Past and Present History of Excellence

  • 1902 – A.H. Raymond Company was established and would become the Raybestos Manhattan, Inc. company located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • 1940 – Raybestos gained experience in planetary design transmission wet friction materials before and during WWII.
  • 1950 – By 1950, Raybestos was the primary supplier to Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors in their new automatic shifting transmissions and was transitioning from sintered products to organic materials.
  • 1955 – Supported the oil additive companies and OEM’s with new materials, as statically suppressed oils became the standard for smoother shifting.
  • 1970 – Developed extreme duty friction material for heavy duty brakes.
  • 1980 – Raybestos became the leader in supplying non-asbestos wet friction materials and guided their customers through the transition.
  • 1984 – Created the $25 million embedded technical center where Raybestos maintains a professional engineering staff creating innovative new products and solutions.
  • 1989 – Became the first to successfully blend aramid fibers into friction papers for high energy applications.
  • 1990 – Became the friction leader in continuous slip torque converter friction.
  • 2010 – Raybestos maintains the only in-house friction paper manufacturing facility, allowing each material to be finely tuned to the application. Raybestos provides friction products for virtually every automatic transmission worldwide, supporting OEM and tier I manufacturers.
  • Present Day