About the tour

Around the world with polymer plain bearings from igus®:
A small car is setting off on a great journey

Triboplastics – great potential in the automotive sector

For 30 years, the Cologne-based plastics specialist, igus®, has been firmly committed to researching, developing and continually optimising iglidur® tribopolymers for industrial applications. With over 12,000 products, igus® offers the world’s broadest range of friction-optimised polymer plain bearings. The 40 iglidur® standard materials make the company a key player in the field of “motion plastics®”. igus® has established itself as a proficient automotive industry supplier; 50 percent of igus® bearings are now used in cars. From seat and convertible top systems through multi-joint hinges and engine compartment components to chassis applications – the potential uses for polymer plain bearings in vehicles are almost endless.

The practical test: A trip around the world

To mark the 30th anniversary of iglidur® bearings, igus® is therefore setting out on an adventurous round-the-world trip to demonstrate the high performance of its plastic products. A small car has been retrofitted with iglidur® plastic components and is setting off on a global expedition under the motto “iglidur® on tour”. The journey will take it across four continents and three oceans; mile upon mile of tarmac, gravel, dirt and mud through rain, searing heat and snow.about_the_tour_jpg

Where you can find igus® in the car and why?

Sitzverstellung_v03_Detail-orange-collage-01_jpg Seat systems – adjustment / adjusting lever
iglidur® J replaces lubricated plastic bearing made from POM

  • Silent operation
  • Easy assembly
  • Bearing clearance adapted for e-coating
  • Tolerance compensation at e-coating
  • Also runs on simple cold extruded parts/tubes
  • Lubrication-free
Verdeckkinematik-v02-druck-gesammt-01_jpg Convertible top – operation and sealing
iglidur® G replaces lubricated glass fibre filled PA6 polyamid and metal plain bushings

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Also runs on cold extruded parts
  • Bearing clearance adapted for e-coating
  • Easy assembly
  • High compressive strength
  • Lubrication-free
handbremse_iglidur_G_jpg Hand brake – Handbrake lever
iglidur® G replaces lubricated steel-steel-mount without bushing

  • No rattling
  • Silent operation
  • Easy installation
  • Lubrication-free
bremspedal_iglidur_G_jpg Pedals – brake pedal
iglidur® G replaces lubricated glass fibre filled PA6 polyamid bearing

  • Rattle-free
  • Noise dampening
  • Tolerance reconciliation through radial pretension
  • Lubrication-free
schaltung_iglidur_P210_jpg Gearshift – Selector lever
iglidur® P210 replaces lubricated plastic and steel bushings
Also runs against fibre-reinforced plastics

  • Low bearing play
  • Pleasant haptics
  • Lubrication-free
fensterheber_iglidur_J_jpg Window lifter
iglidur® J replaces lubricated plastic bushings made of POM

  • Lubrication-free
  • High wear resistance
  • Noise-free operation
  • Easy installation
  • Lubrication-free
scheibenwischer_iglidur_J260_jpg Windscreen wiper mechanics
iglidur® J260 replaces lubricated brass and plastic bearings made of PA66

  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Dirt-repellant
  • Media-resistant
  • High alternate bending strength
  • Best price/performance ratio
  • Lubrication-free
drosselklappe_iglidur_X6_jpg Throttle valves
iglidur® X6 replaces PTFE-coated aluminium bushing

  • Plastic shafts possible
  • Media-resistant
  • No contact corrosion
  • Low priced
startergenerator_iglidur_G_jpg Alternator – V-belt tensioner
iglidur® G replaces metal plain bearings

  • Vibration-dampening
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Wear resistance under sustained pivoting