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Power the Future Report

2015 February 04, 08:00 CEST

SKF, in partnership with industrial technology experts and academics from across the globe, has released a new thought leadership report focusing on the future of manufacturing and engineering. The document, entitled ‘Power the Future’, features contributions by specialists from within SKF and leading external authorities. It focuses on current and emerging trends in engineering technology and processes, and outlines how the factory, machinery and the workforce will evolve in the near future.  In the right column you will find the report in its full.

Contributor bios

Chapter 1, part 1


Professor Peter Dobson OBE, BSc, MA (Oxon), PhD, C Phys, F Inst P, Member of the ACS, FRCS.

Peter is a leading expert in manufacturing, advanced materials and nanotechnology. He is currently a Principal Fellow at Warwick Manufacturing Group, (Warwick University UK), sits on several EPSRC panels and committees and consults widely for industry. From 2002 to 2013, he directed the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University and he has set up a number of spin-off companies. Peter was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to science and engineering in 2013 and in the same year retired from Oxford University, where he was the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK (2009-2013).


Chapter 1, part 2 

Christoffer Malm, Head of Connectivity Room, SKF

Christoffer is Head of Connectivity Room at SKF. He is responsible for driving mobility solutions for SKF employees and customers forward. As leader of the connectivity team, he works with iOS and Android developers, product leaders and strategic thinkers within the mobile arena to enhance SKF connectivity. Christoffer graduated from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2006 with a Master’s degree (MSc.) in Electrical Engineering and joined SKF in 2008.

Chapter 1, part 3

Rob Jenkinson, Director of Corporate Responsibility, SKF

Rob has been the Director of Corporate Sustainability at SKF since 2010. He began his career with SKF in 1989 and has held a variety of engineering and management roles in a range of countries, including the UK, China, USA and Japan. Rob has been very much involved in the development of SKF’s BeyondZero strategy.  He holds a Master’s Degree (MSc.) in Energy, Environment Technology and Economics and an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Chapter 2, part 1


Professor Detlef Zühlke

Detlef is Director of the Innovative Factory Systems department at the German Research Centre (DFKI-IFS) for artificial Intelligence in Kaiserslautern and a leading specialist on Industry 4.0 and smart factories. Furthermore, he is the initiator and chairman of the executive board of SmartFactoryKL and holds the position of Chair for production automation at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Chapter 2, part 2

Filippo Zingariello, Director of Strategic Development, Group Technology, SKF

Filippo is Director of Strategic Development, Group Technology at SKF. He is responsible for strategic programmes and directives, such as the creation and development of new Global Technical Centres in India and in China, and responsible for Global Metallurgy and Chemical laboratories. Since September 2013, he has been leading the SKF Group initiative to commercialise and industrialise SKF Insight solutions. Filippo gained a Masters degree (MSc.) in Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and joined SKF in 1988.

Chapter 2, part 3

Ulf Sjöblom, Director - Group Manufacturing Development, SKF

Ulf is Director of Group Manufacturing Development and is responsible for the manufacturing related R&D for the SKF Group. He has a degree in Metallurgy and joined SKF in 1984. Ulf has held various managerial position in both manufacturing and in R&D and has been responsible for a number of industry assignments, mainly at universities and institutes in a position of responsibility on advisory and scientific boards.

Chapter 3, part 1

Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group

Valentijn is Vice President of ARC Advisory Group, a group of industry leading specialists in manufacturing and supply chain solutions. His speciality areas include organisational change, business process improvement, value-based performance and knowledge management. Valentijn holds a PhD in technical sciences from Delft University of Technology (NL) and a Master’s degree (MSc.) in Chemistry from Utrecht State University, Holland.

Chapter 3, part 2

Alejandro Sanz, Group Technology Development, SKF

Alejandro is Head of Group Technology Intelligence at SKF. He is responsible for identifying and assessing new technologies and venture opportunities for future markets. Alejandro’s team supports strategic decisions on SKF market-technology positioning, licensing, alliances, joint & corporate ventures and acquisition prospects. He has a PhD in Material Physics and joined SKF in 2003 to manage the science and technology activities in SKF, following a decade in industry.

Chapter 3, part 3

David Johansson, Head of Strategy and Portfolio Management, SKF

David is Head of Strategy and Portfolio Management at SKF. He has been instrumental in SKF Group’s business development and strategy implementation projects within the Marine division and now focuses on strategy development for all industrial markets. David graduated from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2005 with a Master’s degree (MSc.) in Industrial Marketing and Electrical Engineering and joined SKF in the same year.

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