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Akebono History


1971
The corporate head office building in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, is completed.


1980
Establishes US subsidiary Akebono America, Inc.


1982
AD Type disc brakes win the 1982 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Award.


1986
Establishes Ambrake Corporation as a joint venture with General Motors in the United States.


1988
Akebono Brake Proving Grounds is completed. (currently Ai-Ring)

1971

Fukushima plant is constructed and commences operations (currently Akebono Brake Fukushima Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)

The corporate head office building in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, is completed.

1973 Establishes Sanyo Hydraulic Industry Co., Ltd. (currently Akebono Brake Sanyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
1974 Establishes Japan Brake Safety Research Institute Co., Ltd. (currently Akebono Research & Development Centre Ltd.)
1976 Miharu plant is constructed and commences operations
1979 Commences production of the AD Type disc brake, developed in-house
1980 Establishes US subsidiary Akebono America, Inc. (sales office in Chicago, thereafter R&D facilities in Detroit)
1981 Establishes Akebono Engineering Co., Ltd.
1982 AD Type disc brakes win the 1982 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Award
1983 Is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section
1984

Japan Brake Safety Research Institute Co., Ltd., is renamed to Akebono Research&Development Centre Ltd.

Offers technical expertise to Automotive Products Ltd., in the UK.

Establishes Akebono Europe Bureau Liaison in France.
(currently Akebono Europe S.A.S. [Gonesse])

1985 Establishes Akebono Europe S.A.R.L. in France.
(currently Akebono Europe S.A.S. [Gonesse])
1986

Establishes Akebono Brake Iwaki Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and begins constructing a test course and manufacturing plant site.

Establishes Ambrake Corporation as a joint venture with General Motors in the United States (currently Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant)

1987

Akebono's anti-lock brake system (ABS) based on technology unique to Japan is adopted for the first time by automakers.

Signs technical assistance agreement with Valeo of France covering friction material technologies.

Signs technical cooperation contract with then West German company Robert Bosch GmbH relating to ABS.

1988

Ambrake Corporation begins operations.

Akebono Brake Proving Grounds is completed in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture (currently Ai-Ring)

1989 Establishes Akebono Brake Systems Engineering Center, Inc.
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