The Akashi Works is located in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, where the Japan Standard Time Meridian crosses.
This is one of the major plants of KHI, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., in Japan, and, as a key plant, it has maintained superior productivity.
The Akashi Works’ history begins in 1940, when it was a manufacturing plant for Kawasaki Aircraft Co., Ltd., which made aero-engines and airframes.
As the aviation industry revived after World War II, the plant restarted producing helicopters under license and overhauling jet engines, and, since then, has carried out a series of business restructurings.
Production of Kawasaki Motorcycles began at the Akashi Works in 1960. Kawasaki Motorcycles, which have distinct designs and outstanding performances, have enjoyed enthusiastic popularity among motorcyclists around the world since production began.
The Akashi Works also develops and manufactures the products that accurately reflect market needs, such as Jet Ski®, developed by Kawasaki as the world’s first water bike, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), component parts for MULE (multi-purpose utility vehicles), and general-purpose gasoline engines.
Akashi Works is considered as the mother factory of the Kawasaki brand.
Development and production of various industrial robots and gas turbine engines are done at the Akashi Works as well.