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Bearings and Bushes

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. 

Bearing kits to increase vehicle uptime

30th August 2002 The largest distributor of Timken bearings in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits available that are designed and manufactured to increase a vehicle’s uptime. 

New range of wheel-bearing kits launched

2nd August 2002 Bearing Man has launched a new range of wheel-bearing kits for the automotive industry. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Bearings row is settled

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 A row between two bearings giants has been settled. 

Seals for hydraulic cylinder export order

3rd May 2002 Bearing Man’s success in the hydraulics industry may be attributed to a comprehensive range of readily available seals and sealing accessories, which conforms with international quality specifications. 

Roller bearings for new kiln

19th April 2002 Bearing Man has played a critical role in the recent commissioning of a new kiln unit at Vanchem, the vanadium division of local steel producer, Highveld Steel. 

Bearing Baron: From two-bit store to billion-rand business

4th March 2002 Picture this. A young wife minds the store while her husband holds down three jobs. He's driven by a determination to be financially independent following a difficult childhood. 

Electric motor debut

1st March 2002 South Africa’s largest engineering components distributor today enters a new field – the R400-million-a-year electric motor business. The 28-year-old Bearing Man does so against the background of already being South Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, the country’s... 

From two-bit store to billion-rand business

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2002 Picture this. A young wife minds the store while her husband holds down three jobs. He’s driven by a determination to be financially independent following a difficult childhood. 

Cycloidal speed reducer coup

1st March 2002 South Africa’s largest distributor of engineering components has been granted the exclusive right to distribute a range of cycloidal speed reducers. Bearing Man was last month granted the agency for the SM Cyclo range of drives by Sumitomo. 

and other key members of the team

1st March 2002 Mohammed Kardar, who has served the company for more than 20 years, heads the high-volume bearings division that is by far the largest single contributor to overall turnover at a percentage of more than 50%. 

Bearings firm acquires big geared-motors operation

22nd February 2002 Geared motors, frequency converters, gearboxes and winches supplier Danfoss Bauer Geared Motors has joined the Bearings International (BI) stable. 

Bearings for new ships

26th October 2001 International bearing manufacturer Thordon Bearings is supplying Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) with water-lubricated propeller-shaft bearing systems for two new cruise ships being built for Princess Cruises at the Nagasaki Shipyard in Japan. 

Car bearing contract awarded

26th October 2001 International bearing manufacturer SKF has, once again, been selected as main bearing supplier for a new Ford vehicle. This time, it is the new Ford Fiesta that has made its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September and will go on sale in 2002. 

Heavy-duty components expanded

26th October 2001 Global leader in anti-friction bearing and seal technology, Timken has introduced a line of heavy-duty wheel and driveline products to meet its customers’ needs for a top-quality, full line supplier. 

Bearing strips for hydraulic equipment

26th October 2001 Versatile bearing strips designed for rod and piston applications have been launched for use in hydraulic equipment to withstand side loads, preventing metal-to-metal contact. 

Bushings for hazardous applications

26th October 2001 Local firm Voest-Alpine has specified Bartec line bushings for its explosion-protected (Ex) motors which are used above and below ground on mines. 

Rolling out a heavy engineering solution

26th October 2001 The manufacturing of large engineering artifacts by Dorbyl Heavy Engineering of Vereeniging has been continued due to ingenuity and expertise supplied by Timken. 

New linear guide system launched

26th October 2001 A new range of ball rail linear guide systems has been introduced on to the market by Tectra Automation, a division of the Hytec group. 

Cooling system for bushes

26th October 2001 A sophisticated cooling system developed by Booyco Engineering to facilitate shrink fitting the large lead-bronze bushes used in mining equipment in Africa has exceeded all performance expectations. 

New polymer curbs local bronze theft

26th October 2001 In South Africa, copper and bronze theft remains a constant headache for authorities and citizens alike. Everyone is a potential victim – power cuts, telephone interruptions and thefts of water valves are abundant. 

Linear bearing range extended

26th October 2001 Exclusive distributor of IKO bearings in Southern Africa for more than 20 years, Bearing Man has extended its portfolio of linear roller way bearings for specialised applications, to include the new LWU range. 

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