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Top 10 bearing manufacturers in Japan

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From simple metal circles, bearings have come a long way, and constant innovation has made them one of the world’s most indispensable mechanical components.

Japan is known for producing high-quality bearings that are used in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery.

VDO, an industrial marketplace that helps industrial buyers find suppliers, lists hundreds of bearing manufacturers and suppliers. 

Today we will discuss data and statistics about bearing suppliers in the Japan. The right of interpretation belongs to VDO.



  • https://vdobearings.com/
  • Brand origin: Shandong, China
  • Year of establishment: 1992
  • Company Type: Factory, Trade
  • Main products: Ball bearings, roller bearings, special bearings

You read it right, although our VDO brand is not as influential as the big brands, we have achieved great success after more than 10 years of unremitting efforts, our annual sales are over 10 million, and I have to take our company as an example of the top 10 bearing manufacturers in the world.

Our bearings are sold all over the world and I am sure you see our brand bearings on many machines. So we have a place in the world’s bearings market.



  • Brand origin: Osaka City, Japan
  • Year of establishment:1918
  • Company Type: Factory, Trade
  • Main products: Ball bearings, tapered roller bearings, cylindrical roller bearings and spherical roller bearings.

NTN Japan is a leading manufacturer of bearings and machine components used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction and mining. The company’s products are known for their high quality and reliability, making them a trusted choice for customers around the world.

In the automotive industry, NTN bearings are used in engines, transmissions and suspension systems, among other applications.

In the aerospace industry, they are used in aircraft engines, landing gear and flight control systems.

In the construction and mining industries, NTN bearings are used in heavy equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, conveyors and rock crushers.

NTN Japan’s products are designed to meet the highest standards of quality and performance. NTN Japan also offers custom-designed bearings to meet specific customer needs.



  • Brand origin: Tokyo, Japan
  • Year of establishment:1916
  • Company Type: Factory, Trade
  • Main products: Bearings, automotive components, precision machinery

NSK Japan has a long and rich history in the bearing industry, dating back to its founding in 1916 as a joint venture between Japan’s Nippon Seiko Limited and the United States’ RHP Bearings. Today, the company has a global presence with operations in more than 30 countries and employs over 30,000 people worldwide.

In addition to its wide range of bearings, NSK also produces linear motion products such as linear guides and ball screws, which are used in a variety of applications including machine tools, robotics and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. NSK’s steering systems are used in cars and trucks around the world, providing reliable and precise steering control. The company also produces other mechanical components such as gears, couplings and electric power steering systems.



  • Brand origin:Toyama Japan
  • Year of establishment:1921
  • Company Type:Machine Tools, Functional Parts, Materials, etc.
  • Main products:Steering systems, drive train components, bearings, machine tools, etc.
  • Merger: In 2006, Koyo Seiko and Toyoda Machine Works merged to form JTEKT.

JTEKT, KOYO, TOYODA and other brands. We are a company that provides technical support for “things that move” such as automobiles, Shinkansen, airplanes, and robots, which are closely related to everyone’s life.

Through the merger of Koyo Seiko and Toyota Kogyo, the new company, JTEKT, has the world’s largest market share in the steering system industry, and has combined the bearing industry, the machine tool industry, and the transmission industry to become one of the four main industries, combining each industry freely to become a manufacturer that can provide a comprehensive range of world-class systems. The scope of activities covers all “movable” items.

JTEKT is a worldwide manufacturer of functional components for the machine tool industry regardless of type, a supplier of all types of steering systems, and a supplier of transmission series parts and bearings.



  • Brand origin:Toyama Japan
  • Year of establishment:1928
  • Company Type:Machine Tools, Functional Parts, Materials, etc.
  • Main products:Special Steel, Cutting Tools, Bearings, Hydraulic Devices

The new “Quest” designation on NACHI packaging now means that NACHI is all about the quest for high performance and reliability.

The products are based on the technologies that Fuyutsuki has accumulated in materials, machining, and lubrication, and provide customers with bearings of world class quality with high rigidity, high durability, low noise, and good environmental performance.

