Big final in Sao Paulo

The press conference for iglidur® on tour in Brazil, for the first time to date, the conference was after and not prior to the trip. Many journalists showed up to see the car that had been travelling around their country for three weeks while driving in excess of 6000 kilometres. Marcello Pimenta, country manager of igus®Brazil, welcomed the journalists and introduced igus®.

His presentation followed Marcio Marques, bearing product manager in Brazil, who presented the wide igus® product range and the use of iglidur® bearings within the automotive industry.

Marcio also guided the journalists to the highlight of the conference: The introduction of the car!

I took over with some explanations about the retrofitting and the tour itself.

At the end, Marcello turned the attention on the charity organization that received one euro for each kilometre that was driven. The money will contribute towards the equipment at a children’s hospital that specialises in cancer therapies. The hospital was born out of the initiative of two parents. Their child was suffering with cancer and they were complaining that they had to travel across the entire country for treatment. After their child could finally be cured, they found the hospital that carries out all treatments in one place, so that expensive travels were a thing of the past.

The press conference concluded with a lively discussion.

From the venue, the car left directly to the airport making tracks towards the cold, icy Alaska. We will spend two months travelling the whole United States and Canada.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha


igus chainflex cables claim a world first as they receive Germananischer Lloyd certification

chainflex product manager, James Harrison, returns to tell us about this important development within the commercial shipping and offshore industries.

Cables for moving applications on ships and within offshore in general would, until now, have needed costly custom certification or design concessions. In response to this, igus has further extended its list of approvals and certifications by announcing that 328 of its chainflex dynamic cables are now certified by DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd), the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society.

igus chainflex cables claim a world first as they receive Germananischer Lloyd certification

igus and DNV GL, jointly developed these new industry standards in order to allow dynamically flexible cables to be safely used in moving applications on ships and offshore more generally. This announcement makes igus the world’s first company to offer a full range of dynamically flexible cables, guaranteed for millions of movements and compliant with commercial shipping regulations.

“The approval process for igus chainflex cables took three years and there were many stages to go through before the cables could be ‘Germanischer Lloyd’ certified,” says James Harrison. “But now our customers have the option of buying DNV GL certified control, bus, measurement, data and power cables, specifically for dynamic applications, from stock.”

Harrison explains what this means to igus customers:

‘igus Chainflex customers can now be assured that chainflex cables for dynamic applications, such as power, control, data and bus, comply with commercial shipping requirements. We are really proud of this new development and feel it affirms the high-quality and reliable nature of our products to our customers.’

For more information, take a look at the igus website:

Alternatively, contact James Harrison directly on:


Phone: 07971468439

Rio Grande do Sul

We have left Santa Catarina and are now in Rio Grande do Sul. It is the most southern state in Brazil. It borders with Argentina in the West and Uruguay in the South. Rio Grande de Sul is famous for its’ endless sandy beaches that are only broken by the estuary of two huge lakes.

At one of these lakes lies the capital city of the state and home to 1,5 million people, Porto Alegre.


Regarding to a comparative study of the United Nations, is Porto Alegre, the city with the highest living standard in whole Latin America. This also reflects the well functioning public transportation system. For instance, there are exclusive bus lanes in the median of main streets. They ensure that buses arrive on time despite facing heavy traffic in rush hours. One manufacturer that is supplying cities with urban but also regional buses, is the Brazilian company MarcoPolo.


MarcoPolo focuses on bus bodies. They produce more than half of the bodies made in Brazil and export their products to more than sixty countries. They have been associated with igus® for about 1 and a half years and are making use of iglidur® bearings in their door system.


The bearings have been working to such a high standard that the leading engineer has plans to equip other parts with iglidur® bearings too. He appreciates the high quality and long life of igus® products stressing in-particular the self-lubrication of iglidur® bearings and their advantage over conventional bearings.

iglidur® within door hinges is a very common application. iglidur® bearings are not only maintenance-free, yet additionally have a high compressive strength, are dirt resistant and very cheap.



