Akebono Brake Industry

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Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
Native name
Traded as TYO: 7238
Industry Brake manufacturing
Founded 27 January 1929
Headquarters Hanyu, Saitama, Japan
Number of locations
14 locations in Japan, 7 locations in Europe, 7 locations in North America, 7 locations in Asia
Products Brakes for vehicles, motorcycles, trains, industrial machinery and other fields
254.2 billion yen (fiscal year ended 31 March 2015)
Number of employees
9,238 (consolidated, as of March 2016)
Website www.akebono-brake.com/english/index.html

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.

First founded on 27 January 1929, it is now a large company with a significant overseas presence. 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.

Business and products[edit]

Automotive brakes are at the core of Akebono's business. The main products include automotive disc brakes and drum brakes as well as frictional material based disc brake pads and drum brake linings that are mounted to those brakes. Sales of products for automobiles including products for motorcycles account for roughly 90% of all sales.[citation needed]

Akebono controls roughly 50% of Japan's market share for automotive disc brake pads manufactured on an OEM basis (for assembly on new cars) and approximately 20% of the worldwide OEM disc brake pad market.[citation needed]

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