Yamaha Corporation

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"Yamaha" redirects here. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_0

For other uses, see Yamaha (disambiguation). Yamaha Corporation_sentence_1

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Yamaha CorporationYamaha Corporation_table_caption_0
Native nameYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_0_0 ヤマハ株式会社Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_0_1
Romanized nameYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_1_0 Yamaha Kabushiki-gaishaYamaha Corporation_cell_0_1_1
TypeYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_2_0 Public (K.K.)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_2_1
Traded asYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_3_0 TYO:Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_3_1
FoundedYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_4_0 12 October 1887; 133 years ago (1887-10-12)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_4_1
HeadquartersYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_5_0 10-1, Nakazawacho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, JapanYamaha Corporation_cell_0_5_1
Area servedYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_6_0 WorldwideYamaha Corporation_cell_0_6_1
Key peopleYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_7_0 Takuya Nakata, President & Representative Executive OfficerYamaha Corporation_cell_0_7_1
ProductsYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_8_0 Musical instruments, audio equipment, electronicsYamaha Corporation_cell_0_8_1
RevenueYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_9_0 ¥408.2 billion (2017)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_9_1
Operating incomeYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_10_0 ¥44.3 billion (2017)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_10_1
Net incomeYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_11_0 ¥46.7 billion (2017)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_11_1
Number of employeesYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_12_0 28,112 (including temporary employees) (2017)Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_12_1
SubsidiariesYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_13_0 ListYamaha Corporation_cell_0_13_1
WebsiteYamaha Corporation_header_cell_0_14_0 Yamaha Corporation_cell_0_14_1

Yamaha Corporation (ヤマハ株式会社, Yamaha Kabushiki Gaisha, /ˈjæməˌhɑː/; Japanese pronunciation: [jamaha) is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate with a very wide range of products and services. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_2

It is one of the constituents of Nikkei 225 and is the world's largest piano manufacturing company. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_3

The former motorcycle division was established in 1955 as Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., which started as an affiliated company but later became independent, although Yamaha Corporation is still a major shareholder. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_4

History Yamaha Corporation_section_0

Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd. (currently Yamaha Corporation) was established in 1887 as reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture and was incorporated on October 12, 1897. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_5

In 1900 the company started the production of upright pianos. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_6

The company's origins as a musical instrument manufacturer are still reflected today in the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_7

After World War II, company president Genichi Kawakami repurposed the remains of the company's war-time production machinery and the company's expertise in metallurgical technologies to the manufacture of motorcycles. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_8

The YA-1 (AKA Akatombo, the "Red Dragonfly"), of which 125 were built in the first year of production (1954), was named in honour of the founder. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_9

It was a 125cc, single cylinder, two-stroke street bike patterned after the German DKW RT125 (which the British munitions firm, BSA, had also copied in the post-war era and manufactured as the Bantam and Harley-Davidson as the Hummer). Yamaha Corporation_sentence_10

In 1955, the success of the YA-1 resulted in the founding of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., splitting the motorcycle division from the company. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_11

Also, in 1954 the Yamaha Music School was founded. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_12

Yamaha has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments (including pianos, "silent" pianos, drums, guitars, brass instruments, woodwinds, violins, violas, celli, and vibraphones), as well as a leading manufacturer of semiconductors, audio/visual, computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances, specialty metals and industrial robots. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_13

Yamaha released the Yamaha CS-80 in 1977. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_14

Yamaha made the first commercially successful digital synthesizer, the Yamaha DX7, in 1983. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_15

In 1988, Yamaha shipped the world's first CD recorder. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_16

Yamaha purchased Sequential Circuits in 1988. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_17

It bought a majority stake (51%) of competitor Korg in 1987, which was bought out by Korg in 1993. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_18

In the late 1990s, Yamaha released a series of portable battery operated keyboards under the PSS and the PSR range of keyboards. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_19

The Yamaha PSS-14 and PSS-15 keyboards were upgrades to the Yamaha PSS-7 and were notable for their short demo songs, short selectable phrases, funny sound effects and distortion and crackly sounds progressing on many volume levels when battery power is low. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_20

In 2002, Yamaha closed down its archery product business that was started in 1959. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_21

Six archers in five different Olympic Games won gold medals using their products. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_22

In January 2005, it acquired German audio software manufacturer Steinberg from Pinnacle Systems. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_23

In July 2007, Yamaha bought out the minority shareholding of the Kemble family in Yamaha-Kemble Music (UK) Ltd, Yamaha's UK import and musical instrument and professional audio equipment sales arm, the company being renamed Yamaha Music U.K. Ltd in autumn 2007. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_24

Kemble & Co. Ltd, the UK piano sales & manufacturing arm, was unaffected. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_25

On December 20, 2007, Yamaha made an agreement with the Austrian Bank BAWAG P.S.K. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_26

Group BAWAG to purchase all the shares of Bösendorfer, intended to take place in early 2008. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_27

Yamaha intends to continue manufacturing at the Bösendorfer facilities in Austria. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_28

