Guest Speakers

Invited Guest Speakers



Dr. Seong Kwan Rhee - SKR Consulting LLC

Influence of Brake Rotors on Friction, Wear and NVH

Brake friction, wear and NVH are influenced by friction materials, rotors, calipers, brake system assembly and humidity. The influence of friction materials on brake friction, wear and NVH has been widely studied and reported. However, the influence of the rotors has not been well studied and reported in spite of the fact that the rotor can wear at the same rate as friction materials, measured in weight. This presentation will address the influence of rotor metallurgy and design on friction, wear, NVH and brake emissions.

Dr. Rhee received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati. He is also currently Executive Technical Advisor (Brake/friction materials), Hyundai Mobis R&D, KBAutosys, Korea and other companies around the world. During the span of his career he held several key senior management positions in R&D/Engineering, product development, commercialization, plant operations and general management; expertise in friction materials (pioneer of asbestos-free friction materials; inventor of Friction Materials Formulation Guidelines), brakes and brake NVH. To his credit he held 15 US patents, inventor of Semi-met, published over 90 scientific/technical papers, co-edited 3 books.


Harald Abendroth - Chairman, EuroBrake

Status Report ISO Sub-working Group "Brake Linings and Friction Couples"

Brake / friction material testing consumes a major part of development costs and time. The global character of car business requires global test specifications. An overview will be given on new standardization projects and existing standards under review.

Activitities equally relate to passenger car and commercial vehicle brakes, discs and drums. New activities pay specific attention to regions which were not sufficiently integrated in previous standardization efforts like Asea and South America.

About 40 years of experience in brake/ friction engineering. Development of worldwide standard test equipment and test procedures. Numerous presentations /publications at international conferences. Cosultant, chair of EuroBrake 2016 , chair of ISO Sub-working Group “Brake Linings and Friction Couples”

Panel discussion on "Voice of OEM/Tier1/Tier2"


Yukihiro Shiomi - Project General Manager / Chassis Development Division Toyota Motor Corporation

  • Responsible for UN-Regulations of Brakes and Running Gear
  • Responsible for overall brake performance, especially Pedal Feel and Friction.
  • Completed Master degree of Material Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1985.
  • Join Toyota Motor Corporation after the college.
  • Work on the Brake System Development from entering the company until now.

Dr. Heribert Schumacher - Vice President Global Engineering Federal Mogul MOTORPARTS - Braking

Dr. Schumacher received the Diploma in Physics from Technical University of Aachen, Germany in 1978 and Ph.D. in Material Science from Technical University of Hamburg, Germany in 1984. He had been responsible for Global Friction Engineering of Honeywell since 2002. Since 2014, he has been responsible for the combined global Engineering of Federal Mogul MOTORPARTS Braking. Until summer 2015, he is the head of the German Friction Association VRI and member of the board of the European Friction Association FEMFM.

Masami Aono

Yoshiki Matsuzaki - Managing Officer, ADVICS CO., LTD.

Hybrid Vehicle should increase near future to reduce CO² emission. ADVICS has provided By-wire cooperative regenerative Brakes to Hybrid vehicle. From our investigation, Usage of hydraulic brake with Hybrid Vehicle is too much lower than one with conventional vehicle. As a result , pad’s wear gets smaller. It’s good for dust emission. On the other hand , New issues results from the rust of rotor happen.

ADVICS develops the balancing pads between adhesive and abrasive to resolve these issues.


Masami Aono - Product management and marketing consultant Chassis Brake International Japan Co. Ltd

Mr. Aono has more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. He started as a design engineer for Actuation and Foundation at Tokico (now Hitachi Automotive Systems). Afterwards he worked as application and sales engineer at Allied Signals in the field of friction material. Thanks to his profound knowledge of brake components and friction material he could contribute over many years as Full Brake System (FBS) expert at Bosch. Right after EPB has become part of the brake portfolio, he is utilizing his component and system know-how in the EPB product management. Since 2014 he is engaged as consultant in the product management and marketing of Chassis Brakes International in Japan. In this function he is involved in various global Foundation projects of Japanese OEM including EPB.

