THK’s U.S. Production Facility (TMA) Earns AMT Eligibility

Schaumburg, IL – (February 16, 2007) THK Manufacturing of America, Inc. (TMA), (Hebron, Ohio) has earned prestigious Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) member status. THK’s U.S. manufacturing facility also celebrates its 10th anniversary of manufacturing high quality THK products in the U.S.

THK, through its manufacturing of actuators and related products, met the AMT’s requirement of producing a product line consisting of power driven manufacturing machinery used in the process of transforming man-made materials into discrete durable goods. Additional eligibility conditions included selling and producing these products within the United States for a minimum of one year. THK was also required to demonstrate that the foreign content in these qualifying products does not exceed 35 percent of the qualifying product’s total U.S revenue.

THK Manufacturing of America, Inc., the company’s first production facility in the United States, manufactures both conventional and Caged Ball(TM) Linear Motion Guides (LM Systems) and actuators, as well as Link Balls.

THK Linear Motion Guides are precise positioning components with re-circulating ball linear motion guide technology that uses a block and precision ground rail design. THK LM Systems offer many application-specific benefits, including: increased speed and accuracy of motion, high rigidity, decreased noise levels, long-term maintenance-free operation, and reduced sources of contamination. A wide variety of industries are currently taking advantage of the benefits of THK’s LM Systems, including: machine tool, semiconductor, medical, packaging, automotive and robotics.

THK’s Link Balls consist of a high-accuracy, high-quality steel ball with a welded shank assembled to a die cast socket holder. They are used in suspension, steering and transmission control assemblies for automobiles and other forms of transportation.

The Ohio based plant offers a variety of LM Guide types and sizes. Currently, 50% of the company’s product line for North America is manufactured in the Hebron plant. That number is soon expected to climb to 80%.

Signifying their commitment to quality, THK Manufacturing of America, Inc. has received both QS9000 certification and Ford Q1. This environmentally friendly facility is even equipped with a centralized machine coolant recycling system.

Technico Inc supplies distribution, sales, engineering, cut to length, modifications and warehousing services for THK products. THK also has nine regional sales offices in North America located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico, New Jersey, San Francisco, and Toronto to further their commitment to customer service. Each has application engineers and experienced customer service representatives to meet customers’ needs.