igus donates to the Gosset Ward

Matthew Aldridge, igus UK Managing Director, with the Mayor and some of his congregation at The Guildhall (Northampton) charity morning.

igus donates to the Gosset Ward

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iglidur outside The Guildhall

Presentation inside included Matthew Aldridge, The Mayor of Northampton and Dr Nick Barnes (The ward paediatrician).

Typically British tea and cake were served.

iglidur on tour donates to the Gosset Ward Northampton

iglidur on tour hits the up and went off to a great start with a charitable donation towards a local hospital ward. The Gosset Ward is a neonatal intensive care unit which cares for newborn babies who require some form of special high dependency or intensive care nursing.Currently, Gosset Ward is in need of a neonatal emergency care transport incubator and ventilator, an incubator trolley, and a new ultrasound echo machine so that babies’ examinations can be gentle and non-invasive. Together with the service contracts required to support the new equipment, the total cost is likely to be in excess of £150,000. Gosset Ward is the Mayor of Northampton’s chosen charity and igus are delighted to work in partnership with the Mayor in raising vital funds for this wonderful organisation.

Marketing, telemarketing and Bearings director, Rob Dumayne, with iglidur.

A charity event was held at The Guildhall in Northampton, on Wednesday the 5th, where special guests such as the Mayor Of Northampton and ward paediatrician got to see the car that made the donation possible. To mark the occasion, igus have also donated special edition “iglidur-on-tour” teddies for all the children in the Gosset ward.

(more photos to follow)

The iglidur®-car

Let me re-cap on exactly what iglidur is:

This is our iglidur®-car in front of the Ars Electronica Center – Linz. 

Our iglidur®-car is a normal compact vehicle yet modified by us. First of all, we painted it in orange and gave it the official igus® style. With the outside ready to shine, we focused on the inner aspects. The Univerity of Applied Science of Cologne in cooperation with igus® employees and the German Technical Inspection Association (TÜV), had a closer look and dismantled the iglidur®-car. Based on the general question “How can they be replaced best?”, a total of 56 igus® bearings were exchanged in the following areas:

  • Seat adjustment
  • Brake pedal
  • Gearshift
  • Hand brake
  • Window lifter
  • Convertible roof pivot points
  • Windscreen wiper mechanics
  • Throttle valves
  • Alternator

Transformation of the iglidur®-car (Arrow indicates bearing): Top left – Window lifter, Top right – Alternator, Bottom left – Hand brake, Bottom right – Gear selector

All in all, the car has travelled more than 50.000 km from Cologne around the world: India, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Alaska and USA.

The iglidur®-car has seen quite a bit. 

Now it’s time to conquer Europe starting in Austria!

Let’s see what happens,



The tour schedule

The image below presents the schedule of “iglidur® on tour” through Europe.



These countries will be visit within the next 6 months.

The tour is separated into two parts by the Christmas holidays and new years eve. In 2014, we will begin the tour in Austria and continue to the United Kingdom by driving through Nederland’s and Belgium. We will then spend nearly 3 weeks in France and continue onto Switzerland until we celebrate the new year. 2015 will start cold and snowy because we are going to drive to North Europe – Norway and Sweden. After this the drive will continue south from Poland over Hungary to Turkey. Finally, we will finish with South Europe by having a look around Italy, Spain and Portugal. 

Puuh…This is going to be rough and those are just the main stops. Nevertheless, we are curious and excited about the things we will see, experience and discover. Equipped with a camera, dry-tech®-box and enough fuel, we are on our way!


Introducing the team for Europe


While we are on the road to visit some customers, I would like to introduce my team mates:

The crew of iglidur® on tour from left to right: Sandor, myself and Nils

Nils is 19 years old, has a vocational diploma in media design and loves music and photography. Therefore, I have chosen him to assist me by taking photos. Furthermore, he has experience in filming and thus, will have control about GoPro and camera.

Sandor is 19 years old as well, loves to travel and to discover foreign countries. With his license in the pocket he is responsible for our iglidur®-car and ready to take us around Europe safely.

Now it is clear who we are but where do we go?

Find out next time,


Visit the igus website here for more iglidur information: http://bit.ly/1kOWYZ4

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