The Timken Company plans to expand production capacity at its Tyger River facility in Union, South Carolina, to serve the wind energy market. The investment is part of a strategy to strengthen Timken’s position in serving growing global demand for highly engineered large-bore bearings that will help customers harness wind power.
Timken expects demand for large-bore bearings used in main-rotor shafts and gear drives in wind turbines to grow rapidly in the coming years as reliance on renewable energy increases. The Tyger River investment will allow the company to serve demand from North American customers and provide expanded capability to produce prototypes in support of new wind-turbine programs.
Expansion work at Timken’s Tyger River location will begin this year, with production currently slated for 2010. It will be the company’s second wind-related commitment of the past year, following formation of a joint venture with China’s XEMC to build a new main-shaft bearing facility in Xiangtan, Hunan province. Construction of that new facility is scheduled to begin this year.
The Timken Company manufactures highly engineered bearings, alloy steels, and related components and assemblies. For more information please visit www.timken.com.