NSK Appoints New General Manager to Expand Canadian Operations

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 18 /CNW/ - NSK Canada Inc. (NSK) is pleased to welcome Michael St. Jacques to the position of General Manager for the global bearing and linear motion company's Canadian operations.

Mr. St. Jacques joins NSK with extensive international experience in manufacturing, distribution, finance, sales and marketing. Most recently General Manager of Latham International, his career has also included progressive management roles at multi-nationals Karcher, Interactive Media, Orkin/PCO-Quebec and Group Service France.

"The quality of NSK's customer relationships and industry leading bearing and linear motion products are what attracted me to this opportunity," states St. Jacques. "NSK's commitment to the Canadian market and our continued investments in supporting our ever growing customer base make this an exciting time to lead the business."

NSK Canada is part of NSK Americas, which provides motion and control products and engineering support to both OEM and after-market customers in sectors such as: automotive, food, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, energy and others. Mr. St. Jacques' immediate plans to support NSK's Canadian customers include:

    
    -   Expanding the technical support team in the Atlantic Region, Ontario,
        Quebec and Alberta to provide additional customer support and advice
        on maximizing NSK bearing performance;
    -   Providing ongoing technical and product information for customers and
        distributors to extend the life of NSK's wide range of products;
    -   Delivering ongoing technical specifications, product advancements and
        engineering advice through online (www.ca.nsk.com) and personal
        support;
    -   Leveraging the learning from NSK's 13 global technology centres and
        $60 million USD annual research investment to solve customers'
        complex technical challenges.
    

The company recently launched a new website in both official languages to offer an array of online product information, technical tools and other resources to English and French speaking customers across Canada.

About NSK Canada

NSK Canada is a member of the NSK Ltd. Group of companies headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. As one of the world's leading bearing manufacturers, it produces and distributes a wide variety of bearings, linear motion and automotive component products for every application.

In Canada, NSK operates with strategically located distribution centres that supply both the original equipment and industrial distribution market. Its network of authorized distributors has the expertise, inventory and delivery systems to meet industry needs, working in partnership with NSK sales and engineering teams to ensure those needs are met with precision and speed. For more information, visit www.ca.nsk.com.

About NSK Limited

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, NSK Limited is a world-class producer and innovator of motion and control products. Established in 1916, NSK became a world leader in the industry because of an intense commitment to engineering research, modern manufacturing processes and superior quality.

Today, the company is one of the world's largest bearing manufacturers, employs over 22,000 people worldwide, has more than 47 global manufacturing facilities and over 100 sales operations, operates 13 technology centres and produces and distributes a wide variety of bearings, linear motion and automotive component products for every application. For more information, visit www.nsk.com.

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SOURCE NSK CANADA

For further information: For further information: Stephanie Eldred, Senior Communications Advisor, 5th business, (905) 275-2220x 353, eldred@5thbusiness.com

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