A commitment to precision that reflects our Swiss heritage

WIB is a leading bearing manufacturing company that has been serving the needs of a wide range of industries and their applications since 1961. Throughout our history, we have demonstrated our expertise in producing miniature and small ball bearings that reflect our Swiss heritage and commitment to optimum quality and performance.

Our story

At WIB, our focus as a bearing manufacturing company has always been on precision and quality in the production of precision ball bearings. Over the years, we have taken that focus to new levels to achieve a leadership position in our industry. Today, we serve the needs of customers worldwide—and in a wide range of industries—for the ball bearings they need to keep their critical operations moving.

Your solution is our mission

We stand ready to provide unparalleled support for customers faced with daunting challenges and demanding applications.

Think of us as an extension of your team

When you’re seeking solutions to today’s highly complex and challenging applications, our engineering teams are there, providing their technical knowledge and expertise, from pre-concept to post-production. They take your proprietary design from concept to prototype, even through product launch onsite, if needed. And treat them with the highest levels of security.

Great customer care starts here

From a single performance bearing to a comprehensive subassembly, your WIB engineering team shepherds your project through each phase as it moves through our facilities—from defining your requirements through post-production.

We value relationships

Throughout our history, we have developed and nurtured beneficial relationships with hundreds of customers who value and trust our ability to deliver superior quality and reliable service. One of the ways we provide ongoing support is to maintain consistently high inventory levels so that we can meet your needs quickly and efficiently.

Our commitment to innovation

The design, testing, and validation of groundbreaking systems and solutions that happens every day at our facilities demonstrates our passion for innovation.

We’re also making history with the establishment of our research and development department, led by a 20-year PhD veteran with a long history of work in bearing technology development. Add to that our ongoing collaborations with leading Swiss universities, and it’s clear that we are making research and development a high priority at WIB.

A history of WIB

Over the years, WIB has built on its special expertise in the in-house manufacture of precision, world-class bearings for challenging applications around the world.

1961

WIB Bearings is created as the result of a merger between two Swiss industrial bearings factories.

1970

The decision is made to specialize in the production of small-diameter bearings (smaller than 17mm), with a focus on bearings for textile and other specialty applications.

1987

Expanded production capability to include Thin Section bearings, series 618xx et 619xx.

1989

WIB is purchased by United Precision Industries Ltd. (UK), known in the industry by its RHB brand.

1990

WIB is taken over by Japanese group NSK, the world’s second-largest bearings manufacturer.

1998

WIB transfers production of its RHB branded air frame bearings to its headquarters in Bulle, Switzerland.

2003

Following multiple consolidations and buyouts, the Canadian group RotoPrecision Inc., acquires WIB.

2006

WIB invests in a Class 100 cleanroom for the assembly shop.

2014

WIB proceeds with in-house testing and development of fully automated equipment for production of its self-aligning bearings.

2015

WIB invests 6 million CHF in production equipment, including the replacement of the grinding shop with new machines. The company also commits to building an in-house team for developing in-house factory automation.

2018

WIB launches a prototype for a fully autonomous bore grinding measuring automat.

2019

With communication capabilities between the measuring automat and grinding machine, WIB achieves fully 24-hour production capability.

Build your future at WIB

Work with Industry 4.0 technologies and leading engineers in bearing technology. Learn about our industry-leading apprenticeship program and career openings for individuals who want to do their best work.

Careers at WIB

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