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Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of NSK brand bearings NSK Ltd. – Nippon Seikō Kabushiki-gaisha. , Japanese Precision Company.

NSK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bearings, linear technologies and steering systems. The company offers almost all types of bearings, including deep groove ball bearings, spherical and cylindrical roller and super precision bearings

NSK was founded in 1916 and produced the first ball bearings in Japan. Today, NSK’s global network covers America, Europe, Asia and Japan. NSK operates 59 locations in Japan and a total of 208 production sites, sales locations, representative offices, and technical service locations in 30 countries and regions around the world.

NSK has made a vital contribution to the growth and advancement of the various industries that rely on machinery. As a comprehensive bearing manufacturer, NSK responds to needs in a wide variety of fields.

“Responsive” – expresses NSK’s ability to respond effectively to new opportunities and customer needs, while maintaining a sense of harmony with societies and the global environment. In particular, “responsive” embodies five types of concepts:

  • Sustainability
  • Smoothness
  • Perseverance and perseverance
  • Flexibility
  • Technologies

A surprisingly large number of bearings can be found all around us. Take automobiles, for example: there are 100 to 150 bearings in a typical car. Without bearings, the wheels would rattle, the transmission gear teeth wouldn’t be able to mesh, and the car wouldn’t run smoothly.

Bearings are not used only in cars, but in all kinds of machinery such as:

  • trains
  • airplanes
  • washing machines
  • refrigerators
  • air conditioners
  • vacuum cleaners
  • photocopy machines
  • computers
  • satellites

Bearings enhance the functionality of machinery and help to save energy. Bearings do their work silently, in tough environments, hidden in machinery where we can’t see them. Nevertheless, bearings are crucial for the stable operation of machinery and for ensuring its top performance.

The word “bearing” incorporates the meaning of “to bear,” in the sense of “to support,” and “to carry a burden.” This refers to the fact that bearings support and carry the burden of revolving axles.

NSK bearings are used in over 200 000 different products. Bearings of different sizes are produced: from miniature bearings with an outer diameter of 2 mm, used in ultra-compact motors to bearings with an outer diameter of 6 meters used in giant machines for digging tunels. NSK produces bearings for dental machines that spin at high speeds up to 400,000 rpm. The bearings used in steel-production equipment are made for extremely harsh working conditions – they can be exposed to temperatures above 1000 °C and be subjected to repeated heating and cooling temperature fluctuations. Bearings used in wind turbines need to withstand a minimum of 20 years of usage without claim.



Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of TIMKEN brand bearings – The Timken Company , USA.

Timken has been manufacturing bearings since 1899. Today Timken is one of the biggest names in the bearing industry and operates in 42 countries. It’s combined product range includes Tapered Roller Bearings; Spherical Roller Bearings; Multi Row Roller Bearings; Ball Bearings and Aerospace Bearings. All these items are manufactured to the very highest international standards.

Timken has one of the most extensive line of tapered roller bearings available anywhere in the world. The taper angle in the tapered roller bearings is the unique design feature which allows for the bearings to manage both thrust and radial loads on rotating shafts and in housings.

Timken is focused on expanding its tapered roller bearings and growing its offering of industrial bearings and mechanical power transmission products and services. Today the company engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, automated lubrication systems, belts, chain, couplings and linear motion products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. Timken engineering knowledge in metallurgy, tribology and power transmission is applied across bearings and related systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of machinery around the world. Applications range from Mars rovers to offshore wind turbines.




Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of bearings IKO Nippon Thompson Europe BV.

Nippon Thompson Co. Ltd. specializes in the production and sale of needle bearings, linear guides and mechatronic products.

The brand name “IKO” is an acronym of our three core beliefs: Innovation, Know-how and Originality. ПIKO’s products are developed and manufactured according to these principles, which also represent the beliefs of Nippon Thompson overall.

Founded in 1950, the company has accumulated many of its own technologies (over 70 patents) and extensive experience, which it uses to develop innovative products. Nippon Thompson is an established leader in three areas of motion: needle roller bearings, linear motion products and mechatronic products. Presented under the IKO brand, these products gain a worldwide reputation for high quality and innovative features.

