Water-lubricated and grease-free seals and bearings group Thordon Bearings has appointed Bruntons Propellers as its new distributor for the UK and Ireland region, from 1 Jan 2024. The propeller manufacturer will market, supply and service Thordon’s entire marine portfolio of propeller shaft bearings and seals. There is also provision for Bruntons to promote and service Thordon products in other market segments.
Neil McDonald, Thordon Bearings regional manager, northern Europe and Africa, said, “In this important geographical market, Bruntons is [an] established brand, with a heritage spanning more than 100 years. The company, part of the Langham group, which includes Stone Marine and Tridan Engineering, also has the capability to machine and service bearings and seals on site.”
With a unique arrangement among Thordon’s global network of authorised distributors, it is anticipated that Bruntons will provide greater exposure across a number of market sectors in the UK and Ireland, leveraging Thordon products with major system integrators, systems suppliers, ship owners and shipyards.
Bruntons’ director, Jonathan Shaw, added, “The merchant maritime and defence sectors will be the main focus areas, but the agreement allows us to diversify into new industrial and pump markets.” He plans to offer a range of professional sales and engineering services, with the Thordon inventory in place soon for quick turnaround delivery.
While the UK defence sector has for decades been a proponent of water-lubricated bearings and seals due to their low noise and vibration signature, Thordon Bearings is seeing more and more UK-flagged merchant vessels look to the technology to meet existing and future environmental regulations. “We hope to announce the first order under this new agreement in coming weeks,” said McDonald. “There are opportunities with new and existing customers throughout the region, since Bruntons can now offer complete propeller shaft lines with a Thordon seal and bearing package.”