Yanmar Co., Ltd. (ヤンマー株式会社 Yanmā Kabushiki-Gaisha) is a Japanese diesel engine manufacturer founded in Osaka, Japan in 1912. Yanmar manufactures and sells engines used in a wide range of applications, including seagoing vessels, pleasure boats, construction equipment, agricultural equipment and generator sets. It also manufactures and sells agricultural equipment, construction equipment, climate control systems, aquafarming systems, in addition to providing a range of remote monitoring services.
|Industry||Heavy Equipment Manufacturing|
|Founded||1912(as Yamaoka Hatsudoki Kosakusho)|
|Headquarters||1-32, Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan|
|Takehito Yamaoka, President|
Unmanned aerial vehicles
|Revenue||703.8 Billion yen (March 2016) Consolidated|
Number of employees
|17,974 (consolidated as of March 31, 2016)|
The company specializes in diesel engines, and also makes light fishing boats, hulls for ships, tractors, combine harvesters, rice-planting machines, gas heat pumps, snow throwers, transporters, tillers, mini excavators, portable diesel generators Side by Side UTV and Heavy Utility Machinery. When the company began in 1912, it manufactured gasoline-powered engines before launching the world's first practical small diesel engine in the early 1930s.
Yanmar also supplies engines to John Deere tractors and for some Thermo King Corporation coolers used in refrigerated trucks and trailers. Within the last 20 years, Yanmar has also established a growing presence in the domestic UAV market in Japan and elsewhere, with small helicopter UAVs primarily used in agricultural spraying and other forms of aerial application.
Yanmar is the patron of the J. League Division 1 soccer team Cerezo Osaka and sponsor for AFC Champions League, Yanmar Racing and several weather forecast programmes on Japanese television. They sponsor a German football club Borussia Dortmund and are also a global sponsor of Manchester United F.C..
Company name originEdit
As described on the company website, "The name [Yanmar] is a combination of the Yanma Dragonfly (known by names such as Oniyanma and Ginyanma) and the "Yama" from the name of the company founder Magokichi Yamaoka."
- 1912 - Yamaoka Magokichi sets up business under the name Yamaoka Hatsudoki Seisakusho (Yamaoka Engine Workshop).
- 1933 - Production of world's first practical small diesel.
- 1992 - The company produces its 10 millionth diesel engine.
- 2015 - Yanmar acquired 70% of Spanish generator-set manufacturer HIMOINSA 
- 2016 - Yanmar increased its stake in the Indian company International Tractors, the maker of Sonalika branded tractors, to 30%. The company also bought German compact equipment maker Schaeff and forged a partnership with Toyota to develop “next generation hulls” for boats.
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