Antifriction will become the UK’s principle stockist and distributor of Timken’s split cylindrical roller bearing housed units from the start of 2016.

The industrial parts distributor will stock over £100,000 worth of specialist bearings and housings from its UK depots for the engineering industries.

Andy Fleming operations director at Antifriction, comments: “The deal with Timken adds to our portfolio, offering innovative cost-saving products for the sector from stock in the UK.

The agreement with Timken is a sign of our ability to attract top of the range suppliers for our expanding national client base in engineering.”

At the end of 2014 Timken, which posted its last turnover figures at over $3 billion, acquired West Midlands based Revolvo, which manufacturers housed split roller bearings for applications in process and heavy industries.   

Andy Fleming further comments: “Our aim is to be the leading specialist distributor in our field.  The combination of fantastic technical support, customer service, top industry product offerings and an expanding national presence means that we can be confident in our ambition.”

In 2014, Antifriction committed over £500,000 to upgrading its Bristol HQ and Birmingham distribution centre.  It has been continuing to build its national infrastructure and will be announcing more depot openings in 2016.

Antifriction also supplies belt drives, chains, lubricants, seals, gearboxes, motors and fluid power products to process and general heavy industrial applications.

Antifriction is part of Italian parent company Gruppo Bianchi, which supplies 250,000 products annually to a client base of more than 21,000 businesses across Europe.