About the Company



With over 50 years of brake technology and friction development experience, FDP is recognized as an industry innovator and a leading supplier-partner, serving both the OEM and aftermarket segments. As a full line supplier of both disc pads and brake shoes, FDP clients include OE manufacturers, retailers, program groups, warehouse distributors, exporters, and other brake manufacturers. FDP is headquartered in Tappahannock, Virginia, with manufacturing and R&D facilities located throughout the world.


A History of Innovation

FDP was the OEM manufacturer of the D1 in 1970. The D1 is the first disc brake pad ever listed in the FMSI catalog. Nearly 40 years later, FDP maintains a full R&D laboratory located in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where new products are developed and tested in the lab and on the road. We are constantly fine-tuning, tweaking, and improving our friction compounds to meet the continually higher braking expectations of our customers.


FDP Timeline

2013 | FDP opens new state-of-the-art friction manufacturing facility in Tappahannock, PA

2008 | FDP introduces the industry’s first copper-free ceramic brake pad; The EcoStop®.

2007 | E-BRAKE® is the first aftermarket brake designed specifically for emergency brake applications.

2004 | March 15th - FDP manufactures its 250 millionth brake pad!

2001 | FDP acquires USA Manufacturing to form FDP Virginia.

1995 | FDP establishes comprehensive research and development facility in Morrisville, Pennsylvania

1994 | FDP-owned Busch race team wins four Busch Grand National Races.

1988 | 85% of Ford Motor Company passenger car brakes are supplied by FDP.

1987 | FDP becomes authorized supplier to The Chrysler Corporation.

1984 | Already a long time supplier, FDP becomes an authorized supplier for multiple Ford Motor Company platforms.

1970 | FDP is named Original Equipment manufacturer of the D1.

1969 | First production facility is established in Trenton, NJ.