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History

1900s

Early years (1914 to 1944)

Headquarters at the time of founding Headquarters at the time of founding Feb. 1914
With the cooperation of Takahashi Korekiyo, Takehiko Yamaguchi founds Nippon Seiko Limited Partnership Company and begins tests of bearing production. (Headquarters: Minami Denma-cho 3-chome, Kyobashi-ku, Tokyo; Factory: Osaki-cho, Ebara-gun, Tokyo Prefecture)
Oldest surviving drawing made by the company Oldest surviving drawing made by the company Aug. 1916
Bearing production is begun
Takehiko Yamaguchi, first president of NSK Ltd. Takehiko Yamaguchi, first president of NSK Ltd. Nov. 1916
Nippon Seiko Limited Partnership Company (founded in 1914) is re-established as NSK Ltd. in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, with 350,000 yen in capital.
  May 1931
Korekata Takahashi becomes the second president of NSK Ltd.
Mar. 1934
A steel ball factory is established in Ota-ku, Tokyo. A ball bearing manufacturing facility is added to the factory in March of the following year, and it becomes the Tamagawa Plant.
Fujisawa Plant under construction Fujisawa Plant under construction Nov. 1937
The Fujisawa Plant, a bearing manufacturing facility, is established in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. The steel ball manufacturing equipment is transferred here from the Tamagawa Plant, and a press factory is added.
Jan. 1944
Toshio Yasumatsu becomes the third president of NSK Ltd.

Post-war reconstruction period (1945 to 1959)

Jul. 1948
Hiroki Imazato becomes the fourth president of NSK Ltd.
Mar. 1949
NSK Ltd. is listed on the stock exchanges in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
Otsu Plant Otsu Plant Nov. 1953
Nishi Nippon Seiko (now the Otsu Plant) is established as a bearing manufacturing company in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.
1955
Tamagawa Plant receives an award from the Minister of International Trade and Industry as a facility with outstanding JIS implementation, and the Fujisawa Plant wins the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology Award. Both plants go on to win many subsequent awards.
Nov. 1959
A bearing manufacturing facility (now the Ishibe Plant) is established in Konan, Shiga Prefecture, as a branch plant of Nishi Nippon Seiko.

1960s

High growth period and expansion outside Japan (1960 to 1969)

Jun. 1960
Kita Nippon Seiko (now NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd.) is established in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, to manufacture automotive parts.
Sep. 1961
Technical Center is completed at the Fujisawa Plant. Technology sites are later set up in the U.S.A., Europe, ASEAN, Brasil and China.
  Dec. 1962
JAMCO Corporation (now NSK Corporation) is established in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., as a bearing sales company. Manufacturing and sales sites are later established around the world.
Jan. 1963
Automobile bearing manufacturer, NSK Torrington Co., Ltd. (now wholly owned subsidiary, NSK Needle Bearing Co., Ltd.) is established in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, as a joint venture with Torrington Co., Ltd.(UK) and Tokyo Bearing Co.,Ltd.
NSK Deutschland (circa 1963) NSK Deutschland (circa 1963) Oct. 1963
NSK Deutschland GmbH is established in Dusseldorf, Germany, as a sales company for industrial machinery bearings. Sales sites are later set up across Europe.
Aug. 1964
NSK-Warner K.K. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, as a joint venture with BorgWarner Inc. (U.S.A.) to manufacture and sell automotive parts.
Mar. 1965
NSK Australia Pty Ltd is established near Melbourne, Australia, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Nov. 1967
Kita Nippon Seiko is absorbed by NSK and becomes the Maebashi Plant.
Mar. 1969
By spinning off the steel ball factory from the Fujisawa Plant, Shin-Nihon Steel Ball Mfg Co., Ltd. (now AKS East Japan Co., Ltd.) is established in the Kirihara district of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, through a joint venture with Amatsuji Steel Ball Mfg. Co., Ltd.

1970s

Start of production outside Japan (1970 to 1979)

NSK Brasil Ltda. NSK Brasil Ltda. Dec. 1970
NSK Brazil Bearings (now NSK Brasil Ltda.) is established in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to manufacture and sell industrial machinery bearings.
Mar. 1971
NSK France S.A.S. is established near Paris, France, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Mar. 1973
Hoover NSK Bearings Co., Inc. is established in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A, through a joint venture with Hoover Ball and Bearing Company (Michigan, U.S.A.).
Dec. 1973
Masao Hasegawa becomes the fifth president of NSK Ltd.
NSK Bearings Europe Ltd. NSK Bearings Europe Ltd. Apr. 1974
NSK Bearings Europe Ltd. is established in London, UK, to manufacture automotive bearings. Manufacturing sites are later established across Europe.
Jun. 1975
Saitama Plant is established in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, to manufacture automotive bearings.
Jul. 1975
Hoover NSK Bearings Co., Inc. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of NSK Ltd.
Nov. 1975
NSK Singapore (Private) Ltd. is established in Singapore through a joint venture with SM Mechanical (S) Pte. Ltd, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Feb. 1976
NSK Italia S.P.A. is established in Milan, Italy, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Feb. 1977
NSK Canada Inc. is established in Toronto, Canada, to sell industrial machinery bearings.

