Makita Professional Power Tools

In 1958, Makita Corporation, which was founded in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company, became the first company in Japan to manufacture and sell electric planers. Over the half century since, Makita has worked to build a steady position as a manufacturer of portable power tools and, today, continues its quest forward to provide products and services that are beneficial to all types of customers engaged in housing construction. Makita's history also parallels that of the evolution of power tools and, over the course of its history, Makita has worked to dovetail its products to its customers' developing needs.

1910

March 1915

Makita history
Founded Makita Electric Works (proprietorship) in Nagoya City. Began selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors, and transformers.
 
1930

March 1935

Makita history
First exported electric generators and motors to the Soviet Union.
 

December 1938

Makita history
Incorporated the proprietorship's business form and established Makita Electric Works, Inc.
 
1940

April 1945

Makita history
Moved the plant, in an attempt to avoid air raid, to the current head office in Sumiyoshi-Cho, Anjo-City.
 
1950

January 1958

Makita history
Started marketing portable electric planers, the first product in Japan.
 

November 1959

Makita history
Transformed into an electric power tool manufacturer.
 
Makita history
Initiated exports of electric power tools with shipment of 1300 hand-held electric planers to Australia.
 
1960

July 1960

Makita history
Finished construction of new main plant.
 

May 1962

Makita history
Changed the trade name to Makita Electric Works, Ltd.
 

August 1962

Makita history
Went public and listed the company in the 2nd Section of Nagoya Stock Exchange.
 

March 1963

Makita history
Became an entirely debt-free company.
 

March 1965

Makita history
Celebrated 50th anniversary.
 

August 1968

Makita history
Listed the company in the 2nd Section of Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges.
 

April 1969

Makita history
6500D battery-powered drill (first rechargeable power tool).
 
1970

July 1970

Makita history
Designated to the 1st Section of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka Stock Exchanges. (Osaka listing terminated in February 2003) Established Makita U.S.A. Inc (in the United States)
 

April 1970

Makita history
Established a new facility, Okazaki Plant.
 

September 1971

Makita history
Established Makita France S.A. (in France) (changed the name to Makita France SAS April 2004)
 

December 1972

Makita history
Established Makita Electric (U.K.) Ltd. (in the United Kingdom) (changed the name to Makita (U.K.) Ltd. December 1992)
 

May 1973

Makita history
Established Makita (Australia) Pty. Ltd. (in Australia)
 

June 1973

Makita history
Listed on Amsterdam Stock Exchange using Continental Depositary Receipts (CDR) (Amsterdam listing terminated in February 2004)
 

November 1973

Makita history
Listed on Amsterdam Stock Exchange using Continental Depositary Receipts (CDR) (Amsterdam listing terminated in February 2004)
 

November 1973

Makita history
Established Makita Power Tools Canada Ltd. (in Canada) (changed the name to Makita Canada Inc. January 1991)
 

May 1974

Makita history
Established Makita Benelux B.V. (in the Netherlands) (changed the name to Makita Nederland B.V. January 2010)
 

June 1974

Makita history
Established Makita S.p.A. (in Italy)
 

March 1976

Makita history
Raised capital overseas for the first time, through CDR offering.
 

February 1977

Makita history
Started trading of American Depository Receipt on NASDAQ. (NASDAQ listing terminated in April 2013)Established Makita S.A. Makita N.V. (in Belgium)
 

April 1977

Makita history
Established Makita Werkzeug GmbH (in Germany)
 

December 1978

Makita history
Launched 6010D rechargeable drill (first nickel cadmium battery tool).
 
1980

April 1980

Makita history
Started production of power tools in Canada. (production terminated in January 2009)
 

February 1981

Makita history
Launched AN5000 pneumatic nailer and AC6001 air compressor (first air tools).
 

June 1981

Makita history
Established Makita Brasil Ferramentas Elétricas Ltda. (in Brazil) (Started production of power tools in South America.)
 

September 1981

Makita history
Established Makita Werkzeug Gesellschaft m.b.H. (in Austria)
 

February 1982

Makita history
Issued European Depositary Receipts (EDR) and listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchange. (Luxembourg listing terminated in June 1998)
 

April 1983

Makita history
Established Makita Power Tools Singapore Ltd. (in Singapore) (changed the name to Makita Singapore Pte.Ltd. April 1991)
 

September 1984

Makita history
Established Makita Corporation of America (in the United States)
 

November 1985

Makita history
Started production of power tools in the United States
 

July 1986

Makita history
Established Joyama Kaihatsu Ltd. (Toyokawa, Aichi)
 

March 1987

Makita history
Power tools became subject to retaliatory tariffs due to semiconductor market trade friction between U.S. and Japan.
 

