2009 October 09, 12:44 CET



SKF inaugurated its 'Global Testing Centre' in India at Bangalore on 4th November 2009. The new facility was inaugurated by the SKF Group President and CEO;   Mr TomJohnstone and SKF India Managing Director; Mr. Rakesh Makhija.  The testing centre will be a hub of testing activities ensuring greater focus on customer requirements, cost, quality and operational efficiency.


Commenting on the inauguration of the new Global Testing Centre, Tom Johnstone - Group President and CEO, SKF says "We are putting in place in India a 'knowledge infrastructure' that allows us to provide state of the art technology solutions from SKF. The new testing centre will significantly reduce lead time for our customers and ensure that we are able to respond speedily to their requirements for new products. Our objective is to ensure that we provide complete solutions to our customers by combining and integrating different products, systems and services. The Global Testing Centre fully supports the SKF strategy of providing knowledge engineering solutions to our customers."


The main objective will be to conduct testing at close proximity to its customers for design, process and supplier validation. This then shall entail greater support for SKF's processes in a faster and cost effective manner by applying global test standards that adapt to local customer specific requirements.


The Global Testing Centre at the onset will cater to the Two Wheeler, Automotive and Sealing Solutions businesses of SKF, and will subsequently be expanded to encompass the Industrial segment as well. The centre will also cater to testing value added solutions that integrate SKF's five technology platforms.


About SKF

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.


In India, the SKF Group started trading operations in Kolkata in 1923 and since then the Group's operations have been consolidated into SKF India Limited. SKF India also has an associate company called SKF Technologies (India) Pvt Ltd providing Sealing Solutions and Industrial Bearings. The company has manufacturing plants in Bangalore and Pune.


For further information, please contact: 
Charlotte Rodrigues | Manager - Corporate Communication | SKF India Ltd

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