Sure, people in a hurry like to step on the gas, but Akebono Brake ensures that other pedal is there when you need it. The company designs and manufactures original-equipment brake systems for carmakers, as well as brake components for the automotive aftermarket. Products include disc brake calipers and ceramic disc pads, and parking and drum service brakes. They help to stop vehicles as well as control the noise, vibration, and harshness of braking. Akebono Brake operates four brake plants and an R&D and engineering center in the US. Customers have included AUDI, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. Akebono Brake is a unit of Tokyo-based Akebono Brake Industry, which entered the US market in 1980.
Internationally Akebono Brake has two R&D facilities, one in both France and Japan. It also operates 30 production facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Despite the sluggish automotive industry environment, Akebono Brake is accelerating its OEM brake manufacturing operations. At the beginning of 2010, Akebono Brake bought Robert Bosch's North American disc-and-drum brake operations. The transaction included three of Bosch's plants that manufactured corner modules, drum brakes, disc brakes, and related parts. Akebono Brake's business operations doubled and demand for its products from US carmakers increased. As it gains traction in North America, the brake maker is keeping its eye on supplying European markets.