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History

NTN Group history began when a young man established ironworks in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture and began research and manufacture of ball bearings in 1918.

NTN welcomed its 100th anniversary in 2018 and is going ahead into the next 100 years.

Here are NTN Group's history until now.

1918
1918
Began research and manufacture of ball bearings at Nishizono Ironworks. (Uchibori, Kuwana-cho, Kuwana-gun, Mie Pref.)
Mr. Jiro Nishizono
Mr. Jiro Nishizono
Mr. Noboru Niwa, First President
Mr. Noboru Niwa, First President
1923
Nishizono Ironworks and Tomoe Trading Co. (Nishi-ku, Osaka) began joint manufacture and sale of bearings under the brand name of NTN.
NTN logo in 1920s
NTN logo in 1920s
1927
NTN Mfg. Co., Ltd. established with capital of 50,000 yen.
1930
1934
Reorganized into a stock company with capital of 3,000,000 yen.
1937
Named the Toyo Bearing Mfg. Co., Ltd.
Increased capital to 10,000,000 yen. Company stock traded publicly.
Former head office building (Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
Former head office building (Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
1938
Established Showa Bearing Mfg. Co., Ltd. in Muko-gun, Hyogo Pref. (later, merged and company name changed to Mukogawa Works in 1939, name changed to Takarazuka Plant in 1962, name changed to Tkarazuka Works in 1989)
Established Manchuria Bearing Mfg. Co., Ltd. in China as the first time that a Japanese bearing manufacturer expanded overseas.
1939
Constructed Kuwana Plant in Kuwana City, Mie Pref. (the present Industrial Business HQ. Kuwana Works)
Kuwana Plant (the present Kuwana Works)
Kuwana Plant (the present Kuwana Works)
1940
1943
Commenced production of steel balls at Kuwana Plant.
1950
1954
Awarded the Deming Prize for statistical quality control for the first time in the Japanese machinery industry.
Medals of the Deming Prize
Medals of the Deming Prize
1960
1960
Established Toyo Bearing Iwata Co., Ltd. in Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref. and began mass-production of ball bearings.
(merged with NTN Corporation in 1983, the present Automotive Business HQ. Iwata Works)
Toyo Bearing Iwata Co., Ltd. (the present Iwata Works)
Toyo Bearing Iwata Co., Ltd.
(the present Iwata Works)
1961
Acquired Kongo Bearing Co., Ltd. in Kawachinagano City, Osaka Pref. (the present Industrial Business HQ. Kongo Works)
Established NTN Wälzlager (Europa) G.m.b.H in West Germany.
NTN logo used from 1930s to 1970s
NTN logo used from 1930s to 1970s
1962
Constructed needle roller bearing plant at Toyo Bearing Iwata Co., Ltd.
Needle roller bearing
Needle roller bearing
Established Toyo Bearing Machine Tool Laboratory Co., Ltd. in Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref. (the present Production Engineering R&D Center)
1963
Established NTN BEARING CORP. OF AMERICA in U.S.A.
Entered into a technical tie-up with Hardy Spicer Co., Ltd. in the U.K. and began production of driveshafts.
Driveshaft
Driveshaft
NTN BEARING CORP. OF AMERICA
NTN BEARING CORP. OF AMERICA
1964
Established NTN ROULEMENT (FRANCE) S.A. in France, a joint venture with INA-SIDAG for sales.
(became NTN ROULEMENTS SIDAG S.A.R.L. as a consolidated subsidiary to NTN Toyo Bearing Co., Ltd. in 1973)
Established NTN Bearing-Birfied Ltd. (the present NTN Bearings (UK) Ltd.) in a joint venture with Birfeld.
(became a consolidated subsidiary to NTN Corporation in 1988)
1965
Entered a business tie-up with Dixon Corp. of the U.S.A. and established Toyo Bearing Rulon Co., Ltd. in Kuwana City, Mie Pref. through merger (renamed as NTN Engineer Plastic Corp. and became a consolidated subsidiary to NTN Corporation in 1991, the present Composite Material Product Division Engineering Plastic Works in Inabe-gun, Mie Pref.).
1966
Established Toyo Bearing Powder Metal Co., Ltd. in Ama-gun, Aichi Pref. (the present NTN Advanced Materials Corporation)
1968
Established NTN BEARING CORP.OF CANADA LTD., a sales company in Canada.
