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SKF invests in automated production lines in France

SKF supports the growth of the aerospace market and its business by investing in a new automated production line at the SKF Aeroengine plant in Valenciennes, France. Through this investment, SKF is strengthening its flexibility and competitiveness in France.
Gothenburg, Sweden, January 21, 2019: Today, SKF has opened a fully automated production line dedicated to SAFRAN's LEAP engine components. This strategic investment is part of the Group's modernization of production in France. It also helps to strengthen SKF's expertise in rotating equipment performance and improve customer service around bearings.
SKF is investing in new digital production lines to optimize its production capacity and support major customers to accelerate production by the end of 2020. “This growth is affecting the aerospace market. Therefore, in response to the changing market situation, SKF is adapting to its production capacity,” explains Philippe Peroz, manager of the aerospace business unit.
The investment includes turning and milling machines, as well as the installation of automated assembly lines with robots for fully automated operation of the production line.
It is the first production line of the SKF Aero Engine France plant, which integrates four key phases of the engine component production cycle: turning, milling and grinding, control and traceability.
The Valenciennes plant employs 550 people and produces engine and transmission bearings for market leaders in the domestic and international markets. It is listed as the center of excellence for the SKF Group's aerospace bearings.