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Horiba, Ltd.
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6856
Industry Electronics
Founded Kyoto, Japan (October 17, 1945; 71 years ago (1945-10-17))
Founder Masao Horiba
Headquarters 2 Miyanohigashi, Kisshoin, Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8510 Japan
Key people
Atsushi Horiba
(Chairman of the Board, President and CEO)
  • Automotive emission measurement & test systems
  • Environmental measuring instruments
  • Scientific & medical analytical equipment
  • Semiconductor-industry measuring equipment

Increase US$ 1.31 billion (FY 2013)

(¥ 138.13 billion) (FY 2013)

Increase US$ 85.38 million (FY 2013)

(¥ 8.99 billion) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
5,787 (consolidated as of December 31 2013)
Subsidiaries List
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Horiba, Ltd. (堀場製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha Horiba Seisaku-sho?) is a Japanese manufacturer of precision instruments for measurement and analysis. They make instruments that measure and analyze automobile exhaust gas (80% share of the world market),[4] and environmental, medical and scientific applications.

Horiba is one of the top 25 analytical and life sciences instrumentation companies in the world.[5]

Development of the company[edit]

Masao Horiba receiving the 2006 Pittcon Heritage Award
Atsushi Horiba with Mexa200 Analyzer

Horiba was founded in 1945 by Masao Horiba, who graduated in nuclear physics from Kyoto University and in the early 1950s started mass-production of pH meters. The present company was registered in 1953. From 1959 until 2002, Hitachi was a principal shareholder, and the two companies retain close connections.[6]

In 1972, the company established subsidiaries in America and Europe. In 1996-7, Horiba acquired two French companies: the specialist blood cell counter maker ABX SA (currently called Horiba ABX SAS) in 1996, and optical equipment maker Instruments SA (currently Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS) in 1997.[7]

In 2005, Horiba acquired German company Schenck Development Test Systems (including Schenck Pegasus), expanding the automotive market product range[8] to include engine and driveline testing tools, including brake testing and wind-tunnel balances, and the Interautomation Group of Ontario, Canada, with its real-time pre-emptive kernel Linux-based ADACS data acquisition and control software suite.[6]

Horiba's diversification, and establishing of overseas subsidiaries, decoupled Horiba from the stagnant Japanese industrial market, and Japanese domestic sales dropped from 62% of total sales in 1995 to 35% in 2008. The Horiba group now consists of about 42 companies, spread over about 15 countries.

Major subsidiaries[edit]


Head office of Horiba in Kyoto, Japan 
The European headquarters and research center of Horiba in Paris-Saclay, France 
Reagent plant in Montpellier, France 
Horiba model MEXA-200 infrared CO analyzer 
A Horiba engine test stand 
Radiation monitor showing radiation at Minamisōma, Fukushima 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company Outline". Horiba. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Company Summary". Google Finance. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pernille Rudlin (April 25, 2011). "Horiba – one of corporate Japan's quiet success stories". Rudlin Consulting. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ann M. Thayer (April 10, 2013). "Top Instrument Firms". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Bartholomei Timotheos Crispinus (May 9, 2012). Horiba. Vertpress. ISBN 978-613-5-61821-1. 
  7. ^ Yoshikazu Giga; Toshiyuki Kobayashi (May 14, 2013). What Mathematics Can Do for You: Essays and Tips from Japanese Industry Leaders. Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-4-431-54346-6. 
  8. ^ "Horiba Automotive Test Systems". ATZonline. October 27, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

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