Friedrich Fischer designs the ball grinder. This machine allows steel balls to be ground to an absolutely round state for the first time – and in large volumes. Thanks to this innovation, he lays the foundation for the entire rolling bearing industry. Thus, the worldwide success story of the ball bearing begins in Schweinfurt.
Later, 1883 is officially declared the year in which FAG was founded.
On July 29, the FAG brand is registered with the patent office in Berlin. The registered trademark FAG, which stands for Fischers Aktien-Gesellschaft, is protected in over 100 countries today.
Johann Modler, an FAG engineer, develops the barrel roller bearing allowing angular adjustment (DRP no. 290 038 dated February 16, 1912).
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.
First FAG plant in North America: establishment of "Fischer Bearings Manufacturing Ltd." in Stratford, Ontario, Canada
The first linear guidance system: The INA flat cage lays the foundation for the new linear technology business unit.
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 is one of the first manufacturers in Europe to supply volume-produced hydraulic valve lash adjustment elements.
Founding of LuK do Brazil (Fig.) and LuK Mexico.
As the worlds first clutch manufacturer LuK supplies diaphragm spring clutches for tractors.