Short facts

This is SKF

SKF works to reduce friction, make things run faster, longer, cleaner and more safely. Doing this in the most effective, productive and sustainable way has made the SKF Group a leading global supplier of products, solutions and services within rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. Services include technical support, maintenance services, condition monitoring, asset efficiency optimization, engineering consultancy and training.

Customer industries

Industrial distribution Sales through industrial distributors.

Industry, general Automation, machine tools, industrial drives, medical and health care.

Industrial, heavy and special Heavy industrial machinery: metals, mining and cement, pulp and paper. Special machinery: marine, food and beverage.

Aerospace Aircraft and helicopter ­builders, aero-engine, gearbox, and other aircraft systems manufacturers.

Energy Renewable energy and traditional energy.

Railway Passenger, locomotives and freight cars.

Off-highway Construction, agriculture and forestry and fork lift trucks.

Cars and light trucks Cars and light truck manufacturers (OEMs) and their sub-suppliers.

Vehicle aftermarket Spare-part kits products for cars, trucks and two-wheelers.

Trucks Truck, trailer and bus manufacturers (OEMs) and their sub-suppliers.

Two-wheelers and Electrical Motorcycles, scooters and skates. Home appliances, portable power tools and electric motors.

Research and development

The Group’s investment in research and development has resulted in numerous innovations, new standards, products, solutions and services. In 2016, SKF recorded 229 (520) invention disclosures and successfully registered 191 (461) first filings of patent applications.

Sales and manufacturing

SKF is represented in over 130 countries through its own sales companies and over 17,000 distributor locations. The company has around 108* manufacturing units in 24 countries.

* Units with over 20 employees are included.

Global Certification

The Group has global certification to IS0 14001 (environmental management system), ISO 50001 (energy management) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety) standards. Its operations are also certified to either ISO 9001 or applicable customer industry standards, e.g. ISO/TS 16949 (automotive), AS9100 (aviation) or IRIS (railway) for quality management systems. 

SKF Care

SKF Care defines the Group's approach to sustainability with four dimensions; Business Care, Environmental Care, Employee Care and Community Care. These principles guide how the Group works and runs its operations.

SKF BeyondZero

The BeyondZero strategy drives actions to reduce the environmental impact from SKF’s activities while at the same time providing customers with solutions that reduce the impact of their products or operations.


The SKF Board has ten members elected by the Annual General Meeting, and two members and two deputy members appointed by the employees. The SKF Group Management has eleven members.

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