About Hutchinson

Created in 1853, the Hutchinson group has become one of the leaders in technologies surrounding rubber transformation. As a subsidiary of the TOTAL energy group,the 5th largest in the world, Hutchinson now represents more than 25,000 partners and more than 80 production sites in 21 countries.

INNOVATION AT THE HEART OF THE GROUP’S DNA

Every year, Hutchinson spends a large portion of its investments on Research and Development. By developing partners in both basic materials research as well as applicable research, Hutchinson registers dozens of patents a year thanks to their numerous researchers and engineers.

Partner of Large Industries

As a partner and supplier of the largest industrials in sectors as varied as automotive, aeronautical, railway, construction and defence, Hutchinson develops its technological expertise in 4 specific fields:

  • Transmissions (belts, rollers),
  • Vibration, acoustic and thermal insulation,
  • Sealing,
  • Fluid transfer.

Created in 2009, the Hutchinson Automotive Aftermarket offers a complete range of spare parts resulting from its skills as first-fit manufacturer. As a first-rank equipment supplier and partner of the main international automobile manufacturers, Hutchinson also supplies many independent spare parts distributors. Hutchinson Automotive Aftermarket has a complete range of original quality products to guarantee reliable repairs.

This range is divided into 4 major product families:

  • Belt transmissions: kits, distribution and accessories belts and rollers.
  • Anti-vibration parts: engine supports, hinges, suspension mounts.
  • Fluid transfer: pipes, hoses.
  • Sealing: rings, seals.

International and local logistics

Located in the industrial hub of the Hutchinson group in Montargis, France, the new Hutchinson Automotive Aftermarket logistics department delivers to all its distribution partners in France and abroad. With deliveries to more than a hundred countries, Hutchinson Automotive Aftermarket is strongly focused on the international market, while still ensuring a local service to its domestic market in France. With the installation of 8 local depots in the region, Hutchinson continues to offer quick service and improved parts availability to its distributors.

History of Hutchinson

1853

From shoes to tires

In 1853, Hiram Hutchinson arrives in France from the United States and founds the Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple to manufacture rubber in Châlette-sur-Loing. He has his sights set on the shoe market, under the “à l’Aigle” brand.

In 1860, the firm takes its first steps abroad, opening its third factory in Mannheim, Germany, and selling to the Central European markets.

In 1890 the firm begins to manufacture bicycle tires.

1900

Rubber can be used for everything: Hutchinson diversifies

In 1903 production of car tires begins, with the introduction of a new process. The Hutchinson bicycle tire establishes a name for itself with its single-strand model (used on the “Hirondelle”). The modern world, having mastered the automobile, now attempts to conquer the sky: Hutchinson provides coated fabric for the new airplanes and dirigibles.
In 1918, Hutchinson’s head office moves to the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
In 1920, Hutchinson works in 10 segments: shoes, clothes, fabrics, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, heavy vehicles, balloons, heels and technical products. The best-selling products of the time are floor mats, Kégresse caterpillar track belts for Citroën, and seals for jars.

1930

A time of creativity

In 1932, the first artificial sponges are invented and given the name Spontex.
In 1934, Jean-Félix Paulsen and Strakosky, former colleagues at Citroën, found the Paulstra company to develop a process to get rubber to bond to metal via brass coating.
The first elastic suspensions for aircraft engines are manufactured in 1936. Rubber is then used to reduce the spread of vibrations through cars, trains and subways and to soundproof buildings, etc.
In 1948, following the purchase of a latex factory, Mapa is born and begins to manufacture gloves.
In 1965, 15 million pairs of gloves are produced, over 6 million of which are exported to around 60 countries.

1970

Going global

In 1973, Hutchinson and Mapa merge and Jean-Félix Paulsen sells Paulstra to Hutchinson Mapa (which will be renamed “Hutchinson” in 1981).
In 1974, Total acquires a majority stake in the company. The new company has a staff of 13,500 spread over 26 plants. The Hutchinson Group now serves three main markets: cars, industry and consumer products.
In 1986, Hutchinson acquires two major companies: Le Joint Français (precision seals) and Corduroy Rubber Company (car anti-vibration systems), marking the real starting point of Hutchinson’s internationalization.
Lastly, in 1989, Spontex arrives.
Resolutely global and high-tech, Hutchinson is a company acknowledged for its expertise in the aerospace and automotive industries with strong brands in the consumer sector.

