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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Type Public company Kabushiki-gaisha
Founded 15 October 1896
Headquarters Chūō-ku, Kobe, Japan
Minato, Tokyo Japan
Key people Tadaharu Ohashi, Chairman
Satoshi Hasegawa, President
Industry Rolling stock, Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Construction, Automobiles
Revenue (turnover) US$15.08 billion (As of March 31, 2008) [1]
Employees 30,563 (As of 31 March 2008)
Website http://www.khi.co.jp

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (川崎重工業株式会社 Kawasaki Jūkōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) (English pronunciation: /kaʊ.əˈsɑːki/; TYO: 7012) is an international corporation based in Japan. It has headquarters in both Chūō-ku, Kobe and Minato, Tokyo.

The company is named after its founder Shōzō Kawasaki and has no connection with the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa.

Even though it originally[2] started out as a shipbuilding company, its most visible consumer product lines are its motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, although the company and its subsidiaries also manufacture personal water craft, ships, industrial plants, tractors, trains, small engines, and aerospace equipment (including military aircraft). Subcontract work on jet aircraft (including jumbo jets) has been done for Boeing, Embraer, and Bombardier.

ProductsEdit

AerospaceEdit

Main article: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aerospace Company
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Japanese Experiment Module "Kibō"

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Kawasaki XC-2

Kawasaki is active in a diverse range of the aerospace industry. The Company is a contractor for the Japanese Ministry of Defense and has built aircraft such as the C-1 transport aircraft, T-4 intermediate jet trainer, and the P-3C antisubmarine warfare patrol airplane. It is currently developing two large, next-generation aircraft, the XP-1 maritime patrol airplane and the XC-2 transport aircraft. Kawasaki also builds helicopters, including the BK117, jointly developed and manufactured with MBB. It also produces the CH-47J / JA helicopter.

In the commercial aviation business, the company is involved in the joint international development and production of large passenger aircraft. It is involved in joint development and production of the Boeing 767, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 with The Boeing Company, and the 170, 175, 190 and 195 jets with Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica. It is also involved in the joint international development and production of turbofan engines for passenger aircraft such as the V2500, the RB211/Trent, the PW4000 and the CF34.

Kawasaki also work for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The Company was responsible for the development and production of the payload fairings, payload attach fittings (PAF) and the construction of the launch complex for the H-II rocket. It continues to provide services for the H-IIA rocket.

Kawasaki has also participated in projects such as the development of reusable launch vehicles for spacecraft that will handle future space transport, space robotics projects such as the Japanese Experiment Module for the International Space Station, the HOPE-X experimental orbiting plane and the docking mechanism for the ETS-VII.

Main products

Rolling stockEdit

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Lineup of JR East Shinkansen trains, October 2009

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A train of Kawasaki MARC III bi-levels at BWI Rail Station on the Penn Line headed towards Baltimore.

Main article: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company

Kawasaki is Japan’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock. It began operations in the industry in 1906. It manufactures express and commuter trains, subway cars, freight trains, locomotives, monorails and new transit systems. Kawasaki is also involved in the development and design of high-speed trains such as Japan’s Shinkansen.

Main Products

ShipbuildingEdit

Main article: Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
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Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp – Kobe Works

Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Its product range include high-performance LNG and LPG carriers, container ships, bulk carriers and VLCCs, as well as submarines. The Company is also involved in the development of offshore structures and research vessels.

Kawasaki also produces marine machinery and equipment, including main engines, propulsion systems, steering gears, deck and fishing machinery.

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Energy plants and facilitiesEdit

Kawasaki's key offering are high-performance gas turbines. The company is also involved in development of new energy sources as an alternative to fossil fuels such as wind power generation, biomass power generation, photovoltaic systems and rechargeable batteries.

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Industrial equipmentEdit

KawasakiFS03N

Kawasaki FS-03N industrial robot

Kawasaki develops and builds a vast array of industrial plants and equipment, including large cement, chemical and nonferrous metal plants, prime movers, and compact precision machinery. It also offers industrial plant engineering from design to sales.

