Most people have a name Kawasaki associated exclusively with sports motorcycles. In fact, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. is a huge industrial concern for which the production of motorcycles is only one of many activities. The division is engaged in the production of motorcycles Kawasaki Motorcycle Corporation, which appeared in 1963, after the takeover Kawasaki companies Megurothat dealt with motorcycles. Before that, the companies just cooperated. The merger made it possible to achieve new results in the market.
History Kawasaki started back in 1887 when Japanese businessman Shozo Kawasaki founded a shipbuilding company Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard. Having a rich experience of sea travel, Kawasaki was convinced that Europeans understand ships much more than the Japanese. For this reason, he decided to use European shipbuilding principles. In 1896 the company was renamed Kawasaki Dockyard Co.,Ltd.
Over time, shipping was added to the construction of ships. Things went so well that by the end of the century Kawasaki began to take an interest in railroads. The company expanded its activities. An important part of its business began to be the steel-rolling industry, engine building, and after that the aircraft industry (in 1922, the first airplane, completely built by the company, appeared). All these divisions are still part of the corporation (Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aerospace Company…).
After the Second World War, they had to urgently look for new activities, since the company could not produce aircraft. That's when the production of motorcycle engines begins, which were used by the company mentioned above. Meguro, cooperation with which brought good results. Since then, motorcycles have become almost a symbol Kawasaki.
To date, the corporation Kawasaki includes many divisions both in Japan itself and around the world. The most diverse products are produced - from motorcycles to aircraft and ships.
Headquarters Kawasaki Heavy Industries located in Tokyo, Japan (Tokio, Japan).
The first Japanese submarine was built in 1906 at the shipyards Kawasaki.