Saint-Gobain to Showcase Customised Automotive Solutions for Friction Control and NVH Reduction at Vehicle Dynamics Expo

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics will showcase its innovative range of NORGLIDE® composite bearings and RENCOL® tolerance rings at the Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, 12-14 June 2012 in Hall 1, booth V1165. Utilising a variety of applications for powertrain, chassis, and the interior and exterior of the vehicle, Saint-Gobain's representatives at the booth will demonstrate how its composite bearings and tolerance rings can optimise component performance for the manufacturer and driving experience for the consumer.

Saint-Gobain's RENCOL® tolerance rings are custom-developed for each application to enhance friction control, reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and enhance assembly efficiency for the manufacturer. Within the NORGLIDE® composite bearing the self-lubricating polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) liner controls friction between two moving parts, saving energy by facilitating movement and absorbing NVH before it is transmitted to other mechanisms.

At Vehicle Dynamics, Saint-Gobain will exhibit a number of its composite bearing and tolerance ring solutions for automobiles, including those for the steering yoke and the seat armrest. When used in the steering yoke, the NORGLIDE® composite bearing's unique, thick PTFE layer reduces friction for improved steering feel and response for the driver whilst RENCOL® tolerance rings offer torque control for seat armrests to ensure they remain in the position required by the motorist contributing to the quality feel of the vehicle. Both components can be used in a number of automotive applications to optimise vehicle performance, driver experience and manufacturing processes.

About Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Bearings and Tolerance Rings SBU

Saint-Gobain is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high performance materials for industry and employs around 195,000 people. With operations in over 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the 60th largest employer and among the top 100 global industrial companies worldwide. Last year, Saint-Gobain achieved global sales of over Euros42 billion. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock exchanges of Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Saint-Gobain's global strategy is focused around three core markets: Construction Products, Innovative Materials, and Building Distribution; and, the company is committed to play a leading role in developing energy efficient innovations for the housing and construction sectors, protecting the environment, and managing growth in a sustainable fashion.

With 15 sites and six R&D centres globally, the Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group, a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, provides 'engineer-to-engineer solutions-in-motion' to high volume international OEMs in the automotive, leisure, energy, industrial, and other markets. Backed by a heritage of product innovation, technology, advanced materials and market leadership, they are dedicated to working with customers using their extensive engineering expertise to deliver standard and custom solutions in NORGLIDE® bearings, RENCOL® tolerance rings, SOLGLIDE® bearings, JOINSHIM® rings, and NORSLIDE® cable liners that meet the most demanding applications. For further information, please visit:

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