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New appointments strengthen SKF Automotive business

2018 October 25, 15:00 CET

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 25 October 2018 – SKF is a leading premium component supplier to automotive original equipment manufacturers and the independent aftermarket around the world. Designing solutions with the right performance, SKF’s Automotive team creates customer value by focusing on quality, energy efficiency, comfort, optimised performance and safety.

With this in mind, SKF is today announcing two senior appointments to its Automotive team:

Ralph Bast has been appointed as President Global Automotive Bearing Business. Ralph was previously Senior Vice President Automatic Transmissions at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and joined SKF on 15 October 2018.

Norbert Neumann has been appointed President of SKF’s newly-created Global Automotive Aftermarket business unit. Norbert was previously Head of the Electric Power Steering Rack Business Unit within Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Gmbh and joined SKF on 1 October 2018

Ralph and Norbert will both report to Bernd Stephan, President Automotive & Aerospace.

Bernd comments, “Now that we have successfully implemented our turnaround plan, it’s the ideal time to bring in some fresh new leadership to help us optimise the opportunities that lie ahead of us in areas such as electric vehicles and online aftersales. We are very happy that Ralph and Norbert are joining the team. They are both experienced leaders who will contribute significantly to develop our business and add value to our customers.”

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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2017 were SEK 77 938 million and the number of employees was 45 678. 
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