Yamabiko Corporation

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Yamabiko Corporation
Native name
株式会社やまびこ
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 6250
ISINJP3943000004
IndustryMachinery
PredecessorKioritz Corporation
Shindaiwa Corporation
FoundedDecember 1, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-12-01) (through merger)
Headquarters
Ōme, Tokyo 198-8760
,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Yoshiaki Nagao
(President and CEO)
Products
  • Outdoor machinery
  • Agricultural machinery
  • General industrial machinery
RevenueJPY 111.9 (FY 2016) (US$ 1.03 billion) (FY 2016)
JPY 2.3 billion (FY 2016) (US$ 22 million) (FY 2016)
Number of employees
3,117 (as of March 31, 2017)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

The Yamabiko Corporation (株式会社やまびこ, Kabushiki-gaisha Yamabiko) is a Japanese manufacturer of power tools formed with the September 2008 merger of the Kioritz and Shindaiwa corporations. The brands owned and distributed by Yamabiko are Kioritz, Shindaiwa and ECHO. The Yamabiko Corporation is based in Ome, Japan.

History[edit]

Kioritz Corporation[edit]

Kioritz logo.jpg

The Kioritz Corporation (Japanese: 共立) was a global manufacturer of forestry and agricultural machinery, as well as outdoor power equipment. The company was founded on 8 September 1947, by the Asamoto brothers, primarily to manufacture agricultural machinery. Until 1971, the company operated under the name, Kyoritsu Noki Company. In 1971, the Kyoritsu Noki Company changed its name to the Kioritz Corporation and launched the CS-302, its first 'professional' saw and the first to bear its distinctive orange casing.[3] It began trading under the ECHO brand name in 1978.[4]

Echo brand logo

In its founding year, the company launched a revolutionary engine-powered manual crop duster. Until the 1960s, the company concentrated on the manufacture of power dusters, mist blowers and other pest control machinery. The first Kyoritsu Noki brushcutter was introduced in 1960 and three years later, the company launched its first chainsaw, the ECHO CS-80, and the first Kyoritsu Noki tool to bear the "ECHO" brand name. In 1970, Kyoritsu claimed to have 'revolutionized' outdoor cleaning with the PB-9, a backpack power blower. The ECHO brand of hand-held petrol powered tools including chainsaws, brushcutters, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers are manufactured in Yokosuka and Morioka, with other major plants in Shenzhen, China and Lake Zurich, Illinois.[5]

Shindaiwa Incorporated[edit]

Shindaiwa brand logo

Shindaiwa Incorporated is a global manufacturer of welding machines, generators, agricultural and forestry machinery, and outdoor power equipment. The company originally manufactured electrical and industrial products. Shindaiwa launched its first chainsaw in Japan in 1955. In September 2008, the company merged with Kioritz to form the Yamabiko Corporation.[6] Manufacture of Shindaiwa products in Japan is in Yokosuka, Morioka, and Hiroshima, with other plants in Shenzhen, China, and Lake Zurich, Illinois.[7]

Merger[edit]

On 1 September 2008, Kioritz and Shindaiwa merged under one holding company, the Yamabiko Corporation.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Yamabiko. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  3. ^ News; Green Media Online; retrieved April 2014.
  4. ^ "Product History". echo-tools.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  5. ^ Rockrohr, Phil (September 8, 2017). "Manufacturer ECHO expands Lake Zurich headquarters". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Official UK Website
  7. ^ "Shindaiwa - The choice of the professional". Shindaiwa-tools.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  8. ^ "Shindaiwa operations to merge with Echo Incorporated; News;". Greenmediaonline.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30.

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