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SKF leads the way in innovation and new product development

Leading aftermarket supplier SKF has demonstrated that it continues to lead the way in innovation and new product development with several recent new product additions to its bearing catalogue and an innovative solution for protecting the wheel bearing against corrosion.

While all SKF’s product groups have increased over recent months, new products in the bearings category rose significantly, with new Wheel Bearing Kits introduced for a number of vehicles including Dacia Duster, Mitsubishi Lancer V & Toyota Rav 4 III applications.


SKF also recently announced that it has developed an innovative solution for protecting the wheel bearing against corrosion. The anti-corrosion coating for hub bearing units makes the disassembly of the bearing from the knuckle and rim easier. It improves the aesthetics of the bearing during vehicle life and at the same time prevents rusty surfaces from coming into contact with the seals, thus maintaining their effectiveness. The anti-corrosion coating feature has been designed to withstand over 400 hours of salt-spray test (DIN EN ISO 9227 NSS) without jeopardizing the geometrical tolerances of the hub bearing unit.

It can be applied to all flanged hub bearings units of second and third generation and features:

– Scalable layer thickness according to customer requirements
– Low thickness tolerance
– Maximum working temperature above 200°C
– UV paint

The anti-corrosion hub bearing unit offer benefits to customers including:

– Strong resistance against corrosion
– Better bearing appearance during vehicle life
– Easier disassembly operations in workshop
– Lower risk of corroding the bearing seals with rust
– Low run-out on the outboard flange
– High flexibility in deciding which area of the bearing should be protected
– No environmental trade-offs (water based paint)
– Suitable for both new designs and retrofit
– Possible to use different paint colors.

SKF also recently received the prestigious Fiat Qualitas Award as the best quality supplier. The Fiat Qualitas Award is given to Fiat’s best suppliers and recognizes companies for their outstanding contribution to improved vehicle value. Tryggve Sthen, President, SKF Automotive says, “This is a highly prestigious award. It is truly inspiring and proves that we deliver the right value. Our cooperation goes back over 100 years and is based on trust and shared experiences. In addition to this award, another proof of our strong partnership is the recent agreement to supply products for Fiats new X-UV platform.”

SKF was recently nominated to supply the SKF wheel hub bearing units for the front and rear wheels for four different models of Fiat and Jeep on the new X-UV platform.

All the latest SKF products are available from Serfac Limited. Call 01-459 8700 or log on to the Serfac website