THK U.K.
THK America, Inc.
SKF
Roller Bearing Company Inc.
Rod End Supply
QA1 Precision Products, Inc.
PTI EUROPA A/S
PIB Bearing, Inc.
Ozak Seiko Co., Ltd.
NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD.
Neff Gewindetriebe GmbH
MinebeaMitsumi Inc.

22 Rod End Manufacturers in 2024

This section provides an overview for rod ends as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 22 rod end manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked rod end companies as of February, 2024: 1.Rod End Supply, 2.IKO International, Inc., 3.PTI EUROPA A/S.

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List of 22 Rod End Manufacturers

*Including some distributors, etc.

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    • Roller Bearing Company Inc.
      • Roller Bearing Company Inc.
        Rod Ends

      • United States of America Address: One Tribology Center, Oxford, Connecticut, United States of America

      Manufacturer Overview

      Roller Bearings Incorporated was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut. RBC manufactures and markets precision bearings and related components globally, mainly to the aerospace, agricultural, automotive, industrial, and semiconductor manufacturing sectors. The company’s products are primarily divided into two market segments: aerospace and industrial. Both segments include basic components such as airframe control ball bearings, needle track rollers, ball bearing rod ends, and thin-section ball bearings. The Aerospace Segment also includes special machine components while the Industrial Segment also includes heavy-duty needles roller bearings and self-lubricating bearings subsegments.

    • Carl Hirschmann
      • United States of America Address: 165 East Commerce Drive, Suite 104 Schaumburg, Illinois, United States of America

      Manufacturer Overview

      Carl Hirschmann, founded in 1957, with Head Quarter in Fluorn-Winzeln, Germany, is a manufacturer of spherical bearings, rotary tables, clamping systems, axial shaft seals, and synthetic fluid and these products have applications in Medical Engineering, the Aerospace industry, and Automotive/Racing Sports. The company produces Aluminium-Titanium lightweight bearings, Ultralight Tie Rods, and rolled-in-spherical bearings which have applications in Mould &Tool manufacturing, and the Turbine industry. They also provide Rotary indexing tables in single-axis/two-axis/multiple-axis models. They offer indexing/rotating spindle, and hollow axes besides they produce synthetic fluid in two forms namely dielectric fluid and grinding fluid that are used in the automobile sector.

    • QA1 Precision Products, Inc.
      • QA1 Precision Products, Inc.
        Rod Ends

      • United States of America Address: 9574 217th Street West Lakeville, Minnesota, United States of America

      Company Overview

      QA1 Precision Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of suspension components and driveline parts based in Minnesota, USA, since 1993. The company introduced rod ends and spherical bearings for the performance racing industry. The company manufactures various suspension and driveline components, including rod ends, spherical bearings, shocks and suspension components, carbon fiber driveshafts, and racing products. The company serves the motorsports industry with various racing-specific parts, including adjustable shocks, springs, and suspension accessories.

    • CCTY Bearing Company
      • China Address: 458 Jinrun Boulevard, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China

      Manufacturer Overview

      CCTY Bearing Company, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Zhenjiang, China, is a manufacturer of bearings and assemblies. Its comprehensive range includes ball joints, spherical plain bearings, rod ends, mast guide bearings, as well as metallic & self-lubricating bushings, providing smooth movement, stability, and reduced friction in mechanical systems for efficient functioning and performance of equipment across different sectors such as agriculture, automotive, construction, mining, and transportation. Notably, their quality management systems hold ISO 9001 and TS certification.

      • HANGZHOU CHINABASE MACHINERY CO., LTD.
        Rod Ends

      • China Address: 4th floor, Block B, Jianhua Industrial Park, NO.207-208, Qi Gu Deng, Zhou Shan Dong Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

      Manufacturer Overview

      Hangzhou Chinabase Machinery Co., Ltd., founded in 1992 and based in Hangzhou, China, is a manufacturer specializing in an array of products, including power transmission components. Its key products encompass chains and sprockets for industrial power transmission, gearboxes to enhance torque and reduce speed, couplings for shaft connections, and gears used across industrial applications. Its products find applications in automation, conveyor technology, packaging, food, pharmaceuticals, and more. The company maintains quality and sustainability, holding certifications like ISO 9002, ISO 9001, API, ISO/TS 16949:2002, and ISO 10012 measurement management system.

