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NSK Vision 2026

NSK Vision 2026

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 Corporate Philosophy
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.

Our Business Strengths

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 hold a leading market share both in Japan and globally— not only for bearings, but also ball screws, linear guides, and a range of other products. We offer a broad range of advanced products to support manufacturing needs, and this diversified business provides a stable management portfolio. With a firm focus on the future, we are also leveraging NSK's technological strengths to develop new technologies and products that can deliver new value and provide solutions for a sustainable society.
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Company Culture
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 for our customers around the world across an astonishing range of industries—from heavy machinery such as aircraft and machine tools to everyday items such as computers and smartphones. How does the NSK brand achieve its global reputation for high quality and reliability? Through our world-leading technology, elite talent, and a proactive company culture rooted in a “Change and Go Beyond” spirit. Going forward, we will maintain our position as a needed and trusted company by broadening our horizons and finding new and innovative ways to contribute to society through our technology.
Global Strategy
NSK was one of the first Japanese manufacturing companies to expand its business outside Japan. After launching overseas exports in 1948, we began overseas production in countries such as Brazil, the U.S., and the U.K. in the 1970s, laying the foundation for our global business by manufacturing products locally. From the 1980s onward, we expanded our production lineup as our Japanese customers, primarily in the electric and automobile industries, expanded their global operations, and in the 1990s, we established production sites in countries including China, Indonesia, Thailand, and India against the backdrop of economic growth in emerging economies. We also operate technology centers around the world, including the U.S., Germany, Thailand, and China, 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
Plus One

NSK has relentlessly pursued innovative technologies and focused on improving quality in order to contribute to a safer, smoother society and to protect the global environment, in line with its corporate philosophy. The foundation that underpins those technologies consists of tribology, materials, numerical simulation and mechatronics, which are NSK’s Four Core Technologies.
Then there is manufacturing engineering, another important technology and strength of NSK that gives shape to our Core Technologies.
The technologies and products that have been created based on our Four Core Technologies, with the “plus One” of manufacturing engineering, are contributing both to the development of industry across the world and to people’s abundant lifestyles.
Studying, Clarifying and Controlling Friction
Tribology is the study of friction and wear of contact surfaces in relative motion, such as rotating parts that endure enormous forces with a thin oil film. Severe operating conditions are mitigated through lubrication and surface treatments developed by NSK, resulting in superior performance for applications requiring low friction, high-speed rotation, quiet operation, or enhanced durability.
Friction on the bearing’s ball surface
Friction on the bearing’s ball surface
Unrelenting Pursuit of Performance Durability and Reliability
Materials research and development affects nearly every aspect of product performance. Through careful selection of material composition, heat treatment, and ceramic materials, NSK enables optimization of application performance. This may result from improvements in function, endurance, or reliability, or through advancements in cost-effectiveness or production efficiency.
Durability testing machines
Durability testing machines
Numerical Simulation
Simulated Recreation in Cyberspace to Predict Performance
In the past, accuracy and reliability in product development were achieved with experience-based design and longer testing periods. NSK’s simulation technology allows virtual validation to accelerate design and production. Extreme conditions or innovative designs that defy previous expectations can also be evaluated and analyzed.
Simulated example of an automotive component
Simulated example of an automotive component
Technology Supports People for a Convenient, Safe and Comfortable Future
Mechatronics integrates machine elements technology with control technology. By combining bearings, ball screws and linear guides, together with motors, sensors and computers, greater mechanical functionality is elicited with computer control. This technology applies new functions and performance to a range of industrial machinery, such as for automobiles and bio-medicine. It also contributes to greater reliability, as well as to convenience and safety in daily life.
Vibration control actuator for railway applications
Vibration control actuator for railway applications
Manufacturing Engineering
Giving Shape to Four Core Technologies
Contributing to the environment and heightening safety and security through our Four Core Technologies requires something to breathe life into these technologies. In addition, it is essential to consistently produce with high quality. NSK tackles these issues by applying AI to its equipment, utilizing IoT, and optimizing its overall production framework while it works to realize the creation of smart factories that economize on space, save on energy, and reduce manpower requirements.
Cheonan Plant in South Korea
Cheonan Plant in South Korea

Company Info

Company Name
NSK Ltd.
November 8, 1916
67.2 billion Japanese Yen (as of March 31, 2022)
Head Office
Nissei Bldg., 1-6-3 Ohsaki, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo, 141-8560, Japan
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+81-3-3779-7111 (Japan headquarters)*Please contact your regional headquarters
Akitoshi Ichii, President & CEO
Number of Employees
30,577 (as of March 31, 2022)
Annual Net Sales
865.2 billion Japanese Yen (Year ended March 31, 2022)
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Main Businesses
Industrial: Bearings, ball screws, precision machinery and parts
Automotive: Bearings, steering systems, automatic transmission products