History

 

Raybestos Powertrain Timeline

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The A.H. Raymond Company opens its doors: a four-man shop in Connecticut.

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For the first time, newly renamed Raybestos® manufactures 1 million clutch facings in one year.

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The first automatic transmission uses the Raybestos® Powertrain friction clutch. The company soon becomes an important supplier of parts to the Big 3 OE manufacturers and to the U.S. armed forces.

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Raybestos® Powertrain helps the war effort by producing parts for U.S. military vehicles and sea-going vessels. Every Raybestos division receives honors for contributions to the war effort.

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Raybestos® Powertrain’s heat-resistant materials help to put the U.S. Explorer I into orbit.

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Neil Armstrong makes the first footprints on the moon wearing boots made with Raybestos® composites.

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Raybestos® Powertrain establishes its own paper mill at its Crawfordsville, Ind., manufacturing facility.

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Electronic components make their debut in the Raybestos® Powertrain product line, including solenoids, input sensors and output sensors.

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Raybestos® Powertrain adds a heavy-duty steel stamping facility to the company’s Sullivan, Ind., manufacturing capabilities.

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Throughout the first decade of the new millennium, Raybestos® Powertrain launches multiple OE programs and introduces revolutionary new products, including ZPak™, Blue Plate Gen2 and Stage-1 racing frictions, GPX® friction clutch plates, and industry-leading torque converter friction materials.

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Raybestos® Powertrain releases HT, a new generation of friction with patented groove designs and unmatched performance designed for millions of cars on the road.

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Raybestos® Powertrain branches out with the introduction of Raybestos® Powertrain Certified Rebuild Kits and Performance Rebuild Kits.

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Raybestos® Powertrain continues to build on more than 115 years of innovation and success, providing the OE and aftermarket automotive world with quality products that deliver outstanding, reliable performance.