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Why use an SKF Authorized Distributor?

SKF Authorized Distributor

The simple answer is that by dealing with an SKF Authorized Distributor rather than an independent supplier you have total peace of mind. However, to answer that question in a little more detail, listed below are just some of the reasons why dealing with an SKF Authorized Distributor assures you of the best products and services available. 

Technical advice

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An SKF Authorized Distributor is qualified to bring you the highest industry standard of technical advice, both pre- and post- sale, on your application and solution, helping you make the most efficient and cost-effective specification from the outset.

Traceability

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There has been a marked increase in the proliferation of non-authorized bearings and other engineering products in the marketplace. By dealing with an SKF Authorized Distributor you can ensure that when you ask for SKF bearings, you receive genuine SKF bearings. 

Availability

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An SKF Authorized Distributor can supply 97% of your off-the-shelf requirements direct from stock within 24 hours. SKF’s European Distribution Centre (EDC), a single, central warehouse in Tongeren, Belgium, delivers daily, five days a week, all year round, to our nationwide network of distributors. 

A full range

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The depth of products that can be supplied by SKF Authorized Distributors runs into tens of thousands of items. Over 24,000 bearings, 1,250 seals, 10,000 linear motion components, 22,000 power transmission products and 2,000 maintenance products. 

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EDC can process some 16,000 order lines per day, which when coupled with SKF’s industry-leading availability, means you can reduce your inventory, improve cash flow, and save time and money in purchasing and administration costs. 

Avoid counterfeit bearings

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Quality and reliability are crucial in all products, perhaps no more so than bearings where a failure could, at best, cause inconvenience or, at worst, result in a major life-threatening disaster. This is why SKF is working with other manufacturers to fight the sale of counterfeit bearings. These products may look like the genuine article but they are illegal and will ultimately cost you money, as they may fail catastrophically in a short space of time and without warning.

By contrast, products such as our latest SKF Explorer bearings are produced to the highest standards, with technically advanced materials that have been tried and tested under the most demanding conditions. That means a long, trouble-free operating life, low through-life costs and complete peace of mind.

Today’s machinery is designed to run more efficiently at higher speeds and loads, and bearings of obsolete design are likely to be incapable of working in the modern day environment. However, by dealing through unauthorized channels, customers run the risk that the products they purchase could be reworked, second hand, poor quality components in ‘look-alike’ boxes.

By buying from an SKF Authorized Distributor the customer can be assured of not only the warranty and the traceability of all products supplied, but the latest design and specification from SKF.

If you believe that you have accidentally purchased a counterfeited SKF product, or would like to anonymously inform us of activity in this area, contact SKF at genuine@skf.com. Staff from SKF Group Headquarters will handle your mail with confidentiality.

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