IKO Nippon Thompson has continuously been in the forefront of key developments in the field of linear and rotational motion. Ever since the start of the company in 1950, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the industry with innovative products that help our customers to develop state-of-the-art equipment and machines. We are proud to be recognized as “experts in MOTION” and have lived-up to that expectation with more than 70 patents and many significant milestones over the years:
Established Daiichi-Kogyo Co., Ltd., with capital of ¥500,000 in Nagoya, Japan for the purpose of selling bearings and other machine components.
Launched R&D activities for the production of Needle Roller Bearings.
Started selling Needle Roller Bearings via a business alliance with Nippon Thompson Bearing Co., Ltd.
Established first Factory in Himeji, Japan and began manufacturing of Needle Roller Bearings.
Registered our corporate brand as trademark.
Established Gifu Factory Complex in Gifu, Japan.
Established Technological Laboratory at Kamakura Factory.
Established NIPPON THOMPSON EUROPE B.V. in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Developed and started selling Linear Motion Rolling Ways (start of our current Linear Way Series).
Introduction of IKO's first 4-row Linear Way (LW).
Introduction of IKO's first 2-row Linear Way (LWA) and start of mass producing linear Ways with preload.
Introduction of IKO's first Crossed-Roller Ways (CRW).
Developed and started selling the first 2-row Linear Roller Ways (LRW).
Completed 2nd factory at Gifu Factory Complex.
Developed and started selling Precision Positioning Tables (currently Mechatronics Series).
Introduced IKO's first angular Ball Spline (LSA).
Awarded “Good Design Awards” (operated by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO) endorsed by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry) with Linear Way LWA, Angular Ball Spline LSA and Precision Positioning Table CT220/220A.
Completed 3rd factory at Gifu Factory Complex.
Developed a compact 2-row Ball Spline "LSAG" for the micro-chip mounting industry.
Introduction of Japan's first 4-row Linear Roller Way (LRWX).
Introduced the first Ball Slide equipped with a built-in rack-and-pinion (BSPG).
Introduction of the Miniature Linear Way series.
Presented the World's smallest Linear Way (LWL5) with a rail width of 5mm!
Completed 4th factory at Gifu Factory Complex.
Awarded 26th “New Machine Developing Award”, sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry with Linear Motor Table TSLM.
Presented the World's smallest Linear Way (LWL3) with a rail width of 3mm!
The first manufacturer of Linear Ways that offers interchangeability, doing away with matching rails and carriages.
Introduction of a revolutionary internal lubrication system "C-Sleeve" (later renamed to "C-Lube").
Presented the World's smallest 4-row Linear Roller Way (LRX12) with a rail width of 12mm!
Developed an all-new U-shaped Linear Way, which also formed the basis for the TU high rigidity Precision Positioning Table.
Presented the World's smallest Linear Way (LWL2) with a rail width of 2mm!
Introduction of the LRX85, the largest Linear Roller Way in Japan.
Introduction of the IKO CRWG Crossed-Roller Way with rack-and-pinion system.
MX Linear Roller Way series available with "C-lube" maintenance free feature.
Established IKO THOMPSON VIETNAM CO., LTD., with a brand-new production facilities in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
Introduction of the World smallest Linear Roller Way with a track rail width of 10mm!
Awarded “Machine Parts Prize”, a subcategory of the 4th Monozukuri Parts Prize by The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd. with Linear Roller Way Super X (LRXD10...SL).
Introduction of 3 revolutionary products:
Super Slim Crossed Roller Bearings series (CRBT)
The World smallest Precision Positioning Table (TM)
The World smallest Cam Follower (CFS1.4)
Micro Precision Positioning Table TM is awarded "Nippon Brand Award" by "CHO MONOZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award 2010".
Smaller sizes introduced for several series: MXD10, MLF6 and CRWG2.
Introduction of a double-row angular contact Roller Bearing.
Smallest size Maintenance Free Linear Way (ML) with track width of 3mm.
Introduction of new downsides Linear Way with smaller dimensions and higher load capacity (MV)
Extension of the largest Linear Roller Way series LRX85, with standard, long and extra-long block type.
Introduction of the smallest size Crossed Roller Way (CRWG1) with improved load capacity.