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For other uses, see Makino Nobuaki, Tomitaro Makino, and Makino, Shiga.
Industry Machine Tools
Die Mold
General Production
Founded May 1937
Headquarters Tokyo
Key people
Jiro Makino: President & CEO
Don Lane: President & CEO of Makino America
KS Sankaran: President & CEO of Makino Asia
Products Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC), Vertical Machining Centers (VMC), 5-Axis Machines, Graphite Machines, EDM Machines (Wire and Ram types), Automated Pallet Systems, Grinding Machines, and various services.
Number of employees
Slogan Where New Thinking Takes Shape

Makino is a machine tool builder with global sales and service, headquartered in Japan.


Makino was established in 1937 by Tsunezo Makino in Japan, developing Japan's first numerically controlled (NC) milling machine in 1958 and Japan's first machining center in 1966.[1]

The North American branch of Makino was formed through the 1981 merger of the R. K. LeBlond Machine Tool Company of Cincinnati and the Makino Milling Machine Company of Japan. Resulting from the merger was the formation of what was then called "LeBlond Makino Machine Tool Company".[2]

In 1996, LeBlond Makino became Makino, and in 1997 LeBlond Lathe Ltd. was formed as a parts and servicing subsidiary.


In 1984, Makino introduced the first commercial high-speed spindle for milling.[3] In 1990, Makino introduced Geometric Intelligence, the first servo-control software tailored to high-speed machining,[3] and Flush Fine machining, a method for cutting hardened materials.[3]

The company developed the first drop-tank wire EDM in 1994,[3] and HQSF (High-Quality Surface Finish) technology with patented uSc additive in 1996,[3] increasing the ability to finish parts without hand polishing when using a ram EDM. In 2003, Makino developed the first conventional horizontal wire EDM that automatically threads and machines with a 0.02mm diameter wire.[3]

In 2006, the company developed High Energy Applied Technology (HEAT) for wire EDMs to increase speed in wire EDMing,[3] and released the EDAC1 micro EDM ram machine. Makino is also the only manufacturer of a horizontal wire EDM, the UPJ-2. In 2007, Makino introduced SurfaceWIZARD wire EDM technology, designed to eliminate witness lines in stepped parts.[3] Makino created ADVANTiGE™ Technology for the machining of titanium in 2010, which was recognized as a winner of Aviation Week's 2012 Innovation Challenge.[4]


  1. ^ HSR Business to Business, Inc. "Makino - A Brief History". Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ Business Courier by Steven Wright, Courier Contributor. "R.K. LeBlond's legacy lives on - Business Courier". Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Makino Inc. "Makino: A brief history". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  4. ^ Aviation Week (March 7, 2012). "Aviation Week Announces Winners of the Innovation Challenge". Retrieved 2013-10-28. 

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