Global Steering Systems started in 2009, but our roots and depth of experience go back further than that. Over the years, we remained flexible and adaptive, introducing new products to improve safety and meet changing demand. Here are some key milestones along our journey.
Steering Business Established
Torrington Company established the steering business in the United Kingdom, launching its first column and intermediate shaft for the Ford Escort.
Steering manufacturing expands to North America. Within 6 weeks, the first I-shaft is introduced to market.
Torrington introduces a patented polymer ball hub style upper pivot tilt column shaft, a simpler, more cost effective assembly.
Torrington and NSK jointly form Nastech, serving North America.
Torrington raises the bar on safety, developing and patenting new safety-critical features to meet stricter industry regulations.
Torrington consolidates 3 facilities into one, creating the corporate headquarters for steering in Watertown, Connecticut. Engineering and manufacturing expand to include constant velocity joint, decoupler, and lightweight components for SUVs.
Torrington develops and mass produces a new slider utilizing a proprietary process in order to meet stringent NVH requirements. To date, more than 30 million intermediate shafts have been introduced in new vehicles.
Through a series of acquisitions involving Torrington, Timken, and DriveSol, Global Steering Systems LLC is founded in 2009.
Global Steering Systems expands manufacturing into China to serve the Asia Pacific region.
Global Steering Systems opens a state-of-the-art facility in Poland to serve the European demand for sales, engineering, and manufacturing.
Global Steering Systems opens a manufacturing facility in Brazil to serve South America.
GSS services shift from manufacturing to sales and customer support.
Today, GSS is an independent, privately-held company with sales force and operations in the United States, China, and Poland.