1980s

Enhanced production in Japan and further expansion overseas (1980 to 1989)

Jul. 1984
Toshio Arata becomes the sixth president of NSK Ltd.
Aug. 1984
Fukushima Plant is established in Higashi Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture, to manufacture industrial machinery bearings.。
  Jul. 1987
Head office building is completed in Osaki (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), the birthplace of NSK Ltd.
Aug. 1987
NSK Bearings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established in Bangkok, Thailand, through a joint venture with Siam Motors Co., Ltd., to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Aug. 1987
NSK Europa Holding GmbH is established in Ratingen, Germany, (near Dusseldorf) as a holding company for NSK subsidiaries in Germany.
Sep. 1987
Korea Precision Co., Ltd. (now NSK Korea Co., Ltd.) is established in Changwon, South Korea, through a joint venture with Marubeni Corporation and Korea General Machinery Co., Ltd., to manufacture and sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jan. 1988
Seatbelt division is transferred from NSK-Warner K.K. and established as the Kirihara Plant in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Jan. 1988
NSK UK Ltd. is established in Berkshire, UK (near London) to sell industrial machinery bearings.
NSK Europe Ltd. NSK Europe Ltd. Feb. 1988
NSK Europe Ltd. is established in Berkshire, UK (near London) to oversee affiliates in Europe.
Apr. 1988
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mechatronics (now NSK Foundation for the Advancement of Mechatronics) is established in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
May 1988
NSK Steering Systems America Inc. is established in Bennington, Vermont, U.S.A, to manufacture and sell automotive parts.
Dec. 1988
Nissei Urawa Co., Ltd. (now NSK Machinery Co., Ltd.) is established through a merger of Urawa Works Co., Ltd. and Nissei Machinery Works Co., Ltd., to manufacture and sell various machine tools.
  Nov. 1989
Taiwan NSK Precision Co., Ltd. is established in Taipei, Taiwan, through a joint venture with Yung Ho Shun Co., Ltd., to sell precision equipment products.

1990s

Expansion of NSK's overseas business structure (1990 to 1998)

Mar. 1990
NSK acquires full ownership of the UPI Group (RHP brand) of Nottingham, UK, Britain’s largest bearing manufacturer.
Apr. 1990
NSK Rodamientos Mexicana, S.A. De C.V. is established in Mexico City, Mexico, to sell industrial machinery bearings
Jun. 1990
NSK Kyushu Co., Ltd. is established in Ukiha, Fukuoka Prefecture, to manufacture automotive parts.
May 1991
NSK New Zealand Ltd. is established in Auckland, New Zealand, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Nov. 1991
Project is carried out to mark the 75th anniversary of the company's founding. NSK's current corporate philosophy system is created.
Nov. 1992
NSK Iberica S.A. (now NSK Spain S.A.) is established in Barcelona Spain, through a joint venture with Permarin S.A. to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jul. 1993
NSK Bearings (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, through a joint venture with SM Mechanical (S) Pte Ltd to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jul. 1993
Neuweg Fertigung GmbH is established in Munderkingen, Germany, (near Ulm) to manufacture industrial machinery bearings.
PT. NSK Bearings Manufacturing Indonesia PT. NSK Bearings Manufacturing Indonesia Apr. 1994
PT. NSK Bearings Manufacturing Indonesia is established near Jakarta, Indonesia, to manufacture and sell industrial machinery bearings. Other manufacturing sites are later established across the ASEAN region.
Jun. 1994
Tetsuo Sekiya becomes the seventh president of NSK Ltd.
Jun. 1994
NSK Steering Systems Europe Ltd. is established near London, UK, to manufacture automotive parts.
Aug. 1994
NSK European Distribution Centre B.V. is established near Amsterdam, Netherlands, as a logistics company.
Kunshan NSK Co., Ltd. Kunshan NSK Co., Ltd. Jul. 1995
Kunshan NSK Hongshan Co., Ltd. (now Kunshan NSK Co., Ltd.) is established in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China, through a joint venture with Guizhou Hongshan Bearing Corp. and Nichimen Corporation, to manufacture and sell industrial machinery bearings. Manufacturing and sales sites are later established across China.
Jul. 1995
NSK Latin America Inc. is established in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Siam NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd. Siam NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd. Nov. 1995
Siam Nastech Co., Ltd. (now Siam NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd.) is established in Bangkok, Thailand, through a joint venture with Siam Motors Co., Ltd., to manufacture and sell automotive parts.
Nov. 1995
NSK International (Singapore) Pte Ltd is established in Singapore to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Dec. 1995
NSK Hong Kong Ltd. is established in Hong Kong to sell industrial machinery bearings.
1997
NSK Environment Policy and Environmental Code of Conduct are established
Rane Nastech Ltd. Rane Nastech Ltd. Jun. 1997
Rane Nastech Ltd. (now Rane NSK Steering Systems Ltd.) is established in Chennai, India through a joint venture with Rane Ltd. to manufacture automotive parts. Other manufacturing and sales sites are later established in India.
NSK Americas Inc. NSK Americas Inc. Jul. 1997
NSK Americas Inc. is established in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., to oversee affiliates in the Americas.
Oct. 1997
NSK Bearings Middle East Trading Co., Ltd. is established in Istanbul, Turkey, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jan. 1998
NSK acquires a 70% stake in FLT Iskra S.A. (now NSK Bearings Polska S.A.), a state-owned company in Poland, through NSK-RHP Europe Ltd. (UK).

