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Timken Chief Engineer Honored by Society of Automotive Engineers With Forest R. McFarland Award

CANTON, Ohio, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Timken Company's Chief Engineer for Axle Centers, Mircea Gradu, was honored with the Society of Automotive Engineers' Forest R. McFarland Award for his leadership and contributions to developing and enhancing the interchange of technical information for the transmission and driveline technology sessions. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, during the Honors Convocation at the Society of Automotive Engineers' World Congress at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Mich.

Developing innovations that bring value to customers is a core characteristic of Timken. "Mircea Gradu embodies that with his contribution to the automotive industry," said Jacqui Dedo, president -- automotive. "We are pleased that SAE is honoring him and hope that his dedication to advancing the automotive industry is a model for others to continue to help the Society of Automotive Engineers achieve its goals."

The annual Forest R. McFarland Award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the work of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board in the planning, development, and dissemination of technical information through technical meetings, conferences and professional development programs or outstanding contributions to the Engineering Meetings Board operations in facilitating or enhancing the interchanges of technical information.


The Timken Company, (NYSE: TKR, keeps the world turning, with innovative ways to make customers' products run smoother, faster and more efficiently. Timken's highly engineered bearings, alloy steels and related products and services turn up everywhere. With operations in 27 countries, sales of $4.5 billion in 2004 and 26,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance.


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SOURCE The Timken Company