Tuesday, 7 June 2016

SMB Bearings' Aaron Skippings downhill skating in Granada...

Aaron (aka Nutty Professor) Skippings with technical manager Jeff Petrash in SMB's technical suite
 Check out this stunning video of our technical colleague Aaron Skipping downhill skating in Granada a short while ago - this run filmed by friend of SMB Joe Baldwin.  It shows why both are world-class skaters & why Joe has chosen to re-locate himself to such a beautiful part of the world to skate on a permanent basis.

Aaron says "A while back I flew out to Granada in Spain to visit my buddy Joe Baldwin, who also happens to be  a SMB bearings team rider. I’ve know this guy a while and skated with him across Europe and America. 
The fabulous Joe Baldwin - England's loss was Spain's gain :-)

Joe Baldwin & Aaron Skipping pictured together at Pike's Peak a couple of years ago.
Before I flew out I thought I would hit the Welsh hills but crashed pretty hard and that really ruined me for my Spanish trip. Even though I felt like I was frail and ready to retire as a pensioner we cracked on and Joe took me around all the hills Granada has to offer, including some pretty beautiful spots to chill out. Most of the trip was spent chilling but the skating we did get done was pretty damn awesome and the scenery is always breath-taking. This footage is from a chilled run we did earlier on at the start of the week".  

Aaron hard at work at SMB Bearings
Thanks Aaron, it sure is breathtaking scenery (& a sight more hilly than we can offer in Oxfordshire)! We hope to bring you more of Aaron's adventures soon & news of his IDF events as & when they take place.

Monday, 6 June 2016

SMB's sales team expands...

We're delighted to introduce you to the newest member of the SMB Bearings Ltd sales team, 
Conor Taylor.

Conor joins us from British Airways World Cargo & we're sure he'll be an invaluable addition to our team, having had previous experience in high pressure, fast-paced environments. Conor is 21 (so the baby of SMB), he's an avid car nut & is pictured below with his pride & joy/works Mini (it is very, very shiny)...

Friday, 27 May 2016

SMB (we love our) Bearings!...

As we're a bit geeky at SMB, we've made a video montage from a small selection of the bearings that we can offer you.  For details of our full range, please see our website's product pages.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Take a virtual tour at SMB Bearings (in the sunshine!)...

Taking a tour of the new warehouse & re-lubrication suite at SMB Bearings Ltd - this is where the magic happens!  

Over 2500 different precision radial ball bearings are stocked in our warehouse

& ready for worldwide despatch today...  

Plus our re-lubrication suite, ready to clean and re-lubricate SMB bearings or customer-supplied bearings for a wide range of bespoke applications. 

See http://www.smbbearings.com/index.html for more details...

Friday, 1 April 2016

SMB Bearings are supporting the Shark Trust...

Almost one in every three sharks recorded from global fisheries is a Blue Shark. The last decade saw a three-fold increase in Blue Shark landings from the Atlantic – 80% of which were landed by EU vessels. Continuation of this level of fishing, without management, will lead to problems not only for the species but also for those people who rely on our oceans for food.

SMB Bearings Ltd have pledged support for the Shark Trust’s “No Limits” campaign, to end uncontrolled shark fishing as highlighted on last week’s ITV documentary “Britain’s Sharks”.  

The organisers of the campaign are trying to raise money to take the No Limits campaign into the heart of key European cities this summer, engaging the public and securing political support for the EU to deliver effective Blue Shark management. If enough money is raised, by October it will arrive in the European Parliament to present the case and urge Member States to further commit to stopping uncontrolled shark fishing on the high seas.

They say "This is a far from hopeless situation. We know how to safeguard the future of these beautiful and vital animals: success is within our grasp if European nations act now to impose effective, science-based catch limits on their vessels in the Atlantic.
Today we have a choice about whether Blue Sharks retain their rightful place in our ocean but, without significant change now, we could see them go the way of other now-endangered species.
The crowdfunding campaign urgently needs donations to make this happen.  Any amount will help.  You can see more details and donate here."

As a company, SMB Bearings' interest primarily stems from our marine bearings applications & involvement but on a much more personal level our managing director, Chris, has this to say on the subject:

"My love of and fascination with marine life began when I started snorkelling as a child (many years ago). Since then I have qualified as an advanced diver which allowed me to spend more time under the sea and swim with some fascinating creatures (and I don’t mean the other divers). 

