Tsubakimoto Chain

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Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
Type Public TYO: 6371
Industry Power Transmission products manufacture
Founded Osaka, Japan (1917)
Founder(s) Setsuzō Tsubakimoto (椿本 説三 Tsubakimoto Setsuzō?)
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Number of locations 26 manufacturing sites (2011)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Isamu Osa, President
Products Roller chain
Drive chain
Conveyor chain
Timing chain
Hose and Cable carrier
Cam clutch
Linear actuators
Materials handling systems
Revenue Increase ¥150,002 million (2013)
Operating income Increase ¥12,579 million (2013)
Net income Increase ¥7,428 million (2013)
Total assets Increase ¥215,837 million (2013)
Total equity Increase ¥108,597 million (2013)
Employees 6,100 (2012)
Divisions Chain Operations, Automotive Parts Operations, Power Transmission Units and Components Operations, Materials Handling Systems Operations
Subsidiaries Tsubaki E&M Co., Tsubakimoto Custom Chain Co., Tsubakimoto Sprocket Co., Tsubakimoto Iron Casting Co., Ltd., Tsubaki Yamakyu Chain Co., Shinko Machinery Co., Kato Manufactory Co., Ltd., Tsubakimoto Mayfran Inc., Tsubakimoto Bulk Systems Corp., Tsubakimoto Machinery Co., Hokkaido Tsubakimoto Chain Co., Ltd., Tsubakimoto Nishinihon Co., Ltd., Tsubaki Support Center Co.
Website Tsubakimoto Chain Co.

Tsubakimoto Chain Co. (株式会社椿本チエイン Kabushiki-gaisha Tsubakimoto Chiein?) (TYO: 6371) is a Japanese manufacturer of power transmission and chain products. It was founded in Osaka in 1917 originally as a bicycle chain manufacturer, and later became the first roller chain manufacturer in Japan approved by Japanese Industrial Standards. Tsubakimoto Chain has the world's largest market share for steel chains for general industrial applications, and enjoys the world's top market share for timing drive systems for automobiles.[1] The company is headquartered in Osaka, with its main manufacturing base located in Kyotanabe, Kyoto.

Nakanoshima Mitsui Building, headquarters of Tsubakimoto Chain Co., in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan


Tsubakimoto Chain was established in 1917 by Setsuzo Tsubakimoto in Kita-ku, Osaka as a private enterprise known as Tsubakimoto Shoten manufacturing bicycle chains. They soon moved to roller chain and conveyor equipment production, ceasing bicycle chain manufacture altogether in 1928. The following year, they registered as Tsubakimoto Chain Manufacturing Company. With the completion of their Tsurumi Plant in Osaka in 1940, they launched as a joint-stock company with capital of three million yen in 1941. Setsuzo Tsubakimoto was appointed the company's first president. They later changed their name to Tsubakimoto Chain Co. in 1970. In 2000, Tsubaki completed work on its new, larger Kyotanabe Plant to meet its increasing production levels. With nearly 100,000m2 of building floor space, the plant is currently the world's largest chain manufacturing facility.[2]


Roller chain & sprockets, toothed belts & pulleys, hose and cable carrier systems, shaft coupling / locking, reducer / variable speed drives, motion control/ clutch, overload protectors, linear actuators, automotive timing belt systems, conveyance, sorting, and storage systems, bulk handling systems, metalworking chips handling and coolant processing systems.


  • Corporate Name: Tsubakimoto Chain Co. (株式会社椿本チエイン Tsubakimoto Chiein Kabushiki-gaisha?)
  • Address of the Headquarters: Nakanoshima Mitsui Building, 6F, 3-3-3, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0005 Japan
  • Address of Kyotanabe Plant: 1-1-3, Kannabidai, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0380 Japan
  • Address of Saitama Plant: 20, Shinko, Hanno, Saitama 357-8510 Japan
  • Address of Kyoto Plant: 1-1, Kotari -Kuresumi, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto 617-0833 Japan
  • Address of Hyogo Plant: 1140, Asazuma-cho, Kasai, Hyogo 679-0181 Japan









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  • U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission LLC Company Profile[3] (a subsidiary of Tsubakimoto Chain Co.)


  • TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO. : Patent Issued for Silent Chain Having Deformable Guide Plates[4]
  • Toyota Supplier Sees China Sales Doubling on Orders From VW, GM[5]


  • Toyota supplier considers China capacity boost on VW, GM orders[6]










  1. ^ The company has the world's largest market share for steel chains for general industrial applications, according to "JCR Affirmed A-/Stable and J-1 Rating on Tsubakimoto Chain". Japan Credit Rating Agency. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Japanese chain plant is 'largest and most efficient,' according to "Japanese Chain Plant is 'largest and most efficient'". Drive & Controls. December 2002. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ U.S. Tsuabki, Inc. company profile, according to "U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. Company Profile". Yahoo!. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Tsubakimoto Chain Co. (Osaka, JP) has been issued patent number 8657711, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors. "TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO. : Patent Issued for Silent Chain Having Deformable Guide Plates". 4-traders. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Toyota Supplier Sees China Sales Doubling on Orders From VW, GM according to "Toyota Supplier Sees China Sales Doubling on Orders From VW, GM". Bloomberg. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Toyota supplier considers China capacity boost on VW, GM orders, according to "Toyota Supplier Considers China Capacity Boost on VW, GM Orders". Bloomberg. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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