1970
1971
Established AMERICAN NTN BEARING MFG. CORP. in the U.S.A.
Established NTN Trading-Hong Kong Ltd. (the present NTN China Ltd.) in Hong Kong.
Established NTN Bearing Singapore (PTE) Ltd. in Singapore.
Established Toyo Bearing Okayama Co.,Ltd. in Bizen City, Okayama Pref. (merged with NTN Corporation in 1983, the present Automotive HQ. Okayama Works)
Established NTN Kugellagerfabrik (Deutschland) G.m.b.H., a bearing manufacturing company in Germany.
NTN Kugellagerfabrik (Deutschland) G.m.b.H.
NTN Kugellagerfabrik (Deutschland) G.m.b.H.
1972
Renamed as NTN Toyo Bearing Co., Ltd.
Established NTN Toyo Bearing Product Development Institute in Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref. (the present New Product Development R&D Center)
NTN logo used from 1970s to 1980s
NTN logo used from 1970s to 1980s
Head office building(1970s, Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
Head office building(1970s, Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
1973
Established NTN Bearing-Cae Ltd. in Canada (merged with NTN BEARING CORP. OF CANADA LTD. in 1981).
Constructed driveshaft plant at Toyo Bearing Iwata Co., Ltd.
Established NTN BEARING MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. in Malaysia.
NTN Bearing-Cae Ltd.(the present NTN BEARING CORP. OF CANADA LTD.)
NTN Bearing-Cae Ltd.(the present NTN BEARING CORP. OF CANADA LTD.)
1974
Established NTN BEARING-THAILAND CO., LTD., a sales company in Thailand.
1975
Established NTN Elgin Corp. in U.S.A.
(merged with AMERICAN NTN BEARING MFG. CORP. in 1985)
NTN Elgin Corp.(the present AMERICAN NTN BEARING MFG. CORP.)
NTN Elgin Corp.(the present AMERICAN NTN BEARING MFG. CORP.)
Established NTN SUDAMERICANA, S.A., a sales company in Panama.
1976
Established NTN Sales Co., Ltd.
(merged with NTN Corporation in 2000).
Established NTN de Mexico, S.A., a sales compnay in Mexico.
1980
1982
Constructed driveshaft plant in Toyo Bearing Okayama Co., Ltd.
Licensed driveshaft technology to Hyundai Motors. (South Korea)
1984
Established Toyo Bearing Nagano Co., Ltd. in Kamiina-gun, Nagano Pref.
(merged with NTN Corporation in 1989, the present Industrial Business HQ. Nagano Works)
Toyo Bearing Nagano Co., Ltd.(the present Nagano Works)
Toyo Bearing Nagano Co., Ltd.(the present Nagano Works)
1985
Licensed bearing production technology to National Engineering Industries Ltd. (India)
Established NTN-BOWER CORP., a joint venture with Federal Mogul Corporation. (U.S.A.)
(became a consolidated subsidiary to NTN Toyo Bearing Co., Ltd. in 1987)
NTN-BOWER CORP.
NTN-BOWER CORP.
NTN-BOWER CORP. logo
1986
Constructed Japan's first plant dedicated to aerospace bearings, in Industrial Business HQ. Kuwana Works.
Cumulative total of all driveshafts produced reaches 100 million.
1988
Established NTN Technical Center (USA) ,Inc.
(transferred functions to NTN Automotive Center at NTN BEARING CORP. OF AMERICA in 2002)
1989
Constructed Iwata Engineering Center. in Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref. (the present CVJ・Axle Unit Technical Center)
Established NTN Driveshaft Inc. a driveshaft manufacturing company in the U.S.A.
Changed company name to NTN Corporation.
The present head office building(Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
The present head office building(Nishi-ku, Osaka City)
The present NTN logo
The present NTN logo
1990
1990
NTN USA CORP. established as headquarters in the U.S.A.
Constructed Kuwana Engineering Center (the present Production Engineering R&D Center) in Kuwana City, Mie Pref.
1994
Industrial HQ. Kuwana Works obtained “ISO9002” certification.
1996
Bought the ball bearing division of American firm Federal Mogul Corporation (U.S.A), to establish NTN-BCA Corp.
NTN-BCA Corp.
