A 32-year contract for the Berlin underground

In 2021, SKF signed an agreement with Stadler Rail to equip and service rolling stock for the Berlin underground (U-Bahn) in Germany. The 32-year service contract aims to help improve the reliability and uptime of trains on the U-Bahn, ranging from the design of new wheel set bearings to axle boxes and lubrication systems.

The contract is covered by a performance agreement, which is measured against a set of KPIs to ensure high customer confidence. Under the agreement, SKF will service more than 600 rail carriages, which may be extended to a total of 1,500 carriages. The contract will involve the supply and servicing of more than 12,000 wheelset bearings, among other services.