Ovako, SKF advance in net-zero bearing production

Bearing producer SKF has produced a spherical roller bearing (SRB) with 90% less carbon emissions than its standard SRB by using Ovako’s bearing steel, Kallanish learns from the Swedish steelmaker.

The steel is produced from 97% recycled steel at Ovako’s Hofors mill and manufactured in SKF’s net zero factory in Gothenburg, Sweden. The bearing has already been installed in a crane at the Hofors mill, where it is one of hundreds of connected bearings that enable smoother operations and less unplanned downtime, Ovako says.

It describes the partnership as an example of how collaborations can speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Ovako claims it has carbon neutral operations at all its mills as a result of 97% recycled content, fossil-free electricity, process improvements and investments.

SKF’s factory in Gothenburg is the third SKF factory to achieve net zero status, part of the SKF’s Group ambitions to achieve net zero emissions across all its operations by 2030.

Christian Koehl Germany