Bearings are a major component for all moving parts making bearings a critical part of our everyday lives. Bearings reduce friction enabling smooth acceleration in automobiles, quiet running ceiling fans, accurate microscopes and effective dental drills. Improvements in anti-friction bearings have played a significant role in the enhanced mobility of society in the last century.
The bearing industry dates back to the late 19th century and grew rapidly at the turn of the 20th century with the mass production of the automobile. Today’s bearing industry is global with production in over 70 countries on five continents with the United States industry continuing to play a key role.