Part of our tour in Brazil includes visiting specific universities. Here, students have the opportunity to get to know our products and receive support if they already make use of them.


igus® offers a young engineering support (Y.E.S).. Y.E.S. provides help and comprehensive packages for those who would like to research, create and develop (Get to know more on

Porto Alegre was a host city for the World Cup. On the way to our customers, we passed the stadium which can hold about 51000 people.


Here, five World cup matches took place (For instance: France vs. Honduras or Germany vs. Algeria).


The stadium is located next to the lake. The lake bank offers space where people can relax and escape from the stressful city life.



Porto Alegre is more or less the most southern point of our tour. We will only have a short stopover in Argentina and then head towards the stunning Foz do Iguacu waterfalls.           
As this is being written, we are in Bento Goncalves. The town Bento Goncalves is the centre for Italian immigration. This goes hand in hand with the fact that it became famous as the wine capital. Most Italian immigrants dedicated themselves to the grape and wine production.


We leave the city to take our last big journey.

I will keep you up to date,



yours Sascha


Video of the Week – igus’ chainflex cables beat standard cables in dynamic applications

Preventing cable failures in e-chains

igus chainflex cables are proven to last millions of cycles in dynamic e-chain applications.

This is because of the special way in which the cables are designed and manufactured. The copper stranding, core bundling, shielding and outer jacket are all vital parts of a good dynamic cable design, and by optimising these igus can always guarantee that its chainflex cables will last millions of cycles in e-chain applications.




igus improves the performance of agricultural machines

Brazil is one of the largest producers of agricultural products in the world. Every year, millions of tons of soybeans, grain, sugar cane, ethanol or coffee are harvested.

For this, a lot of machines are needed. igus® parts help improve the performance of agricultural machines such as field sprayers, hay sprayers, tractors etc. Especially in agricultural applications, you need solutions that can stand up to rough conditions, such as dirt, shock and edge loads. The absence of lubricants and a long service life are equally important, which makes igus® bearings the perfect solution for any kind of agricultural machine.

Kuhn is one of the leading manufacturers of farming machinery. The company was founded in 1828 and nowadays has more than 3000 employees.

We left Sao Paulo and made our way South. On the way, we passed Curitiba, the biggest city in Southern Brazil with around 1.7 million habitants. Curitiba was an official city for the FIFA World Cup, where several matches took place such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras.

The stadium, which provided space for 4000 fans, is equipped with thousands of chairs that comprise of self-lubricating iglidur® GLW bearings.

Each of the newer white chairs has six igus® bearings, two that ensure the motion whereas four are at fixed points.

iglidur® GLW is a very cheap, self-lubricating bearing for mass production. It is mostly used in applications with static load, where the bearings are just moving occasionally.

The older chairs are to be replaced soon. In the match plastic vs. metal, plastic is ahead and about to win. We also had the chance to take the car onto the field.

If you are one of the few followers that is able to understand Portuguese, check out the article of the residing football team Atlético Paranaense:

After and before matches, fans were able to relax at the nearby botanical garden.

From Curitiba we travelled further South to Joinville. Joinville, not very well-known to most people, is THE city for those interested in ballet.

Joinville has the only subsidy of the very famous Bolshoi ballet academy (Moscow).

Here, they have students from all over South America. Once the dancer has passed the selective test (they take 40 of about 500 applicants), the school will pay for the accommodation as well as the flat and living costs of the student.

Joinville is not only famous for this school, but also marks the beginning of a part of Brazil that is full of Germans.

Brazilians with German descendents are living in the entire country but the overwhelming majority lives south of Sao Paulo. If you consider all German dialects together, then they make up the second most spoken first language in Brazil after Portuguese. The Brazilian government conducted a census in 2000, which came to the result that about 12 million citizens have German roots. The first Germans settled there in the 19th century. The failed German revolutions of 1848 resulted in a wave of German immigrants. Many of them arrived in the state Santa Catarina, where they founded the cities Joinville, Pomerode and Blumenau.

Nowadays, Pomerode is considered the most German city as about fifty percent of the citizens can speak German.

