NSK Needle Bearing Poland Branch was awarded the Toyota Supplier of the Year in Quality Excellence in Europe. The award was presented at the 2018 Toyota Motors Europe Annual Business Conference held on March 27th at the Automotive World Classic Car Museum in Brussels, Belgium.
Every year, senior executives from Toyota Motor Europe and European suppliers review the financials of the previous year. The 2017 Quality Achievement Supplier Award is the third Toyota Motor Europe Award awarded to NSK Needle Bearing Poland Branch after 2008 and 2014.
The awards are based on many KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), including PPM (parts per million), which many OEMs use to measure the number of defective parts produced in one million parts. Warranty claims and claims management are key performance indicators for further review of the award.
After an in-depth review process, the 2017 awards awarded NSK needle bearings, along with other NSK manufacturing plants, have been supplying products to Toyota Motor Europe since 2005 (mainly needle bearings).
NSK manufactures a wide range of needle bearing products for automotive applications, including products for engine rocker arms. The low friction and high durability of NSK needle bearings are ideal for rocker arms, which must utilize the force of the cam to open and close the engine valves efficiently and reliably.
NSK's European manufacturing facility also manufactures retainers and needle roller assemblies for drive applications. The low cross section of these products provides maximum load carrying capacity in a small enclosure due to the absence of an inner or outer ring. With proper lubrication, they operate at high speeds thanks to a unique cage that provides precise roller guidance.
In addition, the controlled profile rollers in the cage and needle roller assembly have an optimum profile that reduces stress, allowing for operation and prolonged bearing life with moderate misalignment.