company_name = AB SKF
company_type = Public (OMX|SSE285|SKF B)
foundation = 1907
key_people = Leif Östling (Chairman of the board), Tom Johnstone (President and CEO)
products = Bearings, linear motion products, seals, lubrication systems, maintenance products, grease
revenue = SEK 58,559 million (2007)cite web |url=http://investors.skf.com/files/press/skf/SKF_Annualreport2007_eng.pdf |title=Annual Report 2007 |accessdate=2008-04-15 |publisher=SKF]
operating_income = profit SEK 7,539 million (2007)
num_employees= 42,900 (2007)
company_slogan = "To equip the world with SKF knowledge"
homepage = [http://www.skf.com/ www.skf.com]
intl = yes
SKF, "Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB", later "AB SKF", is a Swedish bearing
companyfounded in 1907, supplying bearings, seals, lubrication and lubrication systems, maintenance products, mechatronics products, power transmission products, customer solutions and related services globally.
The company, founded on Sven Wingqvist's 1907 Swedish
patentNo. 25406, a multi-row self-aligning radial ball bearing. The Patent was granted on June 6 in Sweden coinciding with patents in 10 other countries. The new ball bearingwas successful from the outset. By 1910, the company had 325 employees and a subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Manufacturingoperations were later established in multiple countries.
By 1912, SKF was represented in 32 countries and by 1930, a staff of over 21,000 were employed in 12
manufacturingfacilities worldwide. Assar Gabrielsson, SKF sales manager and Björn Prytz, Managing Director of SKF were the founders of VolvoAB in 1926. In the beginning, the company functioned as a subsidiary automobile company within the SKF group. SKF funded the production run of the first thousand cars, built at Hisingen, in Gothenburg, beginning in 1927. SKF used one of the company's trademarked names: AB Volvo, which derives from the Latin "I roll", with its obvious connotations of bearings in motion. The ownership of Volvo lasted until 1935 when the last shares were divested.
Present day business
Today, SKF is the largest bearing manufacturer in the world and employs approximately 40,000 people in approximately 100 manufacturing sites that span 70 countries [http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/about?lang=en] . Turnover for FY2005 was SEK49,285 million, and total assets were SEK40,349 million. The SKF Group currently consists of approximately 150 companies including the seal manufacturer
Chicago Rawhide. Since its founding, SKF's company headquarters have been located in Gothenburg. One recent acquisition was that of Economos, part of Salzer Holding, an Austria-based seal company, Jaeger Industrialand ABBA, Taiwanese manufacturers of linear actuators.
The company's clients include
General Electric, Rolls-Royce plcand Pratt and Whitney. It also supplies bearings for Ferrari racingvehicles, used in Formula Oneraces [http://www.logisticsit.com/absolutenm/templates/article-forecasting.aspx?articleid=2060&zoneid=3] , and is a sponsor of F1.
SKF employs a
Six Sigmabusiness approach. CEO Mr. Tom Johnstone was recognized as the Premier Six Sigma Leader of the year (2006) in Europe by the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals.
SKF currently sponsors
Richard Childress Racingand Jeff Burtonin the NASCARNextel Cup Series.
List of Swedish companies
Company history references
* SKF - The history of a Swedish Export Industry, 1907-1957, by Birger Steckzén, 1957. (Swedish language only).
* [http://www.skf.com/ SKF] - Official site
* [http://www.mapro.skf.com/ SKF Maintenance Products] - Tools and Lubrication
* [http://www.linearmotion.skf.com/ SKF Linear Motion] - SKF Linear Motion
* [http://www.linearmotion.skf.co.uk/ SKF United Kingdom] - SKF Linear Motion - United Kingdom
* [http://www.motiontech.skf.us/ SKF United States] - SKF Linear Motion - United States
* [http://www.skfusa.com/machinetoolservices] - Spindles Services Including Repairs and New Spindles
* [http://www.skf.com/skf/productcatalogue/jsp/calculation/calculationIndex.jsp? SKF bearing selection calculators] - Useful calculators for bearing selection (bearing life, loading, etc...).
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