Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH

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50+ years of experience

Our company now offers over 50 years of experience in the production, development and processing of high-performance plastics.

According to requirements – w/o unnecessary safety properties

The company was founded based on this philosophy by Mr. Wilfried Wolf in the late 1960s. He began to fill up the gap present in the high performance plastics market by starting as a plastics retailer with integrated customer support in the selection of materials.

Few years later, the company was expanded with cutting machines (lathes, milling machines, etc.), tribological tests on materials were introduced (1972) and volume production started by injection moulding. All this passing through the beginning of the ZEDEX® materials development & the first extrusion and compounding lines.

After these first important steps, the Wolf company has been continually improved and expanded over the years, and since the beginning of this century Mr. Gunter Wolf, son of Mr. Wilfried Wolf, has expanded the production area, improved the laboratory with test benches for bushings & spindle nuts and introduced mechanical and thermal analyses in the laboratory.

Cross-process know-how and responsibility from a single source is one of the many advantages we offer to our customers.





Cross process Know-How and Responsibility in one hand

Valuable creativity is restricted by lack of knowledge & foresight, communication problems and the resulting limitations. A product passes through more steps during its developing. Normally the processing is the bottleneck of the creativity, and it does not let your idea to be incorporated in the product. In the same way, the developer has not possibilities, to be creative in doing the compound formulation. Besides, unwanted aggravating influences are added between the various processes, such as e.g. properties changes of the material during machining, in which the processing conditions are often not specified at the time of the processing. The interactive influence and the information flow between the various processes can be efficiently used to determine the product conception. From the idea to the end-product, we establish all the process steps of the product developing and we can always react flexibly and creatively realising a successful product.


It is a great advantage for our customers to have with us a single competent partner for the entire process chain, starting from his requirements to delivery of the final product.

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Polymer testing, compound development and damage analysis

R&D build the foundation of our success. We do it since 1972 in our own laboratory in Kerpen, Germany. Through intensive research and continuous development of materials, our high performance plastics ZEDEX® have exceptional properties.

If the material for a specific application is not be present in our product range, we can modify an existing material making it suitable for the application or even develop it specifically. Our key competences are modifications to optimise tribological properties.

In failure cases of your components, we can mostly determine the cause of the malfunctions through mechanical tests, thermal tests, micro or macroscopic examinations of the defective parts. Optionally, we recommend you our appropriate high performance polymer ZEDEX® for your application.


Since 1968 we resolve problems, which come into being using plastic for machine elements.

A component made of plastic should be designed respecting the requirements, without having unnecessary safety properties. Every type of over-dimensioning has got negative effects, both economically and technologically. Only through experience, know-how and creativity, this target can be achieved.

We provide our support dimensioning your technical components and designing them suitable for material, processing condition and applied load. We inform you about the optimal shape and thus, how to obtain the maximum efficiency.


Semi-finished, granules, 3D tribofilament, coating

We offer you the high performance plastics ZEDEX® in almost any shape:

  • As semi-finished with a finely coordinated range of dimensions
  • As cut-offs
  • As granules for further processing e.g. in the injection moulding
  • As 3D tribofilament for additive 3D printing
  • As coating to optimise the tribological properties of the pairing.

Additionally we offer tailor-made products as compound, blends and semi-finished based on construction and high-performance polymers such as PAI, PEEK, PEI, PESU, PET, PK, POM, PVDF, PPS, PU, TPI, PPSU, LCP, ETFE etc.


Extrusion, injection moulding, machining, 3D printing, casting

We manufacture your component according to your drawing or you name your application and we design your component according to your requirements. No matter if extruded & machined, injection moulded or 3D printed, we determine the optimal manufacturing process for each component.

For the pump & naval sector we produce our new Blue Water & Dirty Water products by casting. These are available as roughly cast moulded bushings or as bushing according to the customer’s drawing or based on our design.


Final parts such as precise plain bearing, slotted bearing, stave bearing, half shell bearing, foil bearing, hydrodynamic bearing, slideway, spindle nuts, track roller, gear, seal, scraper, wear part and insulating part, metal-plastic part, 3D printed part etc.

Since 1968 we have begun to successfully introduce plastic materials’ components from us designed, manufactured and made of engineering & high-performance ZEDEX® polymers, in fields of application considered visionary. We have learned a lot in our path, but our most precious spring of our Know-How is formed by the results of material tests and subsequently by those of the components, that we have been conducting since 1972.

Our core competences are modifications to optimise the tribological properties (no maintenance, transfer layer – dry running – wear resistance – low friction), nevertheless on construction & high-performance polymers we carry out all the usual and unusual modifications as well, e.g. fibre reinforcing, detectability, thermal and electrical conductivity, colouring, antistatic properties, mechanical resilience, thermal stability etc.

Through our experience we understand how technical components work and which reactions and processes inside the plastic materials take place during the use and which modifications are necessary to reduce negative reactions.

Timeline of the company Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH



  • Establishment company “Wilfried Wolf Kunststofftechnik”
  • Trade with plastics with integrated material selection



  • Manufacturing of machined finished parts


Start of tribological tests

  • Introduction of tribological material testing


Volume production

  • 1. Volume production of injection moulded parts to the tractor industry


Name change

  • Company name changed to Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH
  • Triplication of the production area



  • Introduction of the first extrusion line for the production of semi-finished products


Compound development

  • Introduction of the production of plastic compounds


1st compounder

  • Commissioning of the 1st compounder for the production of plastic compounds


Component testing

  • Introduction of test benches for plain bearing bushes and spindle nuts



  • Opening of foreign production


Additional shareholder

  • Mr. Gunter Wolf is appointed managing partner


Laboratory 2.0

  • Expansion of the laboratory with mechanical and thermal analyses


Damage analysis

  • Introduction of the component and damage analysis


Dispatch time

  • Quadrupling of the storage space to shorten the dispatch time



  • Expansion of the company area to 3800 m²



  • Large hollow rods extrusion up to 400 mm in diameter


Laboratory 3.0

  • Triplication of the laboratory space
  • Start of optimised fatigue tests (Eplexor)



Plate extrusion

  • Expansion of plate extrusion, capacity and dimensions
    (w = 1220 mm & thk=114 mm)


PU – polyurethane

  • PU-based material development for hollow rods up to 2000 mm in diameter



  • Start of cooperation with perfluorence GmbH in the field of reactive extrusion and tribochemical reactions


Filament extrusion

  • Start of filament extrusion for 3D printing


3D printing

  • Production of customer components in ZEDEX materials through FFM / FFF process

Our mission

Fun and passion in developing new materials,
to exceed current feasibility limits.

Our Vision

We want everyone to know, that we have the most appropriate product solutions.

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      Heisenbergstr. 63-65
      Industrial area II
      50169 Kerpen-Türnich

      Telephone +49 2237 / 9749-0
      Fax +49 2237 / 9749-20