“I welcome the challenge of selling into the marine industry,” says McArdle, who had previously been a general sales representative for diverse industries requiring Vesconite.
“Hundreds of vessels, ranging from pleasure boats to tankers, make use of the polymer in some way,” she said.
Vesconite is primarily used in the marine industry in below-board equipment, such as rudder and stern tube bearings. However, it has also been valued by makers of above-board equipment, such as sailing blocks, winches, pump bearings, deck cranes, sheaves, rollers and pulleys, and by producers of dockyard equipment, including slipway bogies and syncrolifts.
The thermoplastic is desired as a wear material that reduces maintenance costs while being able to carry high loads at slow speeds. The polymer does not corrode, requires no greasing, performs well in dry and immersed conditions, is low friction and resistant to many acids, organic chemicals and solvents, hydrocarbons, oils and fuels.