The acquisition of Bösendorfer was announced after the NAMM Show in Los Angeles, on January 28, 2008. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_29

As of February 1, 2008, Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH operates as a subsidiary of Yamaha Corp. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_30

Yamaha Corporation is also widely known for their music teaching programme that began in the 1950s. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_31

Yamaha electronics have proven to be successful, popular and respected products. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_32

For example, the Yamaha YPG-625 was awarded "Keyboard of the Year" and "Product of the Year" in 2007 from The Music and Sound Retailer magazine. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_33

Other noteworthy Yamaha electronics include the SHS-10 Keytar, a consumer-priced keytar which offered MIDI output features normally found on much more expensive keyboards. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_34

Other companies in the Yamaha Corporation group include: Yamaha Corporation_sentence_35

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  • Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Vienna, Austria.Yamaha Corporation_item_0_0
  • Yamaha Fine Technologies Co., Ltd.Yamaha Corporation_item_0_1
  • Yamaha Music Communications Co., Ltd.Yamaha Corporation_item_0_2
  • Yamaha Pro AudioYamaha Corporation_item_0_3

Corporate mission Yamaha Corporation_section_1

Kandō (感動) is a Japanese word used by Yamaha Corporation to describe their corporate mission. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_36

Kandō in translation describes the sensation of profound excitement and gratification derived from experiencing supreme quality and performance. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_37

Some reasonable English synonyms are "emotionally touching" or "emotionally moving". Yamaha Corporation_sentence_38

Yamaha Music Foundation Yamaha Corporation_section_2

The Yamaha Music Foundation is an organization established in 1966 by the authority of the Japanese Ministry of Education for the purpose of promoting music education and music popularization. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_39

It continued a program of music classes begun by Yamaha Corporation in 1954. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_40

Products Yamaha Corporation_section_3

Main article: List of Yamaha Corporation products Yamaha Corporation_sentence_41

Yamaha expanded into many diverse businesses and product groups. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_42

The first venture into each major category is listed below. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_43

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  • 1897 Keyboard instruments (reed organ, pianos in 1900)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_4
  • 1903 FurnitureYamaha Corporation_item_1_5
  • 1914 HarmonicasYamaha Corporation_item_1_6
  • 1922 Audio equipment (crank phonograph first)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_7
  • 1942 GuitarsYamaha Corporation_item_1_8
  • 1955 Motorcycles – made by Yamaha Motor Company, which started as an affiliated company of Nippon Gakki (Yamaha Corporation's name at the time) but is a separate company todayYamaha Corporation_item_1_9
  • 1959 Sporting goods (starting with archery)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_10
  • 1959 Music schoolsYamaha Corporation_item_1_11
  • 1961 Metal alloysYamaha Corporation_item_1_12
  • 1965 Band instruments (trumpet first)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_13
  • 1967 DrumsYamaha Corporation_item_1_14
  • 1971 SemiconductorsYamaha Corporation_item_1_15
  • 2000 Yamaha Music Communications (record company)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_16
  • 2001 Yamaha Entertainment Group (record company)Yamaha Corporation_item_1_17

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Synthesizers and samplers Yamaha Corporation_section_4

Yamaha announced the singing synthesizer Vocaloid for the first time at the German fair Musikmesse on March 5–9, 2003. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_44

Yamaha also began to get involved with the sale and production of Vocaloid applications themselves with Lily being the first; Lily was later sold via Internet Co., Ltd.'s website. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_45

Their involvement continued with the VY series, with VY1 being the first, released in deluxe and standard editions on September 1, 2010. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_46

The VY series is a series designed to be a high quality product for professional musicians. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_47

The series is also designed with the intention to set a new standard for the Vocaloids for having no face, sex or set voice, but are designed to complete any song. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_48

VY1 saw a new approach to how the software handled the database of samples and improved the performance of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_49

Yamaha announced a version of the Vocaloid 2 software for the iPhone and iPad, which exhibited at the Y2 Autumn 2010 Digital Content Expo in Japan. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_50

Later, this version of the software was released using the VY1 voice. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_51

VY2 will also be released for this version of the software. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_52

Factory locations Yamaha Corporation_section_5

In Japan, the company maintains three factories for musical instrument manufacture, engine and various vehicle manufacture (motorcycles and marine products), with all factories located in Shizuoka Prefecture. Yamaha Corporation_sentence_53

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  • Kakegawa FactoryYamaha Corporation_item_3_39
    • 1480, Ryoke, Kakegawa-shi, ShizuokaYamaha Corporation_item_3_40
  • Toyooka FactoryYamaha Corporation_item_3_41
    • 203, Matsunokijima, Iwata-shi, ShizuokaYamaha Corporation_item_3_42
  • Tenryu FactoryYamaha Corporation_item_3_43
    • 283, Aoyacho, Minami-ku Hamamatsu-shi, ShizuokaYamaha Corporation_item_3_44

Sports teams Yamaha Corporation_section_6

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See also Yamaha Corporation_section_7

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