IKO brand products are extremely important elements in the daily lives of people around the world. You can find IKO in cars, motorcycles and other transport equipment, in elements familiar in everyday life, in metal cutting machines, in electronics, in automation, in the energy industry, in the mining industry, in agriculture and in many others.

Nippon Thompsons products are manufactured in nine factories in Japan and sold domestically and abroad under the IKO brand. The company’s internal sales and service network consists of nine branches and fifteen sales offices. Abroad, Nippon Thompson is represented by an integrated network of distributors, sales agents and branches in the United States and Europe.
The European subsidiary, Nippon Thompson Europe BV, is headquartered in the Netherlands and has branches in Germany, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. The branches in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom have their own warehouse and facility for modifying linear products in accordance with customer requirements.

Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainability and environmental management. The company is committed to developing and manufacturing products that make customers’ equipment and systems more reliable while contributing to the environment. Innovative products such as C-Lube and ISO14001 certification can be seen as key examples of the company’s commitment to minimizing the impact on the global environment. Nippon Thompson formulated its environmental policy in 1998 and adopted new environmental initiatives by awarding so-called “green contracts” to its suppliers.



Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of KOYO/JTEKT brand bearings – JTEKT Corporation, Japan.

JTEKT Group was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd. and Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd. forming a new global company with a rich heritage of quality. JTEKT Group manufactures and sells power steering which has the largest share of the global market, other automotive parts, Bearings, and high-performance machine tools.

Koyo is the former brand of JTEKT Bearings. JTEKT engineering and manufacturing capabilities range from super large bearings with outer diameters of seven meters to miniature bearings with inner diameters as small as one millimeter. Utilizing new materials and the latest in manufacturing technology, JTEKT has developed hybrid ceramic bearings and a variety of extreme special environment bearings to meet the increasingly severe and demanding requirements of modern industries.

JTEKT offers innovative solutions to both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket end users focusing on key markets such as automotive, agriculture and construction, heavy industry (steel & wind mill), gear, reducer, electric motor and general machinery.

JTEKT (Koyo) brand has established itself with automakers and industrial manufacturers around the world and has attained ISO/TS 16949 certification at all of their bearing manufacturing and sales facilities.



Kastel Karlovo JSC is an exclusive representative of KBS LLC brand bearings (Kedron Bearings Services LLC, USA) for Europe.

KBS is one of the best suppliers of economy class bearings and related products and services. KBS helps create, transfer and control energy by investing in high-tech products and technologies.

All offered products under the KBS LLC brand are manufactured in factories where the quality management system ISO 9001 successfully operates.




Nachi-Fujikoshi bearings business started out by using the superior materials made by the company and by applying expertise in cutting and heat treatment acquired from their experience with cutting-tool manufacture. As a result, you get high speed and high precision in bearings that are durable and compact. Benefiting from continually advancing technology, these parts are at work in automobiles, industrial machinery, and equipment in various other sectors.




Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of bearing housings & bearings HFB Wälzlager-Gehäusetechnik GmbH.

HFB Wälzlager-Gehäusetechnik GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of roller bearing housings and drive components for various fields of application.

Established in 1996, HFB has developed into a medium-sized enterprise with subsidiaries and representative offices in the world’s leading industrial countries.

To be able to meet the increasing market requirements and to maintain the flexibility their customers are used to, HFB has enlarged their production hall in 2011. Continuous investments are made for the modernization of their production facilities. On a production surface of more than 5000 m2 on their site in Buchen HFB employs sophisticated technologies to manufacture housings – from standard quality products to customized special products.

HFB is aiming at offering their customers high quality complete solutions tailored to their specific requirements. This includes, besides housings, also roller bearings, sleeves and accessories. Their strengths are innovation, reliability, permanence and high quantlity.



The Neuweg production facility has been fully owned by NSK since 1990. The plant, located in Munderkingen, Germany, makes approximately 3 million ball bearings for various standard and special applications annually.

