Pagid began life as Presswerk AG in 1925 in Essen, Germany, as manufacturers of duroplastic parts for radio, telecommunications and domestic appliances, and brake friction materials for Hermankirbach’schen Werk in Coswig.

In 1950, production of brake linings for passenger cars began under the Pagid brand – the start of a braking story synonymous with innovation and performance.

The brand developed rapidly, and in 1960 both VW and Ford cars were fitted with Pagid disc brakes for the first time.

Throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s a series of landmark OE followed, with Pagid specified on automotive icons such as the VW Golf, Passat, Sirocco and Polo, Audi 80, Porsche 944 and Porsche 911, Alfa Romeo 164, Opel Vectra, and Mercedes S-class.


By 1990, the business now known as Rutgers Pagid AG had developed into a major international automotive supplier, with manufacturing plants in Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil, and China, as well as sales companies in Spain, Great Britain and France.


In 2000, Pagid had already introduced the first ceramic brakes in the market, and in the following years, Pagid has been chosen by almost every prestige marque including; Aston Martin, Mercedes McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi R8, Bentley, Porsche Cayenne, and BMW.

In 2001 Pagid was acquired by the TMD Friction Group, bringing renewed investment in manufacturing process and product innovation, as well as a focus on friction for high-end, racing and performance cars.