Yamaha's history began when its founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the first reed organ to be built in Japan.
Brand and History
|1887||Torakusu Yamaha builds his first reed organ
|1897||Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (current Yamaha Corporation) is established with capital of 100,000 yen|
|1900||Begins production of upright pianos|
|1949||Lists its shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange|
|1954||Establishes Yamaha Music School and holds pilot classes
Produces its first HiFi player (audio product)
|1955||Establishes Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Splits off the motorcycle division)|
|1958||Begins production of sports equipment
Establishes first overseas subsidiary in Mexico
|1959||Begins production of electronic organ|
|1960||Establishes Yamaha International Corporation (current Yamaha Corporation of America)|
|1962||Begins recreation business|
|1964||Begins production of lifestyle-related products|
|1965||Begins production of wind instruments|
|1966||Yamaha Music Foundation is established
Expands into Europe with the founding of Yamaha Europa GmbH, in West Germany
|1968||Issues shares at market price for the first time in Japan|
|1971||Begins production of semiconductors|
|1987||Changes company name to Yamaha Corporation to mark the 100th years in business|
|2002||Establishes Yamaha Music & Electronics (China) Co., Ltd.
Establishes Yamaha Music Holding Europe GmbH (current Yamaha Music Europe GmbH)
|2005||Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH|
|2007||Establishes music entertainment business holding company|
|2008||Acquires L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH
Acquires NEXO S.A.
|2010||Renews Yamaha Ginza Building, a complex including shopping area, concert hall, music studio etc.
Transfers shares of the lifestyle-related products subsidiary
Completes integration of Japanese piano factories to Kakegawa
|2012||Completes integration of Japanese wind instrument factories to Toyooka
125th years in business (October 12th)
|2013||Establishes Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd.|
|2014||Establishes domestic musical instrument and audio equipment production subsidiaries after the split-off and merger
Acquires Line 6, Inc. and Revolabs, Inc.
|2015||Transfer of semiconductor manufacturing subsidiary|
|2018||Acquires Ampeg brand
Constructs “Innovation Center” research and development base