Kubota

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Kubota Corporation
Type Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6326
OTC Pink: KUBTY
Industry Heavy equipment
Founded Osaka, Japan (February, 1890)
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Key people Yasuo Masumoto, President-CEO; Daisuke Hatakake, Chairman
Products Agricultural - Heavy Equipment - Engines
Revenue Green Arrow Up.svg USD 12.6 Billion (Fiscal year ended March 31, 2008)
Employees 24,464 (Consolidated, as of March 31, 2008)
Website Kubota Corporation

Kubota Corporation (株式会社クボタ Kabushiki-kaisha Kubota?) is a tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan. One of its notable contributions was to the construction of the Solar Ark. The company was established in 1890.

The company produces many products including tractors and agricultural equipment, engines, construction equipment, vending machines, pipe, valves, cast metal, pumps and equipment for water purification, sewage treatment and air conditioning.

A piece of light construction equipment built by Kubota

Kubota Tractor Corporation[edit]

In 1969, Kubota began exporting its 21 horsepower (16 kW) L200 compact tractors to the United States. Because of the initial success in the American marketplace, the Kubota Tractor Corporation was formed in Torrance, California in 1972. Kubota also owns other similar tractor companies in many countries including Australia[1], Canada[2], France[3], Germany[4], Poland[5], Spain[6], and the United Kingdom[7]

Kubota Manufacturing of America[edit]

In 1988, Kubota opened its first manufacturing facility, Kubota Manufacturing of America [8], in Gainesville, GA (USA) for the production of front end loader and backhoe implements for Kubota tractors. Later, other products were added including an array of lawn and garden tractors and utility vehicles.

Kubota Industrial Equipment[edit]

In 2006, the aforementioned front end loader and backhoe production was transferred from KMA to a new manufacturing facility, Kubota Industrial Equipment, near Jefferson, GA (USA). This facility also prepares/configures the larger (B, L & M-series) tractors from Japan for delivery to KTC's central, northern and southeast division (region) dealerships.

Kubota Engine America[edit]

Due to an increased demand for its compact industrial engines, Kubota Engine America was formed in 1999 in Lincolnshire, IL (Chicago) as a subsidiary company of Kubota Corporation - Osaka.

The current KEA was a division of Kubota Tractor Corp. from 1982 to 1999 prior to becoming a subsidiary of Kubota Corp. KEA sells its Emission Certified Diesel and Spark ignited engines from 6 to 100 hp in the US and Central/South America. KEA also sells a line of Diesel generators from 7 to 35 KW.

Kubota Pacific[edit]

In the mid-1980s Kubota, looking for new opportunities, provided funding for Ardent Computer Corporation, an American company that produced graphics minicomputers based on the MIPS architecture. After a merger and series of flops, control of the company was ceded to Kubota and was renamed Kubota Pacific and later Kubota Graphics Company. However, the company still wasn't very successful and was finally shut down in 1994.

Siam Kubota[edit]

A joint venture between Kubota Corporation and Siam Cement, Siam Kubota was established on August 2, 2010 at 3,114 million Thai baht capital with the goal of becoming a leader in the development of agricultural production machines in Asia.

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