The plant specializes in a full range of double-row ball bearings, which are found in all kinds of industrial applications, such as elevators, sports cars, motorcycles and film-making equipment. It also focuses on several competence areas as Agri Disc Hubs, pumps and compressors, support rollers and pulleys.




Kastel Karlovo JSC supplies steel wire ropes from Kiswire, Korea.

Founded in 1945, Kiswire manufactures specialty steel wire products for a diverse range of industries including automotive, bridge, energy, construction and electronics. Kiswire exports to customers in over 80 countries. The Company maintains its global competitiveness through continuous technological innovation and new product development, and manufactures a wide range of specialty steel wire products from product specialized factories.

The Kiswire R&D Center tests the new possibilities of wire – it is committed to developing lighter, stronger, more durable wire so that a world that is safer, more convenient and more efficient is created.

Kiswire’s famous NeptuneTM, N2 HyropeTM and N2 SpiralTM brand wire ropes are used for drilling, anchoring, mooring and lifting in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Various types of wires are also found in a car’s engine, transmission, brake system, suspension system and control system, playing an important role in an automobile’s power, comfort, control and safety.

Wire is indispensable in modern-day construction, providing structural support and reinforcement for nuclear power plant domes, LNG tanks and other large constructions. It is a key component of cranes which are indispensable to the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries for lifting and moving heavy loads.

Modern bridges supported by wires create convenient passageways and significantly reduce travel time. Wires can also be used to sustain the roofs of large stadiums, creating beautiful and solid structures for people to enjoy.



Founded in 1940, headquartered in Mokpo City, South Korea, DSR slowly and methodically built up it’s manufacturing skills to become what is now known as one of the largest and most proficient Wire and Wire Rope manufacturers globally. DSR has achieved this through innovation and dedication to it’s markets and it’s customers. From wire ropes for crane’s that lift containers safely from the ports to stainless wires for commercial and medical uses to synthetic ropes for ship moorings and offshore oil and gas platforms.




Chung Woo Rope Co., Ltd is a premium Korean manufacturing company that specializes in the manufacture and supply of all types of steel wire ropes, Galvanized Steel Wire Rope, General Purpose Steel Wire Rope, Non Rotating Steel Wire Rope, Compacted Steel Wire Rope, Swaged Steel Wire Rope, Stainless Steel Wire Rope, Steel Wire Rope for Oil Drilling, Elevator Steel Wire Rope, etc.

Chung Woo factory is located in Busan, South Korea, and is certified for manufacture of high quality steel wire ropes. CS Co. Ltd is Chung Woo sister company.




Fafnir started as an experimental department of the Hart & Cooley Company, where it took 7 men an entire day to produce 150 ball bearings. The Fafnir Bearing Company grew to employ over 6,000 with the capacity to produce over 42.6 million ball bearings a year.

Fafnir merged with Textron in the late 1960’s, in the mid 1980’s the Fafnir division of Textron was merged with the Torrington Company. In 2002, Torrington/Fafnir were acquired by Timken who to this day continue to sell bearings under the Fafnir name.




Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of industrial belts GATES – Europe for the territory of Bulgaria.

The belt is a closed loop of flexible material used for the mechanical connection of two or more rotary axes mostly parallel. The belts can be used as a source of motion for efficient power transmission, or for tracking relative movement.

Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of belts brand GATES, first manufacturer of industrial belts in the world. The corporation is headquartered in Denver (USA), and is a leading manufacturer of high-tech industrial rubber belts and hoses for industrial, hydraulic, agricultural and automotive applications. Gates not only supplies to all major car and machine manufacturers, but also to the aftermarket. Automobile industry, transport, agriculture, mining, construction, office equipment, computer equipment and the food industry are amongst the industries that Gates caters to.


