Medical and Healthcare

Market overview

The medical industry is evolving around an increasingly ageing population, obesity, more healthcare being carried out at home, a growing population in emerging countries and the need for more flexible and automated equipment. The industry is highly regulated with strict safety standards and medical norms. Taken all together, this puts demands on the market to cut healthcare costs and improve technology, productivity and service performance. The medical and healthcare industry has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade and the global market is expected to continue growing.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF is a development partner to many medical equipment manufacturers and supports customers in optimizing medical equipment design. SKF’s products are used to provide linear and rotational motion for applications ranging from imaging, surgery, laboratory automation, life support, dental, ophthalmic and hospital equipment and medical computed tomography equipment. These solutions include electromechanical actuation for lifting, rolling bearings and linear rails for turning and guiding functions, engineered machined seals for separating media, and associated control components and thin section bearings and slewing ring bearings. SKF also provides testing support during design, pre-production and production to comply with industry norms and standards.

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