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With more than 75 years of brake design and production expertise, akebono provides the world’s automotive industry with advanced braking and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) solutions. 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 brakes 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 2006, 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).
akebono leads the world’s auto industry in brake noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control and analysis. The company focuses on advanced brake pad friction material development and production, and advanced foundation brake technology.
MANAGEMENT - NORTH AMERICA
Go Kashiwagi — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Jones — Chief Financial Officer Brandon Kessinger — Director, Legal Affairs Carl Lay — General Manager, Administration Hiro Sato — General Manager, OE Sales Randy Mordue — General Manager, Service Parts Sales
Original equipment foundation brake assemblies, including disc and drum brakes; ultra-premium and premium aftermarket ceramic disc pads. akebono brakes stop a wide spectrum of vehicles — from passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and heavy-duty vehicles to construction cranes and the famous Shinkansen high-speed bullet train. Key automotive OEM customers include Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. OPERATIONS Technical/R&D facilities in Farmington Hills, Mich.; Hanyu, Japan and Paris, France, located near key customers. Thirty wholly owned or affiliated production facilities worldwide; North American production facilities located in Elizabethtown, Glasgow and Springfield, Kentucky. akebono Brake has the largest proving grounds facility among all Japanese automotive component suppliers. It is located in Iwaki, Japan.
akebono’s workforce totals 6,800 people worldwide; 2024 associates in North America.
The Tokyo-based company began in 1929 as a manufacturer of linings and clutch facings. akebono launched brake sales activities in the United States in 1980; U.S. production operations began in 1986. Various North American operations were consolidated in 1998, upon formal establishment of akebono Corporation, North America.
In 2006, akebono’s worldwide sales totaled $1.2 billion; North American sales totaled $521 million (includes the consolidation of AMBRAKE Corporation as a wholly-owned akebono subsidiary).
akebono was established in Japan in 1929, at a time when the Japanese automobile industry had only produced 400 vehicles. Since then, keeping pace with the onset of motorization, akebono has entered the domestic and overseas markets as brake experts. Commencing with automobiles, our brakes are used throughout society. We strive to deliver our technologies to the world, we refuse to cut corners on safety, and we will only implement best practices in our operations. To better serve OEMs and Tier I suppliers in North America and Europe, akebono expanded its operations into these regions, starting with the launch of brake sales activities in the United States in 1980. U.S. production operations began in 1988, with akebono currently operating four manufacturing plants in Kentucky. The company’s North American R&D technical center is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. akebono’s European operations were launched in France in 1985. Various U.S. operations were consolidated in 1998, upon formal establishment of akebono Corporation, North America. Today, akebono leads the global automotive industry in the development of advanced braking solutions and brake noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control and analysis.
NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS
akebono Brake Corporation
310 Ring Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
19-5, Nihonbashi Koamicho, Chuo-ku
Laura Sullivan akebono North America
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