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Bearings and Bushes

Firm in empowerment tie-up

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Local distributor of engineering consumables Bearing Man is securing an empowerment partner that will add value to the company’s broad-based operational structure. 

French bearings maker enters local market

12th November 2004 ??French bearing manufacturer SNR Roulements has announced that it has re-entered the South African market. 

Acquisition extends company's product range

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Local bearings manufacturer SKF South Africa turns 90 this year. On the eve of this important milestone, MD Rob MacKenzie and GM for reliability systems in sub-Saharan Africa Ray Mullen tell Engineering News of the ways in which the company has diversified its portfolio to supply its customers... 

New factory to provide a wider seal variety

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Up until 1990, bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa had limited access to seals. However, in 1990, it acquired Chicago Rawhide, which is one of the leading seal brands in the world. 

Project demonstrated broadened abilities

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 In March 2003, Sappi Tugela awarded SKF South Africa with a R5,5-million contract, which formed part of a R250-million project, to assist in the upgrade of the paper machine Four (PM4). 

Company extends bearing life

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Bearings manufacturer SKF South Africa discovered, through extensive research into extended bearing life, that approximately 60% of premature bearing failures could be contributed to poor fitting, inadequate lubrication and contamination. 

Firm fine-tunes its processes

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 International bearings manufacturer SKF is implementing Six Sigma throughout all of its global operations; Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven methodology designed to remove variation from companies’ processes. 

New BEE ownership for bearing company

By: jenny furness     31st August 2004 Automotive component manufacturer Federal-Mogul has sold the last of the non-automotive companies Federal-Mogul Large Bearings, previously Glacier Bearings, to a black economic empowerment consortium. 

UK linear-motion leader eyes SA auto market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd July 2004 The UK subsidiary of Japan’s THK group, the world’s largest manufacturer of linear-motion systems, has appointed South African-based rotating-bearings manufacturer SKF as its distributor throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Bearing maker in distribution deal with UK firm

16th June 2004 Bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa and linear products specialist THK signed an agreement, in Johannesburg, recently, which gives SKF distribution rights of the THK product range, in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Bearings leader announces new helmsman

21st May 2004 The leadership at Bearing Man, a well-known specialist distributor of bearings, seals, power transmission components, electric and geared motors, belting and fasteners in South Africa, has undergone a change following the illness of founder Greg Till. 

30th birthday for KZN high-flier

16th April 2004 The ubiquitous Bearing Man, one of Kwazulu-Natal’s best –known listed companies, celebrates 30 years of business this year in impressive new premises close to the prestigious Gateway complex. 

Celebrating 50 years in South Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The basic principle on which the bearing is based was discovered in the 19th century. 

Yet another industry feels the pinch of the rand’s strenghtening

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The largest domestic supplier of bearings, Bearing Man, reports that the strong rand, which is slowing down business in the local mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, is having a negative impact on the growth of the local bearing market. 

Importer celebrates its 10th birthday with a major expansion drive

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 One of the country’s largest importers and distributors of bearings from mainland China, Zhou’s Enterprise, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a major expansion drive. 

Global acquisition broadens local choice

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 In February this year US-based bearing and alloy steel company Timken’s $840-million acquisition of Ingersoll Rand’s Torrington subsidiary elevated Timken to the position of the world’s third-largest bearing company. 

Change in linear bearings manufacture speeds up the automation process

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The use of new materials in the manufacture of linear bearings is assisting companies to speed up their automated processes. 

Local reclamation market has growth potential

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The reclamation of bearings can offer significant cost-savings to users. 

New circlip pliers on the market

14th November 2003 Local distributor of hand-tools, Third Avenue Trading, of Johannesburg, has introduced a new generation of precision clip pliers manufactured by Knipex of Germany. 

German bearings company celebrates 50 years in SA

31st October 2003 Having long since established itself as one of the leaders in its field, bearings manufacturer FAG is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in South Africa. 

