The contract includes the supply of bearings for the latest Turbomeca engine, Arrano.

“The bearings used within a helicopter engine are key components that contribute to reduced wear, increased longevity and overall engine performance," said Stephane Le-Mounier, director of SKF Aerospace. "SKF is proud to gain this business which is a clear sign of new confidence demonstrated by Turbomeca and will strengthen our partnership." 

Olivier Andriès, CEO for Turbomeca, added: “This contract exemplifies our strategy to identify key suppliers, to involve them in advanced developments and as a result get a long-term commitment."

The new Arrano 1 100 HP engine is designed to equip four to six ton helicopters. It will offer 10-15% lower fuel consumption, contributing to improved performance (range and payload) and reduced environmental footprint.

SKF has also received more than SEK30 million in new orders from the marine sector.

“We are now in a position where we can deliver value for our marine customers at every stage in the life cycle of their machinery," said Vartan Vartanian, president, SKF industrial market, regional sales and service. This value ranges from specification to design and development; manufacture and test; installation and commissioning; operation and monitoring; as well as maintenance and repair, Vartanian explained.

One of the orders is for bearings, together with a lubrication solution, for a specialist marine engineering company. At the specification and design stages of the asset life cycle, SKF is now providing a custom-designed slewing bearing to a customer inSingapore, which will substantially increase the mean time between bearing failures.

Once the machinery is up and running, SKF provides solutions to minimise downtime and maximise productivity. It achieves this in part by supplying condition monitoring products and services and has recently secured several orders for these solutions in the marine industry.

The company has also won a number of long-term contracts to provide companies in Latin America with services ranging from machine lubrication to condition monitoring.

One of these, a five-year contract worth SEK115 million, will see SKF deliver maintenance services to one of Brazil’s largest metal producers. As part of the performance-based contract, SKF will inspect and monitor the condition of its customers’ machines to anticipate potential issues and prevent defects from occurring.

Another contract is a four-year lubrication service contract worth SEK55 million in Peru, where SKF will supply lubrication tools to one of the world’s biggest copper producers. SKF will plan, schedule, execute and manage the lubrication of the customer’s mine equipment, including trucks, shovels and drills, and also its concentrator plant equipment, including conveyor belts, crushers, ball mills and flotation cells.

In Chile, SKF has signed a SEK34 million technology contract for a major copper producer. The project will focus on monitoring the condition of the customer’s critical mining equipment in its concentrator and roasting plant.

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