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Takata has been engineering the precision of our products to the millisecond for over 70 years. We have been driven by our dedication to save human life while embracing a pioneering spirit in developing innovative products. Takata has spread this same thought process to all of our locations worldwide. “Somewhere on earth, Takata products have saved the preciousness of human life today”. We continue to challenge ourselves and our affiliates all over the world to develop new technologies so that people will be able to experience the joy of life. Our dream is that some day there will be zero victims due to traffic accidents. And we hope the day will come when the word “TAKATA” becomes synonymous with “safety”.

From our Founding through the 1960's

From our Founding through the 1960’s

1933   Takezo Takada establishes Takata Company, a textile manufacturer in Shiga Prefecture.  The firm uses its weaving technology to manufacture lifelines.
1952   Stimulated by American research on equipping cars with seat belts, Takata begins its own research on using parachute technology to manufacture seat belts. (At the time, the total annual production of automobiles in Japan is 39,000 units.)
1956   The company incorporates as Takata Kojo Corporation.
1960   Production and sales of the first two-point seat belts begins.
1962   Public disclosure of Japan’s first seat belt crash tests conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport’s Technical Research Institute and the National Research Institute of Police Science, ignites huge public response due to extensive media coverage.
1963   Japan Installs the first dynamic test facility to test our seat belt protection systems under real-world conditions in Hikone.
Takata embarks on mass production of seat belts as standard options.
1965   Begins a series of crash tests with dummies which receives nationwide media coverage.


1971   Takata develops a passive restraint system.
1973   Participates voluntarily in U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. Takata is the only company out of six to clear the 32.3 mph standard.
Crash test video of NHTSA
1976   Takata begins initial research on airbags.
Takata starts developing child restraint systems.
1977   Begins production of the “Guardian®” child restraint systems.
1979   Supports International Seat Belt Symposium.


1983   The company name changes to Takata Corporation.
Supplied 800 airbags to various U.S. institutions, including police agencies, for use in an airbag fleet test program as part of a safety campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
1984   Establishes Takata Fisher Corporation, a joint venture, in the State of Michigan, U.S.A., to assemble and sell seat belts.
1985   “Guardian®” child safety seat receives the 1985 Product of the Year award from the U.S. National Independent Nursery Furniture Retailers Association.
1987   Begins production of driver side airbag modules.
Begins production of child-restraint seats in Colorado, U.S.A.
1988   Establishes Highland Industries Inc. in the State of North Carolina, U.S.A. as a production base for textiles, airbags, and other automobile interior components.
Establishes production base in Europe in Northern Ireland. European Component Company (ECC) begins production and sale of seat belts in Europe.
1989   Acquires two U.S. companies, Gateway Industries, Inc. and Irvin Industries, Inc. and begins assembly and manufacturing of seat belts and interior trim.
Establishes TK Holdings Inc. in North Carolina, U.S.A.


1990   Begins production and sale of passenger seat airbags.
1991   Establishes Automotive Systems Laboratory, Inc. as research and development center in Michigan, U.S.A.
Establishes Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH as research and development center in Germany.
Establishes Inflation Systems Inc. (formerly Takata Moses Lake Inc.) in the State of Washington, U.S.A. and begins manufacturing inflators.
Establishes Takata (Europe) GmbH in Germany.
1992   Establishes Takata Asia Pte Ltd (formerly Automotive Safety Systems Worldwide Pte Ltd) in Singapore.
1994   Establishes TAKATA DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V. in Mexico to serve the Mexican seat belt and airbag cushion markets.
Establishes TAKATA-TOA CO., LTD. in Thailand and begins manufacturing seat belts and airbag cushions.
1995   Establishes TAKATA-PETRI (Sachsen) GmbH (formerly Takata (Sachsen) GmbH).
1997   Establishes Takata (Philippines) Corporation in the Philippines and begins manufacturing seat belts and airbag cushions.
Establishes Takata Petri S.A. (formerly Takata do Brasil Autopecas Ltda.) to serve the South American seat belt market.
1999   Establishes TAKATA CPI Singapore Pte Ltd in Singapore.
Begins manufacture and sale of the “MiLiB®” and “ISO-FIX” child restraint systems.


2000   Acquires PETRI AG, a major German steering wheel manufacturer, and establishes TAKATA-PETRI AG.
2002   Establishes Takata (Shanghai) Automotive Components Co., Ltd. (formerly Takata (Shanghai) Safety Systems Co., Ltd.) in China and begins manufacture and sale of seat belts, airbags, and steering wheels.
Begins full-scale production of steering wheels at TAKATA-PETRI Romania S.R.L. in Romania.
2003   Establishes Takata (Shanghai) Automotive Component Co., Ltd. and begins manufacturing airbags and steering wheels.

Begins production of seat belts at TAKATA-PETRI Romania S.R.L. in Romania.
Begins production of airbag fabric at TAKATA-PETRI Sibiu S.R.L. in Romania.


Begins mass production of the world’s first TWIN BAG, an advanced design of airbag.
Establishes Takata (Changxing) Safety Systems Co., Ltd. as inflator base in China.

2006   Listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Establishes TAKATA-PETRI PlasTec GmbH in Germany.
Begins manufacturing of the world’s first mass-produced motorcycle airbags.
2007   Japan’s NHK public TV covers Takata’s airbags that protect the head of pedestrians. These airbags were shown in the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and attracted considerable attention from the public.
Pedestrian Head Protection Airbags simulation video
Establishes Takata Kyushu Corporation’s Arita Plant in Japan.
Establishes TAKATA INDIA PVT. LTD. in India.
2008   Receives Innovation Partnership PACE Award from Automotive News.
TAKATA R&D Center Berlin established in Germany to serve as R&D base for Europe.
Also, established R&D centers in South Korea and China
Establishes Takata Automotive Electronics (Shanghai) Co., China.


2010   Establishes TAKATA-PETRI MAROC SARL in Morroco. Begins production of steering wheels.
Established TAKATA-PETRI Rus LLC in Russia
Developed the world’s first Airbelt for passenger vehicles; began fitting to mass-produced vehicles.
Airbelt test video
2011   Established Takata Uruguay S.A. Airbag manufacturing plant in Uruguay, South America
Received an Automotive News PACE Award in the Manufacturing Process category
TK HOLDINGS INC. constructed a new crash test facility expansion at its plant in Irvine Hills, North America
2012   Established Takata (Shanghai) Vehicle Safety Systems Technical Center Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China
Established Takata (Tianjin) Automotive Component Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, China, and began the manufacture and sales of seat belts, airbags and steering wheels.
Acquired BAE Systems subsidiaries BAE Systems Safety Product Inc. and Schroth Safety Products GmbH, to enter the aircraft safety arena and strengthen business in motor sport