- Mabuchi Motor
nihongo|Mabuchi Motor Company, Limited|マブチモーター株式会社|Mabuchi Mōtā Kabushiki Kaisha of
Chiba Prefecture, Japan tyo|6592 is the world's number one manufacturer of small electric motors.
The company traces its roots to
1946when Kenichi Mabuchi (now the company's honorary chairman) founded "Kansai Rika Kenkyusho," a scientific research institute. They created the world's first high performance horseshoe-shaped magnetic motor in 1947.
On January 18,
1954, Kansai Rika Kenkyusho established Tokyo Science Industrial Co., Ltd. for the production of small electric motors for toys and scientific apparatus. By August, 1955, an automatic armature winding apparatus was developed, thereby expanding production capacity. Export operations began in September, 1957with the creation of Mabuchi Shoji Co., Ltd. 1963saw the development of two of Mabuchi's most important motors. The first, released in April, was the FT, which became a popular choice for use in slot cars. The second major development, released in October, was the RS series. This motor put Mabuchi not only in the home appliance market but in the radio controlmarket as well. RS motors like the RS 380 and RS 540 are still used today in car, boat and aircraft models.
By the dawn of the 1970s, Mabuchi became one of the world's leading producers of original equipment motors for consumer electronics, toys and model aircraft. A second production facility in
Taiwanwas built at that time while North American operations were added in New York Citywhich later moved to Detroit, Michigan. A third Taiwanese production facility was added in 1979.
In the early 1980s Mabuchi entered both the
VCRand battery-operated power tool market. The development of a heavy-duty printer motor in 1985led to Mabuchi's entry into the office equipment market. The Mabuchi Technology Center was created in 1992for in-depth research and development of small electric motors. Operations in Europeand Chinabegan in 1993.
Today, Mabuchi employs more than 50,000 worldwide. Annual sales in
2006totalled ¥100.5 billion, up 7% from 2005.
External link and reference
* [http://www.mabuchi-motor.co.jp/ Mabuchi Motor home page with links to worldwide home pages]
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