Tufcot is renowned for its work in many key market sectors such as Rail, Marine, Mining, Oil and Gas. These key market sectors account for much of Tufcot’s annual Turnover. However, there are some market sectors that prospective customers are not aware that Tufcot operate in.

Below are just a few of the more unusual market sectors where Tufcot® bearings have been used

Tufcot manufactures composite materials for many unusual market sectors

Textile, Printing and Paper

Sheaves – Paper Mill Bearings

Tufcot® bearings have been used historically on the rope sheaves on a new paper machine. A paper machine manufacturer wants to build a new machine using rope sheaves with their standard design. The end customer requires the sheaves to be maintenance free for numerous years. Tufcot is ideal as it is maintenance free.

Steel Rolling Mills

Strip Pickling Line Ducking Rolls

One of Turcot’s applications in its early years was roll coverings for the ducking rolls on steel strip pickling lines.  When the Sheffield steel manufacturing sector was booming, Tufcot was used to replace the old roll coating material with our chemical resistant grade – T600.

Automotive

Our current customer base in the automotive industries includes specialist of highway and heavy-duty vehicle OEM’s companies, you perhaps would expect to see Tufcot being used in a very different sector.  Classic car restoration is a surprising application for composite material however one of our customers does exactly this.  Using Tufcot material to make the impossible to get original parts he now produces these special bearings in Tufcot.

Tufcot manufactures composite materials for many unusual market sectors

Motor Sport

Turcot’s technical manager is helping a friend to rebuild a Mk2 Escort RS 2000 to group 4 specification for rallying, during the rebuild which includes fitting power steering it was found the steering column bearing had too much play, the simple solution was to make a new bearing from Tufcot T100G material.  As the car nears completion one or two more applications for the use of Tufcot material on the car are being considered.

Our pedigree in this area however has previously seen Tufcot material supplied to some of the words Formula 1 race teams.

Wind Power

Our current market activity see’s a large number of Tufcot bearings being supplied for the Wind Turbine market, but another form of wind powered equipment needed a Tufcot Bearing

Tufcot manufactures composite materials for many unusual market sectors

Windmill

A call for help to replace a worn-out support bearing for the mill shaft. Originally made in cast iron the original pattern to cast a replacement was no longer available.  Help was at hand to quickly get the mill back in operation with a new bearing machined from Tufcot.

Tufcot manufactures composite materials for many unusual market sectors

Steam Train

Tufcot Bearings used in rail applications are fitted to modern day rolling stock in the UK and Europe.   A call from a customer contact to ask, could you provide a piece of material to replace brass bearings for a coupling on a steam locomotive?

Happy to help one of our customers we only needed to know the dimensions required to supply a suitable Tufcot grade for their replacement.

Tufcot manufactures composite materials for many unusual market sectors

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