Kawasaki Heavy Industries

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries

legal form Kabushiki-gaisha (joint stock company)
ISIN JP3224200000
founding October 15, 1896
Seat Chūō-ku, Kobe , JapanJapanJapan 
management Yoshinori Kanehana
Number of employees 34,605
sales 1.541 trillion Yen (12.3 billion euros )
Branch Conglomerate
Website https://global.kawasaki.com/
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 .

Business areas

Sales by business area in billion yen (2016)

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.


Shōzō Kawasaki - founder of the group

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 .

Model range


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
R4 1352 cc
R4 1043 cc
R4 998 cc
R4 948 cc
R2 773 cc air cooled
R2 649 cc
R2 399 cc A2 driving license
R2 296 cc A2 driving license
R1 125 cc A1 driving license


Quads and ATV

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

125 cc
1969 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dave Simmonds
250 cc
1978 South Africa 1961South Africa Cork Ballington
1980 GermanyGermany Toni Mang
350 cc
1978 South Africa 1961South Africa Cork Ballington
1981 GermanyGermany Toni Mang
1993 United StatesUnited States Scott Russell
2013 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tom Sykes
2015 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Super sport
2001 AustraliaAustralia Andrew Pitt
2012 TurkeyTurkey Kenan Sofuoğlu

Constructors' world championship in motorcycle road racing


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–

Web links

Commons : Kawasaki Heavy Industries  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Message from the President
  2. a b c Kawasaki Report 2016
  3. Corporate Profile
  4. a b 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).
  5. ^ A b 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).
  6. ^ A b c 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).
  7. Heads roll at KHI as board torpedoes Mitsui merger , June 14, 2013