About FDP
About FDP

Refining friction science for more than 50 years

FDP Friction Science was born in 1969 and with it, our passion for friction and braking technology.

By 1970, we were named the OEM brake supplier for Ford’s Thunderbird platform. This front brake pad was known as the D1 - the first brake pad ever listed by the Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI). Following a few more acquisitions, we purchased Quality Automotive in Tappahannock, Virginia, whose site became the FDP manufacturing facility and company headquarters.

Today, FDP Friction Science is a global supplier of disc pads and brake shoes with nearly 400 employees, some of whom started in our Trenton facility more than 40 years ago. Our clients include OEMs, retailers, warehouse distributors, exporters and other brake manufacturers.

From our R&D facility in Morrisville, Pennsylvania to our manufacturing line in Virginia, FDP remains passionate about developing the industry’s most innovative, highest performance brake pads and shoes.

The FDP difference

Whether you’re driving on the street, highway or track, brake pads are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads should stop the vehicle - period. We’ve built our business around this proposition and it’s made all the difference.

Everything we do is to help make braking as safe and reliable as possible. And it’s more necessary than you might imagine. That’s because there are no industry or government regulations that apply to brake pads. So aftermarket pads can be something of a gamble.

At FDP, we leave nothing to chance. We subject our processes to the tightest quality controls, and our products to the most extensive lab and road testing available. Ultimately, our focus on safety and reliability results in higher-quality, longer-lasting products. So FDP pads and shoes don’t just ensure a higher degree of safety, they also deliver a better long-term value.