In a reversal of recent trends, Victorian based Shorlube Industries has pushed aside importers for the supply of bearings critical to the operation of the boot lid in Toyota's new Aurion/Camry range.
The complete boot mechanism is manufactured by APV Components, another Victorian company.
APV chose Shorlube because of a preference for dealing with local companies, which allows APV more control. In one instance, Shorlube responded within a week to a request from APV to double the volume. APV is also impressed with Shorlube's quality.
Shorlube is a division of ACL Bearing Company, Australia's last manufacturer of sintered metal components.
Using powdered metal alloys as raw material, sintered products are 'moulded' into a wide variety of complex shapes such as gears, filters, bearings and machine parts. Prices and versatility are often comparable to plastics