igus begins retrofitted micro car iglidur world tour from Incredible India

igus, the world’s leading manufacturer and pioneers of plastic motion technology under the renowned brands the-chain Energy Chains Systems® and dry-tech® bearings, announced the 30th anniversary of its dry-tech product group “iglidur” today at a press conference in the city.

Mr. Antony P Kurian, COO igus® India & Mr. Patrick Carl, International Head of iglidur Product Group, were present to grace this occasion. On this momentous day, igus also announced the commemorative world tour of a retrofitted micro car. This micro car, fitted with iglidur components puts the resilience, reliability & potential of its innovative plastic technology to test, as it embarks on a round-the-world-trip.

On the 30th year of its journey, igus embarked on this ambitious practical test to demonstrate the capabilities of the extensively tested and amply proven innovative plastics technology. A team from Cologne University of Applied Sciences under the leadership of Johannes Thomé and the igus bearing developer Michael Krug took up the project ‘plastination’ of the micro car. The aim was to replace everything possible with igus plastics, viz, brake pedal, windscreen wipers, window lift mechanism, shift unit, seat console, handbrake, alternator, throttle valve and the convertible roof. Attention was even paid to ensure visual likeness as well.

This retrofitted car will begin its journey from ‘Incredible India’ and go on to a strenuous round-the-world trip along tarmac, gravel and mud tracks and roads across four continents. Its inaugural exhibition will be held at the ‘Auto Expo’ trade fair at New Delhi, India post which it will travel to China, Japan, South Korea & Taiwan. The igus car will then make a trip to America followed by Canada. In the next part of the journey the micro car will travel to Brazil, before making its way back to Europe.

The tour can be followed here. Reports, videos and photos on the blog will provide exciting insights into the ‘iglidur on tour’ journey.
On this occasion, Mr. Antony P Kurian, COO igus® India, says, “We, at igus, have put together 30 years of expertise in the field of ‘motion plastics’ to send the igus car on a World tour. igus bearings have been fitted at 56 points to demonstrate the capabilities of igus tribopolymers & demonstrate a superior technology that reduces cost & improves performance drastically. Before it embarks on its round-the-world-trip the retrofitted car will be displayed at the ‘Auto Expo’ trade fair at New Delhi, to provide visitors and technocrats with a first-hand experience.”

Echoing the sentiments of Mr.Frank Blase, CEO, Igus, Mr. Patrick Carl, International Head of Iglidur Product Group, commented, “We take great care that the components manufactured are always precisely tailored to the needs of the customers’. This is one of the reason why, we have a broad range of custom-made solutions, in addition to our standard products.”

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