In 1911 in Denver (USA) Charles Gates – 32 year old mining engineer, bought the small company The Volorado Tire and Leather Company.
6 years later, in 1917, his brother John Gates invented the first V-belt, which was the beginning of the continuous development of manufacturing GATES belts and GATES drive systems.
In 1920 the company changes its name to Gates Rubber Company.
In 1946 the first synchronization belt is produced and since then GATES is a world leader in the production of belts and innovative propulsion systems widely used in industry and the automotive industry.
In 1963, Gates Rubber Company founded its first factory in Europe in the town Erembodigen, Belgium, where today is the central European office of GATES.
GATES EUROPE has plants in Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland, as well as sales offices and distribution centers across Europe.
Over the years GATES plays a key role in the creation and development of high quality V-belts, synchronized and specialty belts, pulleys and complete drive systems.
Typical examples of established high quality products are V-belts Predator, Quod-Power II, Super HC MN, Hi-Power, PowerBand & Micro-V, synchronized belts Poly Chain, PowerGrip, Twin Power.
GATES successfully implemented an extensive program of improving and increasing productivity, reliability and energy efficiency of manufactured belts, as all activities are certified under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.



Kastel Karlovo AD is an exclusive representative of Saint–Gobain Abrasives, France, leading manufacturer of abrasives and diamante instruments, under the brands Norton, Norton Winter, Norton Clipper, Flexovit, Atlas.


As a brand of Saint-Gobain and as the world leader in abrasives for nearly 130 years, Norton offers the widest portfolio of cutting, grinding, blending, finishing and polishing solutions for all markets, materials and applications with the most advanced and affordable technology. The global expertise of Saint-Gobain includes 61 manufacturing plants, 8 centers of excellence, 4 grinding technology centers and 3 R&D innovation centers located across the globe.




Kastel Karlovo JSC is representative of Mipromet – a polish company which has been manufacturing engineered load lifting equipment for over 30 years.


Mipromet designs and manufactures long lasting, high quality lifting products that will safely increase efficiency and lower operating expenses.

The designing process of Mipromet lifting equipment is made in accordance with the Machinery Directive and EN European standards.

Implementation is carried out by qualified personnel using high-quality approved materials and computer-controlled machines.

The product handed over for use is permanently marked with the:

  • manufacturer’s trademark,
  • CE mark,
  • load capacity,
  • serial number,
  • year of production,
  • dead weight

and comes with the documentation: Certificate of quality (according to PN-EN 10204), Declaration of conformity EC (Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC) and operating manuals.

The technical documentation for each product is kept in-house, which allows for the accurate manufacturing of spare parts, if repairs are needed.




Kastel Karlovo is a member of EPTDA (EMEA Power Transmission Distributors Association).

Founded in 1998, supported by some 38 distributor and manufacturer member companies, EPTDA has now become the largest and leading association for the Power Transmission and Motion Control Industry in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa.) EPTDA’s vision is to strengthen its members in the industrial distribution channel to help them be successful, profitable and competitive in serving customers according to the highest standards. It envisions itself to be the leading community in the EMEA region for industrial distribution.


Steel wire ropes KOREA

Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of steel wire ropes from Korea

The company supplies (custom or from stock) steel wire ropes and accessories according to all DIN standards and the standards of the producers. In Bulgaria, our customers are more than 100 private and state enterprises from energy, mining, chemical industry, metallurgy, machinery, port- activity, electrical and railway transport, construction and others.

Kastel Karlovo AD has new steel rope warehous, new service rigs, machinery and equipment. In the last year, we have invested in a state-of-the-art German 1500 ton four-column hydraulic press machine for the production of slings as well as 6 industrial sewing machines made by Duerkopp-Adler Germany. We also have a fully computerized hydraulic stand. At our main warehouse we keep stock of more than 400 tons of steel wire ropes with diameters ranging from 1.00mm to 80.00mm of different constructions including 6×19, 6×36, 8×19, 18×7, and 35×7.

>> Each product is accompanied by a Test Certificate from the manufacturer and a Declaration of Conformity.

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Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of NSK brand bearings – Japan, IKO brand bearings – Japan, HFB housings and bearings – Germany and exclusive representative of KBS (Kedron Bearings Services LLC) – USA for Eastern Europe.

Rolling bearings are among the most used machine elements with general purpose. Their function is to support the position of the axis of rotating or oscillating machine components and allow for a smooth movement.

