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Timken buys split bearing maker Revolvo from Eriks

08 December, 2014

The US bearing manufacturer Timken is buying the assets of the UK-based bearing manufacturer Revolvo from the Dutch group Eriks, which acquired the business when it bought Wyko in 2006. Revolvo, located in Dudley, West Midlands, specialises in manufacturing split roller bearings (SRBs) for applications in process and heavy industries. In 2013, it posted sales worth around $8.3m. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Revolvo's split-to-the-shaft roller bearings can be fitted without needing access to the shaft ends. Instead, the bearing is built around the shaft, cutting downtime because no other components need to be removed during installation or for maintenance.

Revolvo’s range, which also include custom and standard solid bearings, spans sizes from 15mm bore to outside diameters of more than 1.5m.

Timken sees Revolvo as being complementary to its existing businesses and integral to filling out its product lines. In recent years, Timken has been expanding its product portfolio and has acquired several new products and services including roller and engineered chain, lubrication systems, and gearbox, generator and motor repair services.

“We're pleased to have Revolvo become part of Timken,” says Hans Landin, Timken’s product line executive for power transmission and engineering systems. “The Revolvo team brings a wealth of experience and well-established customer relationships, and their split roller bearing housed unit line will strengthen the Timken portfolio of bearing and power transmission products.

Revolvo's split roller bearings minimise downtime during fitting and maintenance

“Revolvo's expertise and quality product line, coupled with Timken's global reach and market access,” he adds, “will allow us to leverage resources to improve competitiveness and accelerate the growth of housed unit products, particularly in Europe and Asia.”

In a statement, Eriks’ board says that the strategic direction that it is now taking “does not enable the full development of the Revolvo business potential”. It has therefore accepted Timken’s offer. It acknowledges the efforts of Revolvo’s employees and wishes them “every success for the future”.

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