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SKF (U.K.) Limited has become an accredited supplier under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS).

The certification was awarded to SKF by railway industry supplier approval body (RISAB), SGS.

The certification means that SKF can supply rail customers, such as rolling stock companies (ROSCOs) without the need for extra auditing and assessment.

RISAS provides an economy of scale to the railway industry by reducing duplication in the auditing and assessment of suppliers of critical goods and services for the overhaul of assets and components. It sets out to ensure that suppliers of critical products to the railway industry have the appropriate systems, processes, competence, resources, facilities and procedures in place.

Greg Waller, Railway Service Centre Manager at SKF, said: “We are an established rail industry supplier, and were encouraged to apply for RISAS certification by some of our long-standing customers. We are the first bearings company in the U.K. to receive this accreditation.”

SKF is now certified to carry out maintenance and repair from its Luton headquarters in five product areas: axlebox bearings, axleboxes, suspension tubes, bearing overhaul and repair, and the procurement and supply of new and refurbished suspension tube cases.

Jason Edmonds, Rail Operations Manager at SGS, said: “The identification and traceability of components seen throughout the overhaul process was very well established and comprehensively implemented. Housekeeping and process control throughout SKF’s workshops were seen to be robust and well managed.”

For further information about RISAS approval, contact:

Jason Edmonds
Rail Operations Manager
t: +44 7712 785718

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.