NSK products and solutions are everywhere where something is moving – even deployed under the hardest of conditions. Our high precision roller bearings and ball bearings are spinning away in wind turbines and machine tools, our linear systems are hard at work in production lines, while our automotive products are to be found in vehicles from just about every major auto manufacturer.
Sales: approx. 920 mil. Euro in Europe as per March 2020
Employees: 4400 in Europe
Business sectors and products
NSK Industrial (EIBU – European Industrial Business Unit)
European Headquarter: Ratingen (D)
Product Portfolio: Ball Bearings, Cylindrical Roller Bearings, Tapered Roller Bearings, Spherical Roller Bearings, Thrust Bearings, Super Precision Bearings, Ball screws, Linear guides and other linear products, including a wide variety of mechatronic and precision products.
NSK Automotive & Bearing Modules (EABU – European Automotive Business Unit)
European Headquarter: Ratingen (D)
Product Portfolio: Wheel Hub Bearings, Medium-Size Single-Row Deep Groove Ball, Taper and Needle Bearings for Transmission, Integral Shaft Bearings for Water-Pump, Magnetic Clutch Bearings for A/C Compressor.
NSK Steering Systems (ESBU – European Steering Business Unit)
European Headquarter: Ratingen (D)
Product Portfolio: Mechanical/Electrical Steering Columns with integrated Energy Absorb Systems, Manual/Electric Rake and Reach Adjustment, Electric/Manual Upper Tilt + Telescope Adjustment, Electrically Assisted Power Steering Systems (EPAS) with integrated Energy Absorb Systems, Column Assist, Pinion Assist, Steering Gears, (Active/Collapsible) Intermediate Shafts (with Energy Absorb Capability), (Constant Velocity) Joints
Download NSK Facts & Figures 2020
Established over 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 30,700 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2020, NSK achieved sales of 6,811 mill €. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK’s objective of “No. 1 in Total Quality”. In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.
In 1963, NSK’s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK).
Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing & linear technologies (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe's 4,400 employees achieved a turnover of over 920 million Euros as per March 2020.
We set the future in motion.
By continuously improving our products and systems, innovating in new product areas and transforming ourselves for the future, we stay ahead of the competition. This is the purpose of our organisation and forms the basis for a sustainable Motion & Control business.
Our core values are: Safety, Quality, Compliance and Environment.
Customer satisfaction is our most important asset and the foundation for our success. We value long-term customer partnerships built on mutual trust. We have strong, well-established roots in Japanese culture, which we combine with our European strengths to deliver best-in-class service.
As an agile organisation, we work in multinational teams with entrepreneurial employees and support the development of all individuals in a nationality- and gender-diverse company. Our working approach is systematic, precise, speedy, safe and compliant.
We are committed to setting the future in motion for our society, customers, shareholders and employees.
Our Social Mission
NSK Europe will contribute to a safer, smoother and environmentally friendly society with products, services, manufacturing processes and value chain.
As part of a global company, we are acting passionate, respectful, humble, ethical and with integrity in a national and gender diverse team representing NSK´s Japanese roots and values in European societies.
NSK Ltd. was established in 1916 to take over the business of Nippon Seiko Limited Partnership Company which had been founded in 1914. It commenced business in Osaki-machi, Ebara-gun, Tokyo (now Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) as Japan’s first manufacturer of bearings. This is a brief history of NSK’s production and technology development activities over the past nine decades:
Bearings make the world go round - literally. Used in almost anything with moving parts, bearings are vital components that improve the efficiency and reliability of machines and contribute to reducing resource and energy consumption. NSK started its journey manufacturing the first ball bearings in Japan in 1916, and has since developed into a global organization researching, designing, and manufacturing Motion & Control™ solutions supporting mobility and industrial applications.
With over 100 years of excellence in engineering, manufacturing, and service, we have actively contributed to worldwide industrial development and the preservation of the environment. In the early 1960s we set our sights abroad, and have established 208 business locations across 30 countries to date. NSK is a world-trusted brand with a global customer base that counts on the highest in quality and performance.
NSK aims to contribute to the well-being of society and protect the global environment through our Motion & Control technology. For our 100th anniversary in 2016, we created NSK Vision 2026, which conveys our aspirations to "set the future in motion," and bring safety, reliability, and comfort to people’s lives - enriching lifestyles and building a brighter future through our products and services.
With an eye on long-term development of societies around the world, NSK is dedicated to developing a corporate foundation capable of sustainable growth - sustainable for the environment, and for employees. To this end, we have established four core values for NSK: safety, quality, compliance, and environment. By developing advanced technologies and protecting the environment, we are enhancing our capacity for value creation and driving increased sustainability.
President & CEO
NSK celebrated its 100th anniversary on November 8, 2016. The fact that we have been able to conduct successful business operations over a century is a strong testament to solid support received over the years from all stakeholders, including customers and the local community. For this I offer my sincere gratitude.
Ever since developing the first bearings in Japan, we have leveraged our proprietary technology to supply customers in a wide range of fields with bearings and other machine components, thereby supporting industrial growth and contributing to society through the creation of a safe, reliable and comfortable world.
To mark the company’s 100th anniversary, we contemplated the kind of company we would like to become in the future, culminating in NSK Vision 2026. This vision specifies the direction we will aim for and the goals we will strive to accomplish over the next 10 years, and will serve as a guiding principle for the realization of our mission statement.
By repeatedly take on challenges, no matter how small, the NSK Group’s 30,000 employees will work together as one to elicit the company’s all-round strength. United in this way, we are determined to continue striving to make people’s lives safer, more reliable, and more comfortable—enriching lifestyles—to build a brighter future through the products we develop for our customers.
As we consider the prospects for our next 100 years, we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead, knowing that our accumulated experience and expertise comprise the very foundations of our enduring success. In facing the myriad of future challenges, we ask for the ongoing understanding and support of all stakeholders to ensure the NSK’s ongoing success.
President & CEO
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