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Thordon Bearings: Finding environmental solutions

Burlington: Canada’s Thordon Bearings has just released a fully class approved propeller shaft forward seal that was developed entirely in house. The TG100 seal, which was named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the parent company Thomson-Gordon Group, is for use on workboats, ferries, and military vessels where, says president Terry McGowan, a high quality forward seal is needed.

“Products must meet the corporate mandate to be environmentally friendly and bring benefit to society,” McGowan says.

Thordon is investing significant capital in its manufacturing operations in Canada and Poland over the next three years.

According to McGowan, the biggest requests shipowners are asking Thordon have to do with finding technologies that will allow the client to comply with ever tightening environmental regulations. The recent implementation of the Vessel General Permit (VGP) in the US has driven the level of interest in water lubricated technology up to new levels, the Thordon boss says.

“Of course cost and reliability are also a big issue,” McGowan concedes.

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