Analysis Report: Brakes (Japanese Market)

2019/03/08

List of Companies

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. ADVICS Co., Ltd. Nisshinbo Brake Inc. Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. Japan Brake Industrial Co., Ltd. Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd.
Asama Giken Co., Ltd. Kiriu Daihatsu Metal Co., Ltd. Yoshiwa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Continental Automotive Corp. Robert Bosch GmbH Brembo S.p.A.

Go to Brakes (E.U. and U.S. Market)



Ⅰ. Introduction

Brakes are the system that is linked to one of the basic functions of vehicles, which is that of "stopping". The characteristic of the system is such that it is considered a critical safety part, requiring the control of production and quality assurance. This report does not necessarily address in detail brake control systems such as ABS and ESC, or accessories and auxiliary brakes such as hand brakes, brake boosters, and brake pedals. The focus of this report is on the foundation brake parts, specifically the three brake mechanism parts of disk brakes and the three brake mechanism parts of drum brakes, as well as provide an analysis of the market situation based on a business overview of the major suppliers and installation information.

In general, the braking force ratio in four-wheeled vehicles is distributed at a 7:3 ratio, 7 at the front and 3 at the rear. Since most vehicles have a front-wheel-drive (FF) layout, disk brakes are adopted for nearly 100% of all FF vehicles. In addition, disc type brakes are adopted for the rear wheels, mainly on C-Segment and above vehicles and for compact passenger cars with an engine displacement of over 1.5L. However, drum type brakes are adopted for almost half of all vehicles in the market, mainly for mini vehicles, compact low-cost cars, and commercial vehicles due to cost-related factors. In total, the ratio of brake parts produced for the Japanese market is comprised of approximately 3/4 of disc type parts and approximately 1/4 of drum type parts. Although drum brakes have a long history, in recent years new products integrating electric parking brakes with drum brakes have been put into practical application. In the U.S. and European markets, all-wheel disc brake layouts are becoming the standard, which shows a different trend from that of the Japanese market. This report provides an analysis of the Japanese market, but since the major suppliers are working to strengthen their overseas manufacturing footprint due to globalization, this analysis will also reference disc brakes from a global perspective as appropriate.



Ⅱ. Overview of major brake suppliers and their products

1) Supplier Overview

Akebono Brake

  • Group: Akebono Brake is an independent brake parts supplier, but Toyota Motor is its largest shareholder with 11.62% of Akebono’s outstanding shares. However, until December 2017, a group company of Robert Bosch of Germany was a major shareholder with a 12.13% stake in Akebono Brake. (All shares have since been divested)
  • Business: Akebono manufactures four out of the six components addressed in this report, namely disk caliper, disc pad, drum brake shoe and lining, with their OEM share of disc brake pads in Japan at about 46%, and 21% worldwide (according to an Akebono Brake press release).
  • Customers: Including commercial vehicle applications, Akebono supplies brake parts for all domestically manufactured vehicles as well as to major western OEMs such as GM, Ford, and Daimler.
  • Aftermarket: It is the top supplier of repair parts where, for example, they are the top supplier of disk pad to OEMs in the Japanese market, but they are also the top supplier for the aftermarket with a market share of approximately 40%.
  • Consolidation of manufacturing sites and global expansion:
  • This article describes the Japanese market, but one of the features of Akebono Brake is that the company is actively expanding overseas. For example, in 1986, following the establishment of a joint venture manufacturing company with GM in the U.S., Akebono promoted the global expansion of its manufacturing sites in North America, Asia and Europe, where in FY 2018 (fiscal year ended March 2018) they supplied products at a ratio of about 73% for overseas customers and the remainder for domestic customers.
  • Akebono restructured its organizational structure in 2016. Until then its organization was vertically structured by business content, but since then it has shifted to a horizontally structured organization made up of a four division system for each product. Akebono clarified the responsibilities and authorities relating to each product line with the aim of increasing operating efficiency and revitalizing its global business activities. By shifting to a new structure, Akebono will strengthen collaboration between its operations such as sales and production, leading to improved profitability and an increase in new orders.
  • Akebono established its "Global 30" growth targets as part of its long-term vision to be achieved by FY 2020 (fiscal year ending March 2021). Akebono is targeting to achieve a global share of 30% for the OEM disc brake pad market at an operating margin of 10%
    • North American operations
      • For sales by region (for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018), North America accounts for about 70% of the aforementioned overseas plants, reflecting about 3/4 of the aforementioned overseas sales, but sales in North America are declining. Declining sales are a result of finished vehicle makers withdrawing from the production of passenger car sedans and the associated decrease in orders for products such as friction materials due to temporary inventory adjustments of the repair parts market.
      • From August 2017 to the beginning of spring 2018, Akebono increased the production capacity of disk calipers and disk pads at its Glasgow Plant in the U.S. for application in large SUVs, the demand for which is increasing in the U.S. market. As mentioned above, since the U.S. is the largest market for Akebono Brake, the company plans to concentrate its capital investment funding in developing its U.S. manufacturing footprint to efficiently expand its business in the U.S.
      • In December 2009, Akebono acquired the North American foundation brake business assets from Robert Bosch of Germany. And in FY 2013 (for the fiscal year ended March 2018), as a Japanese supplier it was the top supplier to GM with a product share of 25%, followed by significant product share at Nissan (13%) and at Toyota (12%). (Regarding the acquisition of business from Robert Bosch, in November 2010 Akebono was considering expanding its European, Asian, Australian and South American business following the expansion of its North American business, but because this strategy was not aligned with future strategy of Akebono Brake, in March 2011 the company discontinued all discussion in light of this circumstance.)
      • Sales to GM in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 also accounted for approximately 28% of Akebono’s global sales.
      • In 2012, the company established Akebono Brake Mexico S.A. de C.V., a manufacturer of brake components in Mexico, which is planned at the location of the manufacturing hubs of Japanese, U.S., and European finished vehicle automakers, with production starting in 2013.

