Video of the Week – ‘iglidur on tour’ car completes UK leg


iglidur visits British landmarks before completing the UK tour

Polymer bearing specialist igus rounded off 2014 with a celebration of their 50th birthday and also 30 years of their self-lubricating bearing material, iglidur. To mark both milestones and demonstrate the robust and durable nature of the material in extreme environments, igus retrofitted a small car with iglidur bearings and sent it on a round the world trip. The iglidur car has now completed the UK leg of its tour, which began in November, having visited famous landmarks around the country, such as the Stonehenge, Angel of The North, EdinburghCastle and BuckinghamPalace.

A key part of the tour is the donation of the equivalent of €1 per mile travelled to charities in communities through which the iglidur car passes. In the UK, igus held a small charity event at the Northampton Guildhall, near to its UK headquarters, where the company donated £2,500 to the neonatal Gosset Ward at Northampton GeneralHospital.

The iglidur car left the UK at the end of November to continue with the rest of its European leg, moving on to France.

“Tour de France” comes to a close

“Tour de France” came to a close with the last two customer visits. Before we had lunch, we ate an appetizer – the second and smaller cake. Afterwards, we said goodbye to our French colleagues and left towards our last stop in France, Strasbourg. With a hot vine or “vin chaud”, we called it a day…

Strasbourg, “Place Kleber” – The Christmas tree is 30 m high and weights over 7 t.

“Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg” is the sixth-tallest church and it took over 400 years to complete the construction.

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 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!


iglidur® has a new team for the European side of the tour

Hello everybody and welcome to the European side of “iglidur® on tour”.

My name is Karl and I am the representative of iglidur® on tour throughout Europe. Within the next six months, I’ll take pictures, record videos, conduct interviews and post all information onto the blog. You are going to read about the places we discover and the culture we experience. Due to the fact that I’ve got a master’s degree in mechatronics, I will have a closer look on the technical aspects as well. Our customers and their applications are our source of innovation. Therefore, I’m curious to get the story of how igus® products solved their problems and made life easier. In addition, igus® developed web tools to simplify the configuration of our products based on our test results and the requirements of the costumer. I want to know how helpful such tools are to make the right choice and get the best solution.

All in all, I will report on a daily basis but I’m looking forward to hearing from you as well! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to contact us, if you have any feedback or want to know something more in detail.

The iglidur® car, dry-tech®-box and me. We will get to know each other very well within the next 6 months.

The iglidur® car had its routine maintenance before it started its journey. Therefore, the dry-tech®-box will have a look around Frankfurt.

The Main Tower is one of Germany´s highest skyscrapers with a total height of 240 m, used as office building and open to public. 26 Elevators take visitors to a platform at 198 m height with a speed of 25,2 km/h. These elevators are the fastest in Germany. The drytech®-box made it to the top and had a look at the bank district of Frankfurt am Main.

The dry-tech®-box on top of the MAIN TOWER. It’s cold and windy at a height of 198 m.

At the end of the day, our iglidur®-car left the service centre refreshed and ready to conquer Europe. We are on the road with the next stop ahead. Who we are and where will we go? Find out in my next post when I introduce my colleges and the tour schedule.

So let’s join the igus® family and be part of the innovations around the world!