Panel discussion on "Regional Aftermarket for Friction Materials"


Andrew French - Product Engineering Manager, Bendix

Prior to joining FMP Andrew worked for the Department of Defense, at a vehicle proving ground as a result of studying electronics at RMIT.

Andrew joined FMP in late 1999 as a test engineer this position was held until 2001 when an opportunity as Applications Engineer arose which consisted of supporting the Bendix™ aftermarket products, introducing new NAO materials, and completed an MBA in 2004.

In 2005 Andrew and his family were moved to Malaysia where Andrew provided product engineering support for the region and developing new business across the South Eastern Asian markets, providing a broader understanding and appreciation of Asian markets and culture.

Upon returning from Malaysia in 2007 Andrew was promoted to managing the Product Engineering area, responsibilities are friction material development, applications engineering and testing.

In Andrew’s spare time he enjoys travelling and all things automotive.


Andrew Williamson - Managing Director, TRAXX SA and ACMC

Started my career as Branch Manager at the Dancor group of companies in Pretoria South Africa. Dancor(PTY) LTD a major

Distibutor of Don Mintex friction materials throughout South Africa in the 1980’s. with branches throughout South Africa.

I then joined Fichtel and Sachs PTY(LTD) well known manufacturer of clutches worlwide as Sales and Marketing Manager OEM P&A Sales.

In 1994 I started a new Distribution Network for Fichtel and Sachs. Force Automotive (PTY)LTD was started 1994. Force Automotive(PTY) LTD has grown into the biggest distributor for Clutches in South Africa. We then took over ACMC Automotive independent franchises of Clutches and Friction materials and started trading as ACMC(PTY) LTD.

ACMC(PTY) LTD started TRAXX SA (PTY) LTD 20001 as a seperate Division for Friction Distribution only. I am still today the Owner and Chairman of ACMC and TRAXX SA group of companies.

Personal interests are Golf , Deep Sea Fishing and the Chairman of our Provincial Old Players Rugby Club for the past three years.


Roy A Eastham - Vice President Of Engineering, Hi-Pad Brake Technology

A 40 year veteran in the Friction Materials Business. Experience included Global OE and Aftermarket projects. Providing a Professional and proactive interface to the various customers; OEM’s/Tier 1’s/Suppliers and market.

Started my career in the UK with Ferodo (now Federal Mogul) and moved to the USA in 1996. Joined Honeywell Friction materials (Bendix/Jurid) in 1999 through December 2014.

In 2007 I accepted a position Global Director Of Aftermarket Engineering. The primary role was to transition the Global Aftermarket business to a “Buy Model” Vs the current Make Model.

In 2015 I joined Hi-Pad Brake Technology as VP Engineering, the primary objective being to help re-align the Companies Business Model to secure growth in the USA aftermarket.

Personnel interests are; Travel, Networking, Cycling and Golf.


Nicholas Ishii-Dodson - Research and Development Manager, Roulunds Braking

After studying Materials Science and Metallurgy, Nicholas started in the brake business by looking at transfer films on brake discs with the Scanning Electron Microscope in a university research programme. Following this he worked at TMD Friction in Research and Heavy Vehicle Brakes Development for 5 years in the early phase of air disc brake adoption, then as a friction and NVH specialist at Bosch in France, Japan and the USA. Currently he is Research and Development Manager at Roulunds Braking a member of MAT Holdings Inc and is still fascinated by the endless possibilities of formulating friction materials.


Aman Rathee - Director, ASK Automotive (P) Ltd.

Aman Rathee received a BS degree in Computer Science in 2003 and MBA from Purdue University, USA in 2006. Soon after receiving the MBA degree, he joined his family owned company ASK Automotive (P) Ltd. (a leading manufacturer of two wheeler brakes for all OEMs in India). On joining the business he took the company a step further and entered the Independent AfterMarket, which so far was dominated by unorganized sector. In a short span the group achieved the No.1 position in IAM.

He played a key role in taking the company to a new height. The company diversified in the field of Aluminum Pressure Die Casting, Machining, Painting and Assembly of Auto Components (Both 2 wheeler & 4 wheeler). The company revenue increased 10 times and the customer base doubled by adding many global companies.

As very active member of the strategic team of the group, he is playing a key role in adoption of international best practices in the group and also he understands the national and international business environments.