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Centric Director of Engineering Steve Ruiz to Speak at SAE 2013 Brake Colloquium and Exhibition
(Industry, Calif. - September 24, 2013) Steve Ruiz, Centric Parts Director of Engineering, has been chosen to participate in a panel discussion to be held on Monday, October 7, 2013 during the 31 st Annual SAE Brake Colloquium and Exhibition in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Ruiz joins four other brake industry experts chosen to discuss High Performance Brakes.
The 90 minute session will focus on brake system requirements for high performance vehicles, including how they differ from standard brake systems. It will also deal with the questions of how the focus on performance and safety may compromise comfort and component life. Panelists will also address the future of this market.
Mr. Ruiz has more than 25 years of automotive brake component and friction materials experience as well as an extensive background in race car design, engineering, and manufacturing. His contributions to the industry include four patents for brake innovations and technology, including the optimal airflow AeroRotor ®, the removable bolt-in bridge that makes StopTech ® two-piece calipers stiffer than most monoblock designs, and the directional AeroHat ® that further improves airflow and cooling, and two patents pending.
“It is a great honor to be selected for this panel,” said Ruiz. “The group includes representatives from several major OEMs and myself. I think it says a lot about our company and the StopTech brand that we will be speaking alongside such well-established players - considering that we started StopTech just over a decade ago.” He added, “I look forward to speaking about the future of high performance brake systems and how technological and environmental issues are shaping the way we approach the design of a new system and in fact a whole new paradigm that is emerging.”
The 31st annual SAE 2013 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition, which will be held October 6-9, 2013 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Jacksonville, Florida, will bring together renowned brake industry experts from around the world to learn about, present and display the latest scientific discoveries and technological innovations in brake materials, components, systems, testing, modeling and aftermarket solutions.
About Centric Parts®
Centric Parts ® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for cars, work duty vehicles and performance vehicles under the Centric ® , C-TEK ® , Posi Quiet ® and StopTech ® labels. Centric continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned four patents along the way. The company was founded in 2000 in Southern California and has enjoyed solid growth every year since. Originally focusing on replacement parts for everyday use, Centric parts has aggressively expanded into the performance market by acquiring StopTech in 2006 and Power Slot in 2007. Today the company operates multiple warehouse and manufacturing facilities totaling over half-a-million square feet and employing over 500 workers.