SKF South Africa, the global bearing and rotating technology and engineering specialist, has been appointed by Henred Fruehauf as an OEM supplier.
“SKF’s capabilities to offer value added service ensured our OEM supplier status,” says Ettienne Schoeman, SKF key accounts manager – Commercial Vehicles. “In addition to being able to supply a full wheel solution i.e. bearings, hub seals and hub caps, we also offered an audit on Henred Fruehauf’s production line to ensure that all standards were met. Our comprehensive value proposition resulted in Henred Fruehauf placing the first order for 10 000 HM518445/10 SKF bearings.”
The solid business relationship between SKF and Henred Fruehauf was further strengthened with the appointment of Henred Fruehauf as an SKF distributor at their depots located in nine African countries as well as those in South Africa.
“The appointment was a natural progression and makes sound business sense for both companies who share numerous synergies when it comes to quality product and service delivery.” Schoeman confirms that training and mapping is currently in progress at all the respective depots.
Excited at being appointed as a Henred Fruehauf OEM supplier, Schoeman says this has opened new doors for SKF in the commercial sector.
“Furthermore, it has assisted our other platforms to sell additional value adding products around the truck. This appointment demonstrates SKF’s focus on range expansion as well as our capabilities to offer custom value adding solutions to OEM distributors and end-users,” says Schoeman.