1990

Increasingly high-tech expertise

Turning its attention to technical markets, Hutchinson joins forces with companies with cutting-edge know-how in the 1990s: Vibrachoc, Desmarquoy and Caoutchoucs Modernes (France), Fayette Tubular Products, National O’Ring, Stillman, Rodgard (USA), Vincke (Spain, Portugal), Parets & Intecsa (Spain), Ertec (Argentina), Parmagan (UK, Malta), Cestari (Brazil), Lacesa (Mexico), etc.
Aigle parts company with the Group in 1994 and, in 2009, Mapa Spontex follows suit, with the Hutchinson Group now becoming a specialist in elastomer applications for industry and the automotive sector.
Finally, the Group’s aerospace activities is given fresh impetus with the acquisitions of Espa (1998), JPR(1999), Barry Controls (2000), Techlam (2005), Jehier (2006), Strativer (2008), Kaefer and Keumah  (2011) and Marquez (2013).

2013

The Group unites around a single brand: Hutchinson

All of the Group’s entities are coming together under a single brand. The goal? To  raise our profile among our customers and  create unity among our diverse teams. Hutchinson’s identity has been redesigned, with a new logo, a new tag line, and the definition of the 5 values that unite us.

Products

TIMING BELT KITS

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Number of parts in the range 433
Part number example KH 70

European car population coverage rate: 95%

THE OPTIMUM SOLUTION: THE TIMING BELT KIT

The replacement of timing systems is always a delicate operation as it affects the operation of the engine itself. This operation clearly requires professional expertise but also requires replacement solutions of parts suited to each drive system and therefore to each engine. The Hutchinson timing kit solution (KH) is an ideal replacement solution and provides you with all the necessary parts:

– timing belts (1 or 2 depending on the application)
– tensioners,
– idlers,
– screws, plugs,
– installation instructions if replacement requires special attention.

QUALITY FIRST

The range of Hutchinson timing belt kits is one of the most comprehensive on the market (90% to 96% of all cars covered, depending on the country) and ensures you will obtain parts with a quality equivalent to that of the original. The items comprising it have been designed, manufactured and tested to meet the manufacturers’ quality requirements.

 

Thus the Hutchinson timing belt is made up of an elastomer mix specific to each application, a glass-fibre cable reinforced structure and a polyamide fabric. Furthermore, Hutchinson has undertaken the specific development of timing tensioners that are competitive and extremely reliable: their design has in some cases been improved (double bearing row, high quality oil, reinforced internal structure) to ensure a quality of performance equivalent to the original and even greater.

THE TIMING KIT WITH WATER PUMP

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Number of parts in the range 137
Part number example KH101WP45

THE MOST COMPLETE SOLUTION: A TIMING BELT KIT WITH WATER PUMP

The replacement of timing belt systems is always a delicate operation as it affects the operation of the engine itself. This operation clearly requires professional expertise but also requires replacement solutions of parts suited to each drive system and therefore to each engine. The Hutchinson timing kit solution incorporating the water pump (KH WP) is the most complete replacement solution and provides you with all the necessary parts

– timing belts (1 or 2 depending on the application),
– tensioners,
– idlers,
– water pump,
– screws, plugs,
– installation instructions if replacement requires special attention.

When the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it is recommended to replace this at the same time as the belt and timing rollers. Changing everything at the same time avoids the costs of carrying out work on the timing belt a second time thus reducing labour costs and the costs of having the vehicle off the road.

QUALITY FIRST

The range of Hutchinson distribution kits with water pump is one of the most complete on the market and ensures the parts you obtain will be of the same quality as the original ones. The items comprising it have been designed, manufactured and tested to meet the manufacturers’ quality requirements.

