application specific formulations to “guarantee the right quality, efficiency and performance for all braking needs”. Newfren says its distributors and dealers have access to “one of the most comprehensive range of motorcycle pads available with coverage for most popular makes and models of street and off-road motorcycles and scooters”.
Founded in the 1950s by Alessandro Barbero, Newfren has been an innovator and early adopter of a  number of new brake technologies, such as bonded friction material, gravity and high pressure die casting and brake shoes without rivets.
The company is still in family ownership with Valter Barbero at the helm, and 24 months ago the company completed a major two-year investment programme in new manufacturing technology at their 10,000 sqm facility in Italy. Newfren also has another modern 2,000 sqm facility based in Tunisia, where brake shoes are assembled.
Ahead of industry requirements where environmental manufacturing and compound formula requirements are concerned, Newfren has been granted UNI EN ISO 9001-2000 certification for its quality control system and ABE certification from the German KBA for many of its products.
Three ranges are offered for Road and four for Off-Road applications in addition to their Scooter pads - R01, Race Sinter for Road Bikes and X01, Dirt Sinter for Off-Road bikes are the two top level pads.