Stemco has formed a strategic alliance with Brazil's Duroline SA to provide brake linings to the on-highway commercial vehicle market.

According to the terms of the deal, Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, will distribute all Duroline products in North America and will invest in Duroline's Brazilian manufacturing facility to meet the anticipated increase in demand, the companies said.

Duroline, based in Caxis do Sul, Brazil, said it is a manufacturer of high-performance friction material for commercial vehicles that uses a proprietary "Wave Process" to deliver stopping performance with reduced noise and reduced drum wear.

"This alliance combines Duroline's great product with Stemco's precision training to improve the braking performance of customers' equipment while lowering their total operating costs," said Jon Cox, Stemco president. "We are very excited to enter into this relationship with Duroline. We are committed to the long term success of this relationship, and we look forward to exploring other opportunities to expand it in the future."