SKF is a world leader in rolling bearings and related technologies, committed to advancing manufacturing processes through digitalization. As part of this commitment, SKF aims to minimize the negative environmental externalities associated with lubricant incineration in open bearings. Now, we are looking for solutions that create more value off the excess grease to address the environmental impact and expand the service offering for customers.

Opportunity overview

Currently, customers are handling the grease disposal phase themselves through conventional waste management practices, specifically incineration. It is classified as hazardous waste and provides no value for the customers, with the burning of the residual grease from bearing lubrication also posing negative environmental consequences. There is an opportunity for SKF to create value by offering a solution that addresses the disposal or reuse of used grease, either on or off-site, increasing the comprehensiveness of SKF service proposition. The goal of the requested solution is to expand the service offering while minimizing the environmental impacts. For example, solutions that focus on reconditioning the grease for reuse through e.g., conditioning processes, additives, batch treatments, or even conversion into other raw materials are of interest. 

Summary of the requested solution

The sought-after solution aims to create value for customers by more effectively managing the disposal of used grease or extending its life span through reuse or alternative methods. Rather than only enabling the technology, the infrastructure of the solution should also be considered. Innovations in this function would contribute to reducing the CO2 footprint and offer cost savings in hazardous waste management. This would open up new opportunities to extend the service offering of SKFs business and have a positive impact on the environment & the brand. 

Your opportunity with SKF

SKF is the world’s largest bearing manufacturer, with 17,000 distributors in 130 countries. As a leader in our field, we can offer you a significant reference for your solution and a chance to make a real impact at a large scale. Collaborating with SKF in addressing the challenges with grease waste disposal not only presents an opportunity to contribute to a greener future but also to expand your company’s market presence and industry knowledge. We want to work together and provide you with valuable learnings, enabling your company further opportunities within the industry.

Examples we're looking for

Environmentally efficient lubricant disposal

Technology & infrastrucutre solutions aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of lubrication waste disposal as opposed to incineration is of interest from a perspective of reducing the negative impact on the environment.

Reconditioning technologies for used lubricants

Innovative solutions focused on e.g., reconditioning used grease for reuse through additives, conditioning processes, batch treatments, or conversion into other raw materials can effectivize and unlock the value of the excess lubricants.

SKF is a world-leading provider of innovative solutions that help industries become more competitive and sustainable. By making products lighter, more efficient, longer lasting, and repairable, they help their customers improve rotating equipment performance and reduce environmental impact. SKF's offering around the rotating shaft includes bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring, and services. Founded in 1907, SKF is represented in approximately 129 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide.

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