Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. history, profile and corporate video
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. engages in the manufacture of transportation equipment and industrial goods. It operates through the following segments: Ship and Offshore Structure, Rolling Stock, Aerospace, Gas Turbine and Machinery, Plant and Infrastructure, Motorcycle and Engine, Precision Machinery, and Other. The Ship and Offshore Structure segment builds and sells ships and other vessels. The Rolling Stock segment produces and sells railway vehicles and snow plows. The Aerospace segment manufactures and sells aircrafts. The Gas Turbine and Machinery segment produces and merchandises jet engines, general gas turbines, and prime movers. The Plant and Infrastructure segment covers industrial machinery, boilers, environmental equipment, steel structures, and crushers. The Motorcycle and Engine segment includes motorcycles, personal watercrafts, all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, and general purpose gasoline engines. The Precision Machinery segment manufactures and sells hydraulic equipment and industrial robots. The Other segment includes construction machinery production and sale, commercial activities, sales and order placement agency and mediation services, and welfare facilities administration. The company was founded by Shozo Kawasaki in April 1878 and is headquartered in Kobe, Japan.“
“Kawasaki Heavy Industries History
1878 – Shozo Kawasaki, the founder opens Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard (Tokyo).
1896 – Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd. is incorporated. Kojiro Matsukata is appointed as the first president of the new company.
1897 – Launches Cargo-Passenger Ship Iyomaru.
1902 – Finishes construction on Dry Dock at Kobe Shipyard.
1906 – Opens Hyogo Works.
1906 – Builds the first submarine in Japan.
1908 – Builds the Yodo, Japan’s first large-size warship built by a private Japanese shipyard.
1911 – Completes the first Kawasaki-made locomotive.
1918 – The Aircraft Department is established at Hyogo Works.
1919 – Shipping division is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Kisen Kaisya Ltd. (K-line).
1922 – Completes the first Kawasaki-made airplane.
1926 – Constructs Eitaibashi Bridge, Tokyo.
1928 – Hyogo Works is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1933 – Begins manufacture and sale of Rokkogo automobiles.
1934 – Delivers Pashina Locomotive for Ajiago Super Express, Manchurian Railway.
1937 – Aircraft division is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Aircraft Co., Ltd.
1939 – Adopts new Japanese company name Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabusikigaisya (i.e. Kawasaki Heavy Industries).
※The English company name Kawasaki Dockyard was changed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 1969, when three companies were merged.
1941 – Starts production of Hien fighter.
1950 – Steelmaking division is spun off and Kawasaki Steel Corporation is incorporated.
1952 – Begins production of Bell 47D helicopters.
1969 – Kawasaki Dockyard, Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing and Kawasaki Aircraft merge to become Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1969 – Develops Kawasaki-Unimate 2000, the first Japan-made industrial robot
1969 – Launches H1 motorcycle.
1972 – Unveils Z1 motorcycle.
1972 – Merges with rolling stock company Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd., and forms Kawaju Reinetsu Service Co., Ltd.
1973 – Begins selling Jet Ski(R) watercraft
1975 – Begins production of motorcycles in the U.S.
1976 – Develops GPS200 gas turbine generator.
1979 – The BK117 helicopter’s first flight.
1986 – Begins production of rolling stock in the U.S.
1988 – Begins production of construction machinery in the U.S.
1981 – Delivers the first LNG carrier built in Japan.
1989 – Receives orders for construction work on the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
1991 – Tunnel boring machines successfully complete work on the Eurotunnel.
1996 – Excavation on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line is completed by the world’s largest shield machines
1996 – 100th anniversary
2001 – Opens state-of-the-art, fully integrated rolling stock factory unique in the U.S.
2001 – Introduces an internal company system and an executive officer system.
2002 – Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation and Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd. are established as wholly owned subsidiaries.
2004 – Ships first 700T train to Taiwan High Speed Rail
2005 – Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd. (K Plant) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary.
2006 – Kawasaki Environmental Engineering, Ltd. (KEE) is established as a wholly owned subsidiray.
2007 – K Plant and KEE merge to form new K Plant.
2007 – Rolls out test planes for the XP-1 fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft and XC-2 transport aircraft.
2009 – KCM Corporation is established as a wholly owned subsidiary.
2010 – Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, Kawasaki Precision Machinery Limited (KPM) and Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd. (K Plant) are re-merged into Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.”
*Information from Forbes.com and Khi.co.jp
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