NTN-BCA Corp.
NTN-BCA Corp. logo
1997
Industrial HQ. Nagano Works and related engineering departments obtained “ISO9001/QS-9000” certification.
Cumulative total of all driveshafts produced reaches 200 million.
Established NTN do Brasil Ltda. in Brasil.
1998
Established NTN MANUFACTURING (THAILAND) CO., LTD., a bearing and driveshaft manufacturing company in Thailand.
NTN MANUFACTURING (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
NTN MANUFACTURING (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
Iwata area NTN enterprises obtained “ISO14001” certification.
Established NTN TRANSMISSIONS EUROPE, a driveshaft manufacturing company in France through a joint venture with Renault of France.
NTN TRANSMISSIONS EUROPE
NTN TRANSMISSIONS EUROPE
1999
All plants and R&D centers in Japan obtained “ISO14001” certification by a multi-site qualification procedure.
2000
2002
Established Shanghai NTN Corporation, a joint venture for manufacturing driveshaft parts and bearings in China.
Shanghai NTN Corporation
Shanghai NTN Corporation
Established NTN-NIDEC(Zhejiang) Corporation, a joint venture with Nidec Corporation of Japan for manufacturing Fluid Dynamic Bearing Units in China.
Established Guangzhou NTN-Yulon Drivetrain Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Taiwan Yulong Group Corporation for manufacturing driveshafts in China.
2003
Cumulative total of all driveshafts produced reaches 300 million.
Established NTK PRECISION AXLE CORP., a manufacturing company for heat treatment and turning in the U.S.A.
Established Beijing NTN-Seohan Driveshaft Co., Ltd, a joint venture with Korea Flange Co., Ltd. for manufacturing driveshafts in China.
Established ASAHI FORGE OF AMERICA CORP., a manufacturing company for forging processing in the U.S.A.
2004
Established NTN Mie Corporation in Kuwana City, Mie Pref. as a model factory for domestic bearing production.
NTN Mie Corporation
NTN Mie Corporation
Established Shangzhou NTN-Guangyang Corporation, a joint venture for manufacturing bearings in China.
Iwata Works, Kuwana Works, Okayama Works and Nagano Works acquired “ISO9001” and “ISO/TS16949” certification.
2005
Established NTN (China) Investment Corporation as a holdings management company in China.
Constructed NTN R&D Center in Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref.
NTN R&D Center
NTN R&D Center
Established NTN-NIDEC(Thailand) Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Nidec Corporation of Japan for manufacturing Fluid Dynamic Bearing Units in Thailand.
Established NTN NEI Manufacturing India Pvt. Ltd., a manufacturing company for driveshafts in India.
NTN NEI Manufacturing India Private LTD.
NTN NEI Manufacturing India Private LTD.
Established NTN Kamiina Corporation, a manufacturing company for the manufacture of bearing rollers in Kamiina-gun, Nagano Pref.
2006
Invested in IFA-Antriebstechnik GmbH as a manufacturer of driveshafts in the German IFA Group.
Established NTN Fukuroi Corporation in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Pref. as NTN's third domestic manufacturing base of driveshafts.
2007
Established Seohan-NTN Driveshaft USA CORP., a joint venture with Korea Flange Co., Ltd. KOFCO Group for manufacturing and sales of driveshafts in the U.S.A.
Established NTN Hakui Corporation in Shika City, Ishikawa Pref. for turning large bearings.
Invested in SNR ROULEMENTS as a subsidiary to Renault. (Became a consolidated subsidiary to NTN Corporation in 2008. Renamed as NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS in 2010.)
NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS
NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS
NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS logo
Established Nanjing Puzhen NTN Railway Bearing Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works for manufacturing railway bearings in China.
2008
Established NTN Houdatsushimizu Corporation, manufacturing and sales company of ultra-large bearings and machinery parts in Hakui-gun, Ishikawa Pref.
NTN TRANSMISSIONS EUROPE, a manufacturing subsidiary in France, acquired the Crézancy plant of Setfoge, a leading manufacturer in France, and established NTN TRANSMISSIONS EUROPE CRÉZANCY.
Established NTN Akaiwa Corporation, a manufacturing and sales company of various bearings for automobiles and industrial machinery in Akaiwa City, Okayama Pref.