May 1988

Makita history
Established Makita (Taiwan) Ltd.
 

April 1989

Makita history
Established Makita Espana S.A. (in Spain) (changed the name to Makita, S.A. November 1991)
 

May 1989

Makita history
Changed the year end from February 20 to March 31
 

July 1989

Makita history
Three power tools (circular saw, grinder, drill) designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro exhibited at the Word Design Exposition held in Nagoya City.
1990

January 1991

Makita history
Acquired Sachs Dolmar GmbH, chain saw manufacturer. (in Germany) (changed the name to Dolmar GmbH September 1991)
 

April 1991

Makita history
Introduced corporate identity (CI) program. Changed the name to Makita Corporation.
 

July 1991

Makita history
Started production of power tools in Europe (U.K)
 

May 1992

Makita history
Anti-dumping suit filed against Makita in U.S.
 

July 1992

Makita history
Established Makita Power Tools (HK) Ltd. (in Hong Kong)
 

July 1993

Makita history
Sponsored Japan tour by the MR. BIG rock band from the U.S.
 

November 1993

Makita history
Established Makita (New Zealand) Ltd. (in New Zealand)
 

December 1993

Makita history
Established Makita (China) Co., Ltd. (in China)
 

July 1994

Makita history
Established Makita Sp.zo.o. (in Poland)
 

November 1994

Makita history
Established Makita Me´xico, S.A. de C.V. (in Mexico)
 

April 1995

Makita history
Established Makita International Europe Ltd. (in the United Kingdom) Established Makita, spol.sr.o (in Czech Republic)
 

July 1995

Makita history
Started production of power tools in China.
 

May 1996

Makita history
Established Makita Elektromos Kisgépértékesítö Kft. (in Hungary)
 

April 1997

Makita history
Established Makita Gulf FZE. (in the United Arab Emirates)
 

August 1997

Makita history
6213D rechargeable driver-drill exhibited at the Chicago Hardware Show (first nickel hydride battery tool).
 

April 1998

Makita history
Established Makita Herramientas Ele´ctricas de Argentina S.A. (in Argentina)
 

March 1999

Makita history
Established Makita Chile Comercial Ltda. (in Chile)
 

April 1999

Makita history
Established Makita Hellas S.A. (in Greece)
 
2000

February 2000

Makita history
Established Makita Romania S.R.L. (in Romania)
 

April 2000

Makita history
Established Makita SA (in Switzerland)
 

November 2000

Makita history
Established Makita (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. (in China)
 

January 2001

Makita history
Established Makita Latin America Inc. (in the United States)
 

March 2001

Makita history
Established Makita Oy (in Finland)
 

January 2002

Makita history
Launched the 2nd brand MAKTEC specifically for the Asian market.
 

March 2003

Makita history
Finished construction of new corporate headquarters.
 

October 2003

Makita history
Established Makita LLC. (in Russia)
 

March 2004

Makita history
Established Makita s.r.o. (in Slovakia)
 
2005

February 2005

Makita history
Launched TD130D (first Lithium-ion Battery tool).
 

March 2005

Makita history
Celebrated 90th anniversary.
 

May 2005

Makita history
Established Makita EU S.R.L. (in Romania)
 

June 2005

Makita history
Established Makita Ukraine LLC.
 

January 2006

Makita history
Acquired nailer business from Kanematsu-NNK Corp.
 

January 2007

Makita history
Established Makita Peru S.A. (in Peru)
 

April 2007

Makita history
Started production of power tools in Romania.
 

May 2007

Makita history
Made Fuji Robin Industries Ltd. a consolidated subsidiary. (changed the name to Makita Numazu Corporation August 2007, merged into the Company April 2013, business, operations closed in March 2014)
 

February 2008

Makita history
Established Makita Bulgaria EOOD (in Bulgaria)
 

April 2008

Makita history
Established Makita Power Tools India Private Ltd. (in India)
 

June 2008

Makita history
Established Makita Colombia, S.A. (in Colombia)
 

December 2008

Makita history
Established Makita Africa s.a.r.l.a.u. (in Morocco)
 

November 2009

Makita history
Established Makita Vietnam Co., Ltd. (in Vietnam)
 
2010

March 2011

Makita history
Established Makita Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (in Thailand)
 

August 2011

Makita history
Established Makita d.o.o. (in Slovenia)
 

July 2012

Makita history
Started production of power tools in Thailand.
 

January 2013

Makita history
Established Makita Power Tools (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (in Malaysia)
 

October 2013

Makita history
Established Makita Europe N.V. (in Belgium)
 
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