Akebono Brake Industry

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Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 7238
Founded(27 January 1929; 90 years ago (1929-01-27))
FounderSanji Osame
Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Tokyo headquarters)
Hanyu City, Saitama (Ai-City headquarters)
Area served
Key people
Hisataka Nobumoto
(Chairman, President and CEO)
ProductsBrakes for vehicles, motorcycles, trains, industrial machinery
RevenueIncrease JPY 281.3 billion (FY 2015) (US$ 2.44 billion) (FY 2015)
Number of employees
9,238 (consolidated, as of March 2016)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (曙ブレーキ工業, Akebono burēki kōgyō) is a Japanese manufacturer of components for automobiles, motorbikes, trains, and industrial machinery.

The company was founded by Sanji Osame in 1929 as Akebono Sekimen Kogyosho. Osame founded the company as response to the demand by the Japan Army Authority for ground transport and its first products were brake linings used by the government entity.[3] Today it is now a large company with a significant overseas presence and wide range of brake products for many applications.

Polestar 1 with Akebono brakes

Business locations[edit]

In addition to its headquarters in Hanyu, Saitama and Nihonbashi, it also has facilities in other locations in Japan, such as Fukushima. In the United States, it has facilities in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Columbia, South Carolina, Glasgow, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee. In China, it has plants in Guangzhou and Suzhou. In Indonesia and Vietnam, it has a partnership with Astra. In Europe, it has facilities in Arras and Gonesse in France, and also has a UK presence for its work with the McLaren Formula 1 team.


A McLaren MP4-22 Formula 1 car brake manufactured by Akebono

Beginning with the 2007 Formula One season Akebono has been a technology partner to the McLaren F1 team.[4]


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Akebono Brake Industry. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kenichi Miyamoto; Kenji Morinaga; Mori Hiroyuki (15 March 2011). Asbestos Disaster: Lessons from Japan's Experience. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 49. ISBN 978-4-431-53915-5.
  4. ^ "Akebono Brake Company increases technical integration with McLaren Mercedes". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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