The Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) and the Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI) are coming together in 2018 to celebrate the first-ever “Brake Weekend – A Gathering of Brake Experts,” set for Friday, June 1 through Monday, June 4 in Longboat Key, Florida. The event also will mark FMSI’s 70th anniversary.
BMC is a product council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
“This can’t get much better – celebrating FMSI’s 70th year and our first annual Brake Weekend. The FMSI members meeting will have an outstanding panel of guest speakers focusing on trends in the OE brake industry. To celebrate our 70th year, we’re planning a special tribute to various individuals,” said Frank Oliveto, FMSI chairman and vice president, sales and marketing, Util Group.
“I think we will look back on this in a few years as the dawn of something special in the brake industry,” said Jack Carney, BMC chairman and president and CEO, FDP Brakes.
“We congratulate and look forward to celebrating FMSI’s 70 years of service to the brake industry, and also to celebrate the achievements within the brake industry as we come together to advance the business interests of our members at Brake Weekend,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer.
The Brake Weekend will begin with a joint meeting of BMC and FMSI the afternoon of June 1 at the Longboat Key Club, following BMC members-only sessions earlier in the day. BMC Chairman Jack Carney will kick off the event with his “The State of the BMC” address. The opening day’s program will conclude with a joint dinner for members of both organizations.
Activities planned for the weekend include tabletop exhibit hall and networking through golf outings and joint association dinners. The annual FMSI member meeting and banquet will be held Sunday, June 3, and the FMSI board will meet on Monday, June 4.
More information, including registration and the agendas for the BMC meeting and Brake Weekend, is available here.