NSK and Volkswagen cooperation delivers first success in steering innovation


In June 2019, NSK Ltd. and Volkswagen AG commenced a formal cooperation between the companies’ respective steering divisions with the ambition of further advancing innovation in steering systems. The success of this joint development initiative has led to the appointment of NSK as the production partner for a highpower, single-pinion electric power steering (EPS) system for Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle platform. Manufacturing will start in 2023 at an NSK plant in China, with systems supplied to Volkswagen’s electric vehicle plants worldwide.

“This step represents a further milestone in the development of our steering systems,” states Thorsten Jablonski, Head of the Gearbox & Electric Drive Business Unit at Volkswagen Group Components. “Thanks to the cooperation, we now have a production option in China, where we can offer our technology together with NSK.” Masatada Fumoto, Head of NSK’s Steering and Actuator Division Headquarters, says: “The joint development of this high-power, single-pinion EPS is the first success of our
cooperation with Volkswagen. We thank Volkswagen for good collaboration in this project and look forward to further innovative development programmes together.”

About NSK Europe:
NSK Europe Ltd. is the European organisation of the Tokyo-based bearing manufacturer NSK, which was founded in Japan in 1916 and today employs nearly 31,000 people in its worldwide operations. The products and solutions provided by the industrial and automotive supplier can be found wherever things move. In addition to nearly all types of rolling bearings, the company’s portfolio includes housed bearings, linear technology,
wheel bearing units, transmission and engine bearings and steering systems. The company is oriented to perfection in all of its business activities. Its aim is quality leadership in its industry, which it strives for through a continuous process of improvement, excellent product development, optimised production processes and customer-oriented service processes. In fiscal year 2019, the more than 4,400 employees of NSK Europe Ltd. generated sales of over € 920 million.