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OE Dedication That Drives Aftermarket Innovation
January 4, 2019

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Raybestos Powertrain was the first OE supplier of automatic transmission friction clutch plates when the GM Hydramatic was developed in 1938. Today, as an original equipment supplier in the automatic transmission industry, our products can be found in passenger, heavy-duty, commercial, and off-road vehicles. Raybestos Powertrain believes that automotive OEM and aftermarket customers deserve original thinking. At Raybestos Powertrain, all manufacturing processes are set up to OE standards. OE manufacturer standards drive the high production quality of each of our aftermarket products. With nearly two-thirds of our yearly revenue coming from OE and service business, we use what we learn from manufacturing OE automatic transmission parts to provide innovative solutions to transmission rebuilders in the aftermarket.

A combination of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and fluid flow dynamics allows us to develop unique friction clutch plates to meet the stringent demands of the market as an OE supplier. We design, manufacture, and test our unique products with attention to every detail, from concept development to selection of raw materials to final assembly. Thousands of hours of research and testing are applied to ensure that our products meet our OE customers’ expectations every time. The same team of engineers who develop our OE friction materials also use their knowledge and experience to develop our aftermarket friction materials. An advantage of being an OE supplier is that we can also use the materials that we develop for OE customers in the aftermarket. The friction material that is used on our HT clutch plates was originally developed for an OE manufacturer. We then combined the material with our patented HT groove pattern to provide a better solution for the aftermarket.

Raybestos Powertrain is proud to design and manufacture all our quality automotive products in the United States. Our manufacturing facilities and state-of-the-art research and development technical center are strategically located in Indiana, America’s Heartland for made-in-the-U.S.A. quality and innovation with proximity to major OE manufactures. An element that makes the Crawfordsville, Indiana plant so unique, is the use of an integrated paper mill that runs to OE specifications. As a vertically integrated manufacturer with our own paper mill, we control the entire process from pulp to paper to friction. Aftermarket customers benefit from doing business with Raybestos Powertrain through our use of extensive processes such as capability analysis, Six Sigma, and moving products efficiently in our plants that we use to maintain our status as an OE supplier. Our Raybestos Powertrain and Steel Parts manufacturing plants have received multiple OE supplier quality excellence awards in recent years. Premium OE-quality distributors around the world stock and sell Raybestos Powertrain automatic transmission friction clutch plates, steel clutch plates, bands, filters, solenoids, sensors, and torque-converter parts.

Visit our website to find a distributor near you at RaybestosPowertrain.com/where-to-buy.

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