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History of the Clevedon factory

The Clevedon site pictured in 1964
AMPEP celebrating 25 years and the formal takeover by Sarma, 1988

Aerospace in Clevedon is part of SKF Strategic Industries and originally started life in 1963 as Ampep Industrial Products Ltd, an independent private Company. 

The company at that time was half owned by American Metal products, but became totally owned by a consortium of Bristol businessmen on the 4th July 1969. In 1973 the name was changed to AMPEP Ltd, and in 1982 the company became AMPEP plc.

AMPEP was purchased in 1988 by Sarma, who as a subsidiary of SKF formed the link, which has brought us where we are today. A further change happened on 1st July 2005, when AMPEP ceased to exist as a company and we became known as SKF (U.K.) Limited, Aerospace – Clevedon. 

The company occupies a site that covers approximately three acres, and employs over 200 people. We specialise in the design and manufacture of self-lubricating PTFE/glass fibre lined bearings for both aerospace and industrial applications. Preferred for the most demanding applications, these bearings offer an exceptional load to mass ratio, combined with excellent resistance to fatigue and wear. 

In the aerospace sector, the bearings are widely used in the airframes and flight control systems of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and in the industrial market in a huge range of applications including mass transit systems, high performance cars, military vehicles, and marine equipment.


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