A large manufacturer and supplier of trailer axles in the Asia-Pacific and Australia-New Zealand areas converted to Vesconite Hilube bushings in 2002, having used nylon previously.
The Vesconite Hilube bushings are made from an engineered polymer that is wear resistant, operates quietly and does not delaminate or distort under high loads. With built-in self-lubrication, the bushings last longer than bronze or nylon, and for axle manufacturers there’s an opportunity to extend their axle warrantees.
“The truck, trailer and bus industry is among the many industries for which Vesconite Bearings produces custom parts at its factory in Virginia, South Africa,” says technical consultant, Eddie Swanepoel.
“The S-Cam bushings are stock items, and the hope is that other axle manufacturers will also convert to Vesconite Hilube bushings, which will enable them to extend their warrantees.”
Vesconite Bearings has the largest machine shop in the Free State, with 60 computer numerically- controlled lathes and machining centres, and numerous large conventional lathes that are capable of machining bushings up to 3 000 mm in diameter.
As a result, S-Cam bushings, mechanical suspension bushings as well as other bushings can all be produced for the automotive and transport sectors.
Vesconite Bearings also has warehouses in South Africa, the US, UK, Netherlands and New Zealand, with stocking distributors in Argentina, Australia and Singapore – so the supply of transport-equipment OEMs can be undertaken easily and quickly.
Vesconite Bearings boasts customers in more than 100 countries, exports over half of its total sales, and dispatches large orders regularly to the US, China, South America and Australasia.