Precision Products is already working closely with Gothenburg-listed SKF in the wind power business, both on and offshore. Turbine technology and the after-sales market are developing at a record pace and the company is now providing roller bearing guide rings for SKF turbine installations in various parts of the world.

The Swedish company provides a range of options for turbine installations, including geared, hybrid and direct-drive set-ups. However, the main shaft of a wind turbine, especially at sea, is subject to huge axial and radial loads and must provide fault-free operation, often in constantly changing and sometimes harsh marine environments.

"The wind turbine business is an exciting market for us," comments Scott Rhodes, Precision Products MD. "Products which can cope with the high mechanical stresses of a wind turbine are essential to maximise uptime and this is where our precision engineering and high quality really counts."