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NMB (Minebea)

nmbNMB Minebea is the world’s leading manufacturer of miniature ball bearings. With over 45,000 employees in 70 locations, 200 sales organisations and 40 manufacturing facilities, NMB Minebea is now a true multi-national concern.

Founded in Tokyo in 1951, NMB (Nippon Miniature Bearings) started with the development and manufacture of miniature ball bearings. Over the following years, the product range was continuously extended. In nine different countries, the concern now manufactures miniature ball bearings, ventilators and blowers (air-movers), computer keyboards, stepper and geared motors, hifi loudspeakers and disk drives and today is one of the biggest manufacturers of industrial components.

The manufacturing process known as the “vertical integration manufacturing system” has its essential feature in the fact that almost all individual parts for an NMB Minebea finished product are manufactured internally.

The manufacturing depth on the one hand, and on the other the development and construction of assembly lines, machines, tools and devices for manufacturing processes together guarantee an optimum standard of quality for all our products.

As a leading components manufacturer, today NMB Minebea is active globally – in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, China and in Europe.

The NMB Minebea ball bearings group offers technical support in Germany, in Langen (Hess) and Villingen. Thus the group is represented in Central Europe and in close proximity to its customers. There are further technology centres in England, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the USA.

Our technology centres are equipped with all the usual equipment for examination of ball bearings, as well as for product and application analysis.

In addition to the continuing further development of our ball bearing range, high-precision mechanical components (assemblies) are developed according to special customer requirements to the production stage and then put into series production.

Manufacturing and inspection processes are being continually developed to improve our product standards even further. Raw materials and lubricant testing, noise-testing and measurement all belong to the day-to-day standards in our production. The level of vertical integration makes it possible for us to manufacture all of the components for miniature ball bearings, such as inner and outer rings, balls, retainer, covers and sealing discs in the widest possible variety. As raw material, we use a selection of chrome steel and stainless steel. Similarly, various types of radial bearings and lubricants (grease and oils) are available for both normal and exceptional service and applications. Manufacturing is carried out either in accordance with JIS (ISO) or AFBMA standards (ABEC).

Today, NMB Minebea provides a wide range of services. These extend from individual customer advice to planning and design specifications of ball bearings. Similarly, we offer services accompanying projects, ball bearing analysis and functional and endurance-testing.

The high level of quality of our products is achieved through continuous and permanent quality checking. NMB-Minebea-GmbH is ISO 9000 and ISO/TS 16949 as the remote location certificated. Our production facilities are ISO 9000, QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certificated.

CFC-free and trichloroethylene-free manufacture was introduced in our factories in the early 1990s. In 1993, 1995 and 1997 NMB Minebea was awarded the accolade “Best of the Best” by the American Environmental Protection Agency on this account.

We count amongst our customers market leading companies in the automotive industry, ventilator, blower, measuring device, domestic equipment and electric motor manufacturers.

We are therefore not merely a reliable supplier, but also a partner on both a local and a global scale.

Official web-site: http://www.minebea.co.jp/english/index.html

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