The automotive aftermarket has long been familiar with Torrington bearings. Although most people know that Torrington is a company that manufactures these bearings, the term “Torrington bearing” has become synonymous with needle roller thrust bearings. “Torrington bearing” has become a generic term describing a type of bearing as much as it indicates a manufacturer who produces those bearings.
The Torrington Company was established in 1898 in Torrington, Conn. It was an independent company until an acquisition by Ingersoll Rand Corp. in 1968. In 2003, Torrington Bearing was sold to the Timken Company, which produced Torrington brand bearings until 2009. In 2009, JTEKT Corporation of Japan acquired the Torrington bearing line – including the manufacturing plants and tech center along with 3,400 employees – from Timken. Torrington became part of the JTEKT’s Koyo Bearings.
Throughout these changes in ownership, the Torrington brand remained the unquestioned leader in needle roller bearings to the automotive and industrial markets, and Sonnax has proudly supplied Torrington bearings to our customers for many years.
As part of the Torrington sale by Timken to JTEKT, Koyo was permitted to use the Torrington brand name for three years. At the end of 2012, that three-year agreement expires and these products formerly known as Torrington bearings will be marketed solely under the Koyo brand name. Despite the Torrington brand name reverting to Timken, these Koyo bearings are the same OE Torrington products, produced by the same people, using the same processes, in the same U.S. factories.