Friction brake materials

Putting the brakes on noise, cost and wear with friction brake materials

Friction brake materials are utilised as a part of the brake pad or drum brake lining of automobiles, commercial vehicles, aircraft, motorcycles, trains and off-road vehicles and in other industrial applications.

For friction braking applications, knowledge and materials make the difference between squawks and squeals and smooth stopping. Iron powder offers an excellent combination of durability and cost in semi-metallic brake pads and sintered friction formulations.

Höganäs provides the world’s most comprehensive range of iron powders for friction brake applications. With low apparent density our powders enable a reduction of brake weight and total material usage. Moreover, their high internal porosity and large surface area provide improved brake surfaces and wear properties.


  • Lower brake weight and reduction of material usage
  • Improved brake surfaces and excellent pad and rotor wear properties
  • Noise minimisation
  • Consistent powders ensure uniform products

Metal powders contribute to sustainable development

Metal powder technology provides endless opportunities; not only does it enable our customers to reduce their material and energy consumption, but it also helps them use new and better techniques that make final products more efficient and less expensive.

We believe that the inherent power of metal powders can be utilised to a much larger extent than it is today. We are also convinced that metal powders can contribute to sustainable development. With metal powder solutions, we can contribute to solving many of society’s pressing challenges, such as resource scarcity, shortage of clean water and the need for renewable energy.

"We inspire the industry to make more with less because we want to create a sustainable world for future generations."