Yamabiko Corporation

The Yamabiko Corporation (株式会社やまびこ, Kabushiki-gaisha Yamabiko) is a Japanese manufacturer of power tools formed with the September 2008 merger of the Kioritz and Shindaiwa corporations. The brands owned and distributed by Yamabiko are Kioritz, Shindaiwa and ECHO. The Yamabiko Corporation is based in Ome, Japan.

Yamabiko Corporation
Native name
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 6250
PredecessorKioritz Corporation
Shindaiwa Corporation
FoundedDecember 1, 2008 (2008-12-01) (through merger)
Ōme, Tokyo 198-8760
Area served
Key people
Yoshiaki Nagao
(President and CEO)
  • Outdoor machinery
  • Agricultural machinery
  • General industrial machinery
RevenueJPY 111.9 (FY 2016) (US$ 1.03 billion) (FY 2016)
JPY 2.3 billion (FY 2016) (US$ 22 million) (FY 2016)
Number of employees
3,117 (as of March 31, 2017)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references


Kioritz Corporation

The Kioritz Corporation (Japanese: 共立) was a global manufacturer of forestry and agricultural machinery, as well as outdoor power equipment. The company was founded on 8 September 1947, by the Asamoto brothers, primarily to manufacture agricultural machinery. Until 1971, the company operated under the name, Kyoritsu Noki Company. In 1971, the Kyoritsu Noki Company changed its name to the Kioritz Corporation and launched the CS-302, its first 'professional' saw and the first to bear its distinctive orange casing.[3] It began trading under the ECHO brand name in 1978.[4]

In its founding year, the company launched a revolutionary engine-powered manual crop duster. Until the 1960s, the company concentrated on the manufacture of power dusters, mist blowers and other pest control machinery. The first Kyoritsu Noki brushcutter was introduced in 1960 and three years later, the company launched its first chainsaw, the ECHO CS-80, and the first Kyoritsu Noki tool to bear the "ECHO" brand name. In 1970, Kyoritsu claimed to have 'revolutionized' outdoor cleaning with the PB-9, a backpack power blower. The ECHO brand of hand-held petrol powered tools including chainsaws, brushcutters, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers are manufactured in Yokosuka and Morioka, with other major plants in Shenzhen, China and Lake Zurich, Illinois.[5]

Shindaiwa Incorporated

Shindaiwa Incorporated is a global manufacturer of welding machines, generators, agricultural and forestry machinery, and outdoor power equipment. The company originally manufactured electrical and industrial products. Shindaiwa launched its first chainsaw in Japan in 1955. In September 2008, the company merged with Kioritz to form the Yamabiko Corporation.[6] Manufacture of Shindaiwa products in Japan is in Yokosuka, Morioka, and Hiroshima, with other plants in Shenzhen, China, and Lake Zurich, Illinois.[7]


On 1 September 2008, Kioritz and Shindaiwa merged under one holding company, the Yamabiko Corporation.[8]


  1. "Corporate Profile". Yamabiko. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  3. News; Green Media Online; retrieved April 2014.
  4. "Product History". echo-tools.co.uk. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. Rockrohr, Phil (September 8, 2017). "Manufacturer ECHO expands Lake Zurich headquarters". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  6. Official UK Website
  7. "Shindaiwa - The choice of the professional". Shindaiwa-tools.co.uk. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  8. "Shindaiwa operations to merge with Echo Incorporated; News;". Greenmediaonline.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014.

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