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Bearings for the automotive industry

1 October 2019 Shaft power components

Bearings International (BI) attaches great importance to the automotive industry as a growth area. General Manager, Shenton Botes says that on-highway and certain light duty off-highway automotive applications such as the forklift industry include the passenger vehicle and commercial truck-trailer segments. The passenger vehicle segment itself covers various tiers, from OEMs in Tier 1 to automotive component manufacturers in Tier 2. Plant maintenance requirements and aftermarket bearing and chain requirements are fielded by BI’s 49-branch network.

A crucial aspect of the automotive industry is parts and accessories, and BI focuses specifically on imported vehicles not manufactured locally, but which carry a warranty and often use branded products such as bearings supplied by BI. In addition, the needs of the aftermarket are also catered for, from spares shops to the general public. “Our aftermarket and direct-to-public automotive products can be sourced from any one of our branches countrywide,” Botes highlights, including two branches in Namibia. Tier 1 OEM applications are serviced from BI’s warehouse in Boksburg, which also offers a bonded store facility. “Here we not only assist with duty reclaims, but are also able to carry sufficient stock to cater for any production variations, as a buffer for our OEM clients to ensure they do not incur any costly downtime,” he adds.

BI supplies automotive products such as wheel hub bearings, clutch release bearings, alternator bearings, and rear wheel bearings, focused mainly on the leading KOYO and FAG brands. KML is a subsidiary, non-OE brand for clients requiring a more cost-effective solution.

For more information contact Bearings International, +27 11 899 0000, info@bearings.co.za, www.bearings.co.za




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