William Simpson Managing Director at BDL and Steve Bacon Sales Director at BDL

Bearings & Drives Ltd recently took delivery of the first batch of bearings from CeramicSpeed that are destined to be retro fitted into fan motors in wind turbines.

The contract is part of a collaboration between Bearings & Drives, Creadis Wind Solutions, CeramicSpeed and rewind and mechanical repair company Fletcher Moorland.

Motors that require repairing by Creadis Wind Solutions – a leading engineering service provider in the wind energy sector, will now be fitted with CeramicSpeed bearings, and supplied by Bearings & Drives, with a special high temperature cage and high temperature grease to complement the ceramic rolling elements.

Steve Bacon, Bearings & Drives Sales Director comments: “Our company will be suppling the products and we chose to partner with another locally based firm, Fletcher Moorland based in Stoke-on-Trent to service and repair the units, rather than sending the units back to Denmark, thereby supporting both regional business and the environment.


“There is in excess of 1500 wind turbines around the UK coast and we are excited by the potential of this contract. This contract will provide wide exposure and reach, offering a tangible example of the products in action, and showcasing the benefits of CeramicSpeed bearings, over and above more traditional products.”

This major development for Bearings & Drives follows on from them earlier on this year becoming the sole distributor of the industry leading CeramicSpeed Insulate ball bearings, considerably strengthening their offering and introducing to the UK market, the latest technology in operational efficiency, allowing UK customers day to day direct access to these products from their warehousing facilities.

Constantly at the forefront of technological development and innovation, CeramicSpeed is a dedicated and leading supplier of hybrid ball bearings. With a strong presence in the European market, they are rapidly becoming the industry’s most trusted supplier of advanced bearing solutions. CeramicSpeed Insulate ball bearings are custom-made for electrical motors and a guarantee against damage caused by stray currents.

From their base in Congleton, Cheshire Bearings & Drives serves its national client base with industrial Maintenance, Repair and Operations products from globally recognised manufacturers of Bearings, Power Transmission, Industrial Gearboxes, Motors, Tools & Consumables. Drawing on their vast experience of customer requirements, their products and services have been developed for all types of industries including Food, Paper, Recycling, Distribution, Quarrying and Plastics.

The business offers single source supply, including managed inventory services, to streamline your ordering process, reduce downtime and improve production efficiency – creating considerable cost savings. Their industry leading Repair Services cover Motors, Gearboxes & Pumps. Available 24/7, the team of highly skilful engineers is on hand to deliver advice and engineering solutions.