SKF invests in new technical center in US
Gothenburg, Sweden - SKF plans to build a new 12,100 sq m (130,000 sq. ft.) facility in the greater Chicago area. The Global Technical Center Americas (GTCA) will reinforce SKF’s strategy to have these centers near its important customers...
Gothenburg, Sweden – SKF plans to build a new 12,100 sq m (130,000 sq. ft.) facility in the greater Chicago area. The Global Technical Center Americas (GTCA) will reinforce SKF’s strategy to have these centers near its important customers to focus on market-specific product innovations, leveraging all of SKF’s five platforms – bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services. It joins two centres recently opened in China and India, while the two new European centres are under construction, one in Holland and one in Sweden.
“One of SKF’s driving forces is to continue to deliver world-leading research and innovation and to develop products [that] deliver significant energy savings for our customers,” says Tom Johnstone, SKF president and CEO. “This newest centre will strengthen our global network of technical centres that support each of our key regions.”
The Naperville, IL-based R&D centre will complement SKF existing technical centre in Plymouth, MI. “Over the past five years, investments of over US$2.5 billion have been made by SKF in the US both by building new facilities, and the acquisition of the lubrication company Lincoln Industrial and most recently Kaydon Corporation.”
“We have long been recognized as the world technical leader and innovator in our field,” states Poul Jeppesen, president of SKF USA Inc. “The GTCA will bring world-class SKF knowledge and experience closer to our customers in order to increase the speed of delivering new products and solutions to market.
“Our engineers will be working more closely with our customers in order to solve tomorrow’s engineering problems today, tackling challenges from energy efficiency to reliability and increased productivity. GTCA will also strengthen our connections to the excellent university research work in North America.”
SKF plans to initially invest about US$30 million, including employing around 80 engineers, during Step 1, which should be completed within four years. Eventually the facility may house up to 200 employees. Construction begins in the fall of 2014 and operations are expected to begin by the end of 2015. Recruitment of the first wave of engineers and technical specialists will begin in September 2014.