 

    • European operations
      • With respect to regional sales, only 6% of the aforementioned 73% of Akebono’s overseas sales was for Europe (for the fiscal year ended March 2018) due to a decrease in its highly profitable friction material business at its plant in France and the increased costs incurred for disk brake products for high performance vehicle sales at its plant in Slovakia plant.
      • By 2020, Akebono plans to increase its European sales and development staff by three fold to 150 employees or more. Akebono started assembling high-performance brake calipers in Slovakia from August 2015 to supply products to European automakers, and is expanding its European business. The company will strengthen its sales and development system to conquest new orders from a wide range of European manufacturers.
      • At its European manufacturing plant in Slovakia, by late-2018 Akebono will have an end-to-end consistent production system from the aluminum casting of cast aluminum brake caliper to processing and assembly. Currently Akebono manufactures cast aluminum brake caliper in the U.S. and imports into Europe, but with the ability to manufacture products locally to reduce transportation costs Akebono plans to strengthen its cost competitiveness in the European market.
      • In April 2017, Akebono announced that its European operations would be reorganized. The Belgian-based regional headquarters subsidiary previously managed its three local manufacturing subsidiaries in Europe, but with the restructuring of the three local entities in France, Germany, and Slovakia will now be managed directly by Akebono Brake’s headquarters.
  • Operations in emerging countries
      • For emerging countries, the development of low-cost products that meet local needs, as well as local development, local procurement, and local production are well recognized as issues by Akebono as they endeavor to promote localization.
      • In China, in addition to its major customer Nissan, Akebono increased its production capacity to satisfy new orders from GM and Japanese OEMs, having increased the capacity on the 7 production lines of its caliper plants in China by the summer of 2015 to 750,000 units per month.
      • Its medium-term business plan shows that it is accelerating the pace of its globalization from being "Japan-U.S. centric" to one that is focused on "Japan, the U.S., Europe and Asia".
      • The South American strategy is fraught with challenges.

 

  • Product development:
      • Electrification: Akebono is currently developing electric parking brake (EPB) slated for release in 2019. EPB has already been commercialized by Akebono’s competitors, so its strategy is to focus drum type EPB where it is able to compete more successfully as there are fewer competitors (where only ADVICS is mass producing drum brake type EPB systems).
      • Weight reduction: Akebono developed an aluminum brake caliper for compact cars, which it is proposing to Japanese automakers, with commercialization targeted for the 2019 timeframe. From a cost perspective, aluminum calipers are now primarily focused on high-performance cars applications, but Akebono aims to differentiate itself from the competition by developing next-generation brake caliper products that are lighter with the idea of having them adopted on models that are expected to have large sales volumes.
      • Improved uneven wear resistance: For the first time in 40 years Akebono has developed a new caliper brake construction, which reduces the uneven wear of brake pad to about 1/5 of conventional products. The company revised the pushing mechanism of its "floating type disc brake" which has a piston on only one side for adoption in the aforementioned aluminum caliper unit to achieve a weight savings of up to 30%. The company will establish a production system for this product in 2019.
      • Copper-less friction material: This material was developed to comply with the environmental impact regulations for brake pads to ban the use of "brake pad friction material containing more than trace amounts of copper" in the state of California (SB 346) and Washington (SB 6557), regulations which will be enacted in stages from 2021 and 2025. By 2018, Akebono aims to develop next generation friction materials. Akebono will start new basic development on aspects such as raw materials to comply with the copper content regulations, while attempting to balance the high braking performance requirements of friction materials with concerns such brake squeal and the amount of brake dust released. Brake pad materials are typically divided into non-organic asbestos (NAO material) and low-steel (LS material) types, depending on the amount of friction required. By developing high value-added next-generation products that combine the advantages of these two types of materials, Akebono expects to increase fresh demand for these products for adoption in vehicles such as luxury cars.

