Story Of Timken
As the leading authority on tapered roller bearings, The Timken Company applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of equipment, machinery and vehicles worldwide. To this day, Henry Timken's founding vision of making the world move more efficiently and reliably remains at the core of our business.
In 1890s, Henry Timken, a carriage maker in St. Louis, Missouri, recognized that heavy freight wagons had a difficult 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. The results were encouraging and provided 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 benefits, Henry quickly realized that the tapered roller bearing could improve product performance in many other applications as well. Henry and his sons, H.H. and William, founded The Timken Roller Bearing and Axle Company in 1899, building the foundation for a global enterprise that today helps keep the world in motion. Throughout the years, Timken has contributed to customer success through a clear vision, industrial focus, advanced processes and global growth. Following are key examples of how Timken has moved global industries forward since 1899.
Henry Timken’s patented tapered roller bearing formed the bedrock of The Timken Company. Since 1899, we have dramatically expanded our product portfolio through innovation and acquisitions as well as our reputation by solving problems for our planet and beyond.
The Timken Company is a global industrial leader with a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission product brands. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global industries to move the world forward. How? We work with NASA to explore the mysteries of Mars. We partner with renewable-energy companies to power some of the world’s largest wind turbines. We help engineers improve global transportation, including drilling the world’s longest rail tunnel.