Timken — Corporate overview

Posted by Sally Voelske on March 31, 2011

History of The Timken Company

For more than 100 years, Timken has focused on value creation for diverse industries and market segments. We deliver a variety of friction management and power transmission solutions for applications ranging from aircraft and automobiles to mining equipment and medical instruments.  We’ve grown considerably since our founding in 1899, but solving customer problems is still at the core of our business, just like it was when founder Henry Timken patented a tapered roller bearing design that made life easier for freight wagon operators and their mules.

The Beginning

Henry Timken, a St. Louis carriage maker, recognized that heavy freight wagons had a hard 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. There were several customer benefits. First, the application 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 benefit, Henry quickly realized that the tapered roller bearing could improve product performance in many other applications as well. He and his sons, H.H. and William Timken, quickly founded The Timken Roller Bearing and Axle Company and began building the business into what it is today.

Corporate Overview 

Wherever there is motion, you’ll find Timken at work. Timken is one of the world’s leading producers of highly engineered antifriction bearings and related products and services and alloy steel and components. We help create, transfer and control power, putting our friction management and power transmission technologies to work across a broad industry spectrum.

Timken has operations in 27 countries on six continents, and our team of 20,000 employees is dedicated to improving our customers’ performance in a variety of applications.

Last modified on March 29, 2011

Categories: Bearings, History, Informational, Radial Ball Bearing, Tapered Roller Bearings, Wide Inner Ring Bearings

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