Kharkov Bearing Plant (HARP, Ukraine) was released as an approved supplier of components by the world leader in the manufacture of bearings – Schaeffler Group (Germany).
In February 2016 it was concluded the Master Agreement on cooperation, according to which HARP can supply components of bearings to all plants of the Schaeffler Group. In May 2017, HARP received the confirmation certificate.
The Agreement was preceded by the technical audit, which confirmed that HARP is able to meet all requirements on quality and delivery terms. In 2016, the first batch was delivered to one of the Schaeffler Group plants in Debrecen, Hungary.
Specially on the Schaeffler Group’s request HARP has mastered the manufacture of three types of taper bearing rings for the automotive industry, represented under the FAG trade mark.
“This is a brand new range of products for HARP, and the plant has successfully mastered the manufacture”, says the General Director of HARP Vladimir Kokhanov and adds that in the nearest feature the production volume of mastered components will be increased.
In the future HARP plans to expand the range of products manufactured for the Schaeffler Group, including forgings, and also start deliveries to other plants of the corporation.
“We are talking about mastering of dozens of types”, says Roman Girshfeld, Vice President Sales and Marketing of the UPEC IG, adding that HARP is the only company in the CIS that get a status of an approved supplier for such global giant as Schaeffler Group. “This shows that manufacturing facilities and products of HARP meet the highest European requirements”, – notes Mr. Girshfeld.
“Getting the status of an approved supplier of bearing components for one of the world leaders is a new stage in the development of the plant, which opens new prospects and new opportunities for us”, adds Mr. Kokhanov. – At the same time, this confirms the highest level of the business management system, quality, control means, technologies, equipment, manufacturing culture. All this together give an opportunity to receive recognition of the quality of products, level of production and organization of production processes of HARP from the world’s “giants” of the industry”.
It should be mentioned that HARP is also a certified supplier for SKF. In 2009, the quality management system for manufacture of components for SKF was certified for compliance with the requirements of the international standard ISO/TS 16949 “Quality management system. Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001 for production of automobiles and relevant spare parts”.
Over the past 15 years the company has been carrying out a comprehensive technical re-equipment, which covers all production stages. As a result, the plant got the European level of manufacture. HARP has formed one of the largest fleet of high-precision CNC modern equipment in Ukraine, and kept the position of the largest in the CIS and the only enterprise in Ukraine that manufactures bearing products.
The state-of-art equipment from domestic and world leaders in machine engineering, as well as well-established quality control system enable HARP to manufacture high-precision products, which meet all the latest technological standards.
Since 2000, the company has been using an integrated quality management system that meets the requirements of international standards ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and requirements for the environmental management system ISO 14001 in the manufacture of ball and roller bearings and components.
The main directions of the company’s development strategy are mastering of the new types of radial bearings with short cylindrical rollers, strengthening of positions as a manufacturer of bearings for railway rolling stock, development of ball bearings of a higher accuracy class, manufacture of hot-forged and turned semi-finished products for automotive, railway and industrial bearings, keeping leadership in the manufacture of bearings for agriculture.
The plant constantly develops new innovative products. Only for the last year HARP has mastered more than 100 new modifications of bearings and bearing units. And for the period from 2010 to 2016 the plant has manufactured 24,6 millions of ball bearings and 4,2 millions of railway bearings.
Deep understanding of the automotive market, an extensive knowledge base and strong design bureau allow HARP to manufacture high-quality products that meet the highest standards of world engineering.
Schaeffler Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of rolling and linear bearings. It is one of the largest global companies, represented in more than 50 countries around the world, with 170 locations – manufacturing sites, R&D centers, sales representatives with about 85 000 employees worldwide.
The Schaeffler Group is world famous in the automotive, industrial and aerospace industries with its three strong brands: INA, FAG and LuK.
Being a reliable transnational partner in the development, production and supply of bearings, Schaeffler maintains stable long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers.
Kharkov Bearing Plant (HARP) is the CIS leader in the manufacture of bearings and bearing units for agricultural machinery, railway industry, transport machine building and automotive industry.
The plant has engineering center – Ukrainian Bearing Industry Design and Technology Bureau (UKTBPP), which specializes on the design of rolling bearings and is the leading design bureau in Ukraine in the bearing industry. In 2016, on the basis of UKTBPP there was established a technical committee “Rolling bearings”, aimed to develop national standards of Ukraine and harmonize them with international and European standards.
source: HARP (Kharkov Bearing Plant)