Thus the Hutchinson timing belt is made up of an elastomer mix specific to each application, a glass-fibre cable reinforced structure and a polyamide fabric. Furthermore, Hutchinson has undertaken the specific development of timing rollers which are competitive and extremely reliable: their design has been improved (double bearing row, high quality oil, reinforced internal structure) to ensure a quality of performance equivalent to the original and sometimes even greater. Lastly, the water pump uses the best original designs guaranteeing the repairer reliability and an operational lifetime equivalent to the original.

TIMING BELTS

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Number of references in range 433
Reference example 136 HTDP 25

A VITAL PART

Synchronous belts began to appear in car engines in the 1960s. At that time they were used in several branches of the industry for the manufacture of vehicles allowing transmission of power or synchronous commands. Running alongside the development of the automobile, the timing belt began to make its mark as a central element in the operation of both petrol and diesel engines.

The main job of the timing belt is to regulate injection, by driving the camshaft and injection pumps on opening and closing of the valves. In some drivetrains, it also drives the water pump, oil pump and other accessories. The proximity of the engine and the mechanical constraints to which they are subject give us a very high set of technical specifications. Their composition and structure must therefore be adapted to each type of engine and each drivetrain.

With the development of engine technologies, “downsizing” and increased power, manufacturers have encouraged us to develop belts that are increasingly resistant to extremes of temperature in the engine compartment (from -30° to +130°C) and to climate variations (drought, humidity, ozone). We have also reduced their noise levels through the use of shock-absorbing fabric and material. The aim has always been to guarantee safe operation of the timing belts and to gradually lengthen their lifetime. Thus, some timing belts have a lifetime of 250,000km according to the manufacturer specifications.

ULTRA-RESISTANT MATERIALS

The internal structure of the timing belts is made up of an elastomer, a fibre glass casing and a polyamide fabric.

The elastomer makes up the back of the belt and forms the teeth. These elastomers were chosen for the stability of their mechanical properties at high temperatures, as “HNBR” (Hydrogenated Nitrile Butadiene Rubber) is, in this respect, even more efficient than “CR” (polychloroprene).

Buried in the elastomer is the fibre glass casing (known as “wiring”, which has the property of having a high stiffness value. This makes it possible to guarantee the rigidity of the timing belt along its length and to ensure that its length is maintained.

The polyamide fabric covers the teeth. Its purpose is, on the one hand, to give the tooth its shape during the vulcanisation of the elastomer, and, on the other hand, to strengthen it and protect it against wear. The manufacture of these belts takes place by transferring the elastomer via the layer of wires during vulcanisation in the mould.

TEETH PROFILE

The profile and course of the timing belt teeth changes depending on the type of engine and the course of the teeth. In cars, there are three main types of teeth profile: trapezoidal, HTP (High Torque Drive) or parabolic. The profiles of Hutchinson timing belts are identifiable in the commercial reference of the belt according to the following classification:

Example: 136 HTDP 25

HUTCHINSON QUALITY

Hutchinson timing belts meet the strictest automobile manufacturer quality criteria. Our belts are therefore developed and tested according to numerous criteria. Digital simulation by supercomputer or physical tests on test bench, here are some examples of the quality checks that we carry out.

TIMING BELT TENSIONERS

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Number of parts in the range 406
Examples of part numbers HTG 49 / HEG 50

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Hutchinson has developed a complete range of tensioners of equivalent quality to the original parts and available as automotive spares: idlers and automatic or so-called fixed tensioners. From the design stage, Hutchinson has incorporated reinforced internal structures. Hutchinson has thus improved the quality of the tensioners complying with, indeed exceeding, the original manufacturers’ specifications. Besides choosing high-quality bearings, Hutchinson has designed rollers with double internal bearing rows, insulated from one another thus ensuring a long service life and reliable operation.

Hutchinson has drawn on its know-how as a first-fit equipment supplier using performance research centres and unique development capacities. In an engine test bed, all our tensioners have been subjected to the stresses encountered in real or extreme simulated situations. Hutchinson’s very high performance rollers enable you to replace the timing system in total safety.

AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE TIMING BELT SYSTEM

The drive kinematics of synchronous belts have evolved with the development of new, ever more compact and powerful engines. Subject to high stresses, the timing tensioners must meet ever more stringent specifications from the manufacturers: resistance to high temperatures, fitting tension, uneven rotation of drive systems, extended service life of components. Each tensioner has a important role in the kinematic system.