We keep stock of over 10 000 types of rolling bearings, including:

  • Ball bearings
  • Self-aligning ball bearings
  • Radial cylindrical roller bearings
  • Tapered roller bearings
  • Spherical roller bearings
  • Thrust ball bearings
  • Needle bearings
  • Linear bearings
  • Spherical plain bearings
  • Automotive bearings
  • Bearing housings & units
  • Sleeves and bushings
  • We also offer balls, rollers, needles, sleeves, bearing components and other industrial products.


Kastel Karlovo JSC manufactures:

  • Steel wire rope slings (with sleeves, manually-braided) according to EN 13414-1 up to diamter 76mm with WLL up to 70tons.
  • Chain slings class 8 and class 10 according to EN 818-2 with WLL up to 67tons.
  • Polyester webbing and endless round slings according to EN 1492-2 and EN 1492-1 with WLL up to 30 tons.
  • Each product is accompanied by Certificate and Declaration of Conformity.

Slings are applicable in all branches of Economy – mechanical engineering, metallurgy, construction, logging, mining industry as well as many more uses in the light and heavy industries. They do not break when lifting cargos and do not damage their surface upon contact. Either hook, loop, shackle or any other additional element could be attached to the end of the sling, as per customer’s request.


Kastel Karlovo JSC keeps stock of over 400 tons of various types of steel wire rope:

  • Diameters: up to 60mm with 192 tons load bearing capacity
  • Construction - 1x7, 1x19, 6x7 (7x7), 6x19 (7x19) , 6x36, 6x37, 18x7 (19x7), 35x7 (36x7)
  • Core: FC (organic core), IWRC (steel rope core), WSC (steel wire core)
  • Type of lay: Rotating or non-rotating (Hercules type), left or right, lang or regular lay
  • Marking group: It is determined by the tensile strength of the wire - 1570N/mm2, 1770N/mm2, 1960N/mm2, 2160N/mm2
  • Finish: galvanized, non-galvanized or stainless steel
  • Compacted steel wire ropes – reinforced with increased tensile strength and longer life
  • Swaged Logging Rope

Steel rope consists of a number of strands of steel wire torsioned spirally. Steel wire ropes are manufactured in accordance with EN 12385-4 standard. They have a wide range of application - energy, mining, chemical industry, metallurgy, machinery, port- activity, electrical and railway transport, construction and others. Steel ropes are the fundamental structural element for many machines and installations. They are used in elevators, cranes, building sky tracks, bridges, highways and other metallic constructions.


Lifting accessories

are used for stabilizing cargos/loads. Any element, either hook, loop, shackle or another additional element, could be attached to the end of the product. Kastel Karlovo JSC offers lifting accessories according to the customer's needs:

  • Fastening belts (with or without a ratchet) in accordance with standard EN 12195-2
  • Clamps for horizontal and vertical transportation
  • Container grips


Kastel Karlovo JSC is an authorized distributor of GATES – USA belts, the first manufacturer of belts in the world, with proven uncompromising quality and many years of experience.

The product range includes:

  • Automotive belts (timing, serpentine & V-belts)
  • Industrial belts (for mining & processing industry)
  • Agricultural belts (for harvester combines, tractors and mowers)
  • Special and transport belts (round, timing or flat belts)
  • A belt is a closed loop of flexible material used for the mechanical connection of two or more rotary axes mostly parallel. The belts can be
  • used as a source of motion for efficient power transmission, or for tracking relative movement.


Kastel Karlovo JSC offers high-quality chains with hardness class 8 and class 10 as well as their accompanying elements – loops, hooks and shackles and other specialized grips. We manufacture chain slings for lifting cargos of irregular shapes and operational temperatures ranging from -40o C to +200o C.


Kastel Karlovo JSC is a distributor of Saint-Gobain abrasives, France

Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the world's leading manufacturer of abrasives, it is the only international supplier that produces all three main types of abrasives - abrasives for grinding (with organic and ceramic joints), sand paper and diamond products.

As a distributor of Saint-Gobain for the territory of Bulgaria, Kastel Karlovo JSC offers Norton & Winter brand products.

Abrasives are used for surface treatment of different materials, by removing thin shavings, using technology that allows high-precision in achieving required dimensions and surface.


