Vesconite expands its sugar industry strategy
21 June 2017

Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings believes that its multi-continent sugar strategy will grow its revenue from relatively-new markets.

The company already has considerable expertise in African sugar applications and shared these applications with US sugar producers when it visited the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT) Joint Meeting, in New Orleans, in the US, from June 14 to June 16.

The polymer manufacturer also hopes to learn about bushing difficulties experienced by US sugar producers.

These pain points will be the source of prototype trials and eventually new applications, which should assist to inform all sugar producers about where Vesconite Bearings’ polymers can be used to good effect.

After the New Orleans Expo, Vesconite Bearings technical consultant Eddie Swanepoel will visit the KZN Industrial Technology Expo (KITE) from July 26 to July 28.

“Our polymers have been successfully used in underfeed rollers, hanger bearings, pump bushings, vertical crystalliser support bushings, feeder table bushings, mill housing side plates, long-travel-crane wheel bushings, ash settler sprocket bushings and lime bucket bushings, among other applications in the sugar industry,” he says.

“The knowledge gained from hard-wearing African sugar applications continues to be essential in converting other relatively-new markets to our products.”

Vesconite Bearings supplies sugar producers in South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sudan and is starting to make headway in the US supplying sugar cane and beet sugar producers.

Expos such as KITE and South African Sugar Technologists Association Congress have historically proved invaluable in achieving brand recognition for the company’s polymers and, with the attendance of the ASSCT, and armed with a clutch of proven applications, further brand recognition for the polymer among global sugar producers is possible.

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