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Our tour through Europe has come to an end and we went back to Germany. In the morning, we had our Spanish press conference at a motor museum with several journalists surrounded by vintage cars.

Pictures of the day!-312Dr. Matthias Meier (Managing Director of igus® Spain) explains the advantages of using iglidur® bearings …

Pictures of the day!-312.2… and the highlights of “iglidur® on tour” through Spain.

After a quick lunch, we said goodbye and hit the road to drive back to Germany. From Madrid to Freiberg in the East of Germany, it is a total distance of 2200 km. We split our journey in three stages:

  1. Madrid – Bordeaux ~ 700 km
  2. Bordeaux – Freiburg ~ 900 km
  3. Freiburg – Freiberg ~ 600 km

Therefore, the whole weekend consisted of sitting in the car, writing reports and driving on the Spanish, French and German motorways. Finally, we arrived back in Germany without any problems to have one more week with different German customers before we go back to Cologne.

Rückblick – Anwendung – TopChair

In Frankreich besuchten wir ein junges und drei Mann starkes Unternehmen namens TopChair. Sie entwickeln spezielle elektrische Rollstühle, welche sogar Treppen erklimmen können. Wir durften es ausprobieren und haben uns mit dem Geschäftsführer Damien Picarougne unterhalten.

Vielen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft und den Einblick in die Welt der Rollstühle.

Wir wünschen nur das Beste,
igus® und die “iglidur® on tour”-Crew

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On our last day in Madrid, we went to a University to talk with students and professors about igus®-products. Afterwards, we went to Getaria which is know for its island, the Mount San Antón. It is shaped like a mouse and thus, called the “Mouse of Getaria”.

Pictures of the day!-310The “Ratón De Getaria” alias the “Mouse of Getaria”

Furthermore, we had to prepare the car for the press conference at the next day. Therefore, we cleaned the car and brought it to the location which was a hotel with a museum full of vintage cars. Finally, we decided to have a look in the center of Madrid because we were already there. With the cameras, microfon and a dry-tech®-box in the hands, we went to the Plaza Mayor.

Pictures of the day!-310.2The last sightseeing spot of Spain

This square is rectangular in shape, surrounded by residential buildings with balconies and used for events like markets, bullfights and in former days, for executions.
This was our last day in Madrid and Spain because tomorrow, we will leave the country after the press conference and donation. Unbelievable that it is nearly done and iglidur® on tour comes to an end…

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After our customer visits in the area of Madrid, we went into the city center and had a look around spontaneously . We parked our iglidur®-car under the Plaza de Oriente where we found the statue of Philip IV of Spain close by. He was king of Spain and Portugal in 1621.

Pictures of the day!-309The monument of King Philip IV

Around the corner, we were standing in front of our goal of the day – The Almudena Cathedral. The Santa María la Real de La Almudena is the Catholic cathedral in Madrid and its construction was finished in 1993.

Pictures of the day!-309.2The dry-tech®-box in front of the cathedral

While we were standing in front of the cathedral, we turned around and found ourselves in front of the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.

Pictures of the day!-309.3The Royal Palace in the capital of Spain

With the sunset, we did recordings for our upcoming review and before we left, we took a photo of our compact car.

Pictures of the day!-309.4The iglidur®-car with the Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and the sunset

Finally, we went back to the hotel to have dinner and to get some sleep.

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We started our final week with a weekend in Gijon and visited two automotive customers the next day. At the end of the day, we went to Bilbao to the Guggenheim Museum which is worldwide known and has an impressive design.

Pictures of the day!-308One of seven Guggenheim Museums

In addition, the partial solar eclipse took place and a customer gave us a welding glass to have a closer look. We tried to take a photo with the iglidur®-car. Due to the bright sun light, we had to take several pictures with different times of exposure. Therefore, we good create the following photo.

Pictures of the day!-308.2The first and only solar eclipse of iglidur® on tour

At the end of the day, we drove to Madrid where we will stay for the rest of our tour through Spain.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPB

In Polen machten wir einen kurzen Abstecher bei dem Bootshersteller MPPB. J. W. Slepsk in Augustów. Das Unternehmen wurde vom Inhaber Jozef Wiszniewski gegründet und startete ursprünglich in der Baubranche. Heute entwickelt und produziert MPPB mit Erfolg unter anderem Boote und Yachten unterschiedlicher Ausführung. Allen Modellen gemein, die in Augustów vom Stapel laufen, ist das bevorzugte Herstellungsmaterial Fiberglas.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPBFür ihre Boote und Yachten setzen die polnischen Bootsbauer bevorzugt auf moderne Materialien. Da passt die drylin®-Reihe von igus® bestens ins Konzept  

Für die Verdeckmechanik verwenden die Bootsbauer zwei Einzelschienen aus der drylin®-Reihe mit mehreren Gehäuselagern auf beiden Seiten. Die Lager sitzen jeweils bei den Faltpunkten des Verdecks, das manuell bedient wird und mit einem Riegel verschlossen werden kann.

 Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPB.2Das Verdeck im geschlossenen und offenen Zustand. An jeder Seite kommt eine drylin®-W-Einzelschiene zum Einsatz. Der Pfeil im Bild unten deutet auf eines der Gehäuselager hin, die an den Faltpunkten des Stoffes positioniert sind

Die wesentlichen Gründe, weshalb MPPB sich für eine Lösung aus dem Hause igus® entschieden hat, liegen in der hohen Beständigkeit des Hochleistungskunststoffs gegenüber Salzwasser, Sonneneinstrahlung und anderen Umwelteinflüssen. Hinzu kommt die Wartungsfreiheit aufgrund der selbstschmierenden Eigenschaften des Materials. Einmal eingebaut, braucht sich der Kapitän um die Funktionalität seines Verdecks keine Gedanken zu machen.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPB.3Alle Mann vor Bord: Die Crew von MPPB und das “iglidur® on tour”-Team, beide sind sie zurecht stolz auf ihr Fahrzeug

Wir bedanken uns bei MPPB, dass wir der Crew bei der Arbeit über die Schulter sehen durften. Es hat uns Lust auf Meer gemacht.

Beste Grüße,
igus® und das “iglidur® on tour”-Team

Review – Application – MPPB

In Poland, we enjoyed a brief stop at the boat manufacturer MPPB. J. W. Slepsk in Augustów. The company was founded by owner Jozef Wiszniewski and originally started out in the construction sector. Today, MPPB successfully develops and produces items including boats and yachts in a broad range of designs. One thing that all the models that come off the production line in Augustów have in common is the preferred production material of fibreglass.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPBThe Polish boat constructors prefer to use modern materials for their boats and yachts. The drylin® range from igus® fits into this concept perfectly

The boat constructors use two individual rails from the drylin® range with multiple housing bearings on each side for the canopy mechanics. The bearings are positioned at the folding points of the canopy, which is manually moved and can be locked with a bolt.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPB.2The canopy when open and closed. A drylin® W individual rail is used on each side. The arrow in the bottom picture indicates one of the housing bearings, which are positioned at the points where the material folds

The main reason for MPPB’s decision to use an igus® solution is the excellent resistance of the high-performance plastic against salt water, solar radiation and other environmental influences. A further factor is the maintenance free nature due to the self-lubricating properties of the material. Once installed, the capitan no longer needs to worry about his canopy functioning correctly.

Rückblick – Anwendung – MPPB.3All hands on deck: the MPPB crew and the “iglidur® on tour” team, both of which are extremely proud of their vehicles

We would like to thank MPPB for allowing us to look over its crew’s shoulder during their work. It has sparked a desire in us to go to sea.

Best regards,
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour” team

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The day of the charity was the same day we left Portugal due to a spontaneous change in the schedule. After 1620 km through our next-to-last country of the European iglidur® on tour, we arrived a second time in Spain to start our final week.

Pictures of the day!-307Time to say “Goodbye!” to Portugal

Pictures of the day!-307.2Final week in Spain – Let’s go!

We want to thank everybody of igus® Portugal for the great support and hospitality. Take care and all the best!

Rückblick – Spende-19

Wir blieben noch eine weitere Nacht in Porto, wo sich auch das Hauptquartier von igus® Portugal befindet. Wir besuchten unsere Kollegen und nahmen an der Spendenübergabe teil.

Rückblick – Spende-19Das Team von igus® Portugal mit Mónica Nicolau (Schatzmeister von CASA Porto) und Pedro Vilas-Boas (Geschäftsführer von igus® Portugal) halten den Scheck

Wir spendeten 1600 Euro an “Centro de Apoio ao Sem Abrigo” (CASA) in Porto. Diese Organisation kümmert sich um Obdachlose und verteilt täglich Essen und Nahrungsmittel.

Wir wünschen nur das Beste,
igus® und die “iglidur® on tour”-Crew

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