Manufacture Profile – Makita

June 15th, 2010 by Jim German Leave a reply »

Today we kick off a  new series looking at who’s behind the tools you buy.  First up is Makita.

Makita is a Japanese company founded in 1918.  Long known for its bright turquoise tools, it held a dominating position in the power tool market with a greater than 50% market share in the early 90’s.  Since then they’ve slipped a bit primarily under the onslaught of B&D’s Dewalt brand. They are headquartered in Anjō, Japan, and have factories in Japan, USA (Georgia), UK, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Romania.  They are a publicly owned company traded on the Tokyo and Nasdaq stock exchanges.

Hit the jump to read the full writeup.

History

Makita Electric works was founded in 1915 in Nagoya, Japan.  The began as a small repair shop specializing in lighting, transformers, and motors.   In 1938 they were incorporated as Makita Electric Works Ltd.   There history through the war is a bit cloudy,  as is frequently the case with Japanese and German companies that were around during that time.  However near the end of the war they moved to Anjo-City and the company still has their headquarters there today.

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