NSK Vision 2026
Setting the Future in Motion
We bring motion to life,
to enrich lifestyles, and to build a brighter future.
Dedicated to uncovering society’s needs,
we set ideas in motion
to deliver solutions beyond imagination.
And, we’re setting the future in motion.
In 2016, NSK celebrated its 100th anniversary. NSK Vision 2026 was established the same year to convey our aspirations for the next 10 years, as the first step on our journey through another century. At the center of Vision 2026, the message “Setting the Future in Motion,” represents our commitment to bringing safety, reliability, and comfort to people's lives—enriching lifestyles and building a brighter future through our products and services across our automotive business, industrial machinery business, and a wide range of other business fields.
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NSK contributes to a safer, smoother society and helps protect the global environment through its innovative technology integrating Motion & Control™. As a truly international enterprise, we are working across national boundaries to improve relationships between people throughout the world.
Ever since NSK became the first company in Japan to produce bearings in 1916, we have continued a strong tradition of R&D pursuing the leading edge of technology. The result? Today, we are the largest bearing manufacturer in Japan and the third largest globally. We are also the largest supplier of ball screws and a market leader in linear guides and electric power steering (EPS). We boast a broad range of world leading products, making us a one-stop shop for all our customer’s needs. We have strategically diversified into a number of business fields, including automotive and industrial machinery: our two primary business units. This diversification keeps us strong even in tough times, with one side of the business covering for the other.
In a world where component suppliers are often tied to a single large customer, NSK has always maintained its independence. We set our own business strategy to build on inter-field synergies and create new products and services unlike anything before, adding value across an astonishing range of industries, from heavy machinery to semiconductor manufacturing to home appliances. How do we achieve this? NSK company culture is rooted in “Do-It-Yourself” DIY spirit. Our elite team develops in-house leading-edge technology that we expand across our range of businesses, challenging ourselves to innovate at every step. The result? The NSK brand is globally renowned for high quality and reliability, and we place among the highest sales of all independent component makers based in Japan.
NSK has been expanding globally since the early 1960s, preceding many of our competitors. We established a sales office in the US in 1962 and quickly followed with regional headquarters, plants, sales offices, and technology divisions across the Americas, Europe, China, and Asia-Pacific. In recent years, we've opened new sales offices in Russia and Dubai, expanded our production sites in China, and became the first Japanese bearing maker to open a plant in Mexico. We operate technology centers around the world to dynamically respond to developments in the global business environment and flexibly serve our customers. Our global network and local proximity to key industries is a critical factor to our success.
Four Core Technologies
100 Years of Technology:
Setting the Future in Motion
For over a century since our founding in 1916, NSK has focused efforts on R&D, developing new technologies and raising product quality. Having grown into a leading company in bearings, automotive products, precision machinery and components, and other fields, NSK's technological capabilities are based on four core technologies: tribology, materials, simulation, and mechatronics. Products and technologies developed on the foundation of our Four Core Technologies contribute to the advancement of industry and to further enriching the lifestyles of people around the world. Going forward, NSK will continue to develop leading-edge technologies and high quality products and services that meet the demands of today and tomorrow.
Core Technology 1: Tribology
Improving Performance by Optimizing Friction
Tribology is the study of the friction and wear of contact surfaces in relative motion, such as rotating parts that endure enormous forces with a thin oil film. At NSK, we apply our expertise in tribology to develop new greases, design surface microstructures, develop surface processing technology, and optimize the structural design of products and components on an application basis. Ultimately our efforts realize superior performance by offering lower friction, higher-speed rotation, quieter operation, enhanced durability, and reduced energy consumption. Above all, we help make the vision of our customers a reality.
Comparison of Steel Bearing Ball Sphericity
A bearing’s performance relies heavily on ball sphericity.
Core Technology 2: Materials
Superior Performance for Any Application
Bearings are subject to severe operating conditions such as high loads, speeds, and temperatures. Contaminated environments, electrical erosion, and low or no-maintenance use (think satellites in space!) also pose unique challenges to overcome. The solution? Better materials. Materials research and development affects nearly every aspect of product performance. Through careful selection of material composition, heat treatment, and use of ceramic materials, NSK optimizes product performance on an application basis. This may be through improvements in material function, endurance, reliability, or even through improvements in cost effectiveness, production efficiency, or reduced environmental impact.
Typical Progression of Bearing Failure from Impurities in Material
Core Technology 3: Numerical Simulation
Transforming Blind Risk into Trusted Reliability
In the past, accuracy and reliability in product development were achieved through experience-based design and extensive testing. NSK's simulation technology allows for virtual validation to accelerate design and production. Digital prototyping allows extreme conditions or innovative designs that defy previous expectations to be rapidly evaluated and analyzed. NSK simulation technology is backed by big data: over a century of meticulously recorded research data, test results, and product experience—a valuable edge on the competition, and a boon to our valued customers.
