THE TIMKEN COMPANY: KEEPING THE WORLD IN MOTION
The Timken Company® engineers, manufactures, and markets bearings, gear drives, belts, chains, couplings, lubrication systems, and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. As the leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken applies their deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology, and mechanical systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of equipment, machinery, and vehicles worldwide. With more than 15,000 employees operating from 33 countries, Timken keeps the world in motion.
KEEPING THE BALL ROLLING
Timken Bearings feature precision tolerances, proprietary internal geometries, and quality materials. Their tapered, spherical, cylindrical, thrust, ball, plain, miniature, precision, and housed unit bearings deliver strong performance, consistently and reliably. From Timken Wheel Bearings, Differential Bearing Sets, and Transmission Differential Bearings to Wheel Bearing and Hub Assemblies and Race Sets, Timken delivers unmatched friction-management auto parts.
FRICTION MANAGEMENT LEADER
Timken strives to be the technical leader in solving customers’ friction- and power-transmission challenges. To do so, they use their strengths to create customer value by performing with excellence, capturing opportunities, and expanding reach. What sets Timken apart is their technology and expertise in materials, friction management and mechanical systems, business capabilities that provide exceptional customer service at world-class efficiency levels, and operational excellence.
THE BEDROCK OF THE TIMKEN COMPANY
In the 1890s, Henry Timken, a carriage maker in St. Louis, Missouri, recognized that heavy freight wagons had a difficult time making sharp turns. To solve the problem, he applied a tapered roller bearing design that could handle both radial (weight) and thrust (cornering force) loads. The results were encouraging. First, the wagon ran more smoothly, reducing repair and replacement costs. In some cases, the bearings improved wagon performance so much that fewer mules were required to pull them. Finally, better cornering meant less chance of losing a load of goods. Always focused on customer benefits, Henry quickly realized that the tapered roller bearing could improve product performance in many other applications as well. Henry and his sons, H.H. and William, founded The Timken Roller Bearing and Axle Company in 1899, building the foundation for a global enterprise that today helps keep the world in motion. Throughout the years, Timken has contributed to customer success through a clear vision, industrial focus, advanced processes, and global growth.
Timken focuses their efforts on always moving forward, with a bias for action that reflects their values and expertise. Their results show in the practical ways they contribute to the development, health, and safety of communities around the world, including being a good steward of the environment. As they create energy-saving innovations in their friction-management and power-transmission products and services, they also embrace environmental sustainability through pollution prevention, waste management, recycling, and energy conservation.
DID YOU KNOW?
To this day, Henry Timken's founding vision of making the world move more efficiently and reliably remains at the core of the Timken Company. By the 1920s, Timken supplied bearings to 80% of America’s cars and quickly broadened its reach into new industrial markets. Today, they power the hardest-working industrial machinery, from the fields to space.