Small Group companies persevere (1999)

Aug. 1999
Tamagawa Plant is closed.
Aug. 1999
NSK's logistics division is spun off as NSK Logistics Co., Ltd. in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.
Nov. 1999
NSK Argentina SRL is established in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Dec. 1999
NSK Sales Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off the Japanese sales division for industrial machinery bearings through an equity transfer.

21st Century

Nov. 2000
NSK Steering Systems Europe (Polska) Sp. z o.o. is established in Walbrzych, Poland, to manufacture automotive parts.
2000
NSK South Africa (Pty) Ltd. is established in Johannesburg, South Africa, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jan. 2001
NSK Precision America, Inc. (Franklin Plant) is established in Franklin, Indiana, U.S.A, to manufacture and sell precision machinery products. It is formed by spinning off the precision equipment division of NSK Corporation.
Feb. 2001
NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo by spinning off the electric power steering division. The Soja and Akagi Plants of NSK Ltd. are integrated into the new company.
Apr. 2001
NSK Network and Systems Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off the computer system design and development division.
Jun. 2001
NSK Bearings Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established near Bangkok, Thailand, to manufacture and sell automotive bearings.
Jul. 2001
NSK Fukushima Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off the Fukushima Plant.
Feb. 2002
NSK Human Resource Services Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off payroll, social insurance, training, and hiring operations.
Jun. 2002
Seiichi Asaka becomes the eight president of NSK Ltd.
Oct. 2002
NSK Precision Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off the precision products division.

Selection and concentration (2002 to 2005)

Sep. 2002
NSK Steering Systems Dongguan Co., Ltd. is established in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China, to manufacture and sell automotive parts.
Sep. 2002
Timken-NSK Bearings (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (now wholly owned by Suzhou NSK Bearings Co., Ltd) is established in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, through a joint venture with Timken Company (U.S.A.), to manufacture and sell automotive bearings.
Oct. 2002
NSK Precision Co., Ltd. is established in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, by spinning off the precision products division.
Nov. 2002
Zhangjiagang NSK Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. is established in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China, to manufacture automotive bearings.
Feb. 2003
NSK (China) Investment Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China, as a holding company.
Mar. 2003
PT. NSK Indonesia is established in Jakarta, Indonesia to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Apr. 2003
Seatbelt business is sold.
Apr. 2003
CVJ automotive parts business is sold.
May 2003
NSK Precision UK, Ltd. is established near London, UK, to manufacture precision machinery products.
Jul. 2003
NSK Ltd. acquires full ownership of NSK Torrington Co., Ltd., and changes the name to NSK Needle Bearings Co., Ltd.
Dec. 2003
Technology Center (now NSK China Technology Center) at Kunshan NSK Co., Ltd. in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China, is completed.
Apr. 2004
NSK Ltd. changes operations to the "company with committees" system.
Apr. 2004
Changshu NSK Needle Bearing Co., Ltd. is established in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China, to manufacture and sell automotive bearings.
Jul. 2004
NSK Asia Pacific Technology Center is established near Bangkok, Thailand, to conduct research and development relating to automotive bearings.
Sep. 2005
NSK Manufacturing Education and Training Center is established at the Fujisawa and Ishibe Plants.
Sep. 2005
NSK Bearings Polska S.A. is established in Kielce, Poland, to sell industrial machinery bearings.

