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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. - statistic & facts

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a major Japanese multinational corporation founded by Shozo Kawasaki in 1878 in Tokyo. Formerly known as Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard, the company branched out into other areas of the Japanese heavy industry over the course of the 20th century and merged its shipbuilding, rolling stock manufacturing and aircraft systems divisions into Kawasaki Heavy Industries. By expanding its business further, Kawasaki added energy systems and industrial plants, motorcycles and engines, as well as precision machinery and industrial robots to its product portfolio.
As of March 2018, Kawasaki Heavy Industries was listed as the leading shipbuilding company in Japan with consolidated assets amounting to around 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. That year, the aerospace systems division proved to be the most profitable business within the company, generating net sales worth around 464 billion yen. Due to the nature of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ product line, the motorcycle and engine division is the sole business segment directed at general consumers, offering a variety of motorcycles, four wheelers and watercrafts.

Japan ranks among the biggest two-wheeler markets in the world. Consequently, the domestic motorcycle industry is largely led by the four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. In 2018, domestic production of two-wheelers surpassed 600 thousand units per year, focusing on large engines with a cylinder capacity of 250 and above. In the same year, key markets for two-wheeler exports were Europe and North America, splitting almost 80 percent of total motorcycle exports from Japan between them.

In recent years, environmental awareness is spreading among consumers in Japan. Following the trend of the automotive sector to increasingly invest into eco-friendly alternatives, the country’s four leading motorcycle manufacturers were reported to collaborate on unified standards for electric two-wheelers in early 2019, setting up the domestic industry for international competition on green technology.

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