Chain slings are manufactured according to EN 818-2, safety class 4: 1. Their main advantage is the ability to shorten each shoulder by means of shortening hooks placed next to the main ring of the sling and thus are a preferred means of lifting loads of irregular shape. Chain slings can be made with up to 4 arms and a different element can be placed at each end of the sling - a ring, hook, shackle or other specialized grip.

Class 10 chain slings are made in accordance to the requirements of the world quality standards EN 818-4-2017. Class 10 chains, as well as the individual elements (hooks, rings, etc.) are blue. Class 10 chain slings have an increased load capacity by 25% (69 tons) compared to class 8 chain slings (55 tons) and they allow direct mounting of the elements without the use of additional connectors such as connecting links or shackles.


Steel wire rope slings are manufactured according to EN 13414-1 and are made of steel wire ropes with different construction - 6x19, 6x36, 6x37 with organic or metal core. They are made of both galvanized and non-galvanized ropes. Steel rope slings can have up to four separate arms.

Kastel Karlovo JSC manufactures crimped or woven eye slings up to diam 76mm with a load capacity of 70 tons. Per customer's request an additional element such as hook, link, shackle or another element can be placed at each arm of the sling. When placing an additional element, it is recommneded to use wire rope thimble in order to prevent the rope from breaking.


Round polyester slings are made of high quality polyester fibers wrapped in a protective cover. When using round slings, there is the lowest risk of injury to the load. Their main advantage is their flexibility, lightness and significantly smaller bandwidth compared to flat-eye slings. They also have a higher load capacity - up to 150 tons.


Polyester webbing slings are one of the most common products for lifting loads and are used in all industries due to their high load capacity. They are characterized by lightness, flexibility and long service life.

Different types of accessories such as links, hooks, shackles and other specialized grips can be attached to the arms of the polyester webbing slings. There are two types of polyester slings - eyeless, round polyester slings (load capacity up to 100 tons) and flat-eye polyester slings (load capacity up to 30 tons). They have a security ratio of 7: 1.

Webbing slings are resistant to aggressive environments and liquids, the operating temperature at which they can be used is from -40 to +100 degrees. The slings are color coded and are manufactured according to EN 1492-1. Each sling has a sewn certificate showing its length, workload, serial number and date of manufacture and is accompanied by a quality certificate, declaration of conformity and instructions for safe use.


Kastel Karlovo JSC manufactures crimped & woven eye wire slings, polyester slings, chain slings and round endless slings according to the established European norms. Per customer's request an additional element such as hook, link, shackle or another element can be placed at each arm of the sling. Each sling is accompanied by an information label where the product data is recorded (workload, length, serial number and date of manufacture) and a Declaration of conformity.


In order to meet clients' needs, Kastel Karlovo JSC together with its European partners invests in organizing joint trainings for their employees.


The company has its own laboratory for testing, analysis and verification of bearings and related products. Each delivery passes quality control in order to identify factory defects and malfunctions. Our production equipment includes a fully computerized hydraulic stand for testing the finished product before delivery to the customer, which makes us the only Bulgarian company that can issue the necessary documents accompanying the lifting equipment, according to the Decree for safe operation and technical supervision of lifting equipment.


Quality is the key principle of Kastel Karlovo JSC. It is a promise and a guarantee for our worldwide competitiveness. All products are manufactured in factories, which have successfully introduced and implemented system for quality management ISO 9001: 2008; environmental management system ISO 14001: 2004; and occupational health and safety management system OHSAS 18001: 2007
All lifting products are manufactured in accordance with the established European norms and safety standards.


Our well-trained staff can answer your questions and give you guidelines for work in order to prevent malfunctions. Upon detecting malfunctions, our team will offer an adequate solution that is in accordance with the needs and requirements of the client.


The company has two hydraulic presses with a capacity of up to 1500 tons, which can press ropes and rope slings with a diameter of up to 62mm as per customer's request. Each sleeve is laser stamped with information about the product - load capacity, length, type of rope and date of manufacture according to the issued certificate.