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Makita at a Glance

Since the foundation in 1915, Makita has revolutionized power tools and kept pushing the limit.
Here you will find brief summary of Makita history and our strength.

History of the Makita Group

In 1915, Makita was founded as an electric motor sales and repair company. In 1958, Makita became the first company in Japan to manufacture and sell electric planers. For over a half century thereafter, Makita worked to build a steady position as a manufacturer of portable electric power tools and, today, continues its quest 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.

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Foundation of the Company

Makita Electric Works was founded in the dawn of the age of electricity.

Repair of electric machinery (in the 1920s)

Enthusiasm for the electric business

Mosaburo Makita, the Founder
(around 1920)

Makita Electric Works was founded in the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture on March 21, 1915. It was a time when demand for electricity was growing rapidly, driven by the economic boom around the time of World War I that began the year before.

Mosaburo Makita joined Nagoya Dento Co., Ltd. (current Chubu Electric Power Company) while he dreamed of starting his own business. Shortly after he heard that Meiji Electric, headquartered in Tokyo, had run into financial difficulty, and decided to close its branch factory in Nagoya and sell machinery and equipment, he concluded a contract to acquire the machinery and equipment. At the same time, he requested Meiji Electric to dispatch workers as well, and Jujiro Goto was appointed to the task, who ended up laying down the foundations of the Company.

With only four members including Mosaburo, aged 21, operating the factory as its owner, and Jujiro, aged 17, the small factory started to engage in selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors, and transformers. This was the starting point of the Company.

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Mosaburo Makita founded Makita Electric Works (proprietorship) in Nagoya
and began selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors, and transformers.


First exported electric generators and motors to the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union required rigorous inspections for import, but the Company’s products passed them with excellent assessment results. It became Makita’s memorable first export case.

On-site inspection by inspector from the Soviet Union


Incorporated the proprietorship’s and established Makita Electric Works, Inc.

At the time, Makita had capital of 180,000 yen, a total number of issued shares of 3,600, and 94 employees.


In an attempt to avoid air raids, moved the plant to the current head office in the city of Anjo in Aichi Prefecture.

Conversion from engine-powered to battery-powered

Exhaust gas-free*, petrol-free*, easy-starting, and low-noise operation

In 2005, Makita started marketing impact drivers equipped with lithium-ion batteries ahead of others in the industry. Makita has successively launched lithium-ion battery powered products since then, and it now has the No.1 product range in the category in the industry. In recent years, the range of products that adopt lithium-ion batteries has been increasing to dust extraction and gardening tools, in addition to power tools. Amid growing awareness of the need to protect the natural environment and improve the working environment, users are required to place emphasis on measures to reduce exhaust gas and control noise and vibrations. In order to meet such needs, Makita is aiming to coexist in harmony with the environment by pursuing battery-powered tools that have a power output equivalent to engine-powered tools, are zero-gas-emission*, not fuel-powered*, and have effortless starting, and achieve a dramatic noise reduction.

  • During the use of the tool

Product manufacturing

Through our integrated network of development, manufacturing, and sales services around Japan and the world, Makita will continue to deliver high-quality, industry-leading services along with products that aptly meet global user needs.

  1. Product Development / Quality Assurance

    Industry-Leading Product Development Capabilities

    We were quick to adopt lithium-ion batteries for professional power tools, and we have the industry-leading capabilities for product development to develop them into a series of products.
    We design products with consideration for safety, design sophistication, the user's work environment, and the global environment, and by utilizing advanced technologies, such as CAE analysis, we have further strengthened our unique expertise that we have cultivated over the years to build Makita into a trusted brand.

    A System that Guarantees Quality, from Design to Mass Production

    We have built a system that guarantees quality in all processes from design to mass production. During development, we emphasize designing-in and adopt design that prevents the occurrence of defects. Then, we perform evaluation from perspectives such as laws and regulations, functionality, and durability, and confirm that the product will satisfy our customers.

  2. Production

    Uniform Quality in Craftsmanship

    Because we can efficiently manufacture products of stable quality, we develop in-house robots and share expertise on mass production between factories. While working to save manpower at manufacturing sites, our craftsmanship has evolved to produce products of uniform quality, no matter where they are made or by whom.

    A Global Manufacturing System

    We have plants in eight countries around the world (Japan, China, Romania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States, and Germany); about 90% of products manufactured by Makita are made abroad. Going forward, we will continue to strive to further enhance our manufacturing capabilities so we can quickly produce and supply products in response to local needs.

  3. Sales and services

    Industry-Leading Network of Bases

    Makita's strength lies in its industry-leading worldwide network of bases, which ensures a prompt and stable supply of products. With directly managed sales bases in approximately 50 countries outside Japan in addition to 129 sales offices in Japan, we are actively engaged in various sales promotion activities through exhibitions, demonstration events, and user visits.

    Customer-Oriented Service Activities

    The inability to use tools due to malfunctions leads to delays in the customer's work. When a product malfunctions, Makita promptly repairs it at one of its bases and delivers it to the customer. By not only selling products but also providing meticulous after-sales service, we help our customers improve efficiency and productivity at their work sites, leading to the building of relationships of trust.