Based near Turin, Italy, in addition to being one of the market’s leading brake pad manufacturers, Newfren is also able to claim “the most complete catalogue of clutch disc applications in Europe”.
|High performance Pro Race clutch disc|
|KTM QC disc|
Newfren’s range of wet clutch disc series consists of three different materials - the standard replacement OW series, upgrade Performance line and top-of-the-range Pro Race lines.
The application catalogue covers all models from the 1970s to the latest motorcycles and includes special and often hard to find disc applications such as sintered discs for KTM models of the 1970s – in fact these days Newfren is the only remaining producer of applications such as this.
Newfren also offers the market a series of special organic and sintered Ducati discs - developed thanks to the cooperation with its own racing department. Newfren says that “these discs can be considered as being right at the top end of the clutch spare parts available on the aftermarket today”.
|Ducati organic clutch discs|
Equally, the broad-based Newfren range of high performance clutches for Piaggio moped applications has been on the market for more than 60 years. “We also have a catalogue section dedicated to the BMW and Moto Guzzi dry single-disc applications and have added to the original spare discs that have been sold in the market for years with a new KW version - produced with ultra-advanced materials that mean it can also work in the presence of oil”.
Newfren also offers clutch shoes and “bells” for scooter applications to complete the wide range of its clutch selection.
|Dry clutch disc for BMW|
Founded in the 1950s by Alessandro Barbero, Newfren were innovators and early adopters 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 in recent years has been investing heavily in new manufacturing technology at its 65,000 sq ft facilty/100,000 sq ft site.
Ahead of industry requirements where environmental manufacturing and compound formula requirements are concerned, Newfren has been granted UNI EN ISO 9001 certification for its quality control systems and ABE certification from the German KBA for many of its products. As part of a continuing process, they are on the way to obtaining environmental certification ISO 14000.