Brothers Wilhelm and Georg Schaeffler, both holders of Ph.D. degrees, found INA in Herzogenaurach.
A groundbreaking idea: The needle roller cage, developed by Georg Schaeffler, makes the needle roller bearing a reliable component for industrial applications.
Saar Nadellager oHG is founded in Homburg/Saar as the first German subsidiary.
INA has more than 200 employees.
A breakthrough for the automotive industry: Low-wear INA needle roller bearings replace plain bearings in the transmission of the legendary VW Beetle.
A big hit at its first trade show: INA presents deep-drawn drawn-cup needle roller bearings at the “Deutsche Industriemesse” (industrial trade show) in Hannover.
The first linear guide: INA’s flat cage lays the foundation for the new linear technology division.
The first foreign plant: Rolling bearing production for the European market starts in Haguenau, France.
Manufacturing close to the customer: INA follows VW to Brazil and opens a new plant in São Paulo.
INA’s MOTOMAK plant in Ingolstadt works hard on the development of hydraulic valve lash adjustment elements.
The core of vocational training: The first apprentice training shop in Herzogenaurach can accommodate 100 metalworking apprentices.
INA’s plants and subsidiaries employ nearly 6,000 people worldwide.
Entering a new market, North America: INA’s company in Cheraw, South Carolina, is the first bridgehead in the United States.
An innovation for machine tools: Linear recirculating roller bearings allow plain bearing guides to be replaced by roller guides.
INA has over 10,000 employees.
INA is one of the first manufacturers in Europe to supply volume-produced hydraulic valve lash adjustment elements.