Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF has announced plans to consolidate its manufacturing facilities in North America, including the closure of its sites in San Diego, CA, and Baltimore, MD.
“These activities will strengthen our position in North America, making us more competitive and better able to support our customers, by improving the utilization of our manufacturing assets," said Luc Graux, president, bearing operations.
Production will be transferred from the group’s site in Hanover, PA, to Flowery Branch, GA. The move will consolidate production of spherical roller bearings and large size roller bearings into the existing bearing manufacturing operations in Flowery Branch.
Production of rings and seals for the aerospace industry will be relocated to Hanover from SKF’s existing factory in Baltimore, MD, which will be closed.
Manufacturing and development of condition monitoring solutions will be moved from SKF’s existing site in San Diego, CA, to other sites in Europe. This will enable the group to offer customers better condition monitoring solutions faster, as the development team will be centralized in the same region.
The Y-bearing and units production channels in Puebla, Mexico, which serve North American customers within the agriculture segment, will be closed, with production transferred to other SKF sites.