INA started the first steps of bearings selling by commencing the distribution of needle roller bearing in Australia.
Consolidated Bearing Company (CBC) became the exclusive INA distributor for the Australian market.
INA Bearings Australia established as a 50:50 Joint Venture between INA Germany and CBC with one staff Operating from the head office in the CBC building.
FAG began in a local garage in Killara, introducing a number of items from FAG’s product range.
After a successful beginning the operation was moved to a combination warehouse/office in Aquatic Drive Frenchs Forest, Sydney North, which was where the company was established as a legal entity and extended to a national commercial level. FAG operated from this address for 22 years.
Weber Group (CBC family) bought Bearing Service Company (BSC) in Australia and INA started supplying to BSC.
FAG continued it expansion plan to open a new office in New Zealand with warehouse facilities located in Penrose, an industrial area in the city of Auckland, southeast of the city centre.
INA Australia won an order to supply Hydraulic Lash Adjusters, and Rocker Arm cam roller bearings to Ford Australia for the Falcon SOHC engine.
CBC sold their share in INA Bearings Australia to INA Germany and INA Bearings Australia Pty Ltd became fully owned by INA Germany. The company opened a new office within CBC Kingsgrove.
INA relocated to leased premises in South Hurstville, a regional centre located just 15 kilometres to the south west of Sydney’s CBD.
Weber Group (CBC family) bought Saeco Bearings and Transmission in New Zealand. INA Australia began to supply Saeco Bearings, to expand business within the New Zealand market.
Increasing demand for INA Product range, in addition to a complete selection of new components and technology, required INA to open a new service centre in Melbourne, Victoria.
INA acquired premises in Taren Point, located in the southern suburb of Sydney, about 20 km from the CBD, to be able to expand its local production capabilities.
Schaeffler Australia’s former FAG Grinding Mill Division in Melbourne. This Competence Centre specialist develops solutions for Grinding Mill applications Worldwide; the original location was in Moorabbin, Melbourne on the premises of an FAG distributor, RBC. The roots of this Competence Centre can be traced back almost 30 years.
FAG Australia became a Quality accredited company to ISO 9002 standards and was granted preferred supplier status with their many and diverse customers.
INA Australia started producing the Rocker Arms for FORD. A first for INA world wide.
Emerging Australian bearing requirements for the mining industry in Queensland compelled FAG to strengthen its engineering services by opening the first office in Brisbane. April 1994 the New Zealand office moved to present Fox and Gunn premises.
FAG In New Zealand moved to new larger premises in Auckland to serve rapidly growing domestic market.
INA Demolished building at Taren Point and rebuilt totally new premises on the same site to increased efficiency in manufacture of Rocker Arms for the Ford Falcon and provide ability to increase production activities.
INA started the manufacture of complete Valvetrain Assemblies, Rocker Arms, and VT Shaft Supports for the Ford Falcon.
FAG opened a new office in Western Australia to support one of the most productive and diversified mineral and petroleum regions in the world.
Global FAG Integration into the Schaeffler Group.
FAG Australia moved to new premises and as a result of the parent company being taken over by INA Schaeffler AG, the warehouse operation was moved to INA’s premises in Taren Point in Sydney’s South. Moving the warehouse was one of the biggest challenges for the company, this event tested FAG’s employees project management skills.
INA’s employees moved to the FAG premises in Sydney’s North as part of the Schaeffler Group’s strategic Integration plan, at the same time in history, due to the rapid expansion of the Grinding Mill Division and as a result of request for representation on a Global basis, the FAG Grinding Mill Division moved to Balwyn, North of Melbourne and changed it’s name into ASB Grinding Mills Competence Centre soon after the move.
The Schaeffler Group acquired Bearing Engineering Services Pty Ltd (BES), one of Australia’s two leading reconditioning companies for railway wheel set and industrial bearings, with locations in Sydney and Perth.
The Schaeffler Group strengthened its FAG Industrial Services (F’IS) team in Australia through the acquisition of Condition Monitoring Services Australia Pty Ltd (CMSA)).
By the end of the year CMSA market penetration strategies reached New Zealand, operating from existing Schaeffler Group premises.
INA & FAG moved together, both companies started operating under one roof to get the synergy from a complementary product range. The company services a dealer network in all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand.
FAG finalised the legal Integration into the Schaeffler Australia Pty Ltd.