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SKF showcases circular economy solutions at Mining Indaba

March 2024 News

Mining is a key account segment for SKF globally, and SKF South Africa used Mining Indaba 2024 as a platform to spotlight its premium-brand mining and industrial product, technology, and service solutions. Businesses are doubling down on increased production and decreased operating costs, coupled with environmental compliancy, and the global focus has shifted to creating a circular economy. Saien Rugdeo, industrial distribution and regional sales manager at SKF South Africa, pointed out that mines face similar challenges. Achieving machine reliability and optimisation of rotating assets are pivotal for efficient, sustainable, and profitable operation.

SKF is on a global and local drive that embraces the concept of reliability and a circular economy, which go hand in glove. Here, remanufacturing, predictive maintenance, and asset management play a pivotal role. “In a bid to ensure that crucially important factors such as maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) work, we must first have a clear understanding of the mine’s vision and ensure that our premium technical support and supply is done through the right channels,” noted Rugdeo.

Programmes such as customer needs analysis (CNA) and stock inventory management optimisation (SIMO) position SKF South Africa to assist mines on the African continent with streamlining their supply chains through the procurement of application-specific products. “Through an integrated approach involving product, technology, engineering, reliability, and service solutions, in collaboration with our wide Authorised Distributor network and our Circular Economy Centre located at our head office in Johannesburg, we have created a strategic and efficient supply chain ecosystem with distributors, customers and end users,” he added.

Visitors to the Mining Indaba also had the opportunity to view some of SKF’s intelligent solutions, including the smart Quick Collect sensors. “One of SKF’s greatest strengths is our ability to keep developing new technologies and redesigning applications and value-adding solutions for customers to assist them with their decarbonisation drives. SKF also scrutinises its own environmental practices in a bid to shrink its carbon footprint. We are committed to developing value-adding circular economy products, technology, training and remanufacturing solutions, and to establishing long-term partnerships with our customers, adding value to their supply chain,” he concluded.


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