    • Neff Gewindetriebe GmbH
      • Germany Address: Karl-Benz-Straße 24, Weil im Schönbuch, Land Baden-Württemberg, Germany

      Manufacturer Overview

      Neff Ballscrews is a German manufacturer specializing in ballscrews, linear actuators, and motion control products, established in 1952. The company offers a diverse product range, including Acme, Roller, and Spherical ballscrews, as well as linear actuators. These products serve the machine tool, automation, and robotics sectors. Neff Ballscrews also provides engineering services, customization, and repair and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements. With a global presence, including offices in the United States, China, and Japan, Neff Ballscrews has over 70 years of industry expertise. They are committed to innovation and consistently deliver high-quality products and excellent customer service.

    • THK U.K.
      • Japan Address: 2-12-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

      Manufacturer Overview

      THK Co., Ltd. was incorporated in 1946 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. THK is a manufacturer and supplier of machine components such as linear motion components for customers globally. THK’s products are used in many industries including electronics, aerospace, industrial robots, and precision instruments. THK’s primary product categories are Linear Motion, Feed Screw, Rotation, Custom Assemblies, and Seismic Isolation. Linear Motion products assist in linear motion and transportation. They include linear motion actuators, guides, and rollers. Feed screws include ball screws, screw nuts, and change nuts. Seismic Isolation includes both large systems and small guides.

    • MinebeaMitsumi Inc.
      • Japan Address: 4106-73 Oaza Miyota Miyota-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, Japan

      Manufacturer Overview

      MinebeaMitsumi Inc. was incorporated in 1951in Japan and manufactures and supplies machined components, and electronic devices and components globally. It operates through four segments: machined components, electronic devices and components, MITSUMI Business, and the U-Shin business segment. MinebeaMitsumi specializes in bearing products including spherical, roller, rod end, and ball bearings for aerospace. MinebeaMitsumi also produces products including precision mechanical assemblies, fasteners, other special components including clutches and brakes, motors, blowers, sensors and lighting devices. Additionally, MinebeaMitsumi offers its products for use in PCs and peripheral equipment, information and telecommunications equipment, household electrical appliances, automobiles, and aerospace.

    • SKF
      • Sweden Address: Sven Wingquist gata 2, , Göteborg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden

      Manufacturer Overview

      SKF UK is the British division of SKF, originally founded in 1907 and headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. SKF designs, develops, and manufacturers bearings, seals, lubrication systems, and services worldwide, with industrial and automotive segments, providing solutions for industries including aerospace, agriculture, transportation, food and beverage, general machinery, material handling, mining, energy, paper, and wind energy. SKF UK offers rolling bearings, mounted bearings, automotive seals, lubrication management, vehicle aftermarket services, waste electric products, and electronic equipment products as well as services including maintenance, remanufacturing, customization, and training.

    • igus GmbH

      Manufacturer Overview

      igus GmbH, established in 1964 and based in Cologne, Germany, is a manufacturer and distributor of technical products made using polymers for movement. Its products include injection molding frames, motor control systems, and plain bearings, and it has over 240,000 products in over 1,000,000 variations. It serves 188,000 companies from over 80 countries worldwide in 50 different industries, including packaging, automotive, and renewable energy. The company is ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 50001 certified, and in 2023, it recorded €1.115 billion in sales. Since 2021, the company has purchased 380 new injection-molding machines and has replaced 275 old ones.

    • THK America, Inc.

