Rolling Stock Brakes
Akebono has played a significant role in the development of rail vehicles in Japan. In 1952, at the request of Japanese National Railways (now JR Group), Akebono began development of rail vehicle products. As a result, we started the production of wear pads employing the synthetic resin technology after their designs were accepted by JNR. After our resin brake shoes and disc brake lining were approved for use in "Kodama" and "Asakaze" express trains in 1959, Akebono products became widely used in various rail vehicles. Akebono currently enjoys a large market share of brake installations on Japanese bullet trains, including the most recent N700 series.