GGB North America
GGB is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance bearing solutions, with more than 1,100 employees across 40 countries. Our manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Germany, France, Brazil, Slovakia and China, currently produce the widest product range in the industry, while our global supply chain of local sales offices and distribution centers serve our worldwide customers swiftly and efficiently.
Today we serve more than 30,000 customers worldwide in a broad spectrum of applications and industries including:
Offering the industry’s most extensive range of plain bearings, we are well positioned to serve as your single-source supplier. Our product offerings include metal-polymer, solid polymer, filament wound and metal bearings, bushing blocks and many more. These products are available in a variety of forms, including cylindrical wrapped bearings, flanged bearings, thrust washers, strips and special forms manufactured to customers’ specifications.
GGB’s PTFE-based metal-polymer materials offer excellent low friction performance and high wear resistance in a wide range of loads, speeds and temperatures used in metal polymer bearings; with or without external lubrication. These materials are used extensively in a diverse range of industrial and automotive applications. The GGB metal-polymer product range includes DU®, DU-B, DP4, DP4-B, DP10, DP11, DP31, DX®, DX®10, DTS10®, DS and HI-EX®.
Solid Polymer Bearings
Our injection-moulded solid polymer bearings provide excellent wear resistance and low friction in both dry and lubricated operating conditions over a wide range of applications. Consisting of nine different materials, the new EP™ Series of polymer materials is made of a variety of resins compounded with reinforcing fibers and solid lubricant. They exhibit excellent dimensional stability, low coefficients of friction, high compressive strength and creep resistance, low thermal expansion and good thermal conductivity.
Thermoplastic materials processed by injection moulding. The engineering polymers include PA-based EP™, POM-based EP™12, PBT-based EP™22, PPS-based EP™43 and EP™44, PEEK-based EP™63 and EP™64, and PAI-based EP™73 and EP™79. EP™, EP™22, EP™43 and EP™63 are available in standard cylindrical and flanged bearings, as well as special dimensions and shapes. EP™22 and EP™43 are available as rod stock for prototypes and small serial production. All of the other EP materials are available by special order. Also offered are POM-based KA Glacetal and Multilube engineering thermoplastics.
Filament Wound Bearings
This range of products typically consists of a filament wound, fiberglass-impregnated, epoxy backing with a variety of low-friction wear-resistant bearing linings. The reinforced composite structure associated with GAR-MAX®, GAR-FIL®, HSG , GGB-MEGALIFE™ XT and SBC enables the bearing to support high static and dynamic loads. Furthermore, the inert nature of the materials makes these products ideal for corrosive environments such as seawater and acidic environments. The environmentally friendly HPM and HPF® were both specifically developed for hydropower applications, have a high load capacity, excellent shock and edge loading capacity, excellent corrosion resistance, and are dimensionally stable. These products are available as bushes, plates, bearing segments and special forms depending on the particular material type.
High precision bushing blocks and thrust plates made from GGB proprietary aluminium alloys (SICAL®3, SICAL®3D, PICAL®2 and PICAL®3) with very good friction and wear resistance supplied with or without pre-installed GGB metal-polymer cylindrical bearings.
Metal and Bimetal Bearings
We have a broad range of monometallic, bimetallic, sinter bronze bearings and our GGB-DB™ bearings, which are ideal for industrial applications on both land and underwater. Our range of impregnated solid bronze bearings is intended for use in maintenance-free operations, under moderately high speeds and low loads. Designed for lubricated conditions, our mono- and bimetallic bearings are suitable for use in a wide range of operating conditions.
Additional product families to complement the above GGB product portfolio, e.g. specialized housings and assemblies. UNI, MINI, and EXALIGN™ self-aligning bearing housings are designed to be used with our range of metal polymer bearings. The FLASH-CLICK® special double flanged bearing design can be applied to all of the solid polymer bearing materials.
Thanks to our global production and supply network, we are able to offer customers throughout the world the industry's most extensive range of self-lubricating and prelubricated plain bearings for literally thousands of applications in scores of industries. Our high-performance bearing specialists have the experience and expertise to provide innovative solutions to even the most challenging applications. As a nimble supplier with flexible manufacturing, we can respond quickly to customer needs with either standard or customized products. And our advanced R&D and testing facilities help us deliver comprehensive solutions and assure their performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness.