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5/24/2002



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Timken closes deal with South African coal exporter, opens bearing reconditioning facility on Brazilian road


The Timken Co. May 23 announced plans to supply more of its AP™ bearings to COALLink-Spoornet, a South African dedicated heavy-haul coal exporter.
COALLink-Spoornet plans to use the bearings on its coal wagons, which carry coal from the South Africa's Witbank mines to Richards Bay on the country's east coast. The coal exporter would install Timken's AP Class F bearings on 4,500 wagons and AP Class D bearings on 2,100 wagons.
AP tapered roller bearings, which incorporate Timken's HDL™ seal and Axle-Saver Seal Wear Ring™, are designed to reduce maintenance costs and increase miles per bearing.
Meanwhile, Timken May 24 opened a bearing reconditioning facility in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, at a site on Brazilian railroad MRS Logistica S.R.
An extension of Timken do Brasil, the new bearing service unit plans to recondition freight-wagon bearings for MRS and other Brazilian roads.
"This reconditioning facility gives us a base from which to expand our services and bring our expertise to the Brazilian rail market," said Edson Pissolato, Timken business development manager-rail, in a prepared statement.


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