NSK has commenced the expansion of production at its plant in Kielce, Poland, with the first half of the project scheduled for completion by the end of March 2017.
The facility at Kielce is NSK Europe´s largest plant, manufacturing ball bearings for the automotive and industrial marketplaces. The company now plans to utilise its strength of streamlined production processes, from initial forging to final assembly, to introduce the manufacture of further product ranges.
NSK has already started the renovation of a building with floor space of almost 10,000 square metres in order to create space for further development. Once complete, the company plans to commence the manufacture of HUB1 automotive wheel hub bearings in Kielce and introduce cylindrical roller bearing production as part of a major new project for a leading automotive OEM. Additional deep groove ball bearing lines will also be introduced for automotive clients.
Kielce is already a major production plant for the NSK Automotive Bearings business in Europe. Existing production includes ball bearings for chassis, powertrain, engine and electrical motor applications. A major department of NSK´s European Technology Center (ETC) is also housed at the Kielce plant, where the team focuses on product development and testing.
NSK has an extensive production network in Europe – further plants are located in Germany and the United Kingdom. To safeguard security of supply around the world, every NSK product is made at a minimum of two plants, thus delivering peace-of-mind for customers.
Established 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 31,500 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2016 NSK achieved a turnover of 975 billion Yen. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK´s objective of »No. 1 in Total Quality». In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.
In 1963, NSK´s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe’s 3,500 employees achieved a turnover of over 1,000 million Euros as per March 2016.