Kawasaki also develops automation systems. Industrial robots for processes such as assembly, handling, welding, painting and sealing, as well as automation systems for distribution and logistics such as automated product- and cargo-handling systems for plants and airports.

Main products

Environment and recyclingEdit

Kawasaki is involved in the development of equipment that prevents pollution in a wide range of industries. Among the leading products are fuel gas desulfurization and denitrification systems, and ash handling systems. The Company also supplies municipal refuse incineration plants, gasification and melting systems, sewage treatment and sludge incineration plants.

Kawasaki has also been developing systems that enable a wide range of municipal and industrial waste to be recovered, recycled and put to new use. Such systems include refuse paper and plastic fuel production facilities that convert wastepaper/plastics into an easy-to-handle solid fuel, equipment that converts old tires into highway paving materials and tiles, and machinery that sorts glass bottles by size and color.

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InfrastructureEdit

Kawasaki’s history of building steel structures spans more than a century, with bridge-building among its first businesses. The company offers of storage solutions for LNG,

Kawasaki’s portfolio also includes retractable roofs, floors and other giant structures, the Sapporo Dome's retractable surface is one example.

For construction, Kawasaki produces products such as wheel loaders, tunnel machines, rollers, snowplows and purpose specific loaders. The tunnel boring machines used to excavate the Channel Tunnel and the 14.14 m diameter shield machines used in the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line construction are two well-known examples.

Main products

TransportationEdit

Main article: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company
Randy de Puniet 2006 Sep

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR

Kawasaki produces motorcycles, jet skis, ATVs and cars. Kawasaki’s motorcycle include the Ninja sport bikes, and cruisers, dual-purpose and motocross motorcycles, as well as utility vehicles, ATVs and general-purpose gasoline engines. Kawasaki's "Jet Ski" has become a genericized trademark for any type of personal watercraft.

Affiliates and subsidiariesEdit

JapanEdit

Kobe Crystal Tower (2006.10.22)

Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Kobe head offices are located in the Kobe Crystal Tower

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  • Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Machine Systems, Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Motors Corporation Japan
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  • Kawasaki Life Corporation
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  • Kawasaki Rolling Stock Component Co., Ltd.
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  • KHI JPS Co., Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Shipbuilding Inspection Co., Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Gas Turbine Research Center Ltd.
  • Nichijo Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • NIPPI Corporation
  • Sapporo Kawasaki Rolling Stock Engineering Co., Ltd.
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InternationalEdit

North AmericaEdit

South AmericaEdit

  • Kawasaki do Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda.
  • Kawasaki Motores do Brasil Ltda.
  • Autotecnica Colombiana S.A

AsiaEdit

  • Kawasaki Marine Machinery Co. Ltd. (Wuhan)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ship Engineering Co. Ltd. (Nantong, China; COSCO)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Machinery Trading Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Technology Co. Ltd. (Dalian, China)
  • Kawasaki Precision Machinery (China) Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Robotics Co. Ltd. (Tianjin, China)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Kawasaki Machine Systems Ltd. (Korea)
  • Kawasaki Gas Turbine Asia Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
  • S. N. Kawasaki(Pakistan)
  • Kawasaki Bajaj Motor Ltd. (India)
  • P.T. Kawasaki Motor (Indonesia)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
  • Kawasaki Motors Enterprise Co. Ltd. (Thailand)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Design & Technical Service, Inc. (Makati, Philippines)
  • (Kawasaki Motors Philippines) (Muntinlupa, Philippines)

OceaniaEdit

  • Kawasaki Motors Pty. Ltd.

EuropeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.khi.co.jp/overview/outline_e.html
  2. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.. (2010). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved August 23, 2010, from Encyclopedia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/313632/Kawasaki-Heavy-Industries-Ltd

External linksEdit


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