Bearings giant to close two US plants

28th August 2003 SKF, the world's biggest roller bearings maker, said on Tuesday it would close two factories in the US as part of a rationalisation programme. 

Company working flat-out to eliminate tiny error rate

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Bearings International (BI), flagship of the R1,5-billion-year year Hudaco group, serves its vast market to a praiseworthy accuracy of 99,7%, as measured by strict International Standards Organisation yardsticks. 

Hudaco’s earnings rise despite strong rand

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th July 2003 South African industrial group Hudaco reported an increase of 22% in operating profit, to R55,7-million, for the interim period to May. 

Range of branded spares and accessories available

14th March 2003 The automotive division of bearing distributor Bearing Man markets an extensive range of branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry that are compatible with the requirements of most motor vehicles on South African roads. 

Bearings and conveyor belts on offer

7th March 2003 Specialists in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting, Bearing Man, has a range of corrosion resistant bearings designed for use in industries like food and beverage applications, where frequent washdowns are necessary, says Bearing Man bearings division... 

Bearing's giant reports earnings rise

29th January 2003 SKF, the world's biggest roller bearing maker, posted a 19 percent rise in fourth quarter pre-tax profit to 979-million crowns ($114,6-million) on Tuesday, slightly less than expected. 

Corrosion-resistant bearings on offer

22nd November 2002 Specialist supplier of bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting Bearing Man has a range of corrosion-resistant bearings designed for use in breweries and wineries, where frequent washdowns are necessary. 

Bearings leader expands across its Joburg fences

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 The R30-million Bearing Man park in Johannesburg has become too small for the listed engineering consumable company, which is experiencing rocketing performance. 

Company is set to grow reliability systems division

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Following a major restructuring of South Africa’s largest local bearing manufacturer, SKF, about 18-months ago, the company has seen massive improvements in growth and profitability and has made a strategic decision to move into providing value-added services around asset management. 

Global merger prompts new product releases

15th November 2002 Following the worldwide merger of the Rexroth Star linear motion company and Bosch Assembly Technology, and the establishment of the new business unit Rexroth Linear Motion and Assembly Technology, comes the release of several new products to add to the company’s already extensive range of... 

Concern over brandname confusion

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Having entered the bearings market in 1997, local company Wilec is concerned that the European bearing product it supplies is being confused with similar sounding Asian products and is thus been met with consumer resistance in quality-specific applications. 

More than 30 years of distributing Japanese quality

15th November 2002 Local company Invicta Bearings and Transmission is a supplier of bearings, power transmission components, seals and automotive products to original equipment manufacturers, as well as diverse industries in the after-market, and has a number of top-quality users. 

Company records 32% growth for last year

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Having set up in South Africa in 1994, selling R120 000 worth of stock out of a garage, Chinese bearing importer Zhou’s Enterprises has seen tremendous growth in the last eight years. 

Gear and bearing pullers now available in SA

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 The exclusive distributorship in Southern Africa for the US Posi Lock range of gear and bearing pullers, with pulling capacities up to 100 T, has been awarded to Bellambie Mining & Industrial. 

Namibian firm awarded sole distributorship

15th November 2002 Engineering consumable company Bearings International (BI) Namibia has been awarded a sole distributorship for the full range of SKF products and services in the region. 

Global acquisition to expand local opportunities

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Bearings and alloy steel company, Timken, has reached an agreement with Ingersoll-Rand to acquire its Torrington subsidiary, an international producer of needle roller, heavy-duty roller and ball bearings, as well as motion-control components and assemblies. 

Bearing producer growing exports rapidly

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 The export market is growing rapidly for white metal plain bearing manufacturer and repairer Federal Mogul Large Bearings (formerly Glacier Bearings), which now generates about a third of its turnover from exports. 

Free State bearing maker expects exports growth

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Local plain bearing manufacturer and supplier Vesco Plastics, continues its active role in the export market, an area it has been involved in since it first started exporting to Finland in 1975. 

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