Mabuchi Motor

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Mabuchi Motor Company
Mabuchi Mōtā Kabushiki Kaisha
Traded as TYO: 6592
Founded 1946; 69 years ago (1946)
Founder Kenichi Mabuchi
Headquarters Matsudo, Japan
Number of locations
Seven sales offices and nine factories
Area served
Key people
Shinji Kamei
Takaichi Mabuchi
Products Small motors for automobiles, audio/visual equipment, home appliances, power tools, toys, other equipment
Production output
2 billion small DC motors
Revenue Decrease¥92.602 billion
Decrease¥5.652 billion
Decrease¥5.330 billion
Total assets Decrease¥188.691 billion
Number of employees
Website Official website
Footnotes / references
All numbers are for 2008 and taken from the 2008 annual report

Mabuchi Motor Company (マブチモーター株式会社 Mabuchi Mōtā Kabushiki Kaisha?) of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan is the world's number one manufacturer of small electric motors.

The company holds 70% of the market for motors used with automotive door mirrors, door locks, and air conditioning damper actuators.[1]


The company traces its roots to 1946 when Kenichi Mabuchi (now the company's honorary chairman) founded "Kansai Rika Kenkyusho," a scientific research institute. They created the world's first high performance horseshoe-shaped magnetic motor in 1947.

On January 18, 1954, Kansai Rika Kenkyusho established Tokyo Science Industrial Co., Ltd. for the production of small electric motors for toys and scientific apparatus. By August, 1955, an automatic armature winding apparatus was developed, thereby expanding production capacity. Export operations began in September, 1957 with the creation of Mabuchi Shoji Co., Ltd.

1963 saw the development of two of Mabuchi's most important motors. The first, released in April, was the FT, which became a popular choice for use in slot cars. The second major development, released in October, was the RS series. This motor put Mabuchi not only in the home appliance market but in the radio control market as well. RS motors like the RS 380 and RS 540 are still used today in car, boat and aircraft models.

By the dawn of the 1970s, Mabuchi became one of the world's leading producers of original equipment motors for consumer electronics, toys and model aircraft. A second production facility in Taiwan was built at that time while North American operations were added in New York City which later moved to Detroit, Michigan. A third Taiwanese production facility was added in 1979.

In the early 1980s Mabuchi entered both the VCR and battery-operated power tool market. The development of a heavy-duty printer motor in 1985 led to Mabuchi's entry into the office equipment market. The Mabuchi Technology Center was created in 1992 for in-depth research and development of small electric motors. Operations in Europe and China began in 1993.


In addition to its headquarters, the company has sale offices in Shanghai (China), Shenzhen (China), Hsinchu (Taiwan), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and Troy, Michigan (USA). Its factories are located in China (Dalian, Dongguan, Jiangsu, and Wafangdian), Vietnam (Biên Hòa and Danang), Taiwan (Hsinchu and Kaohsiung), and Hong Kong (Kowloon).[2]


  1. ^ 2008 annual report (p. 6), from the company's website. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Worldwide network from the company's website. Retrieved November 7, 2009.