GS Yuasa

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GS Yuasa Corporation headquarters in Kyoto

GS Yuasa Corporation (株式会社ジーエス・ユアサ コーポレーション Kabushiki-gaisha GS Yuasa Kōporēshon ?) (TYO: 6674) is a Japanese company that makes lead acid automobile and motorcycle batteries.

GS was established in 1917[1] and is an abbreviation comprising the initials of Genzou Shimadzu (the founder's name of Japan Storage Battery). He was also the founder of Shimadzu Corporation.

Yuasa's history in the U.S.[edit]

Yuasa formed a joint-venture company with General Battery Corporation in 1976. Yuasa manufactured its first battery in 1979 in the United States, producing standard conventional and Yumicron 12 volt batteries.

Yuasa developed a maintenance free and gas recombination battery for powersports vehicles in the early 1980s, and the first AGM battery, intended for ATV applications.

Yuasa was sold by General Battery Corporation to Exide in 1987 to form Yuasa/Exide Battery Corporation. Yuasa/Exide then purchased Exide's Industrial Division to become Yuasa Inc. in 1991.

After selling off its industrial division to Enersys in 2000, Yuasa Inc. changed its name to Yuasa Battery Inc. In 2004, Yuasa Japan merged with Japan Storage Battery to form GS Yuasa Corporation.

Now the top power sports battery producer, Yuasa provides nearly 90% of the batteries used in power sport vehicles in North America.[2] The company was linked to faulty electrics used in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner plane.[3]The electrical battery control system was made by Thales Group which also selected GS Yuasa.[4][5]All Nippon Airways (ANA) had replaced 10 batteries (of 17 planes) while Japan Airlines (JAL) had replaced "several" on its 7 planes, before recent mishaps.[6] As of January 29, 2013, the Japan Transport Safety Board has approved the Yuasa factory quality control and continues to investigate the damaged battery of the ANA 787.[7][8][9] Meanwhile, the American National Transportation Safety Board continues to look for defects in the Boston JAL 787 battery.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Smart BEST, an experimental train powered by GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Storage Battery History, GS Yuasa Corporation history viewed 2013-8-5
  2. ^ History of Yuasa on the Yuasa homepage
  3. ^ HIROKO TABUCHI and BETTINA WASSENER. "Deepening Crisis for the Dreamliner" The New York Times, January 16, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.gsyuasa-lp.com/content/thales-selects-gs-yuasa-lithium-ion-battery-system-boeing%E2%80%99s-787-dreamliner
  5. ^ "Boeing probe focuses on battery, 787 deliveries halted". Reuters. January 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ CHRISTOPHER DREW, HIROKO TABUCHI and JAD MOUAWAD (January 29, 2013). "Boeing 787 Battery Was a Concern Before Failure". The New York Times. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ TABUCHI, HIROKO (January 28, 2013). "No Quality Problems Found at Battery Maker for 787". The New York Times. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda (January 28, 2013). "GS Yuasa Shares Surge as Japan Ends Company Inspections". BusinessWeek. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dreamliner: No fault found with Boeing 787 battery". BBC News Online. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Knudson, Peter (29 January 2013). "NTSB issues sixth update on JAL Boeing 787 battery fire investigation". NTSB. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 

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