Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., has been progressively developing brake friction material and related products ever since it first began manufacturing woven linings for drum brakes and clutch facings in 1929. Akebono currently supplies products on an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) basis to all Japanese automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler in the United States, and Volkswagen, Opel, Fiat, Saab, Mercedes and Porsche in Europe. Akebono has a dominant market share in Japan, and its product range spans items for automobiles, motorbikes, rolling stock, as well as industrial machinery such as forklifts, wind turbine generators, and agricultural equipment. In 2007 Akebono was nominated as official supplier and has been supplying brake calipers and master cylinders to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. In addition to brakes, Akebono also engages in the design and sale of sensors for automotive applications.
Akebono operates four main production facilities in Japan, all of which have been spun off as independent companies to enhance competitiveness.
Akebono's North American engineering, manufacturing and marketing activities are coordinated by U.S.-based Akebono Brake Corporation (ABC), which serves as the headquarters for expanding operations on the continent. At the end of 2009 Akebono concluded an asset purchase agreement with Robert Bosch for its North American brake business, including two manufacturing plants in the United States. As a result, there are now a total of four facilities under the supervision of ABC.0
Akebono Europe S.A.S (Gonesse) was established in France in 1985. In 1995 the Centre de Recherche Européen Akebono (CREA) was added as a research and development base, and Akebono's first European production operation, Akebono Europe S.A.S (Arras), was founded in 1998. 2007 saw the establishment of Akebono Brake Europe N.V. in Belgium as new European Headquarters.
In Asia, Akebono has become a major supplier of technology and is actively expanding its involvement there. It acquired an equity interest in the Indonesian brake manufacturer PT. Tri Dharma Wisesa in 1996.
Akebono Corporation (Guangzhou) and Akebono Corporation (Suzhou) were established in China in 2004 producing drum brakes, disc brakes and pads. New Akebono Brake (Thailand) started production in 2008.
As an example of its long-standing commitment to the environment, in 1965 Akebono established a system for collecting and rebuilding drum brake shoes. In 2005 that system evolved into a new environmentally friendly business model as "Eco Pads" rebuilt disc brake pads utilizing recycled pressure plates. Akebono recently developed aluminum brake calipers that weigh 20% less than conventional ones, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions of automobiles.
Chairman, President & CEO
Hisataka Nobumotohas been Chairman, President and CEO of Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., since 1994.
In 1973, he graduated at Hitotsubashi University's Faculty of Commerce in Tokyo, and began his career in France with Ducellier Bendix Air-Equipment.
In 1993, Mr. Nobumoto was appointed to the Board of Directors. From 1986 to 1990, he was President of Ambrake Corporation in Kentucky, a joint venture company between Akebono and Delphi Automotive Systems.
Mr. Nobumoto is a Member of the Committee on International Cooperation for Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) and a Director of the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association.