Company history



Start of e-business. INA co-founds the SupplyOn, Endorsia and PTplace electronic marketplaces.


Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler receives the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer KGaA, Schweinfurt. INA and FAG become the world’s second largest rolling bearing manufacturer.


“2001 Company of the Year“: General Motors presents its most prestigious supplier award to INA.


The new R&D center of expertise doubles development capacity in Herzogenaurach.



INA, FAG and LuK form the “Schaeffler Group.”


INA’s and FAG’s industrial divisions decide to work together. First joint trade show appearance of the Schaeffler Group at Hannover Messe Industrie.


Start of X-life: Shared mark of quality for premium products and services supplied by INA and FAG.


Metal forming: INA develops new manufacturing method for synchronizer sleeves (used in Ford transmissions).


The Schaeffler Group opens a new automotive research center in Troy (United States).



Direct drive technology supplied by INA’s subsidiary company IDAM (INA Drives & Mechatronics), which was created by the consolidation of L-A-T SUHL AG and präTEC Präzisionstechnik GmbH.


Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler is honored with the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for her exceptional work as the owner of Germany’s largest industrial family-owned company.


“Innovation Day” – Opening of a new test center in Korea and expansion of manufacturing facilities.


Excellent logistics and quality performance: INA receives the “2003 Supplier of the Year” award from SIEMENS Medical Technology.


Start of volume production of the world’s smallest drawn cup needle roller bearing (2 mm shaft diameter) for a motor application in electronics manufacturing.
The INA-Group employs more than 31,000 people worldwide.



The new plant in Brasov (Romania) produces linear products and components for industrial and automotive applications.