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Joint Logistics Commanders Department of Commerce Bearing Study, June 1986

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Joint Logistics Commanders Department of Commerce Bearing Study, June 1986
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The Deputy Secretary of Defense, William Howard Taft IV, in response to Congressional concern over government policies for procurement of ball bearings and how they affect the domestic industry, requested the Joint Logistic Commanders (JLC) conduct a study of the criticality of the bearing industry to the defense posture. Particular emphasis was to be placed on 30mm and larger bearings. As part of this review a determination was to be made of DOD and commercial bearing requirements, industry capacities, impact of bearing imports on national security in surge and mobilization environments and other factors affecting the bearing industry.

In response to Secretary Taft's request, the JLC tasked the Joint Group for the Industrial Base (JGIB) to establish a study team to address these issues. The team, the Joint Bearing Working Group (JBWG), included personnel from each of the services and the Defense Logistics Agency. The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission were asked to become members because of their expertise in trade and economic issues.

The JBWG developed questionnaires designed to gather data for analysis that would answer several taskings. Separate surveys were designed for the bearing industry, engine manufacturers, bearing component suppliers, specialty steel producers and tool manufacturers, all impacting or being impacted by conditions relating to the health of the bearing industry. Major companies in these industries were surveyed and plant visits were conducted at selected facilities to emphasize the criticality of the study and to discuss trade and economic related issues.

After analysis of data collected, discussions with company officials, and review of previous related government studies, the JBWG concluded that the US bearing industry, having been subjected to foreign penetration of the domestic market for an extended period of time, and having suffered the natural consequences of this lost market share, is in imminent danger of being unable to support national defense needs.

Included in this document are the findings and recommended solutions of the JBWG.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY…………i
BACKGROUND……………..1
Mission………..1
Methodology……2

ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS………….4
Task 1 - Assess the criticality of the bearing industry to national defense……..4
Task 2- Assess the current strength and long term economic viability of the US bearing industry……5
Task 3- Determine DOD and essential commercial requirements…….10
Task 4- Analyze the extent to which bearings of foreign manufacture are used in weapon systems and components procured 'by the DOD……………16
Task 5- Assess the implications on readiness and sustainability of using bearings of foreign manufacture…18
Task 6- Analyze the feasibility of restricting DOD to the use of bearings of US manufacture……21

PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT STUDIES SUMMARY…………..24
Industrial College of the Armed Forces Aircraft Engine Main Bearing Study, May 1982…..24
US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration…….25
A Competitive Assessment of the US Ball and Roller Bearing Industry, February 1985…..25
Joint Depot Maintenance Analysis Group (JDMAG) Bearing Study Report, March 1986…..27
US International Trade Commission Competitive Assessment of the US Ball and Roller Bearing Industry, January 1986…28

INDUSTRY SURVEY SUMMARY AND COMMENTS……32
Bearing Companies………32
Original Equipment Companies………32
Steel Manufacturing and Forging Companies…….54
Machine Tool Companies……….56

APPENDIX D: Statistical Data………..78

APPENDIX E: Questionnaires……………100

APPENDIX F: References…………156

Audience

Engineers, steel producers and manufacturers, and tool producers and manufacturers would use the information from this study as it could affect their production.

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