Since its foundation, we have been developing machine technology and machinery manufacturing business. We have established permanent representative offices and sales offices around the world, so that we can quickly and accurately grasp market trends and effectively meet the wishes of our customers.



  • Brand origin:Osaka, Japan
  • Year of establishment:1952
  • Company Type:Manufacturers
  • Main products:Ball and Roller Bearings

KYK Corporation, one of the oldest manufacturers of ball and roller bearings in Japan, has established a world-renowned reputation with the “KYK” brand bearings, supplying to more than 50 countries worldwide.

Their commitment to Japanese standards of precision and quality has earned them the trust of quality-conscious customers in various engineering industries. Always striving to provide first-class solutions, offering reliable and guaranteed performance, and easily accessible products to meet the growing market demand for quality.

At KYK Bearings, we take immense pride in being the first choice for industries around the world, meeting the growing demand for quality and reliability.



  • Brand origin:Tokyo, Japan
  • Year of establishment:1940
  • Company Type:Manufacturers
  • Main products:Bearings, spindles and seals

KYK Bearing Company has been around since prehistoric times, 1940 to be exact. And they have been importing and selling high-precision machine parts from Europe since the 1950s.
But do you know what makes them different from other companies? They have the superpower to actively search for “hidden champions” who can find great overseas products that haven’t been introduced to Japan yet!
And they’ve introduced so many precision mechanical parts that they’ve actually become the de facto standard in Japan. They have business partners in all industries, especially in machine tools, where they do business with most domestic manufacturers.
Anyway, KYK Bearings is basically the superhero of precision machine parts, finding and bringing in the best products from around the world and making them the standard in Japan. All this as the cool kid on the block and with a reputation that precedes them.



  • Brand origin:Hoto-cho, Nishi-ku, Sakai City, Osaka
  • Year of establishment:1928
  • Company Type:Machine design, manufacturing
  • Main products:Bearings, Clutches, Brakes Linear Motion Devices

Asahi Seiko Ltd. has a rich history dating back to 1928, when it was founded as a specialized ball bearing manufacturer. in 1951, the company expanded its expertise and began manufacturing bearing housings in Japan, becoming a pioneer in standardizing and setting quality standards in this important industry.

Over the years, Asahi Seiko has continued to innovate and expand, developing expertise in mechanical clutches, pneumatic clutches, brakes and linear motion products. Their commitment to excellence and quality has earned them a name of global recognition and trust, and the ASAHI brand represents reliability and performance throughout the industry.



  • Brand origin:Himesato, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City
  • Year of establishment:1961
  • Company Type:Production and sales of plastic products and machine parts
  • Main products:Plastic bearings, Ball bearings, bushing bearings, shaft tables, gears, etc.

Since 1961, UKB Bearings has been a trusted manufacturer of high-quality plastic products dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our customers.

In particular, we have built a reputation for precision craftsmanship and advanced technology in plastic bearings, earning the trust and satisfaction of customers in a wide range of industries.

Their commitment to excellence drives them to continually research and develop new products, always providing the perfect material for any environment. And the line of high-quality plastic bearings is designed to meet the diverse needs of customers, providing unmatched reliability and performance.



  • Brand origin:Himesato, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City
  • Year of establishment:1946
  • Company Type:Development, manufacture and sales of bearings
  • Main products:Plastic bearings, Ball bearings, bushing bearings, shaft tables, gears, etc.

SMT has been developing, manufacturing and marketing high-quality bearings since its inception in 1946. With recent technological developments, long-life bearings and bearings can be used under special conditions, such as corrosion, fluids, high temperatures, vacuum, and other requirements.

SMT has established a production system with multiple varieties, small lots and short delivery times to meet the needs of various customers and has contributed to the high functionality and performance of various industrial machinery with products made of various stainless steels and special materials, ceramics, high nickel alloys, titanium alloys, etc. The bearings are filled with heat resistant, chemical-resistant, food machinery grease, or grease-free bearings that can be used for environments where grease cannot be used.

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