Garden Grove, CA, May 13, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics L+S GmbH will be exhibiting at the CTI Symposium USA (Booth #16) from May 14 to 17 to display their high-end Meldin® thermoplastic polymers for the automotive market as well as promote awareness of their Bristol, Rhode Island, manufacturing site becoming production-ready to serve the local US automotive market. Expanding on its existing capabilities, the site will now produce critical parts for core transmission systems such as seal rings, thrust washers, pushrods and bearings; steering systems such as ball joints and guide bearings; and brake system structural parts.
The decision to upgrade the Bristol site was due to global customer feedback to maintain the expected high level of quality and 0 ppm requirement needed for critical applications. Previously, the Bristol site manufactured Meldin® thermoset polyimide parts for not only the automotive industry but also aerospace, industrial and life sciences. Therefore, the business used the site’s existing strengths in efficient operational performance and years of past technical expertise to naturally move forward in supporting North American customers’ current and eventually future needs.
State-of-the-art equipment was installed to produce, handle and pack the parts. Updates did not just include improving shop operations but also the vision control process so that each part is checked and quality is tracked digitally.
“With these additional investments, we increase our automotive footprint in the North American market,” said Peter Werger, Automotive Market Manager. “We can then be even closer to our customers in order to provide them better service and turn projects around much quicker.”
Some key advantages of offering a local source for automotive polymer parts include:
· Reduced overall costs in transportation and material as products are purchased and sold locally
· Less storage required in scrap as suppliers and customers are closer
· Quicker response in customer service and delivery time as suppliers are more flexible and have greater control
The local production site is complemented by the business’ technical sales and application engineering teams who are based in Detroit “Motor City.”
Aside from the CTI Symposium, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics L+S GmbH is scheduled to exhibit at ATZ Chassis to share braking system solutions, Dritev to focus on electric vehicle propulsion technologies, and Automotive Engineering Exposition to connect with engineers for co-development.
To learn more about Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal®, Rulon® and Meldin® product lines or their strategic business units, please visit www.seals.saint-gobain.com.
About Saint-Gobain Seals (www.seals.saint-gobain.com)
Saint-Gobain Seals is a strategic business unit under Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Engineered Components SOA (sector of activity); our parent company, Saint-Gobain, is one of the world’s top 100 industrial groups as well as one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the world with 350 years of excellence. With more than 50 years of manufacturing experience and an established global presence (with strategic sites in Garden Grove, California, USA; Kontich, Belgium; Neuhaus and Wertheim, Germany; and Minhang, Shanghai, China), we offer a diverse range of critical parts for extreme applications that are designed to protect core systems.
About Saint-Gobain Performance Plastic L+S GmbH (www.seals.saint-gobain.com)
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastic L+S GmbH is a global partner for applying high performance polymer materials to solve engineering challenges in advanced transmissions and drives. Since 1985, they have specialized in design, testing and manufacturing expertise in seal rings, thrust washers and radial plain bearings. In line with the trends in automotive and transmissions developments, their engineered components are designed to increase energy and economic efficiency by reducing leakage, drag losses and component wear through compact installation, low mass and easy assembly. They offer a diverse range of innovative sealing and polymer solutions to meet industry needs and challenges as well as in-house capability covering the entire process from initial design and thorough testing to high quality production.