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Kayaba Industry

Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd.
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 7242
Industry Automotive
Founded (November 19, 1919; 100 years ago (1919-11-19))
Founder Shiro Kayaba
Headquarters World Trade Center Building, 4-1, Hamamatsu-cho 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-6111, Japan
Key people
Tadahiko Ozawa
(Chairman)
Masao Usui
(President and CEO)
Products
  • Automotive components
  • Hydraulic components
  • Aircraft components
  • Welfare and environmental products
Revenue

11px US$ 3.42 billion (FY 2013)

(JPY 352.71 billion) (FY 2013)
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11px US$ 123.89 million (FY 2013)

(JPY 12.76 billion) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
13,033 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references
[1]

Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd. (カヤバ工業株式会社 Kayaba Kogyo Kabushiki-gaisha?) (known also by its popular name KYB Corporation) is a Japanese, Tokyo-based automotive company.[2]

The company's main products include shock absorbers, air suspensions, power steering systems, hydraulic pumps, motors, cylinders, and valves.[3] It is the worlds largest shock absorber manufacturer and it also has the largest market share of concrete mixer trucks in Japan with 85% of the market.[4]

The company has 34 manufacturing plants and 62 offices in 21 countries.[5]

Business segments and products

Automotive and motorcycle products

Automotive components

  • Shock absorbers
  • Semi-active air suspensions
  • Adjustable shock absorbers
  • Power steering systems
  • Electric power steering units (EPS)
  • Four wheel steering (4WS) electric actuator
  • Solenoid
  • Sensors
  • Noise resistant pressure sensors

Motorcycle components

  • Suspensions
  • Shock absorbers for ATVs
  • Shock absorbers for snowmobiles

Hydraulic components

  • used in construction machinery, industrial vehicles, agricultural machinery, railroad equipment, industrial machinery, building equipment, civil engineering equipment and stage equipment

Testers

  • High precision leak tester
  • Portable fatigue testers
  • Gate type fatigue testers
  • Torsional fatigue testers
  • Internal pressure fatigue testers
  • Shock absorbers testers
  • Noise check systems
  • Road simulators for automobiles
  • Road simulators for motorcycles
  • Simulators for research and training

Aeronautical, special-purpose vehicles and marine products

  • Aircraft components
  • Special-purpose vehicles
  • Marine components

Environment, welfare and disaster prevention products

  • Self-propelled waste checker conveyors
  • Earthquake simulator trucks
  • Biomixers
  • Chipping pehicle for pruned branches
  • Vehicle for shredding sensitive documents
  • Shock absorbers for chair skis
  • Solar projectors
  • Mobile keeper (remote monitor camera with server function)

Source

Aircraft manufacturing

Aircraft manufacturing during and after World War II

The company between 1939 and 1941 developed several gliders, autogyros and research aircraft for the Imperial Japanese Army. These are:

After the war, in 1954, the company built a gyrodyne, named Kayaba Heliplane. The development of this aircraft started in 1952 when Shiro Kayaba, the founder of the company, obtained the fuselage of a Cessna 170B and, during the following two years, turned it into a convertiplane.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Corporate Information". KYB Corporation. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Vishal Dutta (February 19, 2013). "Japanese MNC KYB Corporation acquires 50% stake in Conmat Systems". The Economic Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Modernized manufacturing unit of Japanese firm KYB to be opened in November". Vadodara: DeshGujarat. October 7, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "RE-RISING SUN — The Japanese Aircraft Industry Ten Years After VJ-Day". Flight International (London: Reed Business Information). April 1, 1955. p. 411. ISSN 0015-3710. 

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