Timken to Continue Growing its Mexican FootprintBy Antonio Gozain | Thu, 05/19/2022 - 15:16
Q: How does Timken contribute to vehicle lightweighting?
A: Timken is constantly innovating to serve different industries and emerging trend. In the automotive sector, new bearing design and materials features enable vehicles to incorporate smaller bearings with the same working conditions. In particular, Timken’s products can offer innovative bearing surface finishes, lubricants and internal design geometry that reduce wear and make products more efficient by accommodating higher stress operating conditions with smaller bearing sizes. The use of smaller power-dense bearings can contribute to reducing vehicle weight.
Q: How has Timken’s Guanajuato plant increased the company’s competitiveness in the Mexican and North American markets?
A: Timken’s Guanajuato location builds on the company’s manufacturing strategy to serve customers where they need us. Our plant uses state-of-the-art technology and automation to achieve the standards for quality and consistency Timken employs around the world. What we’re doing here in Guanajuato helps us advance our global bearing leadership by providing a high level of value and service for our customers in the region and globally.
Q: How has Timken worked to secure supplies amid the global disruption?
A: It has been challenging, but Timken has strong relationships with our suppliers, and we’ve been focused on improving every day. Despite significant disruptions to supply chains as well as inflationary pressures, these are still good times for industrial markets.
Q: How does Timken address the aftersales battle between quality and low cost?
A: Timken works to be as competitive as possible. We maintain the same high standards for quality and consistency at all of our manufacturing sites around the world.
Q: What role does the aerospace industry play within Timken’s operations in Mexico?
A: Timken is trusted across the aerospace industry because of our performance and safety requirements. The company has a division focused on aerospace technology serving global customers. In Mexico, we provide components used primarily in aircraft interiors.
Q: How could Timken’s acquisition of Aurora boost the company’s participation in the Mexican aerospace sector?
A: We are working to integrate Aurora products into our portfolio. We are very pleased with the opportunities the acquisition creates for us, but it is too early to say what impact that may have for our business in Mexico.
Q: What are Timken’s plans for the near term in Mexico?
A: We are continuing to build capacity and expertise and look forward to serving customers in the region and globally – for years to come.
The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $4.1 billion in sales in 2021 and employs more than 18,000 people globally, operating from 42 countries.