Our plastic bearings are much lighter than equivalent metal bearings. BNL supply plastic bearings to steering column manufacturers that are typically 40% lighter than an all metal solution. This weight saving assists in reducing the overall weight of a vehicle, which is an important factor in carbon emissions reduction. By integrating multiple components and functions into a single moulded part, BNL plastic bearings further reduce weight through reducing component count.
Our smaller, lighter bearing assemblies can also have as little as a third of the torque to rotate of a metal bearing, meaning that less powerful motors are needed to drive them and less power consumed on start-up and in operation.
For many customers, we design bearing products that are more compact than alternative assemblies, saving space and weight when shipping and contributing to less transport mileage.
Plastics have a strong environmental profile. All polymers are lightweight, durable, low carbon and recyclable. And they are not a major drain on our natural resources. Only 4% of global oil production is used for plastics. (BPF)
Here at BNL and throughout the Synnovia group of companies, we and our colleagues are committed to providing the best performing, most sustainable products to answer our customers’ needs. We continually research and assess alternative materials to ensure our engineered solutions offer the best performance possible using the most suitable materials.