Something is getting up Rick Jamieson’s nose and he wants it to stop.
In 2016 there are still brake pads being imported and sold in Canada that contain asbestos, because unlike in the United States asbestos still is not banned in Canada.
It’s a growing problem, says Jamieson, president, CEO and co-founder of Guelph, Ont.-based ABS Friction, the only brake-pad manufacturer left in a region once the Canadian heart of the automotive aftermarket.
“Imports of asbestos-related items rose to $6 million in 2014 from $4.9 million in 2013,” he said in an interview with Automotive News Canada. “The bulk of these goods consisted of asbestos brake linings and pads, which hit $3.6 million in imports, a seven-year high,” he noted in launching his ABS Asbestos Offensive campaign. It’s aimed at creating awareness in the industry where asbestos is still common in imported brake pads and poses lethal hazard for shop technicians.