The FAG Kugelfischer Foundation is set up. It recognizes outstanding achievements in physics, mathematics, and dissertations in colleges and universities.
In Schweinfurt, a flexible central heat treatment system for rolling bearing rings is put into operation. As well as implementing modern heat treatment methods, the new heat treat department takes process safety, maintenance and environmental issues into consideration.
Hydraulic variable cam timers made by INA allow continuous valve adjustment for the first time. Fuel consumption and emissions are reduced.
FAG acquires The Barden Corporation, an American precision bearing manufacturer based in Danbury, Connecticut. This secures FAG’s position on the North-American market.
INA’s new plant in Ansan (Korea) – a milestone in entering Asia, a region experiencing fast growth.
FAG supplies new bearings for the high-pressure turbo pumps for the Space Shuttle’s rocket propulsion.
An “economic miracle”: KUVE four-row ball type profiled rail unit with large number of variants and accessories conquers the market.
INA Bearings China Co. Ltd. is founded in Taicang (engine components and needle roller bearings for the Chinese market).
Georg Schaeffler passes away at the age of 79. Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler and her son Georg F.W. Schaeffler continue his life’s work.
LuK SAC (Self Adjusting Clutch) reduces pedal forces and increases the service life of transmission clutches.
BEARINX® is developed – allowing exact bearing calculations down to individual rolling bearing contacts for the first time.
All of INA’s plants worldwide are certified to QS-9000 and VDA 6.1.
Rotary table bearings with YRTM integrated measuring system – one of the first mechatronics products.
A complex testing system for wheelset bearing application testing for rail vehicles is put into operation. Drive operation simulations for high-speed trains can also be carried out on this test stand, which is the world’s most modern test stand.
INA takes over LuK GmbH and expands its expertise as a system supplier to the automotive industry.
LuK presents CVT components for high torques: LuK chain, disc sets and hydraulics. The start of production of the new Audi multitronic® marks the first CVT transmission for more than 300 Nm.
FAG makes a breakthrough in the field of mechatronics bearings. Approval is given for volume production for FAG mechatronic sensor bearings in converter-controlled asynchronous motors for electrical vehicle drives. Mechatronic bearings enable electric drives to be controlled and monitored in the smallest of design spaces.
The Millennium Wheel, also called The London Eye, the world’s largest and heaviest Ferris wheel is put into operation. The wheel is 135m high, has a circumference of 424m and a total weight of 2,100 metric tons. Two spherical roller bearings several meters wide and weighing several tonnes from FAG ensure the wheel turns smoothly.