AKEBONO BRAKE CORPORATION DELIVERS THE ESSENCE OF BRAKINGĀ®

With more than 85 years of brake design and production expertise, Akebono provides the world’s automotive industry with advanced braking and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) solutions.

The company’s commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. Key automotive OEM customers include Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Akebono manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes, employing the Akebono Production System (APS). This business approach features proven quality control techniques to guarantee minimal process variation in all phases of production. Embraced throughout the organization, APS enables the company to consistently achieve nearly zero defects per million parts produced.

Akebono operates R&D technical centers in the United States, Japan and France, and manufactures brake friction materials and components in 30 wholly owned or affiliated facilities worldwide. This includes two production facilities in Kentucky, one in Tennessee and one in South Carolina. All of Akebono’s operations have secured appropriate ISO/TS16949 certifications, and the company has received a number of quality and performance awards from customers.

Akebono was established in Japan in 1929, at a time when the Japanese automobile industry had only produced 400 vehicles. Since then, keeping pace with the onset of motorization, Akebono has entered the domestic and overseas markets as brake experts. Worldwide, Akebono employs over 9,000 people worldwide, with over 3,500 in North America.

Browse our line of Ultra-Premium ceramic brake pads, engineered to meet the specifications of aftermarket consumers, and learn more about the advantages we deliver for original equipment manufacturers. We think you’ll agree that Akebono truly is the Essence of Braking®. Look for an Akebono dealer near you, and get the safety, reliability and performance that only a global leader in brake products can provide.

1980

Akebono launches U.S. brake sales operation. Akebono Aftermarket Operations established in Chicago, Illinois.

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1986

Akebono/Delphi joint venture manufacturing facility (AMBRAKE) opens in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Venture formed, operations begin in 1988.

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1989

North American Brake Systems Engineering Center opens in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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1994

Akebono/Itochu joint venture manufacturing facility (AMAK Brake) opens in Glasgow, Kentucky.

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1995

Akebono manufacturing / distribution center opens in Munfordville, Kentucky.

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1998

Akebono Corporation North America incorporated.

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2002

Akebono manufacturing facility (AMTEC) opens in Springfield, Kentucky.

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2006

August 31,  AMBRAKE Corporation became a wholly-owned Akebono Manufacturing facility (formerly an Akebono/Delphi joint venture)

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2007

Effective January 1, Akebono Corporation (North America) renamed all of its North American locations to strengthen the global synergy of Akebono Brake Industry Co., LTD around the world.

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2009

Akebono announced purchase of Robert Bosch North America foundation brake division effective January 1, 2010.

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2010

Akebono Brake, Clarksville, Tennessee Plant & Akebono Brake, Columbia, South Carolina Plant

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2011

Akebono Corporation (North America) is renamed Akebono Brake Corporation

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2012

Akebono Brake Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico is established

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Proudly Made in the USA

Akebono Brakes are trusted by manufacturers globally, delivering superior braking power, quiet performance, and longer rotor and pad life. As a pioneer of ceramic friction technology, Akebono is proud to manufacture 100 percent of its aftermarket brakes in the USA. Enjoy a smoother ride and clean wheels with Akebono Brakes.