The Timken Company will construct a new bearing plant near Ploiesti, Romania. The facility will serve global demand for the company’s highly engineered tapered roller bearings in sizes up to 300 mm (12 inches) in diameter. Groundbreaking on the 15,000-square-meter site is expected in the first quarter of 2016, with start-up slated for early 2017. The facility, Timken’s second in Romania, will initially be operated by 120 associates.

The Timken tapered roller bearings to be made at this new facility are critical mechanical components found in industrial geardrives and off-highway applications that include construction and agricultural equipment, haul trucks and cranes. The plant will directly serve OEMs in a wide range of industrial segments.