Kawasaki Heavy Industries
|Kawasaki Heavy Industries
|legal form||Kabushiki-gaisha (joint stock company)|
|founding||October 15, 1896|
|Seat||Chūō-ku, Kobe , Japan|
|Number of employees||34,605|
|sales||1.541 trillion Yen (12.3 billion euros )|
|As of March 31, 2016|
The company Kawasaki Heavy Industries ( Kawasaki for short , KHI abbreviation ; Japanese 川 崎 重工業 株式会社 Kawasaki Jūkōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha ) is a Japanese heavy industry group , listed in the Nikkei 225 . Headquarters is in Kobe , Hyogo , Japan .
The Group is divided into the main areas shipbuilding , aircraft and space technology , vehicle construction ( railways , construction vehicles, motorcycles ), construction and civil engineering , and mechanical engineering and energy plant ( robot , baggage handling systems , gas turbines , wind turbines ). Outside of Japan, Kawasaki is best known for its motorcycle manufacturing.
In 1878 Shōzō Kawasaki founded the shipyard Kawasaki Tsukiji Zōsenjo ( 川 崎 築 地 造船 所 , German "Kawasaki Tsukiji -Werft") in Tokyo and thus laid the foundation for the future economic empire . In 1901, Kawasaki built Japan's first steam locomotive , and before World War II, the company played a key role in expanding the fleet that later caused great difficulties for the American Navy. The most famous aircraft type that Kawasaki made during World War II was the Ki-61 Hien .
Between 1932 and 1942, the Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Company manufactured over 4,000 trucks . Other sources give the construction period between 1931 and 1942. There were also omnibuses . In addition, from 1932 to about 1935 ten passenger cars were built as sedans and touring cars , which were marketed as Rokko and had an eight-cylinder engine with a displacement of 4738 cc . Another source names both 4891 cm³ displacement with 66 HP and 5071 cm³ displacement with 90 to 100 HP for the passenger car. They had a front engine and rear wheel drive. The construction period was from 1931 to 1942.
After the war and the dismantling of the arms industry, Kawasaki was forced to switch production. Initially, single - cylinder four-stroke engines with a displacement of 148–150 cm³ were produced. The first motorcycle left the factory in January 1961, the 125 B7. Kawasaki motorcycles have been manufactured in Akashi since 1960 and later also abroad.
Detlev Louis was the general importer of Kawasaki motorcycles for Germany from 1969 to 1975, when Kawasaki Motoren GmbH was founded in Düsseldorf. In 1981 the company moved into the new company building in Friedrichsdorf.
From 1970 onwards, Kawasaki was again active in aircraft construction and produced the C-1 transport aircraft , the OH-1 reconnaissance helicopter and the T-4 jet-propelled training aircraft for the Japanese armed forces .
Currently (2019) Kawasaki sells models in Germany with the following engines:
|design type||Displacement||Super sport||Naked bike||Cruiser / retro||Sports Tourer||Travel enduros||comment|
|R2||773 cc||air cooled|
|R2||399 cc||A2 driving license|
|R2||296 cc||A2 driving license|
|R1||125 cc||A1 driving license|
Quads and ATV
- KFX series
- KVF series
There are also various so-called side-by-side vehicles with up to 750 cm³ and some with diesel engines.
Driver world championship in motorcycle road racing
Constructors' world championship in motorcycle road racing
- 125 cc: 1969
- 250 cc: 1978 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981
- 350 cc: 1978 , 1979 , 1981 , 1982
- Superbike : 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018
- Supersport : 2012 , 2013 , 2015 , 2016
|Kawasaki Shōzō ( 川 崎 正 蔵 )||1878-1896|
|Kōjirō Matsukata ( 松 方 幸 次郎 )||1896-1923|
|Fusaburō Kajima ( 鹿島 房 次郎 )|
|Hachisaburō Hirao ( 平生 釟 三郎 )|
|Shōsuke Itani ( 鋳 谷 正 輔 )|
|Toshio Tezuka ( 手塚 敏 雄 )|
|Masashi Isano ( 砂 野 仁 )|
|Kiyoshi Yotsumoto ( 四 本 潔 )|
|Zenji Umeda ( 梅田 善 司 )|
|Kenkō Hasegawa ( 長谷川 謙 浩 )|
|Hiroshi Ōba ( 大 庭 浩 )|
|Tadaharu Ōhashi ( 大橋 忠 晴 )|
|Satoshi Hasegawa ( 長谷川 聡 )||2009-2013|
|Shigeru Murayama ( 村 山 滋 )||2013-2016|
|Yoshinori Kanehana ( 金花 芳 則 )||2016–|
- Official English website
- Official German website Motorcycles and ATVs
- Official German website industrial robots
- Official German website gas turbines
- Message from the President
- Kawasaki Report 2016
- Corporate Profile
- George Nicholas Georgano (Ed.): The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile . Volume 3: P-Z . Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago 2001, ISBN 1-57958-293-1 , pp. 1351 (English).
- Jeremy Risdon: Pomchi Book of Cars, Vans & Light Trucks. Volume 1. Japan 1902-1934 . Pomchi Press, Yate 2017, ISBN 978-1-5332-8268-2 , pp. 131-134 (English).
- Jeremy Risdon: Pomchi Book of Cars, Vans & Light Trucks. Volume 2. Japan 1935-1939 . Pomchi Press, Yate 2017, ISBN 978-1-983476-36-5 , pp. 118-121 (English).
- Heads roll at KHI as board torpedoes Mitsui merger , June 14, 2013