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Automotive - Motor Vehicles - Parts
2,500 - 5,000
The company’s commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. Key automotive OEM customers include Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Akebono manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes, employing the Akebono Production System (APS). This business approach features proven quality control techniques to guarantee minimal process variation in all phases of production. Embraced throughout the organization, APS enables the company to consistently achieve nearly zero defects per million parts produced.
Akebono operates R&D technical centers in the United States, Japan and France, and manufactures brake friction materials and components in 30 wholly owned or affiliated facilities worldwide. This includes four production facilities in Kentucky. All of Akebono’s operations have secured appropriate QS9000 and ISO14001 certifications, and the company has received a number of quality and performance awards from customers.
Worldwide, a total of 6,800 people are employed by Akebono; 1,900 in North America. In 2009, the company’s worldwide sales totaled $1.2 billion. North American sales totaled $521 million, including the consolidated business performance of Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown (formerly AMBRAKE).
Tailoring brake innovations through tri-polar network of operations
Akebono supports automotive OEMs, Tier I suppliers and aftermarket brake customers around the world through its Asia-Europe-North America tri-polar network of operations. This strategy enables us to tailor brake applications to vehicles and driving tastes distinct to each of these regions. Once optimized, Akebono friction material and brake innovations are leveraged worldwide to better serve the global automotive industry.
R&D technical centers for advanced friction and brake product research, including noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance, are located in Farmington Hills, Michigan (United States); Tokyo, Japan and Gonesse Cedex, France. These facilities feature world-class engineers and are equipped with a total of more than 100 chassis dynamometers, more than any other brake supplier in the industry. In addition, Akebono operates 30 wholly owned or affiliated production facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. Such manpower and equipment resources allow Akebono to support individual vehicle programs and conduct ongoing R&D before, during and after a product’s launch to optimize its performance.
Akebono Brake Corporation
310 Ring Road Elizabethtown,
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