Swedish bearings and seals specialist SKF said Monday that it had won a major supply order from the Vestas Group of Denmark, the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer. The two-year deal covers deliveries of bearings to Vestas wind turbine plants worldwide.

As a result of this order, the Vestas Group will become the biggest single customer of the large-bearing unit at the G�teborg factory. Bearings of six different sizes are required to suit wind turbines of three different power ratings.

In-depth technical expertise, short delivery times and good service are the main competitive advantages that led to the choice of SKF, said Helene Richmond, SKF’s Sales Area Director, Nordic Region.

“This is an important deal for SKF, and wind energy is becoming an important business area for us. We have also been highly successful as component supplier to companies that produce gearboxes and generators for wind power plants”, said Richmond.

The wind energy market has grown strongly within a short time and offers interesting potential for SKF. While the market is expected to grow by 20-25 per cent per year, SKF’s sales have increased by more than 60 per cent during the first nine months of the year.

SKF is the leading global supplier of products, solutions and services in the rolling bearing and seals business. The Group’s competencies include technical support, maintenance services, condition monitoring and training.