Company History and

Environmental Management

CEROBEAR is the leading manufacturer of ceramic rolling bearings

CEROBEAR GmbH was founded in 1989 as a spin-off from Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (Aachen, Germany). The foundation for further growth was laid when CEROBEAR moved into its own facility in Herzogenrath near Aachen in 1997.

In 2013 CEROBEAR completed its second building and today operates two adjacent, fully airconditioned high-tech manufacturing sites, totally 42,000 sq. ft. of space.

As of June 30, 2013, all shares of CEROBEAR GmbH were acquired by New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB), a member of the global manufacturing conglomerate, MinebeaMitsumi Inc.. As a result of the acquisition, CEROBEAR is now a part of MinebeaMitsumi’s NHBB/myonic Business Unit and operates as an independent subsidiary under NHBB.

Today, CEROBEAR is the leading manufacturer of ceramic rolling bearings and a pioneer in rolling bearing technology. CEROBEAR currently employs around 130 highly skilled technical employees.

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We are committed to taking care of our environment

We are aware of our responsibility for the environment and the need to utilize resources diligently. The economical use of resources is therefore our desired goal in the innovation of our products, but also in the continuous improvement of our procedures and processes.

CEROBEAR pursues its sustainable goals by complying with the environmental management system according to ISO 14001 and the energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001.

In order to increase energy efficiency and thus protect the environment, the sustainable use of energy and resources is continuously reviewed.

The following energy sources and resources are considered:

  • Electricity
  • District heating
  • Fuels
  • Raw materials
  • Consumables
  • Packaging
  • Emissions & Waste

Since 2021, we are producing our bearings CO2-neutral!

Climate Certificate No 640

Climate Certificate No 837

According to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), there are different categories (scopes) in which companies emit greenhouse gases:

Scope 1:
includes the direct release of climate-damaging gases within the own company.

Scope 2:
includes the indirect release of climate-damaging gases by energy suppliers.

Scope 3:
includes the indirect release of climate-damaging gases in the upstream and downstream supply chain.

CEROBEAR’s CO2 footprint in Scope 1 and 2 is composed of the following three main components:

  • Electricity
  • District heating
  • Fuels (diesel, gasoline, gas)

Since the beginning of this year, we have been obtaining our electricity exclusively from renewable energy sources and additionally are compensating the CO2 emissions from our district heating supply and fuel consumption.

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