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Bearings International (BI) has been supplying gearboxes from I-MAK, a Turkish OEM based in Istanbul, since 2019 as part of its Bauer range, according to Couplings and Gearboxes Product Manager Hilton Woest.
The I-MAK product range has a Certificate of Conformity from the Turkish Standards Institute, as well as IEP ATEX, ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 10002 Customer Satisfaction Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management certification.
All I-MAK gearboxes are supplied with a two-year warranty, with repairs and technical back-up provided by Bauer through BI’s countrywide branch network. The gearboxes are ideal for a range of industries, including food and beverage, refineries, chemicals, cement, packaging, foundries, mining, quarrying and automation.
At present I-MAK exports its products to 30 countries and has a distribution network in 18. Established in 1973, the OEM has grown to include two manufacturing facilities and is a leader in the mechanical power transmission market in Turkey.
BI hosted the I-MAK Academy in South Africa from 9 to 11 September 2019. Attended by over 40 engineers, technical sales representatives and branch managers, it featured product selection and solutions training for specific markets and applications.
I-MAK International Sales and Marketing Director Haffar Salim also unveiled the Turkish OEM’s first mounting centre in Sub-Saharan Africa, which now gives it the capability to deliver gearboxes to customers in under five days. With the brand now represented in ten countries in the region, BI is key to its ongoing expansion, adds Woest.
With over a million product references globally, a key focus for I-MAK is the gold and diamond mining sectors, particularly in terms of crushing, scanning, washing and transportation applications. The Turkish gearboxes are ideal for aggressive environments subject to dust, heat, vibration and chemicals, with special configurations and options available.
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