2009
Constructed NTN's Elemental Technology R&D Center in Kuwana City, Mie Pref. (the present Advanced Technology R&D Center)
NTN's Elemental Technology R&D Center (the present Advanced Technology R&D Center)
NTN's Elemental Technology R&D Center (the present Advanced Technology R&D Center)
Established NTN Shika Corporation, a manufacturing company for forging large bearings in Hakui-gun, Ishikawa Pref.
2010
2010
Established Seohan-NTN Bearing Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Seohan (Korea) manufacture and sales company of large-sized wind turbines in Korea.
Established NTN driveshaft do Brasil, a manufacturing and sales company for driveshafts in Brazil.
NTN Driveshaft do Brasil
NTN Driveshaft do Brasil
Established NTA PRECISION AXLE CORP., a manufacturing and sales company for forging, turning and heat treatment of parts in the U.S.A.
Established NTN Noto Corporation, a manufacturing and sales company for bearings for industrial machinery in Hakui-gun, Ishikawa Pref.
NTN Noto Corporation
NTN Noto Corporation
2011
Established PT.NTN BEARING INDONESIA, a sales company in Indonesia.
Established NTN-LYC (Luoyang) Bearing Corporation, a joint venture with Luoyang LYC Bearing Co., Ltd., for manufacturing and sales of hub bearings and needle roller bearings in China.
Constructed NTN China Technical Center in China.
NTN China Technical Center
NTN China Technical Center
Nippon Kagaku Yakin Co., Ltd. in Kameyama City, Mie Pref. became a subsidiary of NTN Corporation.
Established Nanjing NTN Corporation, a manufacturing company for industrial machinery bearings in China.
Nanjing NTN Corporation
Nanjing NTN Corporation
Established NTN-Dongpai (Shanghai) Bearing Sales Co., Ltd., a sales company in China.
Established NTN BEARING INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, a sales company in India.
2012
Established NTPT Company, a joint venture with TAKAO KOGYO Co.,Ltd., for manufacturing and sales of forging and turning parts in Thailand.
2013
Established NTN LOGISTICS CO.,LTD., a designated logistics company in Kuwana City, Mie Pref.
Established NTN MANUFACTURING DE MEXICO, S.A.DE C.V., a manufacturing company for manufacturing and sales of hub bearings and driveshafts in Mexico.
NTN MANUFACTURING DE MEXICO, S.A.DE C.V.
NTN MANUFACTURING DE MEXICO, S.A.DE C.V.
2014
Established Xiangyang NTN-Yulon Drivetrain Co., Ltd., a manufacturing and sales company for driveshafts in China.
2015
Established NTN DRIVESHAFT ANDERSON, INC., a manufacturing company for driveshafts for automobiles in the U.S.A.
NTN DRIVESHAFT ANDERSON, INC.
NTN DRIVESHAFT ANDERSON, INC.
Merger of NTN Powder Metal Corporation (Ama-gun, Aichi Pref.) and Nippon Kagaku Yakin CO., LTD. (Kameyama City, Mie Pref.) and changed the company name to NTN Advanced Materials Corporation.
2016
Established “Green Power Park” an energy circulation model of natural energy within ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY R&D CENTER in Kuwana City, Mie Pref.
Green Power Park
Green Power Park
2017
Established “NTN Next Generation Research Alliance Laboratories” at Osaka University.
2018
Integrated the domestic Aftermarket Business and changed the company name of NTN Bearing Service Corporation to NTN Sales Japan Corporation.
Merged three consolidated subsidiaries; NTN Kongo Corporation, NTN Mikumo Company Limited, and NTN Engineering Plastics Corporation, and established Industrial Business HQ. Kongo Works (Kawachinagano City, Osaka Pref.), Automotive Business HQ. Mikumo Works (Matsusaka City, Mie Pref.), and Composite Material Product Division Engineering Plastic Works (Inabe-gun, Mie Pref.).
Acquired shares of Hakui Maruzen Co., Ltd. which manufactures forged products for bearings, connectors of casing pipe in oil drilling, and construction machineries in Hakui City, Ishikawa Pref.
2019
Concluded joint venture agreement for driveshaft business with PT. Inti Ganda Perdana in Indonesia and established PT. Astra NTN Driveshaft Indonesia, a manufacturing company for driveshafts.