In 2010, The Timken Company recycled 1.6 million tons of scrap metal - the equivalent of 1.3 million junk cars. The resulting Timken steel is made from nearly 100% recycled content, including 350,000 tons of recycled scrap metal from the company’s own operations.
The Timken Company is a global manufacturer of highly engineered bearings, alloy steels, and related components and assemblies. Their technologies and products can be applied wherever equipment moves or power is transmitted. Being green is not new to the company, founded by Henry Timken in 1899 on the development of products designed to enable energy-efficient operation of vehicles and machinery.
In 2010, they diverted 20,350 tons of electric-arc furnace dust from landfills, capturing and recycling the dust by-product of the company's steelmaking process. Timken's steel manufacturing relies on energy-efficient electric technology that is a green alternative to blast-furnace or basic oxygen-furnace methods.
The company has cut the amount of energy needed to produce steel ingots by 27 percent since 1990. Based on 2010 production alone, the electricity saved is enough to power 11 million homes for a day.
At its Canton, Ohio-based steel facilities, Timken recycles 30 million gallons of water waste each day through a closed-loop recycling process, enough to fill 45 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
"Timken makes a positive impact on the world not only because of the types of products we make, but how we make them," said Alan Oberster, vice president of environmental, health and safety. "Our steelmaking process is a great example of this. We create value by making products the world needs, and by making our steel out of scrap, we conserve natural resources while putting mountains of waste to good use."