      Manufacturer Overview

      THK America Inc., located in Schaumburg, Illinois, is a manufacturer of linear motion guides used in the production of liquid crystals, semiconductors, medical equipment, and amusement devices. The company also offers actuators, slide rails, flat rollers, roller guides, and linear ball slides. Other products include seismic isolation devices, ball screws, rod ends, and XY tables. In addition to its headquarters, the company has regional offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Mississauga, New York, San Francisco, and Ontario. In 2022, the company was ranked first in the annual survey of Quality Leadership by Quality Magazine for demonstrating superior quality and performance.

    • NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD.
      • NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD.
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      • Japan Address: 19-19 Takanawa 2-chome Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

      Company Overview

      Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. - IKO is based in Japan and was established in 1950 as a manufacturer of bearings. The company designs Linear Motion Rolling guides and Mechatronics series and they were the first to produce Needle Roller Bearings. These products have vast applications in various industries as they are used in Electronics-related Devices and Equipment like semiconductors and for precision devices that are used in laboratory measuring instruments and medical equipment. Textile, printing, construction, transportation, and robotics are also on the list of industries that benefit from IKO products.

    • CRAFT bearings JSC
      • CRAFT bearings JSC
        Rod Ends

      • Lithuania Address: Draugystes str. 19, Kaunas, Lithuania

      Company Overview

      Craft Bearings JSC, founded in 1992 and located in Kaunas, Lithuania, is a manufacturer and supplier of bearings.  The company’s product line includes bearings, rod ends, adapter sleeves, and chains. Its products are applicable in the automotive, industrial, and agricultural industries. The company runs a quality control laboratory, conducting tests for bearing life, noise and vibration, grease leakage, and metal structure in its products with precise measuring equipment, according to ISO standards.

    • IKO International, Inc.

      Company Overview

      IKO International, Inc. founded in 1950 and headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey is a manufacture of needle bearings, linear motion rolling guides, precision positioning tables & machine components. The company offers specialized solutions for diverse manufacturing environments, including clean rooms, vacuum conditions, high-temperature settings, and locations with dust or spatter protection. IKO also exclusively provides C-Lube, a maintenance-free lubrication system with a lifespan of up to 5 years or 12,500 miles for M series linear ways and maintenance-free cam followers.

    • PTI EUROPA A/S
      • Denmark Address: Papegøjevej 7, Tønder, Denmark

      Distributor Overview

      PTI EUROPA A/S is a supplier of bearings and transmission parts, founded in 1991 and located in Tønder, Denmark. The company’s products include plummer blocks, belts and belt pulleys, ball and roller bearings, rod ends, and roller chains. It is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company which provides powder coating, technical documentation, and 2D/3D drawing services. It also provides adaptation and processing services, adjusting product features such as increasing the diameter of products like bearing housings. 

Rod End Manufacturer Ranking

*Including some distributors, etc.

Derivation Method

The ranking is calculated based on the click share within the rod end page as of February 2024. Click share is defined as the total number of clicks for all companies during the period divided by the number of clicks for each company.

Number of Employees

  1. MinebeaMitsumi Inc.: 85,954
  2. THK U.K.: 13,502
  3. NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD.: 2,673

Newly Established Company

  1. HANGZHOU CHINABASE MACHINERY CO., LTD.: 1992 (32 years ago)
  2. PTI EUROPA A/S: 1991 (33 years ago)
  3. Rod End Supply: 1989 (35 years ago)

Company with a History

  1. SKF: 1907 (117 years ago)
  2. Roller Bearing Company Inc.: 1919 (105 years ago)
  3. MinebeaMitsumi Inc.: 1951 (73 years ago)

Rod End Manufacturers in United States

*Including some distributors, etc.

Global Distribution of Rod End Manufacturers by Country

*Including some distributors, etc.

Country Number of Companies Share (%)
Japan Japan 6 37.5%
United States of America United States of America 4 25.0%
China China 2 12.5%
Germany Germany 1 6.3%
Sweden Sweden 1 6.3%
Lithuania Lithuania 1 6.3%
Denmark Denmark 1 6.3%

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