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Akebono History


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


1980
Established US sales company Akebono America, Inc.


1982
Type AD disc brake wins the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers award for 1982.


1986
Establishes Ambrake Corporation in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.


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

1971 Fukushima Manufacturing Plant is constructed and begins operations.
(Now Akebono Brake Fukushima Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
Construction of the corporate head office is completed (in Nihonbashi, Tokyo).
1973 Established Sanyo Hydraulic Industry Co., Ltd.
(Now Akebono Brake Sanyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
1974 Established the Japan Brake Safety Research Institute Co., Ltd.
(Now the Akebono Research & Development Centre Ltd.)
1976 Increased capital to 1,816.5 million yen.
Miharu Manufacturing Plant is constructed and begins operations.
1980 Established Akebono America, Inc. as a locally-incorporated company in the United States.
1981 Established Akebono Engineering Co., Ltd.
1982 Type AD disc brakes win the 1981 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Award.
1983 Increased capital to 2,258.11 million yen.
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1984 Increased capital to 4,589.11 million yen.
The Japan Brake Safety Research Institute Co., Ltd. is renamed Akebono Research & Development Centre Ltd.
Technology is licensed to Automotive Products Inc. in the United Kingdom.
Akebono Europe Bureau Liaison is established in France. (Now Akebono Europe S.A.S. (Gonesse))
1985 Akebono Europe S.A. is established as a locally-incorporated company in France.
(Now Akebono Europe S.A.S. (Gonesse))
1986 Established Akebono Brake Iwaki Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and began constructing a test course and manufacturing plant site.
Established Ambrake Corporation as a joint venture with General Motors of the United States. (Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.A.)
(Now Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant)
1987 An anti-lock brake system (ABS) that is based on technology unique to Japan is adopted for the first time by automakers.
Signed a technical assistance contract relating to friction materials with Valeo of France.
Signed a technical assistance contract relating to ABS with Robert Bosch GmbH of West Germany (at the time).
1988 Ambrake Corporation begins operations.
The "Proving Grounds" test course is completed. (Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture) (Now Ai-Ring)
1989 Established Akebono B.S.E.C. Inc.
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