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Bearings with lowest possible carbon emissions

Technews Industry Guide: Sustainable Manufacturing 2023 Motion Control & Drives

SKF has signed a letter of intent with CAKE, the Swedish maker of premium, lightweight, electric motorcycles, to explore how it can incorporate bearings produced with the lowest possible carbon emissions.

CAKE and Vattenfall have committed to producing the Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever by removing carbon emissions from every part of the electric Kalk OR bike’s value chain by 2025, without resorting to carbon offsetting. The goal of the initiative is to inspire the automotive industry to adopt fossil-free production methods through innovative partnerships.

As a partner of the initiative, SKF will use its extensive expertise to explore how low-emission bearings can be implemented in key areas of the bike, such as the steering, wheels, frame, and e-motor. SKF experts will also work with CAKE to look at ways to further reduce emissions as part of the project.

David Johansson, president of Automotive at SKF, said: “Our expertise as a market-leading actor in the two-wheeler market, coupled with our knowledge and experience in producing bearings with minimal environmental impact, means that we can make a tangible contribution towards realising CAKE’s and Vattenfall’s vision of a clean dirt bike.”

Stefan Ytterborn, CEO of CAKE, added: “We have inspired industry giants to push their limits when it comes to decarbonisation of production, making an impact lasting beyond the dirt bike. This is what the project is about – creating a fossil-free mindset in every part of the production phase. We are very happy that SKF, one of the world’s largest and most advanced bearing manufacturers, is now joining in.”


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