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Präzisionskugeln Eltmann GmbH
The industrial manufacture of ball bearings started in 1883 when Friedrich Karl Fischer, son of the inventor of the velocipede with front-wheel mounted pedals Philipp Moritz Fischer, was the first person in the world to build a machine (mill for balls) able to mass produce, in large numbers and with high precision, hardened steel balls according to the "Centerless" principle.
This ball production technique has remained more or less the same up to now. And so not only were the foundations of Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer & Co. laid, but also those of the ball and ball bearing industries.
The golden years of the town of Schweinfurt brought unprecedented benefits. However, in the middle of this growth, the Second World War broke out and one of the Americans’ aims was to destroy the ball bearing industry in Schweinfurt, a major source of supply for the War. For this reason, production was moved to the outskirts.
As a result of this decentralisation, June 1943 saw work start on the construction of the Eltmann facility for the production of steel balls for ball bearings.
Since then, mass production of steel bearings of various sizes and for various fields of application has taken place on the Eltmann site. Up to 2000, it took place under the roof of "Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer (FAG)".
In 2000, "FAG" ball production was implemented in a Joint Venture with SKF and the American company "NN Ball & Roller". The Eltmann site operated under the name of "Kugelfertigung Eltmann GmbH" which in April 2011, was acquired by the Umbra Cuscinetti S.p.A. group following insolvency of the American industrial group NN Inc., and since then has operated under the "Präzisionskugeln Eltmann GmbH" name.
Today "Präzisionskugeln Eltmann GmbH" has 86 employees and has close relationships with well-known customers in the field of engineering machinery construction, the wind sector and the electrical and aerospace industries. It specialises in high-quality steel balls in the 18 - Ø 200 mm range. The Company is certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008 standards.