kawasaki heritage


    Few companies in the world can say they build the things that make the world turn. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), is one of them. Best known commercially for manufacturing powersport products, KHI draws much of its engineering innovations from what it does in the heavy industries. From aircraft engines and bullet trains to bridges and power plants, there’s no limit to what KHI can do.
    kawasaki heavy industries, ltd. (khi) Celebrating 120 Years of Global Innovation


    Sportbike or commercial jet, KHI builds the engines that power both. Since 1937, KHI has been a leading manufacturer of aircrafts and aircraft engines, so to say we were born from jets couldn't be more true. From helicopters and commercial jets to 1,441cc sportbikes and 300-hp Jet Ski® watercraft, it's our technology in the sky that ignites our innovation down below.


    You already know KHI builds machines that move people. But, did you know it also builds machines that move thousands of people—all at once? We’re talking trains here. From New York City subway cars to Japan’s hyper-speed bullet trains, Kawasaki has been in the business since 1906. Whether a 186-mph bullet train or a 1,441cc Ninja® ZX™-14R motorcycle, KHI likes to believe that the technology that goes into moving thousands of people has a positive effect on how it goes about moving just one.


    Because every Kawasaki motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side and Jet Ski watercraft gets built in a factory, we understand the need to be as eco-friendly as possible. Every manufacturing plant, recycling plant or power plant KHI builds is built to be energy efficient and labor saving. The same mindset goes into engineering high performance street, water and off-road machines without sacrificing what's good for the environment.


    If robots are the future, then KHI has been shaping it since 1969 when the company built its first industrial robot. KHI continues to be a leader in the development of robots for a diverse number of processes including: assembly, handling, welding, painting and sealing. Kawasaki robot technology is being used every day to manufacture motorcycles and other products.


    Since KHI built it’s first motorcycle in 1953, they’ve never stopped pushing technology to arm riders with what they need to dominate the streets. Advanced engineering, exhaustive testing, and tireless passion go into every motorcycle every time rubber hits the road. From industry-first features to the features that have evolved over a long history, KHI’s innovations will never stop feeding the insatiable appetites of riders around the world.

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