DARMSTADT, Germany (March 1, 2021) – Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro), one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has been acquired by NSK, a global organization specializing in researching, designing and manufacturing motion and control solutions.
NSK’s portfolio of products and technologies enhance automotive performance and industrial productivity, whilst reducing energy consumption. As the leading supplier of bearings in Japan and the third largest supplier in the world by market share, NSK employs approximately 30,000 people in more than 200 locations across 30 countries, alongside a vast network of joint ventures and partnerships.
NSK has been developing condition monitoring systems (CMS) for internal and field use for decades. Having identified the market need and opportunity to put CMS technology directly in the hand of customers, NSK established a Condition Monitoring System Development Centre in April 2019 to create solutions to help customers manage the health of their machinery. To accelerate this initiative, NSK has acquired B&K Vibro, who will be empowered to lead NSK’s global CMS business development as a new autonomous unit within the NSK organization, as NSK grows to become a global leader in condition monitoring.
Toshihiro Uchiyama, president and CEO, NSK, said, “I am excited to welcome all of B&K Vibro’s valuable team members to the NSK group. Condition monitoring systems and services are a growing market, and B&K Vibro is the current and future leader in this industry. By combining B&K Vibro’s expertise with NSK’s strength as a global leader in the bearing industry with more than 100 years of accumulated knowledge and experience across a range of applications, our two companies will create even more value for society.”
Marcel Van Helten, CEO, B&K Vibro, said, “B&K Vibro is truly honoured to become a part of NSK, a company that has set out to become a leader in condition monitoring. The synergies between our companies are evident, and with the combination of the talent and the knowledge residing within our companies, we will together be able to deliver exciting, innovative business and engineering solutions for our customers. We look forward to enhancing the NSK CMS business platform and accelerating growth in the burgeoning CMS market.”
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About Brüel & Kjær Vibro
Brüel & Kjær Vibro is the leading worldwide independent supplier of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery. The comprehensive product range comprises vibration sensors (acceleration, velocity and displacement), vibration monitors, handhelds and rack-based plant-wide integrated monitoring solutions. These products plus a suite of comprehensive services fulfil the most demanding applications for safety, condition and performance monitoring of rotating machinery.
Based on 60 years of experience and a world-wide sales and support network, Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s monitoring solutions have successfully reduced downtime and maintenance costs and increased machine reliability for our customers world-wide.
For more information, visit www.bkvibro.com
NSK contributes to a safer, smoother society and helps protect the global environment through its innovative technology integrating Motion & Control™. As a truly international enterprise, we are working across national boundaries to improve relationships between people throughout the world.
NSK products have the special characteristic of aiding the smooth functioning of a wide range of machinery, and they support the reliability, safety, and energy efficiency of the machines into which they are incorporated. The NSK Group regards its fundamental corporate activity as contributing to smoothly running, safe societies, protection of the global environment, and the realization of sustainable societies through the supply of those products-that is, through the Group’s main business. The NSK Group aims to achieve sustainable growth.
For more information, visit www.nsk.com.