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30 years of iglidur® - 30 years of research

From the first tentative attempts to get started in 1983 with few parts, it has evolved over time through intensive research and learning into a mature product range with numerous options for dry operation and cost reduction.
igus® presented the first iglidur® bearings at the "K" Trade Fair in Dusseldorf 30 years ago.

The iglidur® product range from igus® has been available now for exactly 30 years. The name stands for plain bearings made of high performance plastics which have been optimised in terms of wear and friction coefficients over the decades by our in-house research. All plastic plain bearings from igus® contain millions of tiny little solid lubricants that make an external lubrication unnecessary. This makes them ideal for unusual applications such as underwater, in a dirty environment or in the food industry. Read more ...

Millions of bearings in use

iglidur® H1

iglidur® H1: resistance to media with long service life

iglidur® D

iglidur® D: low-cost with low friction coefficients

iglidur® Q2

iglidur® Q2: for extreme loads

iglidur® R: less expensive endurance runner

iglidur® R: less expensive endurance runner

iglidur® A350

iglidur® A350: FDA compatible & heat resistant

iglidur® G

iglidur® G: less expensive all-rounder

iglidur® J

iglidur® J: low friction and wear in continuous operation

Test laboratory for bearings

Intensive material research in the in-house technical centre

Test laboratory for bearings

View of the iglidur® test laboratory at the igus® headquarters in Cologne


Polymer bearings applications overview

Polymere bearings application examples overview

Polymer bearings applications overview    

Polymer plain bearings from igus®

iglidur® - the benefits at a glance. Our new dry-tech® sample box allows you to quickly find the matching bearing for your application.

Polymer plain bearings from igus®    

Test laboratory for bearings

More than 135 trillion test movements per year are performed in the test laboratory for bearings.

Test laboratory for bearings    

manus® contest 2019

9th competition for exciting plastic plain bearing applications

manus® contest 2019    

iglidur® plain bearing expert

Using the iglidur® plain bearings expert you can get, after only a few inputs about your application, an overview of suitable iglidur® materials

iglidur® plain bearing expert    

iglidur® on tour 2013-2014

As part of the 30th iglidur® anniversary, the tribological polymer specialist from Cologne is sending a small car on a long trip

With the "iglidur® on tour", igus® celebrates the anniversary at this year's K: a small car with a plastic body is equipped with iglidur® components and sent on a trip around the world. With this action, igus® demonstrates not only the diverse application of its polymer plain bearings worldwide, but also the performance capability of iglidur®.

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From 1983 till today

30 years of iglidur® plain bearings from igus®  

"I'm always surprised when we implement something with lubricant-free plastics today, which we could hardly have dreamt of a few years ago. “
Frank Blase, Managing Director of the igus® GmbH in Cologne

"Our customers are our foremost inspiration. With new areas of application, they always provide us with new challenges. There is the 'manus®' developer's prize for your most courageous solutions with plastic plain bearings. “
Gerhard Baus, Head of the Plastic Plain Bearings division

"The smallest change in the mixture can fundamentally revolutionise a polymer material. Therefore we run more than 3,000 tests annually with about 150 experimental materials. Only the best make it into the catalogue. “
Dr. Ralf Selzer, Head of Development of Plain Bearings