akebono leads the world’s auto industry in brake noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control and analysis. The company focuses on advanced brake pad friction material development and production, and advanced foundation brake technology. MANAGEMENT - NORTH AMERICA
Go Kashiwagi — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Jones — Chief Financial Officer Brandon Kessinger — Director, Legal Affairs Carl Lay — General Manager, Administration Hiro Sato — General Manager, OE Sales Randy Mordue — General Manager, Service Parts Sales PRODUCTS
Original equipment foundation brake assemblies, including disc and drum brakes; ultra-premium and premium aftermarket ceramic disc pads. akebono brakes stop a wide spectrum of vehicles — from passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and heavy-duty vehicles to construction cranes and the famous Shinkansen high-speed bullet train. Key automotive OEM customers include Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. OPERATIONS Technical/R&D facilities in Farmington Hills, Mich.; Hanyu, Japan and Paris, France, located near key customers. Thirty wholly owned or affiliated production facilities worldwide; North American production facilities located in Elizabethtown, Glasgow and Springfield, Kentucky. akebono Brake has the largest proving grounds facility among all Japanese automotive component suppliers. It is located in Iwaki, Japan. ASSOCIATES
akebono’s workforce totals 6,800 people worldwide; 2024 associates in North America. HISTORY
The Tokyo-based company began in 1929 as a manufacturer of linings and clutch facings. akebono launched brake sales activities in the United States in 1980; U.S. production operations began in 1986. Various North American operations were consolidated in 1998, upon formal establishment of akebono Corporation, North America. SALES
In 2006, akebono’s worldwide sales totaled $1.2 billion; North American sales totaled $521 million (includes the consolidation of AMBRAKE Corporation as a wholly-owned akebono subsidiary).