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Timken Receives Supplier Awards from Westland Transmission Ltd

CANTON, Ohio, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Timken Company recently received two supplier awards from Westland Transmission Ltd (WTL). The awards were presented to Timken Aerospace for the Most Improved Supplier of the Year and the Proprietary Parts Supplier of the Year.

Westland selected Timken to receive these awards based upon the close relationship the two companies have in working together to bring efficiency and reliability to the company's manufacturing operations.

"Westland is an important international customer that values our quality products and technical expertise," said J. Ron Menning, vice president - aerospace and defense. "We are not only the number one bearing supplier in Westland transmissions, we also have a close working relationship to partner in developing friction management solutions to their manufacturing challenges, that's the kind of relationship that brings value to both the customer and our shareholders."

Westland Transmission Ltd., located in Yeovil, United Kingdom, is an engineering-led first-tier supplier to the helicopter and aeroengine prime manufacturers. The company has experience in designing, developing, manufacturing and supporting transmissions for all types of helicopters and aeroengine applications in both commercial and military markets.

"Timken has improved significantly and is a very reliable supplier having worked closely together within the WTL Supplier Development Process," said Ron Sams, general manager-WTL.

Timken Aerospace, a subsidiary of The Timken Company, offers a comprehensive line of products and services, known for consistent, critical performance and backed by the most stringent quality standards in the world. Our products are found in aircraft engines, gearboxes, helicopter transmissions, auxiliary power units, landing wheels, airframes and instrumentation.


The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, is a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered bearings and alloy steels and a provider of related products and services with operations in 29 countries. The company recorded 2003 sales of $3.8 billion and employed approximately 26,000 at year-end.

Timken is the registered trademark of The Timken Company

Media Contacts: Robert G. Bourquin (U.S.A.), +1-330-471-7106, or Ray DeVries (Europe), (33) 389 21 4417; or

Investors: Kevin R. Beck, +1-330-471- 7181, all of The Timken Company.


SOURCE The Timken Company