MRO Magazine

Bearing manufacturer continues to contribute to a sustainable planet


May 14, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Ann Arbor, MI. – NSK Americas (NSK) has released its 2014 sustainability achievements, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to environmental protection. The manufacturer of motion and control products annually measures its achievements to advance global warming countermeasures, resource conservation and recycling, and biodiversity conservation.

As a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise program, NSK’s past year’s accomplishments achieved savings of:

– 27,795 trees, equivalent to 382,851,000 sheets of newspaper

– 757,005,000 gallons of oil, enough to heat 3,752 homes for a year


– 11,445,000 gallons of water, enough to meet the daily needs of 152,600 Americans

– 39,240 gallons of gasoline, enough to drive a mid-size car 1,097,600 miles

– 6,703,500 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power 4,902 homes for a year.

“NSK continues to measure our actions and achievements to realize a sustainable society, while delivering value to our customers and the communities in which we operate,” said Brian Lindsay, CEO. “Our actions also include open communication about our environmental goals, which will hopefully encourage other manufacturers to recognize the economic and human benefits of smart, sustainable business practices.”

In 2013, NSK’s environmental and safety portfolio was established as a stand-alone corporate operating department, headed by Susan Diehl, vice-president, legal and general counsel. Marcia Fournier, environmental and chemical manager, and the company’s front-line green ambassador, noted continued evolutions to the program since its inception.

“We recently implemented a new data management platform to track environmental, health and safety metrics. This will better enable NSK to develop proactive strategies to reduce emissions and reduce safety incidents.”

Imminent plans include the implementation of a material compliance application that tracks regulated substances within NSK products and purchased products against national and global environmental standards. This will support customers who may require reporting on specific substances and will allow NSK to consistently meet compliance standards.

As a contributing member of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise program, NSK strives to meet a series of internal benchmarks that translate into sustainability numbers regarding how many trees, how much water, etc., the company has saved. The 2013 results for each benchmark represent improvements ranging from 20% to 37.5% over the previous year.

All seven NSK US manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 third-party registered, with NSK Americas Headquarters and Technical Center recently achieving ISO 14001 compliance certification.

The company’s 2014 CSR Report was honoured with an award for excellence in the environmental reporting category at the 18th Environmental Communication Awards, which are jointly sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environmental Forum.