Futaba Corporation

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Futaba Corporation
Native name
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6986
Industry Electronics
Founded Mobara, Japan (February 3, 1948; 67 years ago (1948-02-03))
Headquarters Mobara, Chiba Prefecture 297- 8588, Japan
Key people
Hiroshi Sakurada

Increase JPY 64.35 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 625.24 million) (FY 2013)

Increase JPY 1.79 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 17.45 million) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
5,179 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Futaba Corporation (双葉電子工業株式会社 Futaba Denshi Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese company founded in 1948, originally to produce vacuum tubes.[3] As time passed, production and elemental techniques of the vacuum tube transformed into the manufacturing of vacuum fluorescent displays (VFDs), tool and die set components, radio control equipment and OLED displays.[4]

Company profile[edit]

Futaba became one of the first companies of its type to provide comprehensive radio control products, selection and service to hobbyists. Futaba systems and products were quickly accepted and used by serious competitors and casual enthusiasts alike. Futaba products are used in the air, on the water, underwater and on the ground for all types of RC models. Futaba manufactures all components in-house, including tools and manufacturing facilities.[5]

The brand is distributed in North America by Hobbico of Champaign, Illinois, by Ripmax in the UK, by Robbe in Germany along with other distributors around the world.[6]

Bribery in China[edit]

Senior manager Takehisa Terada, 68, was convicted in 2013 of bribing government officials in China in 2007[7] to ignore an irregularity at a subsidiary’s factory in Guangdong Province.[8]


Futaba 4PKSR transmitter with non-standard skins. 
A Futaba 2,4GHz 7-channel receiver 


  1. ^ "Company Profile". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Futaba Corporation — Company info". Japan Die&Mold Industry Association. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Futaba History". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Milacron's D-M-E Forms Global Strategic Alliance with Japan's Futaba". Businesswire. April 24, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2015 – via Bloomberg L.P. 
  6. ^ "List of distributors". Futaba Corporation. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Former Futaba Industrial Executive Arrested for China Bribery". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Auto exec fined ¥500,000 over bribes". The Japan Times Online. 2013-10-04. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 

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