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BCA Bearings Adds 12 New SKUs To Aftermarket Product Line


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NTN, the parent company of BCA Bearings, has announced the addition of 12 new product SKUs to the BCA aftermarket product line.

BCA’s May 2022 release includes wheel-hub assemblies for import and domestic applications, and represents premium coverage for more than 3.4 million vehicles in operation, including four first-to-market offerings, according to the company.

“The SKUs included in our May release support our commitment to adding late model coverage and staying ahead of aftermarket demand.” said Rina Dafnis, assistant product manager – automotive aftermarket. “We are first-to-market with four of these 12 new SKUs, which gives BCA and our customer-base a competitive advantage in the aftermarket.”

These new SKUs enhance BCA’s coverage for popular Asian brands, including Nissan/Infiniti, Kia and Honda. On the domestic front, coverage for 1.35 million Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover SUVs arrives just as these vehicles begin to enter the aftermarket sweet spot for wheel-bearing replacement.

BCA Bearings by NTN is a trusted supplier of OE-quality parts to the automotive aftermarket, providing a constantly expanding full line of premium wheel hubs, bearing and seals for domestic and import applications. Complete product and catalog information for the BCA Bearings product line can be found at 

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