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Leading the way in zero and low-copper compliance

In 2013, before the first low-copper compliance legislation was implemented, Wagner® was the first manufacturer to create and register new compliant formulations for its Wagner ThermoQuiet  line. The company continues to lead today. Wagner QS, Wagner SD and all brake shoes contain zero copper, which is not required until 2015. Wagner® OEX and Wagner TQ® use low-copper friction formulations that are not required until 2021. And zero-copper friction formulations are gradually being phased in to the Wagner TQ line.

front family product view of brake pads by wagner
front family product view of brake pads by wagner



The Brake Manufacturers Council adopted the Leaf Mark to inform customers whether a brake pad meets the Better Brake standards.
The darker the leaf, the more levels of compliance the pad meets.
Every Wagner brake pad box shows either a level B or level N LeafMark on its label.


Copper had long been a key ingredient of ceramic friction materials. However, trace amounts of this material can enter rivers,
streams and other marine environments, where toxic to aquatic organisms. To prevent continued environmental
contamination, copper and other hazardous substances must be phased out of OEM and replacement brake pads and shoes.
Implementation of the law began January 1, 2014 in California and January 2015 in Washington State. 
But Wagner started much earlier, 2013.

By 2021, copper must be reduced to 5% or less of total material content by weight, and to just 0.5% or less by 2025.

OEx brake pad product view by Wagner


  • Met 2021 requirements at introduction in 2015


  • Met 2021 requirements in 2013
  • First full line in the market registered as compliant


Zero-Copper SKUS being phased in

  • 10 Years ahead of 2025 requirement


package view of quickstop brake pads by wagner

contains zero copper


view of package of severeduty brake pad by wagner

contains zero copper