Heavy industries

(Metals, Mining and Cement, Pulp and Paper) 

Metals

Market overview

The metal industry is split into ferrous (e.g. steel) and non-ferrous (e.g. aluminium) production. Ferrous production accounts for the majority of the industry’s turnover. China is the largest steel producer in the world, followed by Japan, the USA and Russia. Iron ore and energy price levels, as well as governmental regulations impact steel producers. The industry is driven by the need for improving profitability, safeguarding and further improving material quality and workers’ health and safety, as well as reducing the negative impact it has on the environment.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF is a technical development partner for the world’s leading OEMs and service partner to end-users in the metals industry. The company supplies a wide range of solutions including bearings, seals, services and lubrication systems. SKF’s services and solutions offering manages the entire asset life cycle for achieving higher productivity, reliability and energy efficiency for its customers.

Mining and Cement

Market overview

The mining and cement industry is diverse, encompassing aggregates (crushed stone, sand, gravel), cement, coal, metal ore and industrial minerals production. The industry uses a variety of processes and machinery such as haul trucks, shovels, blast drills, grinding mills, kilns and presses, and is exposed to extreme temperatures, heavy loads and contaminated and wet environments that make machinery difficult to maintain and repair.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF provides the mining and cement industries with a wide range of products and services that contribute to improved productivity, reliability, reduced environmental impact and improved worker health and safety. The company has close relationships with manufacturers and end-users worldwide and is increasing its presence with engineering, procurement and construction consultants to get more SKF solutions specified and installed in new mine developments.

End-users in this industry remain focused on increasing productivity and cost-cutting, creating opportunities for SKF’s many solutions for increasing reliability, productivity and profitability.

Pulp and Paper

Market overview

The pulp and paper industry is among other things, influenced by population and economic growth and challenged by increasing environmental regulation, volatility in raw material and energy prices, changes in usage patterns like reduced demand for newsprint and accelerating use of electronic media. The major paper producing countries are China, the USA and Japan, while pulp production is dominated by the USA, China, Canada and Brazil.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF has a long history of involvement with, and product development for, the pulp and paper industry. SKF is a leading supplier of bearings and associated products, lubrication systems and services to both equipment manufacturers and pulp and paper mills. SKF service and technology offerings help pulp and paper customers around the world to maximize productivity through improved reliability and in cutting costs.

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