FMSI President, Patrick Healey presented this year’s award to Centric Parts Product Manager, Mario Figueroa.
“Our whole team deserves the credit for this award,” noted Figueroa. “People take it for granted that there are aftermarket parts available for their car when they go in for brake service. What many don’t realize is how many man hours go into researching, engineering and sourcing those parts. I’m proud to be part of a team that does that better than anyone else.”
Figueroa leads a group of researchers, engineers and technicians at Centric that is responsible for gathering and examining new model year vehicle components to identify carryover parts and to catalog new ones to be entered into the FMSI registry. This year alone the Centric Parts team was responsible for adding over 320 new applications and assignments to the FMSI database.
“It is such an honor to be recognized again by FMSI,” stated Centric VP of Product Management, Brian Griffin III. “This is a testament to our entire research team who work diligently to support our first-to-market focus.”
The Friction Materials Standards Institute, the organization behind the FMSI Award, was founded in 1948 to maintain a standardized part numbering system used by the automotive aftermarket friction industry, and to disseminate to its members scientific, engineering, technological, statistical, and other relevant information. The FMSI Award program was started in 2003 to recognize companies that excel in actively contributing information and research to support the system. Centric Parts has been identified as an industry leader every time.
About Centric Parts®
is North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components for passenger vehicles, light and medium duty trucks, fleet vehicles, high performance vehicles and race cars under the Centric®
, Posi Quiet®
, Fleet Performance
labels. Through its StopTech and Qualis Automotive divisions, Centric also supplies components and systems to dozens of OEM and private label customers. With an unparalleled level of research and development in North America, Centric leads the industry in brake and chassis technology innovation, having earned several patents and dozens of industry accolades along the way. The company has enjoyed solid annual growth since being founded in 2000, and now operates multiple nationwide facilities encompassing over one million square feet of office, warehouse and manufacturing space.