Japanese bearings find a UK base

British bearing supplier appointed to manage Sapporo UK distribution

Oxfordshire-based specialist bearings supplier, SMB Bearings, has been appointed as the UK’s official distributor of Sapporo Precision bearings.

Sapporo Precision, a Japanese bearing manufacturer, has a 50-year history of supplying miniature bearings to manufacturers around the world. As the country’s sole supplier of the Sapporo range, SMB Bearings is bringing Sapporo’s EZO bearing range to the British market.

Sapporo Precision has invested heavily in advanced, fully automated manufacturing facilities in Ashibetsu in Japan and Shanghai in China to ensure identical standards for all the bearings in its range.

Sapporo Precision’s range of bearings covers miniature bearings, thin section bearings and stainless steel bearings. These bearings are used in applications including medical, machine tools, inverters, instrumentation and food processing, including bearings for use in cleanrooms.

The EZO brand is recommended for high precision applications. The SMB bearing range comprises miniature and instrument bearings, stainless steel bearings, plastic bearings, ceramic bearings, thin section bearings and low noise electric motor bearings.

“Most of our miniature, stainless steel and thin section bearings are EZO brand, sourced from Sapporo Precision in Japan,” said Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings. “Although we also offer a range of bearings manufactured in China to give our customers a more affordable option.”