Lubricant Flow in Tapered Roller Bearing
Core Technology 4: Mechatronics
and Creating a Brighter Future
Mechatronics refers to the combination of mechanics and control technologies. NSK has cultivated knowledge of mechanics through years of product development and production. This knowledge is used to integrate motors, sensors, actuators, and electronic control units to develop mechatronic systems that add new functions, improve reliability, and increase performance, all while improving convenience and safety in our daily lives.
NSK’s broad lineup of products and services has been supporting the development of countless industries for over 100 years. With our technical expertise cultivated over a century, we provide our customers with the right solution to meet their specific application requirements.
NSK tribology and mechatronic technology keeps cars running smoothly and efficiently all over the globe.
NSK tribology and mechatronic technology keeps cars running smoothly and efficiently all over the globe.Learn more
Machine ToolsMachine Tools
Our ultra-high-speed spindles are the best in the business, with our fastest spinning at over 4 million dmn!
Our ultra-high-speed spindles are the best in the business, with our fastest spinning at over 4 million dmn!Learn more
We develop and produce high-performing, highly reliable railway axlebox bearings that keep trains moving.
We develop and produce high-performing, highly reliable railway axlebox bearings that keep trains moving.Learn more
Medical DevicesMedical Devices
Where high precision and reliability must be matched with low vibration and noise, NSK technology thrives.
Where high precision and reliability must be matched with low vibration and noise, NSK technology thrives.Learn more
Industrial MotorsIndustrial Motors
NSK’s core technologies reduce frictional loss and make these motors as quiet as possible.
NSK’s core technologies reduce frictional loss and make these motors as quiet as possible.Learn more
Our R&D is committed to reducing vibration and extending service life, so our customers can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Our R&D is committed to reducing vibration and extending service life, so our customers can sit back and enjoy the ride.Learn more
Heavy loads and muddy conditions put a burden on bearings. But NSK develops products that are up to the test.
Heavy loads and muddy conditions put a burden on bearings. But NSK develops products that are up to the test.Learn more
Food Processing MachineryFood Processing Machinery
Our tribology and material technology help improve the performance of food processing machinery.
Our tribology and material technology help improve the performance of food processing machinery.Learn more
Our bearings are highly reliable and built to last. We never stop working to improve quality and optimize design.
Our bearings are highly reliable and built to last. We never stop working to improve quality and optimize design.Learn more
Injection Molding MachineryInjection Molding Machinery
NSK develops and supplies the component parts that makes injection molding possible.
NSK develops and supplies the component parts that makes injection molding possible.Learn more
Mining &Mining &
With a service life and limiting speed extending far beyond that of conventional product, our bearings ensure the job gets done.
With a service life and limiting speed extending far beyond that of conventional product, our bearings ensure the job gets done.Learn more
Office EquipmentOffice Equipment
With a higher conductive life, NSK bearings help make the machines around us at work compact and long lasting.
With a higher conductive life, NSK bearings help make the machines around us at work compact and long lasting.Learn more
Papermaking MachineryPapermaking Machinery
NSK bearings are used in dryer cylinders for their superior reliability and long service life.
NSK bearings are used in dryer cylinders for their superior reliability and long service life.Learn more
Pumps &Pumps &
Our bearings support all kinds of industries by helping pumps and compressors spin with ease.
Our bearings support all kinds of industries by helping pumps and compressors spin with ease.Learn more
NSK supplies bearings suitable for the clean, high temperature, corrosive, and vacuum environments where computer chips are made.
NSK supplies bearings suitable for the clean, high temperature, corrosive, and vacuum environments where computer chips are made.Learn more
Steel IndustrySteel Industry
NSK’s sealed four-row tapered roller bearings use an oil seal that keeps out contaminants and ensures a long service life.
NSK’s sealed four-row tapered roller bearings use an oil seal that keeps out contaminants and ensures a long service life.Learn more
Wind TurbinesWind Turbines
Leaders in the wind power industry worldwide use NSK bearings in the production of clean, renewable energy.
Leaders in the wind power industry worldwide use NSK bearings in the production of clean, renewable energy.Learn more
- Company Name
- NSK Ltd.
- November 8, 1916
- 67.2 billion Japanese Yen (as of March 31, 2020)
- Head Office
- Nissei Building, 1-6-3 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-8560, Japan
- Akitoshi Ichii, President & CEO
- Employees (Global)
- 30,747 (as of March 31, 2020)
- Sales (Global)
- 831.0 billion Japanese Yen (Year ended March 31, 2020)