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"SKF is a very competent partner"

Published: 9 December 2015

Erik Höglund
Director of the SKF–LTU UTC and Professor of Machine Elements.

How do you think the centre has developed since the start?

– The UTC is a great success. Both in terms of what we work with but also in the way we have received support for this idea, not least from Vinnova. Other companies are also curious of this working method, and what we do.

What can you say about the cooperation within the group?

– There is a wide geographic spread, where our students come from, which we believe are enriching. We also believe that it is positive that PhD-students sitting together will strengthen group solidarity and cooperation between each other. Thanks to a Marie Curie support is also a fantastic opportunity for our PhD-students and senior researchers to visit SKF in for example Holland, Scotland or Gothenburg.

How do you think the cooperation with SKF works?

– Very good! We have a good dialogue and the issues we are discussing is aimed at further developing the UTC. SKF is a very competent partner which is also reflected in our discussions. The demands and expectations are high, which is an incentive in itself.

How do you see the future of SKF-LTU UTC?

– For the future we hope of course to extend cooperation after five years, and we also want to find ways to how other companies can enter this collaboration.