The idler: subject to high stresses, its job is to guide the belt to maintain alignment.

Automatic tensioner

through its internal structure comprising a spring under tension, it maintains pressure on the belt and thus adapts dynamically to the accelerations and decelerations of the engine. The belt remains tensioned and can transmit all its power.

The service life of the distribution rollers is directly linked to that of the timing belt and can vary from 60,000km to 240,000km for certain recent installations. They must therefore be replaced at the same time in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

MASTER KIT

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Number of references in range 46
Reference example MK11

A SHORT-TERM INVESTMENT FOR FONG-TERM SAVINGS!

The Master kit contains one timing belt kit with a waterpump, one accessorie kit and a crankshaft damper.
Choosing a MASTER KIT means:
– Knowing your engine will not break down
– Getting your serviced all in one go for lower labour costs
– Paying less than if you bought parts separately – on average 30% lower than OE prices

POLY V® BELTS

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Number of parts in the range 590
Part number example 1750 K 6

European car population coverage rate: 98%

POLY V®: A HUTCHINSON INNOVATION FOR CAR MANUFACTURERS

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HUTCHINSON offers one of the most thorough and most reliable ranges in the world of Poly V® accessory belts available as automotive spare parts. Dimensions and number of teeth are the main criteria for selecting a belt when replacing a Poly V® belt.

The Poly V® technology is a HUTCHINSON innovation which quickly became an essential for manufacturers, the first to adopt it beingMercedes with its 190 model in the mid-80’s. Silent and able to withstand the new stresses of the engine environment, the ribbed Poly V® profile fully meets manufacturers’ requirements in terms of drive surface area (see diagram comparing contact surfaces) and complex kinematics. Indeed, its flexibility allows it, unlike the V-belt, to drive a number of accessories simultaneously (in a coil) such as the water pump, alternator, power-assisted steering and air-conditioning, and other options which have become commonplace on touring cars in the 90’s.

Now installed by all manufacturers, the Poly V® belt has totally superseded the traditional V-belt, making Hutchinson the leading original equipment supplier.

THE MOULDED BELT

Unlike other belts on the market, Hutchinson does not machine the teeth in its belts but uses moulds specific to each dimension of Poly V® belt. The Hutchinson process is more eco-friendly than the traditional machining process which produce up to 20% off-cuts which are difficult to recycle. It also provides greater precision in profiling the teeth guaranteeing an optimal surface quality and thus limiting any risk of friction noise on the belt.

POLY V® BELT KITS

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Number of parts in the range 162
Part number example KHV 125

POLY V® KIT: A COMPLETE SOLUTION FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF ACCESSORIES BELTS

HUTCHINSON offers one of the most thorough and most reliable ranges in the world of Poly V® accessory belts available as automotive spare parts. As the main first-fit supplier, HUTCHINSON develops complete accessory belt systems for the manufacturers: tensioner rollers, pulleys and belts. As a direct result of this knowledge, HUTCHINSON has introduced a spare parts kit for accessory belts for easy maintenance.

HUTCHINSON recommends replacing the drive components along with the belt, as these also become worn, staring with the tensioner rollers. The role of the tensioner rollers is to keep the belt under tension and to dampen any operation vibrations. The rollers, much like the crankshaft dampening or alternator disengageable pulleys, are subjected to vibrations and must be systematically replaced along with the belt. An extensive range of Hutchinson Poly V® kits, including the grooved accessory belt, and the tensioner and take-up rollers, is now available to the repairer.

POLY V® BELT TENSIONERS

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Number of parts in the range 355
Part number example TS1407

AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF ACCESSORY TENSIONERS AND PULLEYS

HUTCHINSON does the first-fit of many Poly V® drive belt engines and offers manufacturers complete systems that also include automatic tensioners and pulleys. These tensioners are also subjected to the wear and tear of normal vehicle use, start-ups, engine environment and climate. Often linked to the power steering system, manufacturers recommend replacing the accessory belt and tensioners at the same time in order to guarantee the best level of driving safety.

