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Bearing Materials

TriStar offers a wide range of bearing materials that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications.

Saint Gobain Materials

TriStar is the exclusive partner of Saint Gobain for Rulon materials in North America. 

Materials and Fabrication

Our capabilities include component design, material selection, prototype, production, and manufacturing.

Materials Database

Use our interactive database to search for and compare over 450 materials.


Surface Modification

Learn how our Enhanced Materials Divison (EMD) modifies existing materials to meet specific needs.



Since 1982 we have been combining the skills of TriStar’s engineering team, our extensive product line, and our deep understanding of a broad range of industries to bring you solutions to your most challenging engineering needs.

Problems / Solutions

Explore the common causes of bearing failure and learn how advanced polymer and composite bearings can address them.

Application Case Studies

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

EMD  positions TriStar Plastics as the leading resource to solve your demanding engineering material challenges.

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)


View our library of engineering worksheets — the quickest way to communicate your project specs — or reach out to our engineering team.


Here are a few of our most popular online engineering tools - including our PV calc and material database (450+ materials).


Learn about our quality program and view our current ISO cert.


Technical Library

Our collection of case studies, product specs, brochures and other key technical documents.

Free White Papers

Our library of free-to-download white papers focus on industry-based solutions, specific materials, bearing design, and more...

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Deep Dives

These pillar pages provide in-depth information on bearings and problem/solutions for specific industires.

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Our popular resources, including our monthly newsletters, blog, and our video library.

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About Us

TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearing materials. 


We're dedicated to building a company where opportunities exist for talented people to achieve their maximum potential.

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Composite Bearings for Smooth Sailing in Marine Applications

Composite Bearings for Smooth Sailing in Marine Applications


Have a bearing wear challenge in the marine environment? Looking to reduce costly marine maintenance? Sail on over to the experts at TriStar — where our engineers have solved a multitude of challenges for the marine industry:

  • We’ve replaced rolling element bearings and bronze sheaves in marine gear pumps with TriSteel™ bearings - resulting in a significant increase in bearing wear life and decreased maintenance
  • We’ve mounted our CJ bearings aboard bow and stern thrusters — and improved vessel maneuverability and safety
  • We’ve installed our CJ Bearings in residential boat lifts - and have greatly enhanced their function and reliability

Innovative Solutions for Extreme Challenges

With corrosive salt and sea spray, and unruly barnacle growth a constant problem in a marine environment, TriStar designers lead the industry in innovative solutions. We have pioneered the use of galvanic insulators — in place of bronze — to deliver extended wear and reduced maintenance.

Our CJ bearings are highly regarded for their excellent performance in high-load sheaves, davits, winches and cranes, both on board a vessel and at dockside. And CJ bearings are earth-friendly since they are self-lubricating and are derived from a water-soluble process.

TriStar bearings are ideal in marine environments:

  • Chemical and corrosion resistant
  • Self-lubricating
  • Temperature resilient
  • Dimensionally stable in liquids

Boat Lift

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