World Traveler Igus Iglide Car to Zig-Zag Across the United States and Canada

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By Erin Massey

Aug 07, 2014


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Igus' iglide car is on tour! After traveling through Asia and South America and 17,500 miles of deserts, rainforests and some of the world's busiest cities, iglide's next leg of its tour will take place in Anchorage, Alaska.

30 Years of Plastics Innovations

To celebrate 30 years of its line of self-lubricating plastic bearings, called "iglide," tied into the company's 50 anniversary, igus has been traveling around the world with its orange iglide car, retrofit with 56 of igus' plastic bearings in applications including the throttle valve, windshield wipers, alternator and more.

Now, starting in Alaska, the iglide car, staffed with a team of igus representatives, is setting off across the United States and Canada, visiting customers across a massive range of industries, from automotive and motorcycle manufacturers, to aerospace and manufacturing equipment.

The car will begin its adventure in Alaska by first traveling through the Yukon Territory of Canada, down through Vancouver, British Columbia, then continuing across the border to the United States into Washington State. From there, the car will zig-zag across the two countries, with the drivers documenting their journey along the way. In October, the car will be flown across the Atlantic Ocean to carry on the tour in Europe, before returning home to Germany in 2015, where the iglide bearings will be removed and observed, truly testing their wear-resistance.

Social Responsibility Across the Globe

To give back to the many countries traveled, igus has also decided to donate to charities in each country along the tour. For every kilometer traveled, one Euro will be donated to a charity of that country's subsidiary's choosing. In as large an area as North America, it is hoped that a large amount will be raised over the next several weeks.
To follow along with the iglide on tour car, visit the igus blog at, or follow igus on Facebook at 

To learn more about the car's retrofit applications using iglide plastic bearings, please visit the iglide 30 page at