Looking towards the 100th anniversary of NSK’s founding in 2016 (2006 to 2013)

Mar. 2006
Amatsuji Steel Ball Mfg. Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and vendor of steel balls in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of NSK Ltd.
NSK-ABC Bearings Ltd. NSK-ABC Bearings Ltd. Mar. 2006
NSK-ABC Bearings Ltd. is established through a joint venture with ABC Bearings Ltd. of Chennai, India, to manufacture and sell bearings.
May 2006
Taiwan NSK Technology Co., Ltd. is established in Taipei, Taiwan, to sell precision machinery products for systems products.
Nov. 2006
NSK Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established in Hanoi, Vietnam, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Nov. 2006
A project is implemented to mark the 90th anniversary of the company's founding, in preparation for the 100th anniversary in 2016. The NSK Bearing Art Exhibition is held.
Jul. 2007
Timken-NSK Bearings (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and vendor of automotive bearings in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, is made a wholly owned subsidiary and becomes Suzhou NSK Bearings Co., Ltd.
Jul. 2007
NSK India Sales Company Pvt. Ltd is established in Chennai, India, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jan. 2008
NSK-Yagi Precision Forging (Zhangjiagang) Co., Ltd. is established in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China, to manufacture automotive bearings.
NSK China Technology Center NSK China Technology Center Jan. 2008
The Technology Center in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China, is incorporated as NSK (China) Research and Development Co., Ltd. A system is created that can cover all NSK products.
Feb. 2008
Fujisawa Plant Kirihara Branch is completed as a manufacturing facility for industrial machinery bearings in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Feb. 2008
Nomura Tekkosho K.K.., a manufacturer of parts for industrial machinery bearings in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, is made a wholly owned subsidiary.
Mar. 2008
NSK-Wanda Electric Power Assisted Steering Systems Co., Ltd. is established in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, through a joint venture with Zhejiang Wanda Steering Gear Co., Ltd. (China) to manufacture automotive parts.
May 2008
NSK Friendly Service is established in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, as a specified subsidiary under Japan's Employment Promotion Act for People with Disabilities.
May 2009
NSK Supplier CSR Guidelines are introduced.
May 2009
NSK Eco-efficiency Indicators (Neco) are introduced.
Jun. 2009
Norio Otsuka becomes the ninth president of NSK Ltd.
Aug. 2009
Wholly owned subsidiary, NSK Sales Co., Ltd., is integrated into NSK Ltd.
Shenyang NSK Precision Co., Ltd. Shenyang NSK Precision Co., Ltd. Aug. 2009
Shenyang NSK Precision Co., Ltd. is established in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, to manufacture precision equipment.

2010 and beyond

Mar. 2010
NSK Peru S.A.C. is established in Lima, Peru, to sell industrial machinery bearings.
Jul. 2010
NSK Fukushima Co., Ltd. is integrated into NSK Ltd.
Aug. 2010
Shenyang NSK Co., Ltd. is established in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, to manufacture industrial machinery bearings.
Sep. 2010
ADTech Corporation is established in Shinagawa-ku Tokyo, through a joint venture with Toshiba Corporation, to conduct R&D relating to automotive parts.
Oct. 2010
NSK acquires a majority share of Rane NSK Steering Systems Ltd., a joint venture with Rane Ltd. (India).
Hefei NSK Co., Ltd. Hefei NSK Co., Ltd. Jul. 2011
Hefei NSK Co., Ltd. is established in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, to manufacture automotive and industrial machinery bearings.
Jul. 2011
Systemized Products Business Department is spun off as NSK Technology Co., Ltd. in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.
Jan. 2012
NSK Ltd. increases the capital stake in NSK-ABC Bearings Limited, a bearing manufacturer in Chennai, India, to make it a specified subsidiary.
Jul. 2012
NSK Precision Co., Ltd. is integrated into NSK Ltd.
Sep. 2012
NSK Ltd. hands out a guidebook on Antimonopoly Act compliance to all executive officers and employees.
Sep. 2012
NSK Ltd. acquires a 12% stake in Gongzhuling Bearing Co., Ltd., a bearing manufacturer in Gongzhuling, Jilin Province, China.
Apr. 2013
NSK Ltd. acquires a 25% stake in the MOS Group, a bearing manufacturer in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.
Apr. 2013
NSK Bearings Manufacturing Mexico S.A. de C.V. is established in Guanajuato, Mexico, to manufacture automotive bearings.
NSK head office NSK head office Jul. 2013
Renovation of the head office building is completed.
June 2015
NSK Ltd. transfer its 100% stake in NSK Technology Co., Ltd.
June 2015
Toshihiro Uchiyama becomes the 10th president of NSK Ltd.
Jul. 2016
NSK Needle Bearings Co., Ltd. is integrated into NSK Ltd.