POLY V® BELTS (LONG SIZES)

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Number of parts in the range 203
Part number example 4100 K 9TK

HUTCHINSON, the european leader in Poly V belts, is the supplier of a lot of trucks and buses manufacturers like : Iribus, MAN, MERCEDES-BENZ, IVECO, RENAULT RVI, SCANIA, VOLVO.

تسمه ‌سفت ‌کن تسمه شیاری ماشین سنگین

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Number of parts in the range 56
Part number example T3049

BUS AND HGV MANUFACTURERS PARTNER

HUTCHINSON, the European leader of the Poly V® belt, first fit team for engines from numerous HGV and bus manufacturers: Iribus, MAN, MERCEDES-BENZ ACTROS, IVECO, RENAULT RVI, SCANIA, VOLVO. The truck and bus accessory belts require permanently maintained tension which, given their drive kinetics and their size (some more than 4 meters), requires a reliable reinforced tensioners system.

ORIGINAL HUTCHINSON TECHNOLOGY: HYDRAULIC TENSIONER

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The technology of the linear hydraulic dampening tensioners was developed exclusively by HUTCHINSON Transmission and has been patented. Widely used in first-fit applications, this technology makes it possible to attain significant levels of shock absorption for the most severe cases of application, especially on large truck engines.

They have a vital role of ensuring a maximum absorption of uneven rotations of the Poly V® belt, thereby protecting the peripheral units such as the alternator pulley, the water pump or the crankshaft pulley against the vibrations of the accessories belt.With an unrivalled level of shock absorption, the hydraulic dampening tensioner rollers reduce a lot of vibrations at low speed, during transient phases (such as start-up and stopping) and thereby saves on several other solutions. It also ensures significant longevity.

CRANKSHAFT PULLEYS

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Number of references in range 105
Reference example DP016

SHOCK-ABSORBING PULLEYS FOR CRANKSHAFTS

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CHOOSE HUTCHINSON QUALITY, EXPERTS IN HIGH-GRADE ANTI-VIBRATION SYSTEMS

Damper pulleys are made up of a complex rubber-metal assembly that meets the demanding technical specifications of car manufacturers: vibration-absorbing properties and weight, balancing and lifetime specifications. Hutchinson expertise in anti-vibration parts is recognised worldwide and has enable the development of an extensive range of shock-absorbing pulleys for crankshafts. Hutchinson guarantees the best equivalent quality at origin by developing, testing and balancing each of the pulleys produced. The life of an engine may be shortened if the crankshaft pulley is poor quality.

WATCH OUT FOR LOWCOST PULLEYS!

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In the market, there are numerous copies that do not meet the manufacturers’ stringent specifications. These copies may lead to a risk in terms of safety and engine lifetime. As in the images opposite, there are:

– Full metal pulleys: the rubber is only there for the sake of appearance on the outside (does not absorb the engine vibrations). Their weight exceeds the original specifications: the excess weight of the pulley inevitably leads to premature wear of the crankshaft bearings and the system of accessories (belts and rollers).

– Hollow pulleys: they do not perform any role of absorbing twisting and vibration of the crankshaft and lead to premature wear of the accessory belt. Discomfort, vibrations, failure and even breakage are all threats to your vehicle.

SECURITY AND COMFORT: DRIVING WITH PEACE OF MIND

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The so-called rubber-metal parts play an essential part in the anti-vibration system placing you, as a passenger in the vehicle, in a “rubber protection cell” filtering all the vibrations coming into the passenger compartment and providing you with maximum comfort and silence.

Moreover, they play an essential role in your safety. During crash tests, Euro-Ncap defines precise failure points for engine mounts depending on the violence of the accident, preventing the engine entering the passenger compartment while absorbing the shock. It is therefore essential to replace engine mounts with original quality parts from an equipment supplier like HUTCHINSON.

Lastly, antivibration components prevent the premature wear of sensitive components on the chassis (wishbone, shock absorber) or engine (universal joints, belts, exhaust manifold, steering rack, gearbox, etc.). It is important to regularly check and replace these parts to prolong the service life of these components.