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Birth of a worldwide leader

  


 

 

 1918:  NTN's Founders
NTN's founders began research and manufacture of ball bearings at Nishizono Ironworks (Uchibori, Kuwana-cho, Kuwana-gun Mie Pref.)

 

 

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Jiro Nishizono,
founder
At Nishizono Ironworks
(1923)

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Noboru Niwa,
founder and first President

 

1922 : In 1922 a Swedish vessel carrying a cargo of bearings sank in Kobe harbour. The bearings were auctioned off by the insurance company and the successful bidder was Mr. Niwa. This turned out to be a bonanza, and allowed Mr. Niwa to purchase three foreign-made grinding machines. He installed them in the Nishizono Ironworks, asking Mr. Nishizono, a wizard of technology, to study bearing manufacturing technology. Their zeal and perseverance paid off and the first NTN bearings appeared on the market.

    

1923:  The NTN Brand Name is introduced
Nishizono Ironworks and Tomoe Trading Co. (Nishi-ku, Osaka) inaugurated joint manufacturer and sale of bearings under the brand name NTN. 

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    In front of Tomoe Trading Co. (1935)

    

The letters in our company name originated from the initials of our founding members:    

  • N for Noboru Niwa, the man who first invested capital
  • T for Tomoe Trading Co., the company run by Mr. Niwa that was responsible for sales,
  • and N for Jiro Nishizono, a skilled engineer.  

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The Iwata Works Plant at the origine

Until 1960 :  Development of NTN bearings production capacity in Japan: plant establishments, quality in production

   

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