Futaba Corporation

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Futaba Corporation
Native name
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6986
Industry Electronics
Founded Mobara, Japan (February 3, 1948; 67 years ago (1948-02-03))
Headquarters Mobara, Chiba Prefecture 297- 8588, Japan
Key people
Hiroshi Sakurada

Increase JPY 64.35 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 625.24 million) (FY 2013)

Increase JPY 1.79 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 17.45 million million) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
5,179 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Futaba Corporation (双葉電子工業株式会社 Futaba Denshi Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese company that was founded on February 3, 1948 based on the production of vacuum tubes.[3] As time passed, production and elemental techniques of the vacuum tube transformed into the manufacturing of vacuum fluorescent displays (VFDs), tool and die set components, radio control equipment and OLED displays.[4]

Business divisions and products[edit]

The company is divided into 3 divisions with the following products:[5]

  • Electronic Components (accounting for about 40% of sales):
    • OLEDs
    • Vaccum Fluorescent Displays
    • Display modules
    • Touch panels
  • Machinery and Tooling (accounting for about 50% of sales):
    • Components for Press Die Sets and Mold Bases
    • Equipment for automation
    • Precision plates
    • Application plates
  • Electronics Systems (accounting for about 10% of sales):
    • Radio Control equipment for hobby use
    • Radio Control equipment for industrial use



Futaba became one of the first companies of its type to provide comprehensive radio control products, selection and service to hobbyists. Futaba systems and products were quickly accepted and used by serious competitors and casual enthusiasts alike. Futaba products are used in the air, on the water, underwater and on the ground for all types of RC models. Futaba manufactures all components in-house, including tools and manufacturing facilities.


Competing brands of radio control system brands include:

The brand is distributed in North America by Hobbico of Champaign, Illinois, USA, by Ripmax in the UK, by Robbe in Germany along with other distributors around the world.[6]

On 25 October, 2014 an R/C car built with components from Futaba achieved a speed of 202.02 mph (325.11 km/h) which as of March 2015 holds the world record for fastest battery-powered remote-controlled model car.[7][8]

References in film[edit]

A Futaba RC unit is featured in the film Back to the Future when the character "Doc" used a remote control to drive the Delorean.[9] Also, in the F/X2 action thriller film, the main character Rollie Tyler uses a Futaba RC unit.[10]


A Futaba transmitter with color display 
A Futaba 2,4GHz 8-channel receiver 
A Futaba 2,4GHz 7-channel receiver 


  1. ^ "Company Profile". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Futaba Corporation — Company info". Japan Die&Mold Industry Association. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Futaba History". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Futaba Corporation Company Information". Hoover's. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "List of distributors". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Aurel Niculescu (November 4, 2014). "An R/C car called the Bullet overcomes the 200 mph barrier". Inautonews.com. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fastest battery-powered remote-controlled model car (RC)". Guinness World Records 2015 (Guinness World Records Ltd.). November 4, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Back to the Future (Film). Universal Pictures. July 3, 1985. Event occurs at 21:11. 
  10. ^ "FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991) — Company Information". The New York Times. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 

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