SKF inaugurates its ‘SKF Solution Factory’ in Pune
2009 November 09, 12:34 CET
SKF inaugurates its
'SKF Solution Factory' in Pune
SKF inaugurated its first 'SKF Solution Factory' in India at Pune on 3rd November 2009. The new facility was inaugurated by the SKF Group President and CEO; Mr Tom Johnstone and SKF India Managing Director; Mr. Rakesh Makhija. The ultimate objective of the SKF Solution Factory is to make SKF offerings from its five technology platforms - bearings and units, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication solutions - more available for customers and provide them with customized solutions by combining and integrating different products, systems and services.
The SKF Solution Factory will play an important role in giving customers access to SKF's full capabilities by combining it's expert knowledge from industries, technology platforms and overall working processes.
Commenting on this important step Mr. Johnstone said
"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. The network of SKF Solution Factories around the world is growing, with 7 established so far; two in China, one in Sweden, one in Brazil, one in Italy, one in South Africa and now this one in India. The plan is to establish some 10 of these factories in 2009, serving customers on every continent. More locations will be added in the years to come and the SKF Solution Factories worldwide work together, sharing experience and knowledge, with common standards"
Sudhir Rege, Head of Service Business in SKF India commented further: "The SKF Solution Factory is a concentration of our knowledge resources, allowing us to offer so much more than products in a box. For example, instead of only delivering bearings and seals to our customers, we can help them cut operational costs, improve efficiency and availability. Our commitment is towards helping our customers get more competitive and the Solution Factory will make this very visible to them. The SKF Solution Factory fully supports the SKF strategy of providing knowledge engineering solutions to our customers.'
SKF Solution Factory Pune will start by offering bearing remanufacturing and spindle services. Later it will add customized product services, remote diagnostics, customized sealing solutions, Lubrication Oil Station assembly, etc.
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. www.skf.com.
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.
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