Release time : 2015-06-12 10:05:28
SKF has among eight finalist companies been selected the winner of the 2009 Swedish Innovation Award. The jury motivation was:
"Innovation is daring to challenge old conceptions. This year's winner of the Swedish Innovation Award has taken a more than 100 year old product, combined it with modern research and technology and utilized a new market demand for climate changeover and energy efficiency. Technical innovations have been packaged into a company vision - BeyondZeroTM. This year's winner has set a standard for how innovation and commercialization go hand in hand. SKF high speed bearing is a worthy winner of the 2009 Swedish Innovation Award."
SKF sees innovation from two dimensions. Products and solutions are being developed based on both customer needs and new technology trends.
"In 2007 SKF launched a whole new family of energy efficient needle roller bearings that reduces energy consumption by at least 30% compared to standard ISO products. With these customer driven innovations we will be able to support industry in making a significant contribution to energy savings today and in the future." says Tom Johnstone, President and CEO of SKF.
In addition SKF is addressing its own energy consumption and to reduce CO2 emissions in its BeyondZeroTM initiative. In short this means that the energy savings from the products and solutions that SKF miniature bearing supplies to its customers will be greater than the SKF Group's own energy consumption.
The prize sum amounts to 100 000 SEK and the money will be put into a fund with the purpose to support researchers in a field of interest for future SKF innovations such as material development.
The Swedish Innovation Award was founded 2007 by the Swedish trade magazine Veckans Aff?rer and the technical consulting group with the purpose to highlight and reward commercialization of innovation in a broader perspective.