NKE AUSTRIA puts the emphasis on employee training. Last year, each of the about 200 employees spent on average five days in training. This can be compared to an average of 1.2 days per year at other Austrian companies. The training courses covered all areas of business such as IT, engineering, production, organisation and quality management.
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Bearing manufacturer NKE AUSTRIA GmbH held its fifth International Distributor Conference from 14th to 17 October 2010 in Steyr, Austria. About 190 participants from 30 countries attended the event. The biennial conference is a platform for NKE distribution partners to share ideas and experiences.
NKE AUSTRIA offers electrically insulated rolling bearings. The special bearings SQ77 feature a built-in electrical insulation, which provides reliable protection against current discharge and the resulting electrical corrosion. Typical applications of electrically insulated rolling bearings are electric motors, generators and other electrical machines.
NKE AUSTRIA has developed a modular bearing system for planetary gears in wind turbine gearboxes.
NKE is presenting its range of ready-to-mount bearing units at this year’s international Motek Fair for Assembly and Handling Technology and Automation in Stuttgart, Germany.
In April 2010, two new executives have joined Austrian bearing manufacturer NKE’s engineering team: Gunnar Simm is now Head of Engineering, while Dr. Bernhard Deffner has taken charge of project management for the hard machining production unit.
NKE AUSTRIA has supplied a special cylindrical roller bearing with an outer diameter of 3.3 m for the application in a three-roller planetary rolling mill.
Despite the recession, Steyr-based bearing manufacturer NKE Austria GmbH achieved positive annual results in 2009. With sales of 43.8 million euros, NKE’s turnover was up one percent over the record year 2008. Wind energy represented an important growth sector, and the biggest growth market was China.
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH has again passed the ISO audit in November 2009. Recertified to ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management, NKE is now, for the first time, also certified for Occupational Health and Safety Management according to OHSAS 18001.
Apprenticeship training enjoys the highest priority at NKE AUSTRIA, despite the current economic downturn.
Bearing manufacturer NKE AUSTRIA GmbH introduces the NNF series of double row full complement cylindrical roller bearings. This series of bearings features a compact design and maximum load carrying capacity. The bearings are sealed on both sides and suitable for extreme operating conditions. Typical applications for NNF- bearings are rope wheels and pulleys.
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH opens its first sales office in China. The objective of the representative office in Shanghai is to improve the service to OEM customers in important segments as well as to establish a nationwide distribution network. The office will be headed by Hansen Mao, who has many years of experience in the bearing industry.
The bearing manufacturer NKE AUSTRIA GmbH completed and moved into its new headquarters in the industrial park Stadtgut Steyr in June 2009. More than fifteen million euro have been invested in the new works with a floor space of more than 10,000 square metres.
NKE AUSTRIA was awarded the industry prize Pegasus on 16 June. The bearing manufacturer won the gold prize in the category “companies with 50 to 249 employees”. The Pegasus is the most influential industry prize in Upper Austria; it is awarded to the best companies in the province every year.
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH will participate in the Hannover Fair, which takes place from 20th to 24th April 2009 in Hanover, Germany.
SeaGen, the world’s first commercial tidal current turbine in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough, runs with bearings from NKE AUSTRIA.
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH has a new Human Resources Manager: As of February 2009, Thomas Witzler, MSc, is responsible for human resources management with a focus on personnel and organisational development as well as recruiting.
NKE AUSTRIA reported another outstanding year: Sales hit 43.3 million euro in 2008, up 87 percent over the previous year. The main areas of growth were wind energy, gearbox and agricultural machinery sectors.
NKE AUSTRIA has won an award in the “Women’s Advancement Initiative” in Austria. The competition was initialised by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour. A prize of 10,000 euro was offered to each of ten companies who have submitted the best plans and measures to facilitate the advancement of women in the workplace.
NKE AUSTRIA was awarded the innovation prize “Schrittmacher 08” for companies with more than 50 employees in the region Steyr. “We see this award as recognition of our company’s success”, said Heimo Ebner, NKE’s Managing Director.