IKO company was founded on 1950, the company has accumulated numerous proprietary technologies and a wealth of experience that it uses to develop innovative products. Nippon Thompson becomes an established leader in three specialties: needle roller bearings, linear motion products and mechatronic products. Marketed under the IKO brand, these products have established a world-wide reputation for high quality and originality.
Since becoming Japan’s first maker of needle roller bearings in 1959, Nippon Thompson has established a reputation as an innovative producer of high-quality, precision bearing products. Using the expertise and technology through years of experience producing needle roller bearings, they have developed a line of motion rolling guides units that combine carriages and track rails. Since the introduction of their first linear motion rolling guide unit, Linear Way, in 1978, these products have become important components of industrial robots, numerically machine tools, and other sophisticated equipment used in the manufacture of such high technology items as semiconductors. Especially for this kind of industry Nippon Thompson developed a wide range of products made in stainless steel and suitable for so called clean room environment.
Nippon Thompsons’s products are manufactured at nine plants in Japan and sold domestically and overseas under the IKO brand. The company’s domestic sales and service network consists of nine branches and fifteen sales offices. Overseas, Nippon Thompson is represented by an integrated network of distributors, sales agents and branch offices in the United States and Europe