SKF boss makes Canadian stop
TORONTO-SKF president and CEO Tom Johnstone spoke recently to business leaders and media here. He outlined SKF's environmental programs, which include the development of a new family of "green" bearings that reduce energy consumption by at least 30 percent compared to standard ISO products, as well as the SKF BeyondZero initiative.
The new bearing family comprises the two bearing types that are most widely used in the world: deep-groove ball bearings and tapered-roller bearings. Johnstone said the bearings would deliver energy savings on average of at least 30 percent. SKF launched the BeyondZero program two years ago. In short, this means that the energy savings from the products and solutions that SKF supplies to its customers will be greater than the SKF Group’s own energy consumption.
"These new bearings are the result of a focused effort from the SKF organizations to develop a new bearing family, that while maintaining the service life and load carrying capacity of standard ISO bearings, will substantially reduce energy consumption," said Johnstone. "At SKF, we’re moving in the right direction and we must stay the course. We’ll continue what we’ve been doing."
As part of the BeyondZero program, SKF has implemented a number of actions to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy in its production facilities. Already in 13 Swedish factories, energy savings of 24 GWh have been achieved through the installation of more energy efficient pumps and motors; new heating and energy recovery systems; new exhaust systems, recovering what would be "waste heat"; reducing compressed air usage; and installing energy efficient lighting.