[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2024] Milestones of 108 year development of NSK (1916)


(worldkings.org) NSK Ltd., commonly known as NSK, is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

The company specializes in manufacturing various types of bearings, automotive products, precision machinery, and mechatronic products. NSK was founded in 1916 as a producer of ball bearings and has since grown into one of the largest manufacturers of bearings globally. They supply products to various industries including automotive, aerospace, industrial machinery, and more. NSK is known for its high-quality engineering and innovation in the field of bearing technology.


(wowtimes) NSK’s milestones:

  • 1916: NSK Ltd. founded in Yurakucho, Tokyo. First bearings are produced
  • 1926: NSK began to produce cylindrical roller bearings for aeroengines
  • 1931: Bearings for domestically produced aeroengines
  • 1932: NSK began to produce bearings for gas-powered railcars for Japanese National Railways.
  • 1945: Main shaft bearings for licensed production of aero jet-engines
  • 1947: company’s bearing exports to Asian countries
  • 1949: NSK began to produce miniature ball bearings for use in cameras
  • 1958: NSK began long-term export, sales and technical cooperation agreement concluded with Hoover International Inc., USA.
  • 1961: Technology Center established in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, as a global center for bearing R&D.
  • 1964: NSK produced bearings for the world’s fastest train (Tokaido Shinkansen, 210 km/h)
  • 1970: NSK Manufacturing (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. and Geelong Plant, NSK’s first overseas plant, established
  • 1974: NSK Bearings Europe Ltd. Established
  • 1975: NSK Singapore (Private) Ltd. established as sales base
  • 1984: NSK began to produce laser printer bearings
  • 1987: NSK Bearings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture with Siam Motor Co., Ltd. Korea High Precision Co., Ltd. Established
  • 1992: Representative office established in Beijing
  • 1994: P.T. NSK Bearings Manufacturing Indonesia established
  • 2004: Changshu NSK Needle Bearing Co., Ltd. Established in China
  • 2006: India NSK Bearing India Co., Ltd. Established
  • 2007: the company applied human assistant robots utilizing sensing technology
  • 2013: NSK Bearings Manufacturing Mexico S.A. de C.V. established
  • 2019: NSK Global Training Center established
  • 2021: NSK began to produce ultra high speed ball bearing for electric vehicle (EV) motors
  • 2022: Acquisition of bearing reconditioning business
  • 2023: The company has over 144 overseas operations in 29 countries.

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