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Horiba, Ltd.
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 6856
ISINJP3853000002 Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedKyoto, Japan (October 17, 1945; 74 years ago (1945-10-17))
FounderMasao Horiba
Headquarters2 Miyanohigashi, Kisshoin, Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8510 Japan
Area served
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
RevenueIncrease 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)
WebsiteOfficial 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]

The group has been involved in measurement technology for more than 50 years.[citation needed] It is diversified in 5 different sectors: automotive tests systems (36% activity), environmental (11%), medical (17%), semiconductor (19%) and scientific fields (17%). Today, the group, chaired by Atsushi Horiba, gathers 5,965 employees worldwide and generated 1 294 million of dollars in 2014.[dubious ]

The moto of HORIBA Ldt. is "Joy and Fun".[citation needed]

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.

HORIBA Medical[edit]

HORIBA Medical
HORIBA Medical
ISINJP3853000002 Edit this on Wikidata
FateAcquired by Horiba Group (in 1996)
FoundedFrance (1983; 37 years ago (1983))
ProductsIn vitro diagnostic instruments
Websitewww.jp.horiba.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

The HORIBA Medical segment designs and manufactures medical instruments and reagents for the in vitro diagnostics industry. The segment, headquartered in Montpellier (France) is presents on Hematology, clinical chemistry and hemostasis markets in over 110 countries. The 1,080 employees produce 7,500 instruments and 10,000 tons of reagents annually for public and private sectors. Acquired in 1996 by HORIBA Group ,the subsidiary was originally named ABX Company, founded in 1983. ABX Company was known for the launch of the smallest hematology analyzer of the world at this time, the Minos. Since joining the Japanese Group HORIBA, segment sales have continued to grow exponentially to reach 210 million of dollars (December 2014).

Masao Horiba Building – 10 July 2015


The HORIBA Medical Segment manages the entire lifecycle of in vitro diagnostic systems worldwide that are mainly destined for biological analysis in a medical laboratory. These automated analyzers are designed for various users including patients, doctors, private laboratories, clinics and university hospitals.

Major subsidiaries[edit]


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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