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    to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    In a few years later, the non-asbestos brake pads began to be supplied to the assembly-lines.

    Can one say "to be supplied to the assembly-lines"?

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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    This sounds like it's a component they use to make other things.
    Do you mean it's a finished product they create?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    One company produces non-asbestos brake pads and then supply them to the assembly-lines.
    That is all I know.
    Last edited by Ksenia; 25-Mar-2016 at 15:19.

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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    "In a few years later" is incorrect. The rest is OK.
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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    I agree it's grammatical, but it doesn't sound very natural. (That is, with the change pointed out by bhai.)
    Have these pads been mentioned before so "the" is appropriate?
    The passive "began to be provided to" is awkward. Is it so important that the company providing them not be named?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    Perhaps:

    The brake pads were supplied to XYC Company, which used them on its assembly line.

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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    I can provide you with more content:

    In 1970 ABC developed the first non-asbestos brake pads and made a sustained contribution towards the environment protection. In a few years later, the non-asbestos brake pads began to be supplied to the assembly lines.

    Today, ABC offers braking system for 99% of all European commercial vehicles. Thus, ABC is the ‘number one’ supplier to the vehicle manufacturers.
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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "In a few years later" is incorrect. The rest is OK.
    Can I say just "a few years later" or "within a few years"?

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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    I can provide you with more content:

    In 1970 ABC developed the first non-asbestos brake pads and made a substantial contribution towards the protection of the environment. Within a few years the non-asbestos brake pads began to be supplied to the assembly lines.

    Today, ABC offers braking systems for 99% of all European commercial vehicles.
    Bhai.
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    Re: to be supplied to the assembly-lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    Can I say just "a few years later" or "within a few years"?

    Yes.
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