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About OE Bearings
OE Bearings is the sole Sub Saharan agent for SRB Split Roller Bearings, a division of Revolvo. We are focused on the supply of Split Bearings and are the only true specialists within the niche Split Bearing industry.

Superior Product with Superior Service
OE Bearings was founded in 1998, with the aim of competing with Cooper Split Bearings who until that time held a monopoly of the world market prior to the SRB product being developed. The SRB product was developed in the UK with a number of advantages over other split bearings - notably higher capacities, stronger cast iron and a brass cage as standard. From humble beginnings, we have built on these advantages coupled with very high service we have steadily grown to become the market leader in the Split Bearing industry in Southern Africa.

We have established a company with a proven reputation, good track record with a broad customer base and vendor numbers within all industries and end users. We are situated in Selby Johannesburg from where we service our customer base.

Our staff are experienced professionals in the Split Bearing industry. Warwick Steinhobel, the MD and founder of the business, has more than 25 years' experience in the bearing industry with 20 years specialising on the split bearing niche market. Our family at OE Bearings has a combined total of 70 years' experience in the bearing industry. All staff members are shareholders, having a vested interest in the success of the company and are empowered to make decisions. We are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week all year round.
  • 1.
    Split Bearings offer downtime savings, longer bearing life, and simple application, which means converting from standard solid bearings to split roller bearings is an easy decision.
  • 2.
    In today's demanding industrial environment, specialist technology is key to improved efficiency, productivity and ultimately profitability. Split Roller Bearings (SRB) check all those boxes.
  • 3.
    OE Bearings operates at 99% stock availability, with a database of more than 90% of the split bearings applications in Southern Africa (sizes from 35mm - 300mm, including imperial sizes).
About Revolvo
Revolvo, owned by Timken, is OE Bearing's principal supplier. Based in Dudley in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom, Revolvo has been manufacturing high quality rolling element bearings since 1968 and list all the major bearing companies as customers.

Revolvo was initially set up by WYKO to manufacture discontinued bearings which are made in small batches as low as 1 or 2 bearings. In 1993 the Revolvo Formula 1 division was launched producing high quality, high precision bearings for all formula 1 teams except Ferrari and Sauber. These precision production methods coupled with the limited production runs was ideally suited to the manufacture of split bearings which are not made in large volumes.

Until 1994 Cooper Split bearings held a monopoly of the world market prior to the development of SRB product. This in view the SRB Split Bearing Brand, a division of Revolvo, was developed by Klaus Berteld the retired Managing Director of Cooper Germany who had more than 40 years experience in the split bearing Industry. The SRB product was extensively tested at Leeds University and went into full production in 1997. Today Revolvo has a modern, well equipped manufacturing plant, producing high quality rolling element bearings. As an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, excellence in design & manufacturing is their guiding principle. There has been a high level of investment in cellular manufacturing, including the latest state of the art CNC machining centres.

Bearing production is separated into cellular based product groups, which enhances their service capability by reducing manufacturing lead times, whilst optimising manufacturing standards and responsiveness. Revolvo has the process capability of manufacturing bearings with a maximum outside diameter of 1500 mm. Bearing housings up to a maximum outside diameter of 1800 mm can be accommodated.
B-BBBEE Status
In terms of social responsibility, OE Bearings is a top performer in the area of transformation and has been awarded a Level Two Contributor status in terms of the Broad-Based BEE Scorecard by an independent verification agency. This allows customers to recognise 110% of procurement spend through their purchases made from OE Bearings.