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Schaeffler buys Dutch bearing tools maker to boost service arm

03 August, 2021

Schaeffler has acquired Bega International, the Dutch manufacturer of tools for mounting and dismounting rolling bearings. The acquisition expands Schaeffler’s lifecycle service portfolio. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Bega was founded in 1978 to produce a device called the Tracta, which was used to dismantle ball bearings. It has since expanded into manufacturing and distributing tools for mounting and dismounting rolling bearings and other drive components. The company exports to more than 60 countries and serves industries including rail, mining, steel and windpower.

As part of its new strategic direction, outlined its Roadmap 2025 strategy, Schaeffler is expanding its portfolio of asset lifecycle products and services with the aim of becoming a “partner of choice” for predictive and prescriptive maintenance activities.

“By working with Bega, we can offer our customers top-quality total lifecycle services and solutions for bearings and other powertrain components,” says Rauli Hantikainen, head of Schaeffler’s Industry 4.0 strategic business.

“Thanks to this new partnership, Schaeffler and Bega will rank among the top providers of maintenance solutions,” adds Bega CEO Henk van Essen, who will remain in the role. “We also want to be the most innovative provider of maintenance tools.”

Bega’s portfolio includes energy-saving induction heating devices that shorten bearing mounting times.

Bega’s intelligent maintenance tools will have access to the IIoT platform that Schaeffler has created for its Optime condition-monitoring system, opening up new possibilities. And customers will have a common interface, helping to ensure a seamless experience across the rolling bearing lifecycle, from installation to monitoring, maintenance and repairs.

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