HRH the Prince of Wales met with Schaeffler staff at the company's exhibition stand at the Start Wales Festival (7/8 September 2010) held at the National Botanical Garden in Camarthen, West Wales. His Royal Highness spoke to Richard Granger, Sales Engineer at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, to learn more about the company's range of rolling and plain bearings that are helping engineers to design more energy-efficient wind, wave and tidal turbines.
Start is a UK-wide initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. The Start Wales Festival featured presentations and exhibits on the simple steps that can be taken to make better use of natural resources.
More than 160 exhibitors attended the event, including Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. A variety of different rolling bearings and plain bearings were displayed on Schaeffler's stand, many of these designed to support specific types of renewable energy systems. Also on display was Schaeffler's new INA Elgotex plain bushes. This range of low-friction, maintenance-free plain bushes is suitable for dry-running applications, including those high-load, high-vibration environments. Elgotex offers a variety of technical advantages that stem from its innovative entwined, double-layer design. These bushes are already being utilised on wind turbines and solar energy plants around the world.
Richard Granger commented: "It was a pleasure to meet and talk with His Royal Highness on such an important day for the Welsh community and industry. The Prince took a great interest in Schaeffler's products, particularly our bearing ranges for specific types of renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, wave power and tidal energy systems."
"The Prince also showed a keen interest in Schaeffler's automotive engine components plant based in Llanelli, South Wales, which manufactures a range of bearings and engine components for the automotive sector."
Over the last few years, Schaeffler's Automotive Division has developed a range of innovative bearing products that are helping vehicle manufacturers produce more compact, lighter vehicles, with improved fuel consumption and reduced emissions. This includes components for the latest all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
For more information on Schaeffler's range of energy-efficient bearings for automotive applications, as well as those for wind, wave and tidal energy systems, call the UK Marketing Department on +44 (0) 121 313 5870 or email .