The story of Vesconite Bearings goes right back to 1958. In 1968 founder and chemical engineer Alain Leger began researching the potential for polymer bearing materials in ultra-deep gold mines of South Africa – a notoriously harsh environment characterised by extreme dirt and wetness.

More than sixty years on, Vesconite Bearings is a world-leading manufacturer of low-friction, low-wear polymer bearing materials for a wide range of industries. Selling to over 100 countries. These include the pump, agriculture, railways, mining, heavy transport, hydro, renewable-energy, earthmoving, marine and construction industries.

The Vesconite Bearings factory spans 20 000m2 and features advanced extrusion, injection-moulding and CNC machining facilities. Both standard stock (rods, bushings and plates) and high quality finished parts are produced. The company is ISO 9001:2016 certified.

Image: Dr Jean-Patrick Leger, CEO Vesconite Bearings
Our Production Facilities

Our factory is based in Virginia, South Africa, and spans an area of 20 000 m2. This is the one of the largest polymer engineering facilities in the world. The factory features a number of processing and machining plants, as well as a chemical laboratory. Apart from the factory’s extensive machine and equipment range, the facilities include compounding, machine, extrusion, extrusion annealing, moulding, moulding annealing and construction shops. Our products are shipped directly from the factory to all corners of the globe. Our average delivery time is in most cases 2 - 3 days from time of order - a achievement we're very proud of.

Our Staff

Over the course of 50 years our company has grown to 71 full-time employees - the majority of these are based at our manufacturing facility in Virginia. The balance are employed by our Johannesburg sales and administration division and, more recently in international warehouses. Vesconite Bearings also utilises a number of international sales consultants, stocking distributors and resellers around the world.

Community Outreach

The gold mining town of Virginia is poorly provided for in terms of social infrastructure and facilities. As the town’s largest employer, it is our social responsibility to assist in the upliftment and empowerment of communities both locally and in other parts of South Africa. In Virginia, the company has been and remains a significant contributor to education, through the establishment and support of the Meloding Day Care Centre, a creche facility for the town’s children.

Our Learnership Program

We run a successful Learnership Programme at our production plant in Virginia, South Africa. The programme provides mentorship for 30 individuals, where training and guidance is provided by the company for formal apprenticeships and qualifications. In addition to the Learnership Programme, the company provides opportunities for new staff members to undertake apprenticeship programmes in electrical and fitting and turning artisan training.

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