The industrial manufacturing of ball bearings started in 1883. Friedrich Karl Fischer, the son of velocipede inventor Philipp Moritz Fischer, was the first person in the world to build a milling machine able to mass produce high precision, hardened steel balls based on the "centerless" principle.
This ball production technique has remained more or less the same. As a result, the ball bearing industries along with Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer & Co., have endured over the years. The industry brought golden years of prosperity and growth to the town of Schweinfurt, however, in the midst of this growth, WWII broke out.
America resolved to destroy the ball bearing industry in Schweinfurt, as it had been a major supplier of ball bearings during the war. As a result, production was moved to other locations outside of the city. Construction began on the Eltmann facility in June 1943 for the production of steel balls for ball bearings. Since then, the mass production of steel bearings of various sizes and for a wide range of applications has taken place at the Eltmann site.
In 2000, "Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer (FAG)" manufactured balls in a joint venture with SKF and the American company "NN Ball & Roller".
The Eltmann site operated under the name "Kugelfertigung Eltmann GmbH" until April 2011, when it was acquired by Umbra Cuscinetti S.p.A. following the bankruptcy of the American industrial group NN Inc. Since then, it has been operating under the name "Präzisionskugeln Eltmann GmbH".
Today "Präzisionskugeln Eltmann GmbH" has 105 employees and has close relationships with well-known customers in the field of engineering machinery construction, the wind sector and the electrical and aerospace industries. It specialises in high-quality steel balls in the 18 - Ø 200 mm range. The Company is certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50003 und nach EN9100 standards.