German is still the first language they learn in school along with German traditions, such as the annual “Pommernfest”, that they have been keeping alive for decades.

Some of the citizens even have gnomes in their garden, which is very German indeed, and many of the old houses are half-timbered.

The following house is the oldest in Pomerode and built in 1860.

Not far from Pomerode is the bigger city Blumenau. Once in a year, the “Deutsche Ville Park” is the venue for the third largest Oktoberfest worldwide.

We were able to present the car at the entrance. Many people were curious about the car driving around the world, with even the princesses of the last Oktoberfest showing up for a picture.

Currently, we are on the way to Florianopolis with the route leading along the coast. On the way, we passed by this stunning beach.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha.

igus bearings in the Curitiba world-cup stadium

This is the former World Cup stadium in Curitiba, where matches such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras took place. iglidur is ready to face the challenge of equipping the remaining chairs with self-lubricating bearings. So far, all the white chairs are relying on each six igus bearings.

For more information on igus bearings, visit the website here: 



Sao Paulo is the economic centre of Brazil but the city has one problem: there is no direct access to the sea. Thus, all goods that are manufactured in Sao Paulo and the surrounding are transported to Santos, the closest port city.


Although Sao Paulo has about forty times more inhabitants than Santos (20 million vs. 1/2 million), Santos is of equal importance. In the 19th century, ships avoided docking there due to yellow fever that the city was struggling with. Nowadays, ships are docking at every possible moment and the former “port of death” is the biggest in South America. In proximity to the port, a countless number of logistic companies are handling a large portion of the world’s coffee exports, as well as a significant number of steel, oil, cars, oranges, bananas and cotton. Once a container arrives by truck, Reach-Stackers unload them.


In order to make the handling easier, the driver is able to extend the length of the telescopes arms.


 It is only possible to extend, to drive them out respectively, by using a lot of grease.


This grease can be a thing of the past. With self-lubricating iglidur® plates, these plates can be put between the rail and housing to ensure smooth, noise-free motion. They are available in seven thickness options and are not only lubricant free, but also chemical resistant. Furthermore, they have a high wear resistance and low humidity absorption.


Once the Reach-Stacker has done its job, huge cranes load the container onto ships. Such cranes need a large amount of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather, and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers Energy Chains. igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, fastenings and reel systems.


They are in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications. Unfortunately, we were not able to access the port but those cranes in South Korea (Busan) work like the ones in Santos.


Santos is not only the most important South-American port but also a Mekka for tourists. As the bearings in the car can handle sea water and dirt without any problems, we took the car to the city beach.



Close to the seashore is a hill famous for paragliding. Sometimes, the airspace above the hill is so full of people paragliding, that it is a wonder that they are not crashing into each other.


 From the top of the hill, you have a fantastic view over the entire city. 


Just one hour drive from Sao Paulo and nearby Santos, is the small city Guaruja. In Guaruja you can experience white sand beaches, bars, palms and sun, such as you would expect to find rather in the Caribbean than nearby the biggest Brazilian city.



Autumn and winter see a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere whereas in the summer month, the beach is completely overcrowded with tourists.


We are currently heading South, taking the same route as the countless Argentinians who came to support their team in the World Cup. 

I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

Find out how plastic bearings, linear systems, energy chains and cabling assemblies can help improve designs

A series of one day Road Show Exhibitions throughout the UK commenced on the 21st of July and will continue until 1st of August 2014. Using a modular display stand system, the exhibition truck is tailored to meet the needs of each company it visits. Engineers and purchasers will have plenty of time to speak to igus for advice on selecting energy chains, bearings and cabling assemblies for their applications – as well as viewing and handling product samples.  All of this will be in the comfort of their own premises.

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

“We understand that our customers don’t always have the time to leave their workplace and attend trade shows,” explains Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director, igus. ”That’s why we decided it would be a great idea to offer an alternative, giving us the opportunity to visit customers while, at the same time, helping them save on travel, accommodation and valuable working time.”

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