I have come to understand that managing the oceans is as vital as managing the land for future generations of the human race. My son works as a marine biologist for Blue Ventures, a marine conservation company in Madagascar. They are working with the local people to help them effectively manage their own fishing grounds to make them sustainable over the long term and are making a real difference. I don’t see why Europe can’t do the same where sharks are concerned. 

I have swum with sharks on a number of occasions but divers will tell you that shark sightings have become increasingly rare in many parts of the world over the last 20 years, as the shark population is being decimated. These really are impressive creatures and, if you think they are nothing more than dangerous man-eaters, here are some figures on the number of people killed yearly by different creatures to put that into perspective:
Mosquitoes – 1 million people (mainly through malaria).
Snakes – 50,000 people
Scorpions – 3000 people
Hippos - 2,900 people
Elephants – 500 people
Lions – 250 people
Jellyfish – 100 people
Dogs – 34 from dog bites in the U.S. alone last year
Roughly six people worldwide are killed by sharks each year (2005 – 2014 statistics). People who go to the seaside are at greater risk from the drowning, heatstroke or jet-skis.

Sharks have been keeping the balance of marine ecosystems around the world for millions of years and are vital to the health of our planet and therefore to the health of the human race. It is estimated that each year, humans are responsible for the death of 100 million sharks although the true figure could be much higher. That is over quarter of a million sharks EVERY DAY!"

Please help us to spread the word by sharing the No Limits campaign & donating to this worthwhile conservation cause.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

11-Year-Old Skateboarder Schaeffer McLean Jumps Off a Roof | TEARIN' IT UP

Schaeffer Mclean has just been featured on Dreamworks TV, with a miscellany of his adventures in skateboarding so far... 

Way to go Schaeffer, that's quite an accolade :-)

Monday, 29 February 2016

Schaeffer McLean - Skateboarding in Barcelona

Check out the latest vid from Schaeffer Mclean - the king of skateboarding cool - & the super-cute pooch taking a taster of his board (& our SMB Bearings stickers!) at 1:12 minutes... 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!!

All of us at SMB Bearings Ltd wish our friends & colleagues in China a very Happy New Year 2016!

The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.
This year it's the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle (the next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028).

The personality of the Monkey

People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.
In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. 
  • Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
  • Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.

A wishing tree - hanging your hopes for the coming year on a Wishing Tree will encourage your dreams to come true.

We must thank our colleagues in China for their manufacturing innovation & versatility, which allows us to bring you a fantastic range of cost-effective bearings, in a variety of materials - & their adaptability allows them to produce whatever variations our customers require at short notice.

Chinese manufactured bearings - cost-effective solutions for our customers varied applications.

Friday, 5 February 2016

SMB's fax machine currently unavailable...

Oh, the joys of moving continue!  Our fax machine is currently unavailable, as the number has just been invalidated by our old telecoms supplier (the new supplier forgot to transfer the number off them when we moved)....

We're working to resolve the issue as soon as we possibly can.  If you have any enquiries/orders to send us in the meantime please email sales@smbbearings.com or call 0044 (0)1993 842 555.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Job Vacancy at SMB Bearings Ltd...

You saw it here first! We have a vacancy in our busy sales office - details below:

Part-time Sales Administrator
SMB Bearings Ltd are a supplier of specialist bearings worldwide. We are a small, eight person company based in Carterton and are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and organised person to join our team. 

Your responsibilities will involve:
• working as part of the sales office team,
• assisting with office administration,
• dealing with phone and email inquiries,
• providing customer quotations and processing sales orders, despatch notes and invoices 
(using Iris Exchequer software).

You should be fully computer literate and Word and Excel experience is necessary (training will be given in our bespoke software, Iris Exchequer).
Excellent literacy & numeracy skills are a must, along with good attention to detail & as you will be working with bearing products, you should be practically or technically minded.
Previous customer service experience is preferred, as good customer service skills are essential.
Our normal office hours are 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and we require someone who can work 20 hours per week (preferably afternoons). The hours can be flexible and we would prefer some flexibility in return, as we can offer additional hours up to 35 per week (around an extra 6-8 weeks per year) to cover staff holidays.

A competitive salary is offered, along with 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and all working days between Christmas and New Year.

