Deception in South Korea

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We have previously visited the main areas within South Korea. Places visited range from the beautiful sea shores at the east coast, to the most famous mountains in the north-east and even to the frontier with North Korea. As it stands, we are now within the completely opposite area of South Korea, this being the deep south.
Whilst making the journey south bound, we stopped off and visited one of our customers, these being Hanmac electronics.

Hanmac moulds plastic parts for appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines. They rely on igus® bearings for a plastic part that is located in the bottom of a washing machine. The plastic plate contains two rollers that rotate during the washing process which keep the water flowing in a circular motion therefore avoids the tangling of clothes.

Each roller is placed on a shaft that is embedded in two bearings. Before they made use of iglidur® H, Hanmac electronics had tested several other bearings but all failed. This was due to the fact that they could not ensure fast constant motions as well as being resistant to water and chemicals simultaneously. iglidur® H has been developed specifically for underwater applications which makes this a great solution to their needs. (For more information, check:
The need for costly tests was no longer an issue and since they have been using the iglidur® material, they haven’t even had one single complaint.

Mr. yong lee, chief engineer of Hanmac, is not only stressing the durability and chemical resistance of iglidur® H, but also the support of igus®. He is fan of the 24h or today delivery promise. He is surprised that igus® can keep the promise although all products are only manufactured within the cologne, Germany headquarter.

South Korea is a very modern country that has a well developed infrastructure. This is not only pleasant for working or relaxing in the car but for the car itself too. I felt it was time to stress the car a bit more by driving off-road again. Of course, as igus® bearings are all used to dealing with high forces and dirt, they are still working perfectly.

Whilst on the road I came across this temple, not particularly thinking that it was of any significance, however I was very wrong. This temple is actually no real temple but a famous scenery used for Korean drama movies.

The place is called Danyang Ondel Open film set as it is located in the so called Ondal tourist site.

The following building, in comparison, is no film scenery but an historic relict which was built to preserve the portrait of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye, who founded the Joseon dynasty. Initially the area, called Gyeonggijeon, contained a gigantic building accompanying many attached buildings, but it lost half of the land during the Japanese occupation.

For the weekend we will stay in the area around Busan. Busan, located in the south of South Korea, has 3,6 million citizens making it the second largest metropolis after Seoul. Moreover, it is even the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. I am looking forward to get to know more about it soon.
That’s all from me again. I hope you all had a happy Easter. While people in Europe tucked into Easter eggs, in Korea they were given igus® goody bags.

I will continue to keep you all up to date.

your Sascha.


iglidur commences the Korean side of the world wide tour

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iglidur has already covered in total more than 10.000km on not only conventional but also dirt roads, passing numerous landmarks and sites such as the Indian desert, seashores and stunning mountains. Of course, our bearings are still in a perfect shape. They are used to run much longer.
iglidur is now embarking on the Korean side of the tour where we are to cover a minimum of 2000km more.

Spring is evidently on the way with trees starting to bloom and blossom, although it is still unmistakably cold.

We left from our branch in Incheon the day after I had arrived and headed towards Asan. With me now becoming accustomed to Chinese dimensions, I would say that Asan with its 290000 citizens is a nice and small village.

We have customers everywhere in the world. Thus, also in the small town of Asan. There we visited the company Leepack Co., Ltd. Leepack is the leading Korean company for intermittent rotary packaging systems. Their product portfolio ranges from filling units and vacuum packer to rotary fill and seal machines.
As their machines are dealing with groceries, they need products that are in particular corrosion free. igus® products not only offer this, yet moreover have other advantages. Mr. Lee Sangkun, vice president of Leepack, is extremely pleased with the service and products provided by igus®, relying upon the company for numerous years.

Having dinner in Asan also gave me the chance to enjoy a real Korean barbecue and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A grill in the centre of the table surrounded by meats, fish and vegetables really made me get a sense of the culture and way of life.

One of my new favourite dishes is kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that in its basic form is cabbage soaked in a salty brine, accompanied by anything such as meat.

It is a new experience for me that iglidur® is ready for driving when I arrive. This time everything went really without any problems. No sitting for two days in the customs office like in previous times and no struggle to get a driving permission.

I expect everything to continue as smooth as it has begun. igus® korea set up a shaman ceremony for the car. Thus, we are protected against any kind of bad luck.

To protect iglidur® on tour we prayed to several gods in both heaven and earth. Actually, to all gods that are controlling life on earth. To gain divine support we had to hold a ceremony that is called “Gosa”. A typical “Gosa” ceremony consists of a memorial address by the ceremonial master, in form of country manager Ernie Kim, and a special table.

The table is laid out with various foods, such as fruits, dried fish, rice, and most importantly, a pig’s head. The pig head represents money and fertility. This idea originates from that pigs can breed up to 15 at a time and a Korean word that comes originally from China. The word “Don” means in Korean both pig and money.

To gain support of the gods, it is tradition to place money in the ears and the mouth of the pigs head.

After this, you then kneel down and bow to the pigs head to show your respect and wish for good fortune.

When the ritual is over, everyone eats and drinks together (also the pig head is part of the meal). The neighbourhood was also invited to join us at the table, again a real cultural and community feel.  After the ceremony a traditional band topped off the program.

Feeling protected, iglidur will commence this side of the tour at the weekend.

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