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SKF programme to improve efficiency, reduce cost and strengthen profitable growth

  SKF programme to improve efficiency, reduce cost and strengthen profitable
  growth

Business Wire

GÖTEBORG, Sweden -- January 14, 2013

Regulatory News:

SKF (STO:SKFB)(STO:SKFA)(Pink Sheets:SKFRY)(LSE:SKFB):

The strategy and the long-term financial targets which were launched by the
SKF Group in 2010 were based on initiatives for profitable growth and cost
reductions in the business. Based on today’s more challenging business
environment the SKF Group has decided to expand and accelerate the programme
for cost reduction activities aiming at reducing its annual cost by SEK 3
billion by the end of 2015.

The cornerstones of the programme for cost reduction activities are:

  *consolidation of production between sites
  *transfer of production from West Europe to East Europe, Asia, Latin
    America in order to serve these faster growing markets with more local
    production
  *optimization and productivity improvements in the manufacturing and demand
    chain processes
  *consolidation of and efficiency improvements in administration and support
    functions
  *reduction in purchasing cost mainly through standardization and
    rationalization of the supplier base.

The total cost for this programme will be approximately SEK 1.5 billion for
the years 2012 to 2015 and will be recorded as projects are finally approved
and implemented during the period. This will impact some 2,500 people
primarily through early retirement and other voluntary and agreed reductions.

"When we launched our financial targets in the autumn of 2010 we identified
cost reduction as one of the key initiatives and the activities we have now
announced and those which are underway are part of this. We will also continue
to aggressively drive our initiatives focussed on profitable growth which can
be seen for example with the new investments we are making in faster growing
regions and industries, our increased investment in research and development
and the acquisitions which we have made," says Tom Johnstone, President and
CEO.

"Demand weakened as we went through the fourth quarter and we expect it to
continue at this lower level at the beginning of this year. Manufacturing was
therefore reduced more than planned to reflect this, resulting in inventories
being lowered by over 600 MSEK," Tom Johnstone continues.

In the fourth quarter 2012 SKF will report restructuring cost of SEK 200
million as the first step of the programme and in addition SEK 100 million for
impairments and write down of assets. The annual savings from this first step
will be SEK 150 million when fully implemented in the second half of 2013.
Some 550 people are affected primarily in Ukraine, Italy, Sweden and USA.

Gothenburg, 14 January 2013

Aktiebolaget SKF (publ)

AB SKF is required to disclose the information provided herein pursuant to the
Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The
information was submitted for publication at 08:30 on 14 January 2013.

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which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services,
engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130
countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011
were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039. www.skf.com

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Contact:

PRESS: Ingalill Östman
Senior Vice President Communications, Group Communications
tel: 46 31-337 3260
mobile: 46 706-973260
e-mail: ingalill.ostman@skf.com
or
INVESTOR RELATIONS: Marita Björk
Head of Investor Relations
tel: 46 31-337 1994
mobile: 46 705-181994
e-mail: marita.bjork@skf.com
 
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