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Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
Native name
TypePublic KK
TYO: 7238
Founded(27 January 1929; 94 years ago (1929-01-27))
FounderSanji Osame
Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Tokyo headquarters)
Hanyu City, Saitama (Ai-City headquarters)
Area served
Key people
Yasuhiro Miyaji
(Chairman, President and CEO)
ProductsBrakes for vehicles, motorcycles, trains, industrial machinery
RevenueIncrease JPY 281.3 billion (FY 2015) (US$ 2.44 billion) (FY 2015)
Number of employees
9,238 (consolidated, as of March 2016)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (曙ブレーキ工業, Akebono Burēki Kōgyō) is a Japanese manufacturer of brake components for automobiles, motorcycles, trains, and industrial machinery.

The company was founded by Sanji Osame in 1929 as Akebono Sekimen Kogyosho as a response to the demand by the Japan Army Authority for ground transport; its first products were brake linings used by the government entity.[3] Today it is now a large company with a significant overseas presence and wide range of brake products for many applications.

Polestar 1 with Akebono brakes

Business locations

In addition to its headquarters in Hanyū; and Nihonbashi, it also has facilities in other locations in Japan, such as Fukushima.

In the United States, it has facilities in Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Farmington Hills, Michigan; Columbia, South Carolina; Glasgow, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.

In China, it has plants in Guangzhou and Suzhou. In Indonesia and Vietnam, it has a partnership with Astra.

In Europe, it has facilities in Arras and Gonesse in France, and also has a UK presence for its work with the McLaren Formula 1 team. Its main European facility in Trenčín is focused on production of high-performance aluminium brake calipers.

Automotive brakes

Akebono offers products mainly on an OEM basis for automobile manufacturers. Its main OEM customers include Japanese car manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Isuzu. The company also supplies products to global automakers like Porsche, Audi, Bentley, GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Polestar.[citation needed]


A McLaren MP4-22 Formula 1 brake manufactured by Akebono

Beginning with the 2007 Formula One season, Akebono has been a technology partner to the McLaren F1 team.[4] Since 2013, Akebono has also supplied brake components to the Toyota WEC team.[5]


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Akebono Brake Industry. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kenichi Miyamoto; Kenji Morinaga; Mori Hiroyuki (15 March 2011). Asbestos Disaster: Lessons from Japan's Experience. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 49. ISBN 978-4-431-53915-5.
  4. ^ "Akebono Brake Company increases technical integration with McLaren Mercedes". Motorsport Network. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  5. ^ "FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)". Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2021.