East Providence, RI – A half-year of travelling through Asia and South America, and 17,500 miles of driving through deserts, rainforests, and some of the world’s busiest cities, has brought Igus’ iglide on tour car to the United States, where it begins the next leg of its tour in Anchorage, AK.
To celebrate 30 years of its line of self-lubricating plastic bearings, called ‘iglide’, tied into the company’s 50th anniversary, Igus has been travelling around the world with its orange iglide car (a SmartCar from Mercedes-Benz), retrofit with 56 of igus’ plastic bearings in applications including the throttle valve, windshield wipers, alternator and more.
Starting in Alaska, the iglide car, staffed with a team of Igus representatives, is setting off across the United States and Canada, visiting customers across a range of industries, from automotive and motorcycle manufacturers, to aerospace, to manufacturing equipment and more.
The North American leg of the tour begins in Alaska and travels through the Yukon Territory, down through Vancouver, BC, then continues across the border to the United States into Washington State. From there, the car will zig-zag across the two countries, with the drivers documenting their journey along the way. In October, the car will be flown across the Atlantic Ocean to carry on the tour in Europe, before returning home to Germany in 2015, where the Iglide bearings will be removed and observed.
To give back to the many countries travelled, Igus has also decided to donate to charities in each country along the tour. For every kilometer travelled, one Euro will be donated to a charity of that country’s subsidiary’s choosing. In as large an area as North America, it is hoped that a large amount will be raised over the next several weeks.
To follow along with the iglide on tour car, visit the Igus blog at http://igus.com/blog, or follow igus on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/igus.inc. To learn more about the car’s retrofit applications using iglide plastic bearings, visit the iglide 30 page at http://igus.com/iglideontour.