Chemical use and legislative compliance

SKF is working actively throughout the years to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in the production. Chemical not only has an impact on the environment if poorly manage when a product containing the chemical is discarded, the use of chemical in manufacturing processes may also affect the health of employees, such as vapor from Volatile Organic Compound (VOC).

SKF has made it clear that all hazardous substances as listed in the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL), REACH substances of high concern and SIN list, with a concentration limit of 0,1 % (weight), shall not be used  in SKF products. In fact, the SKF's Environmental design guidelines is a process where we integrated key environmental issues such as product recyclability, legislative requirements, bio-biodegradability into our new product design and development.

How do we address chemical use?

  • Solvent and VOC

    Solvent use - halved the use

    Between 2007 and 2016 we were able to reduce the use of organic solvents by 49%.

    During the last years, Group has acquired new companies who have not yet deployed solvent reduction activities. 

    Our target is now to eliminate the use of solvents in washing processes by 2025, reporting structures are being developed to monitor this during 2019.

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