If you’d like to join our team, or have any questions about the role, please send your C.V. to emma@smbbearings.com  - closing date for applications 26.02.16.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Today at SMB Bearings...

A rare sight recently - SMB bathed in sunshine!

Our warehouse colleague Colin is rather pleased with Oxford Unite's 2-0 victory over Millwall last night & so produced this rather creative display to share his pleasure with our Flight Logistics driver (a Millwall supporter)...

Our nutty professors, Aaron & Jeff, hard at work in the technical suite - they re-lubricate bearings to your specific requirements & this is where the magic happens!

And this is where we keep Jeff when he's been naughty...

Friday, 18 December 2015

All of us at SMB Bearings wish you a very Merry Christmas!

2015 has been a pretty hectic year at SMB Bearings, so we're looking forward to our Christmas break very much & hope that you are too!

We had a lovely, unexpected visit yesterday from our friend Ian Emery, an F3C RC helicopter enthusiast & organiser of the EuroHeliSeries.

Ian Emery & his gorgeous son Oliver...
Ian brought along some choccies, festive cheer & his very lovely son Oliver & we were delighted to have a catch-up on Ian's news & grab a quick snap of them in our new reception area.

For us at SMB, the last pre-Christmas despatch date for any orders from our swanky new warehouse
 is the 23rd December.

Our new warehouse is gradually filling up with our new stock & extended ranges...
For many areas, the last posting date has already passed, but we still have a range of express courier delivery options available for urgent requirements - please contact us to discuss the options & avoid any disruption.

We are then closing on Christmas Eve afternoon & will re-open on the 4th January 2016.

All us of at SMB Bearings would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season & the coming year - we'll look forward to talking to you again in 2016!

Friday, 6 November 2015

New developments at SMB Bearings...

We've been really busy of late - here's a summary of developments:

New logo, coming soon...

New premises...

New offices...

 New warehouse stocks arriving daily...

& new employees coming soon... could you be one of them?  

We've filled one vacancy already, in our warehouse & technical department, but if  you'd like to join our busy office we're still looking for a dedicated & enthusiastic new member of our team - send us your C.V. if you're interested, or contact us for further details.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Joe Baldwin bags victory at ‘Shred O Grande Freeride 2′...

Joe took a fantastic win in Spain recently & here he tells us all about it:

Joe on the first corner in the final heat (his race-face is definitely on here)...
"The steep top section sling-shotted you into this right-left combo. The line you hit is between the manhole covers and the massive crack in the road. This road is brutal to race because there is no room for error. Miss your line and you might get bucked off your board by an unruly manhole cover, apocalyptic earth fissure or a random wave in the asphalt. The final corner was the most technically difficult I’ve skated in a long time. Once you linked 2 apexes between a shrub, a depressed manhole cover and a janky curb you had to bank really hard to the next righty where you had literally half a second to breathe before you set up the pre-drift initiation. If you slid to early, you had too much speed to make the corner when you hooked up. If you slid too late you were in the hay. If you slid just right, you still had to hunt for the apex hidden by bushes. I took the win at this event after some brutal knockout racing rules. You had to win your qualifying heats to reach the finals. 

You won or you lost, simple. Amazing roots-style race trace from Shred O Grande. 
I’d give this track a Gnar Factor 8/10 and a Tech Factor 7/10."

Joe at the back of the line-up... he says "Had to make a crazy pass to take the win!"
 Many thanks for taking the time to tell us about it Joe, we really appreciate it & all of us at SMB Bearings Ltd send you our love & congratulations on your success.
Joe's victory even made the papers!  If your Spanish is up to it, you can check out the full story here :-)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ian Emery, RC Heli pilot, season round-up...

We're always thrilled to hear from our friend & RC Heli flying legend Ian Emery & he's very kindly taken time out of his hectic life to send us this great season report:

Ian Emery pictured piloting at the BMFA British Nationals recently - pretty iconic image!   

Ian says "It’s been an interesting year and it’s gone so quickly, I can’t believe another season is over.  I have been rather distracted this past 9 months with lots going on, notably the safe arrival of our second baby. 
Early in the New Year I gained sponsorship and a place on the JR Macgregor flight team and an opportunity to switch to the JR Sylphide EX, a helicopter I have dreamed about owning since I started flying RC helicopters. 

Ian's JR Sylphide EX in action...

