SKF launches a state-of-the-art SKF Application Development Center

2004 November 19, 13:00 CET

SKF Application Development Center for two – wheelers and automotive market was launched by Tom Johnstone, SKF Group President & CEO and Rakesh Makhija, Managing Director, SKF India Limited at a major event held in Bangalore today. The event saw the likes of eminent dignitaries like Mr. P.G.R. Sindhia, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Karnataka, Her Excellency Ms. Inga Eriksson Fogh, Ambassador of Sweden and Mr. Giuseppe Donato, Chairman RIV-SKF S.p.A, President Electrical Division. The applications development Center is an endeavor by SKF, the world's leading technology and solutions provider of bearings, seals, related products, systems and services to showcase its knowledge base & relevant vertical specific technological expertise to its consumers.

India is a high growth area for two-wheeler and automotive segment. Bangalore being the IT hub of the country, SKF decided to set up an Application Development Center there, to bring Engineering Solutions closer to its Customers. The launch of this state-of-the-art Center was followed by a factory visit. It gave an insight into the kind of technological expertise & global standards that are followed at the SKF Application Development Center.

Speaking on the occasion, Tom Johnstone, SKF Group President & CEO said, “Out of the 24 million two – wheelers produced globally every year, 20 million come from Asia. This almost amounts to 83% of the total production. With this centre, SKF aims to strengthen its role as a global partner to its customers in all segments of the Industry as well as its commitment to the Asian Market and India in particular. At SKF, we are committed to preempting customers’ requirement in a rapidly changing technological environment”.

SKF Application Development center will focus on the development of completely new technologies in this space, as well as on optimization of the existing product range. It will support the SKF two-wheeler customers worldwide with competences and facilities such as application engineering, product and system design, advanced calculation and simulation, manufacturing of prototypes, testing and validation. The Center will also carry out Complex Simulation exercises to identify the functioning and developmental need of the SKF customer Applications.

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