|Founded||Takata Shiga, Japan (1933)
Petri Aschaffenburg, Germany (1899)
Child restraint systems
|Employees||35,000 World wide
11,000 in Europe
Takata Corporation is an automotive parts company based in Japan. The company has production facilities on four continents, with its European headquarters located in Germany, where it also has nine production facilities. It had around 4 billion euros in turnover in 2008.
Takata was founded in 1933 in Shiga, Japan, by Takezo Takada and started to produce lifelines for parachutes and other textiles. In the early 1950s, the company started to research seat belts. Later they incorporated as "Takata". In the 1960s, Takata started to sell seat-belts and built the worlds first crash test plant for testing seat-belts under real world conditions. In the 1970s Takata developed child restraint systems. In the 80's, the company changes its name to "Takata Corporation" and expanded to Korea, USA and later to Ireland, to sell seat-belts. In the 90's Takata expanded internationally.
In 2000, Takata Corporation acquired German competitor Petri AG, forming the European subsidiary Takata-Petri, ranamed Takata AG in early 2012. Takata AG makes steering wheels and plastic parts, not only for the automotive industry.
- Takata Petri hires 1,000 people in half a year in Arad and Sibiu, 11.12.2009, zf.ro, retrieved at 2 march 2010
- History, Takata Corporation website.