KML Bearings, distributed locally by leading supplier Bearings International (BI), offers a range of mounted and unmounted bearings and bearing housings. In addition, it also has automotive-specific products for the passenger and commercial vehicle sectors.
There is even a product range dedicated to the electric motor industry, Product Manager Gerhard Pienaar adds. These bearings are manufactured specifically, and carry the ‘Electric Motor Quality’ (EMQ) suffix.
KML has proven highly successful in the industrial, OEM, and agricultural markets as a second-tier brand that does not sacrifice quality, while offering significant cost benefits. “We have managed to negotiate better pricing, in line with the current economic climate on agriculture-specific and mounted ball bearing units, and are happy to have passed these discounts onto the market,” Pienaar highlights.
With 35 years’ experience in the bearings industry, KML has an in-house research-and-development department. Milestones to date include the first in the industry to introduce a dedicated cleanroom for the manufacture, cleaning, and packaging of EMQ bearings. With a presence in over 50 countries, end users can rest assured that replacements are readily available globally.
Latest developments include the development of an improved version of a harrow disc hub bearing unit for the agricultural market. “We are busy finalising the design to ensure an exact fit to the current discs available on the market in order to be able to offer a simple drop-in solution,” Pienaar explains.
BI has a dedicated engineering department that can offer customers and end users assistance in terms of failure analysis and recommended improvements where necessary, from product selection and recommendations to design improvements.