NKE: 20 years successful in bearings industry
NKE, the bearing manufacturer based in the Austrian city of Steyr is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company, by Heimo Ebner and Harald Zerobin, produces bearings for all industrial applications, with engineering, product development, production, logistics, sales and marketing being centralised at its Steyr headquarters. The company operates its sales through 12 international offices and 240 distribution outlets in 60 countries. In its first 10 years, NKE saw rapid growth, with its turnover increasing on average by more than 20 % a year. To keep up with the growth, the company invested more than 15 million Euros to build its new premises in Stadtgut Steyr business park in 2009. This investment helped NKE double its production capacity. In 2016, the Spanish company ‘Fersa Bearings’ acquired 49 % interest in NKE. The resulting group of companies now boasts 3 production sites, 5 distribution centres, and 3 R&D locations. After guiding the company for 20 years, both its two founders Heimo Ebner and Harald Zerobin passed the company’s management on to Thomas Witzler in July 2016. With their expertise and experience they continue to actively deal with NKE’s vision and strategic planning for the coming decades.