It is the core thinking of Silvio Colombo Group that, with the renowned CFC brand, designs and implements a broad range of standard products and customized solutions for the agriculture sector.
For over half century, CFC (Consorzio Fabbricanti Cuscinetti) has been a historical brand that means quality and reliability. Established in Turin in 1963, by the glorious RIV, then become SKF Italia, today it is part of Silvio Colombo Group, a reality that can boast 75 years of history in the business of bearings and that along the years has succeeded in standing out as relevant European player, focused on the Electrical, Automotive and Drives segments. «We have a business model unique of its kind, able to provide the market with technical solutions and insights that create value for our customers – explained Dario Kafaie Head of Sales Emea of CFC – The key element that characterizes our approach is the severe and rigorous process that we have devised and patented, called 3 QGS (Quality Gate System), to grant a high quality of our products. It is a method based on three quality gates in which accurate checks are carried out in a dedicated laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. The complexity of manufacturing and sales processes is managed by a sound organization based on an international footprint with a logistic platform based in Italy, able to supply the EMEA market. CFC grounds its value proposition on smart modular solutions able to be competitive in terms of total cost of ownership».
An all-round offer for the agriculture world
CFC is supplier of the major players operating in the Agriculture & off-Highway segment, and it is present in all sub-segments, like tractors, the ground tillage, sowing, harvesting, the green care and the accessories for the agriculture world. «This year, in August, compared to the same 2017 month, the weight of the Agriculture & off-Highway segment, out of the total of sales, doubled from 7.5% to 15%, in a context characterized for our Group by a global double-digit growth – specified the manager – These results are ascribable to sector players’ confidence in the solutions we offer». Besides, CFC has relevant market shares for solutions addressing particular applications, such as round balers, for which we have developed a specific system for the “Catenary”; whereas for shredders, harrows and seeders are available some Housings/Hubs for disks, plug & play. «Through the R&D of the manufacturing units and the application engineering, this year we have developed several products, including custom solutions for an application that concerns shredders and includes a Hub encompassing seals and bearings; we have intervened on the preparatory geometry improvement for the increase of the performances of our CFC LR 207 bearing for the market of round balers; for farm & garden equipment applications we have developed a UCFL custom support – explained Alessandro Acacia, Application Engineer of CFC – Finally, we have accomplished the design of the CFC bearing of the SRB family, spherical roller bearing, for a stone buries machine application, for which the specific requirement was finding a solution suiting the cage design to extend the service life of the component». CFC is constantly committed to investing resources to grant quality and to improve the performances of the productive range, on these bases we have released the new range of CFC POWER SELECTION bearings. «The company is also strengthening its value proposition in Industry 4.0 thanks to the technological partnership with the German Pruftechnik, leader in sensor solutions for the “maintenance management 4.0”; these systems can monitor in real-time, also from remote, the use conditions in order to forecast eventual breakdowns – ended the Manager – The technical challenges to which we are more committed in terms of know-how, but which we accept with enthusiasm and ambition, concern the vertical value increment, from the solution development not limited to the component (bearing), to the development of the turnkey sub-system, so as to create value for the market».