Much of the pre-season was spent building and getting the helicopter setup, being an 800 size helicopter it is larger than anything else that I had flown and managed to enjoy whatever days that were available getting used to flying it.

The first Competition of the euro-season was held in Vitry-Le-Francios in France at the beginning of May, it was a good turnout with some very good pilots from 5 different Countries.  Disappointingly I finished last, but the quality of flying was exceptionally high and it gave me lots of ideas on how I could improve as the season progressed.  The following week we made the trip back to Lendelede in Belgium.  It was almost a replay of last year with winds up to 40mph on the Saturday which made things particularly difficult for everyone.  Over the course of the weekend I managed to battle my way up the leader board and finished in 7th place which I was thrilled about given the result from the week before.

There was then a 4 week break before travelling to Scotland for the Scottish Heli Nationals in the middle of June.  So I went back to my training field to get lots more practice.  I felt very determined by time we arrived and after a long battle with my good friend Roger Mayo, I managed to finish ahead of him in second place which was just amazing. 
There was then quite a long break whilst the British Team travelled to Austria for the World Championships in July.  

August brought the 1st Team trial and the BMFA BritishNationals at the end of the month.  It was a bit of a poor turnout for the 1st Team trials with only 3 pilots.  Roger and I were once again very close in our scoring.  After 4 rounds I was only 3 points behind him.  This left it all to play for at the Nationals.  Arriving at the Nationals I didn’t feel prepared at all.  A week in hospital and lack of sleep following the birth of Oliver meant that I hadn’t flown at all in about 3 weeks.  

The first couple of rounds I was frustrated by a few silly mistakes which resulted in big downgrades with my scores.  Roger also made a few mistakes which meant the scores were still very close.  In the end I won 2 of the rounds and Roger won 2.  When all the scores had been added together Roger had increased his lead slightly which resulted in my finishing 3rd for the Team selection and 3rd in the British Nationals.  

We have had some really good battles throughout the year and it’s always nice to kick back and have a few beers with everyone at the end of the day.
I'm really pleased to have made it into the Team for the European Championships next year in Poland, but there’s no time to rest.  There is a new schedule to learn and I am hoping to get a second Sylphide in the air so that I have a back-up machine just in case.  So I’m just trying to make the most of the good weather and have started training ready for next year.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at SMB Bearings for your continued support which has been amazing.  Good luck with the move to the new premises!"

Thanks very much indeed Ian - many congratulations on the safe arrival of Oliver, the newest addition to the Emery household & for continuing on with your flying season.  We're honoured to support such a gentleman & a brilliant ambassador for the RC Heli community.  
Roll on the 2016 season & more adventures!

If you would like to follow how Ian & the Team are getting on check out these websites:
Euro Heli Series  www.euroheliseries.net
British F3C Team  www.teamf3cuk.co.uk
European Championships  http://rcheli-echs2016.pl/

Monday, 28 September 2015

SMB's big move approaches & a new era begins...

Well, we are very excited to announce that we now have a provisional moving date for our new premises. On the 17th October, we'll be making the move (hopefully, barring any last-minute snags) from our old building in Brize Norton to our new home at Ventura Business Park in Carterton.

The main office, all it needs now is our furniture!
 The interior building work is completed, flooring is laid, cables & telecoms are installed - all we need to do now is move our office, furniture & many thousands of bearings to the new unit!!

Colin practicing his clog dancing curtsy in the meeting room!
With the new move we'll also have an exciting new employment opportunity,
for a general office & warehouse assistant, so if you fancy being a vital part of the SMB Bearings Ltd team then why not contact us for further details or just send us your CV (all applications will be treated in the strictest confidence).  Go on, don't be shy - we'll look forward to hearing from you!

The new warehouse racking is being delivered & installed this week & then we're good to go!

Friday, 11 September 2015

SMB's new premises at Ventura Park - let there be light!

The kitchen is nearly ready, let there be coffee!
The re-lubrication room's worktops are being cut to size & installed next week 

The ante-room to the re-lubrication room is nearly ready... 

The meeting room has lighting & wiring - also an alien slug seems to have taken up temporary residence...

The main office is now wired & lit & the painting is nearly completed too.

We're really impressed by how light & airy the office is going to be...
...if a little startled by just how much wiring it takes to get the whole "light & airy" thing going!!
We'll be finalising the moving-in date very soon & we'll let you know asap when the big day is - so excited!!!