The History Of Kawasaki
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (川崎重工業株式会社, Kawasaki Jūkōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) (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 Shozo Kawasaki and has no connection with the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa.
Its most visible consumer product lines are its motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, although the company and its subsidiaries also manufacture personal watercraft, 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.
AerospaceMain article: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aerospace Company
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 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 C-X transport aircraft. Kawasaki also builds helicopters, including the BK117, jointly developed and manufactured with Eurocopter. 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 and Boeing 777 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.
- Space systems
- Jet engines
- Electronic equipment
Rolling stockMain 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.
- Electric cars (including Shinkansentrains)
- Passenger coaches and freight cars
- Diesel locomotives
- Electric locomotives
- Platform screen door systems
- Passenger coaches and freight cars integrated transit systems
ShipbuildingMain article: Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
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.
- LNG carriers
- LPG carriers
- Container ships
- High speed vessels
- VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers)
- Bulk carriers
- Offshore structures
- Marine machinery and equipment
Energy plants and facilities
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.
- Small and medium-sized gas turbine generators
- Gas turbine cogeneration systems
- Wind turbine generators
- Ash handling systems
- Combined cycle power plants
- Nuclear power plant equipment
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.
- Industrial plants
- Industrial robots
- Aerodynamic machinery
- Hydraulic equipment
Environment and recycling
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.
- Municipal refuse incineration plans
- Water treatment systems
- Industrial waste recycling equipment
- Flue gas desulfurization equipment
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.
- Wheel loaders
- Construction machinery
- Shield Machines
- tunnel boring machines
- Steel bridges
- LNG and LPG tanks
- Airport and port-related products
Motorcycles, Jet Ski and ATVsMain article: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company
Kawasaki’s lineup features the ZZR1400 and other supersport, sport, cruiser, dual-purpose and motocross models, as well as utility vehicles and ATVs. Kawasaki's "Jet Ski" has become a genericized trademark for any type of personal watercraft.
- Motorcycles, see this list of Kawasaki models
- Utility vehicles
- Jet Ski personal watercraft
- General-purpose gasoline engines
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- Alna Yusoki-Yohin Co., Ltd.
- Benic Solution Corp.
- EarthTechnica Co., Ltd.
- Enetec Co., Ltd.
- Fukae Powtec Corp.
- JP Steel Plantech Co.
- Kawaju Akashi Service Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Oita Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Metal Industries, Ltd.
- Kawasaki Setsubi Kogyo Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
- Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd.
- Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd.
- Kawasaki Machine Systems, Ltd.
- Kawasaki Motors Corporation Japan
- Kawasaki Hydromechanics Corp.
- Kawasaki Life Corporation
- Kawasaki Naval Engine Service, Ltd.
- Kawaju Akashi Engineering Co., Ltd.
- KEE Environmental Construction, Co. Ltd.
- KEE Environmental Service, Ltd.
- Kawaju Gifu Service Co., Ltd.
- Kawaju Gifu Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Prime Mover Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Construction Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Rolling Stock Technology Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Rolling Stock Component Co., Ltd.
- Kawaju Shoji Co., Ltd.
- Kawaju Techno Service Corp.
- Kawaju Tokyo Service Corp.
- Kawaju Facilitech Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd.
- K Career Partners Corp.
- K-GES Co., Ltd.
- K-Tec Corp.
- KGM (Kawaju Gifu Manufacturing) Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Setsubi Kogyo Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Construction Machinery, Hokkaido Ltd.
- Kawaju Sakaide Service Co., Ltd.
- Kawaju Kobe Support Co., Ltd.
- Kawaju Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
- 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.
- Technica Corp.
- Union Precision Die Co., Ltd.
- Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc.
- Kawasaki Construction Machinery Corp. of America
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries (U.S.A.), Inc.
- Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.
- Kawasaki Precision Machinery (U.S.A.), Inc.
- Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.
- Kawasaki Robotics (U.S.A.), Inc.
- Kawasaki do Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda.
- Wuhan Kawasaki Marine Machinery Co., Ltd.
- Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries Machinery Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
- KHI (Dalian) Computer Technology Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Precision Machinery (China) Ltd.
- Kawasaki Robotics (TIANJIN) Co., Ltd.
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries (H.K.) Ltd.
- Kawasaki Machine Systems Korea, Ltd.
- Kawasaki Gas Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd
- P.T. Kawasaki Motor Indonesia
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
- Kawasaki Motors Enterprise (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
- KHI Design & Technical Service Inc.
- Kawasaki Motors (Phils.) Corporation
- Kawasaki Motors Pty. Ltd.
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries (U.K.) Ltd.
- Kawasaki Precision Machinery (U.K.) Limited
- Kawsaki Robotics (UK) Ltd.
- Kawasaki Robotics G.m.b.H.
- Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe GmbH
- Kawasaki Motors Europe N.V.
- KHI Europe Finance B.V.
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Europe) B.V.
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