Press Release

Cooperation with Volkswagen Shows First Success for Steering Development

In June 2019, NSK Ltd. and Volkswagen AG have announced a formal cooperation agreement between the companies' steering division with the aim to further increase the power of innovation in steering.

As first success, joint development of higher power single pinion electric power steering (EPS) system for VW's electric vehicle MEB platform is completed and awarded. First production will start in 2023 at NSK plant in China and will be supplied to VW's electric vehicle plants globally.

Comment from Thorsten Jablonski, Head of the Gearbox & Electric Drive Business Unit at Volkswagen Group Components

This step represents a further milestone in the development of our steering systems. Thanks to the cooperation, we now have a production option in China where we can offer our technology together with NSK.

Comment from Masatada Fumoto, Head of NSK's Steering and Actuator Division Headquarters

Joint development of this high power single pinion EPS and its acquisition is the first success of our cooperation with VW. We thank VW for good partnership in this cooperation and looking forward for further innovative development together.

More Information
Volkswagen announcement New Window

About NSK

NSK began its journey manufacturing the first bearings in Japan in 1916, and has since developed into a global organization researching, designing, and manufacturing Motion & Control™ solutions essential for mobility and industrial applications. NSK is the top supplier of bearings in Japan and is the third largest supplier in the world by market share.

Our responsive products and technologies enhance automotive performance and industrial productivity while reducing energy consumption to unprecedented low levels. In the early 1960s, we set our sights outside Japan and have established over 200 business locations in 30 countries alongside a vast network of joint ventures and partnerships in all corners of the world.

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.