Sparrows, SKF Enter Distributor Agreement

Sparrows Group has secured a key distributor agreement with SKF, one of the world’s largest lubrication system, bearing and seal specialists.

The agreement enhances Sparrows’ position in the US industrial market, the company said. As part of the agreement, Sparrows, a global provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services to the oil and gas, renewables and industrial sectors, will supply and install lubrication systems as well as provide parts and repair services for SKF’s Lincoln lubrication systems in Louisiana and Mississippi in the U.S.

SKF has 17 000 distributor locations encompassing 130 countries. It supports a number of global industries including manufacturing across every sector, construction, marine, oil and gas and agriculture. A total of 12 Sparrows personnel have completed training on automated lubrication systems at SKF’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, and Sparrow’s Slidell, Louisiana, site as part of the agreement.

“SKF is a globally recognised brand and one of the most well-respected and trusted maintenance solutions companies in the world,” Stewart Mitchell, Sparrows CEO said. “This agreement is a timely achievement and will aid us to move forward as we further establish our credentials in the competitive U.S. industrial sector.

“We have 45-plus years under our belt of successfully servicing safety critical equipment in the energy sector. Signing this deal is in line with our robust diversification strategy and we are excited to see our reputation grow in the US industrial market space where we can further apply our experience and expertise.”

According to SKF, more than 40% of maintenance costs are related to poor lubrication, and providing the correct solution is vital to the ongoing reliability and integrity of any operational equipment.

Kevin Witbrodt, district manager at SKF, commented: “Sparrows already has a strong reputation for delivery and quality of service in the oil and gas industry. We know that having them as part of our distributor network will ensure the high standards in the Louisiana and Mississippi areas that our customers expect.”

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