NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Toshihiro Uchiyama) today announced that its high-performance railway axle bearings have been selected for the new H5 rolling stock of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, which will begin operations in the spring of 2016.
Railway bearings are important safety-critical components that require the highest level of reliability to ensure the safe operation of railways. NSK implements strict quality controls to ensure the quality of these components while also making them more compact and lighter in order to save energy and reduce impact on the environment. NSK is the only bearing maker to have supplied bearings to all types of Japan's Shinkansen rolling stock since the very first Shinkansen, the 0 Series (the first generation), commenced operation in 1964. NSK has an outstanding reputation for its strict quality control and efforts to reduce environmental impact though lighter and more compact designs, and its bearings will help to realize safe and comfortable high-speed travel in the severe conditions of cold and snow in Hokkaido winters.