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Kubota Corporation (株式会社クボタ, Kabushiki-kaisha Kubota) is a tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan. One of its notable contributions was to the construction of the Solar Ark.[4] The company was established in 1890.

Kubota Corporation
TypePublic (K.K)
TYO: 6326
TOPIX 100 Component
Nikkei 225 Component
FoundedOsaka, Japan
February 1890; 131 years ago (1890-02)
FounderGonshiro Kubota
Headquarters2-47, Shikitsuhigashi 1-chome, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-8601 Japan
Key people
Masatoshi Kimata (CEO and President)
RevenueIncrease $ 14.7 billion (FY 2014) (¥ 1,508 billion) (FY 2014)
Increase $ 1.28 billion (FY 2014) (¥ 131.66 billion) (FY 2014)
Number of employees
38,291 (consolidated as of March 31, 2017)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references
Kubota machine

The company produces many products including tractors and agricultural equipment, engines, construction equipment, vending machines, pipe, valves, cast metal, pumps and equipment for water purification, sewage treatment and air conditioning.

Kubota engines are in both diesel and gasoline or spark ignition forms, ranging from the tiny 0.276 liter engine to 6.1 liter engine, in both air-cooled and-liquid cooled designs, naturally-aspirated and forced induction. Cylinder configurations are from single cylinder to inline six cylinders, with single cylinder to four-cylinder are the most common. Those engines are widely used in agricultural equipment, construction equipment, tractors, and marine propulsion.

The company is listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the TOPIX 100[5] and Nikkei 225.[6]

The company is also known for designing 3D graphics chips in the 1990s.[7]


Detailed chronologyEdit


  • Established as a foundry.
  • Started production of castings for weighting equipment and daily commodities.


  • Began production of cast iron pipes for water supply.
  • Opened the Amagasaki Plant.


  • Changed the corporate name from Oide Chuzo-jo (Oide Foundry) to Kubota Tekko-jo (Kubota Iron Works).
  • Initiated production of waterworks equipment such as fire hydrants and gate valves.


  • Opened the Amagasaki Plant and relocated manufacturing.


  • Started production of oil-based engines for agro-industrial purposes, settanki (fuel economizer: energy-saving equipment utilizing waste gas), and heat-resistant cast iron.


  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry selected the Kubota Oil Engine as an "Excellent Domestic Product".


  • Initial public offering. A technical vocational institute was set up in each plant.


  • Developed the cultivator and initiated production and sales.


  • Changed corporate name from K.K. Kubota Tekko-jo to Kubota Tekko K.K. Established Kubota Kenki K.K. and entered the construction equipment industry.
  • Began production of power shovels and other construction equipment as well as marine deck machineries.


  • Created a corporate slogan, "From country building to rice making".


  • Advanced into the arena of housing-related materials.
  • Started production of "Colorbest" housing material.


  • Developed and commercialized first Japanese farm tractor.
  • Received and completed an order for an overseas water supply project (Phnom Penh) for the first time in Japan.


  • Full-scale entry into the environmental improvement business.
  • Started production of paddy field tractors.


  • Began production of vending machines.


  • Initiated production of municipal incineration plants.


  • Launched a new corporate slogan, "Create and environment affluent to human beings".
  • Started production of combines.
  • Completed an integrated system for agricultural mechanization.


  • Full scale entry into the field of incinerators.
  • Established Kubota Tractor Corporation in the US to fully enter the US tractor market.


  • Received an order for an irrigation system from the state of Sharkia, Egypt, and worked on desert greening.
  • Launched a new slogan, "Pursuing a promised future with our technological strength".


  • Started production of electronic circuit boards, hard discs, and radio-controlled lawnmowers.


  • Participated in desert greening projects, the Sahil Greenbelt Plan and the Green Earth Plan


  • Altered the corporate name to Kubota Corporation.
  • Introduced new corporate symbol and visual identity system.
  • Co-presented a fountain and water splitting equipment ALEPH at the International Garden and Greenery Exposition.


  • Launched a new slogan, "Let's make our habitat more beautiful".
  • Initiated the research and development of incineration plants with high-efficiency waste-generated power facility.
  • International Environmental Planning Center was established in the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, supported by a donation from Kubota Corporation.


  • Kankyo Chosa Center and the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun awarded the Director General's Prize and Excellent Prize of the Environmental Agency to Kubota's domestic wastewater treatment system with immersion-type organic flat membrane.


  • Total production exceeded 20 million units for Kubota's industrial engine.


  • Completed a new factory for implements in the United States. (Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation (KIE))


  • Completed the first tractor production plant for a Japanese company in Thailand.\
  • (Siam Kubota Tractor Co.,Ltd.)
  • Completed a ductile iron pipe plant in India.
  • (Tata Metaliks Kubota Pipes Limited (TMKPL))


  • Started production of combine harvesters in Thailand (SIAM KUBOTA Corporation).
  • Established a pump production and sales company in China (Anhui Kubota Sanlian Pump).


  • Established Regional Headquarters in China.
  • Completed a cast steel product plant in Saudi Arabia (Kubota Saudi Arabia Company).
  • Completed a construction machinery plant in China (Kubota Construction Machinery (Wuxi)).
  • Established a company specialized in the import, milling, and sale of Japanese rice in Hong Kong (Kubota Rice Industry(H.K.)CO., Ltd.)


  • Acquired and transformed Kverneland AS, into a subsidiary.
  • Established an engine production plant in China (Kubota Engine (WUXI) Co.,Ltd.)
  • Established "Kubota Identity," a global corporate principles, and adopted a new brand statement logo.
  • Acquired water treatment engineering company and established KUBOTA KASUI Corporation.


  • Established a parts[8] procurement company in Thailand
  • Established a production plant for compact tractors in the U.S.
  • Established a company specialized in the import, milling, and sale of Japanese rice in Singapore (Kubota Rice Industry (Singapore) PTE Ltd.)


Established an upland farming tractor manufacturing company in France (Kubota Farm Machinery Europe S.A.S.)[9]


Kubota announce a cooperation with the Indian Company Escorts and invest into ~10% of shares.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Corporate Data". Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Peddie, Jon (June 13, 2013). The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-4471-4932-3.
  5. ^ "TOPIX Large70 Components" (PDF). Japan Exchange Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Components:Nikkei Stock Average". Nikkei Inc. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "HuC6273 (Aurora)". Super CD·Rom² à GoGo. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  8. ^ "Kubota equipment parts catalog". AGA Parts. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  9. ^ "Corporate History | Corporate Information | Kubota Global Site". www.kubota.com. Retrieved 2019-05-31.