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MA-60 Aircraft Land on Custom Timken® Bearings
Solution provided for Chinese regional turboprop

CANTON, Ohio — June 11, 2008 — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) announced today that it has supplied a custom bearing solution for use in the  landing wheels manufactured by Xi’an Aviation Brake Technology Co. Ltd. for an aircraft model made in China.

Xi’an Aviation Brake Technology turned to Timken to improve the durability of landing wheel assemblies for use in the Modern Ark 60 (MA-60) turboprop regional aircraft.  The MA-60 is produced in China for both domestic and export use.

Utilizing Timken’s expertise in bearing geometry, engineers designed a robust tapered roller bearing intended to enhance the performance of Xi’an’s wheel assemblies.

“Most of the world’s aircraft take off and land on Timken bearings because we are dedicated to providing the quality and custom engineering technology to improve our customers’ performance,” said Leong Fang, president of Timken’s operations in China.  “We intend to continue to grow in aerospace markets around the world by serving customers like Xi’an with innovative product and service solutions that bring them superior value.”

Timken offers a comprehensive line of aerospace quality bearings, along with a select range of turbine engine components, transmissions and MRO services.  Known for consistent, critical performance and backed by stringent quality standards, Timken aerospace products are found in aircraft engines, gearboxes, helicopter transmissions, auxiliary power units, landing wheels, airframes and instrumentation.

The Timken Company first brought its advanced products, technology and innovation to China in 1992.  Timken established its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Shanghai and has developed a network of eight offices for the greater China region to serve customers locally and internationally.  Offices have been set up in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang, Wuxi, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The company has invested in large-scale manufacturing sites in Yantai, Chengdu and three sites in Wuxi, and has established logistics and industrial service centers to meet the needs of Chinese customers.  Timken has opened a specialist engineering training facility to develop its own engineers in China and to share knowledge and technology with Chinese customers.  With nearly 4,000 employees in China, Timken is committed to providing expertise in friction management and power transmission.


About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, keeps the world turning, with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services, enabling our customers to perform faster and more efficiently. With sales of $5.2 billion in 2007, operations in 27 countries and approximately 25,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance. 

Source: The Timken Company


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