SKF Solution Factories — to mass produce unique ideas

2009 May 25, 09:19 CET

A global network of knowledge

The network of SKF Solution Factories around the world is growing, as of today SKF Solution Factories have been opened in Tianjin and Shanghai (China), Gothenburg (Sweden), Torino (Italy) and Sao Paolo (Brazil). The plan is to establish some 15 of these factories in 2009, serving customers on every continent.

Vartan Vartanian, President of SKF Service Division explains: “SKF Solution Factory is a concentration of our knowledge resources, allowing us to offer so much more than products in a box. For example, a customer who has previously just purchased bearings and seals from SKF can raise the bar and ask us to help cut operational costs or improve availability or just about anything else to make their plants run more efficiently. We are not saying we are experts in every single facet of the lifecycle. It is just that we understand so much more than most of our customers realise, and we want them to challenge us and demand more.”

SKF Solution Factory is a concept that brings together not only SKF’s entire service offering, but also the company’s five technical platforms: bearings, seals, services, lubrication and mechatronics. This will give customers around the world access to a unique process and wide range of application knowledge—all under one roof. Typical services are within lubrication solutions, sealing solutions, remanufacturing of bearings, spindle service and other mechanical services as well as remote monitoring, project management and training.

More locations will be added in the years to come and the SKF Solution Factories worldwide will ultimately work together, sharing experience and knowledge, with common standards.

Göteborg, 25 May 2009
Aktiebolaget SKF

For further information, please contact:
PRESS: Ingalill Östman, SKF Group Communication, tel: +46 31-337 3260, mobile: +46 706-973260, e-mail:

IR: Marita Björk, SKF Investor Relations, tel: +46 31-337 1994, mobile: +46 705-181994, e-mail:

Technical Press: Colin Roberts, SKF Group Technical Press, tel: +31 30 607 56 08, mobile: +31 65 394 41 11, e-mail:

SKF is a leading global supplier in the areas of bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The Group’s service offer includes technical support, maintenance services, engineering consultancy and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. The Group’s annual sales 2008 were SEK 63,361 million. The number of employees was 44,799.

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