ADVICS / Aisin Seiki

  • Group: ADVICS Co., Ltd. is an unlisted subsidiary of Aisin Seiki and part of the Toyota Group. ADVICS shares are held by Aisin Seiki 51.0%, Denso 34.0%, and Toyota Motor Corporation 9.0%, making it a Toyota Group supplier with the 3 Toyota companies owning 94.0% of ADVICS.
  • Business: General brake systems supplier
    • In December 2018, ADVICS announced a formal agreement to establish a joint venture with Denso, Aisin Seiki and JTEKT to develop integrated control software for autonomous driving, vehicle motion control, etc. The name of the new company is J-QuAD Dynamics), which will be established in April 2019 and be headquartered in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo.
    • ADVICS produces brake control systems and four types of the components mentioned in this report, namely disk rotors (Aisin Takaoka), disc calipers (partially through Hosei Brake Industry), disc pads and drum brake shoes (Hosei Brake Industry).
    • For ABS and ESC control system components, excluding wheel speed sensors, ADVICS is the top supplier in Japan with an approximately 50% production share of the domestic market. For control system components, in the midst of intensifying competition with western suppliers such as Continental and Bosch, ADVICS is expanding the scale of the business through the strengthening of its products for small-sized vehicles where the demand for ABS and ESC is increasing.
    • In 2010, ADVICS secured its manufacturing footprint for brake parts with the transfer of the Kariya Plant (Aichi prefecture), and the domestic and overseas production subsidiaries from Aisin Seiki, allowing ADVICS to consolidate its production, sales and development functions to strengthen its competitiveness.
    • In April 2018, the company acquired a third-party allocation of new shares issued by Hosei Brake Industry, and the company has completed its acquisition of Hosei Brake as a wholly-owned consolidated subsidiary. Hosei Brake acquired Nisshinbo Brake's drum brake business and has begun sales operations in Japan and Thailand.
    • For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, ADVICS reported sales of JPY 586.5 billion, with an operating income of JPY 10.1 billion.
  • Customers: ADVICS supplies products mainly to the Toyota Group, but also supplies products to a wide customer base of Japanese automakers such as Nissan, Honda, Mazda, and Suzuki.
  • Global manufacturing footprint: As mentioned above, ADVICS did not have an overseas manufacturing footprint until 2010, but since then it has been engaged in improving its domestic production structure, including the transfer of production assets as well as increasing the number of its overseas manufacturing sites.
  • Expansion of domestic manufacturing sites
    • By restructuring, production is now consolidated for each product. ADVICS plans to increase the economies of scale in mass production to improve its competitiveness.
    • ADVICS constructed a new plant on the premises of the existing Handa Plant location of Aisin Seiki with an investment amount of approximately JPY 11 billion, which it will lease to Aisin Seiki. The new plant manufactures products such as the side-slip prevention devices that were produced at the Handa Plant of Aisin Seiki that was transferred to ADICS, as well as regenerative cooperative brakes, ESC (side-slip prevention device) modulators, and hydraulic boosters. The production area of the new plant is 37,600 square meters, with 6,750 square meters of office space. As of 2016, the plant had approximately 200 employees.

 

  • Expansion of overseas manufacturing sites
    • As of April 2016, ADVICS had 3 manufacturing sites in the U.S., 1 in Mexico, 1 in Brazil, 1 in the Czech Republic, 4 in China, 1 in Thailand, 2 in India, 1 in Indonesia and 1 in South Africa. Manufacturing sites established recently are as follows:
    • Mexico: Established a plant in Lagos de Moreno city, Jalisco with an investment amount of about JPY 1.5 billion.
    • Brazil: Aisin Seiki moves to an existing manufacturing site in the city of Itu, Sao Paulo province, establishing production lines for its products with a total capital investment amount of JPY 4.1 billion for 3 Aisin Group companies.
    • Indonesia: ADVICS and Aisin Seiki established new plants at the Karavan prefecture site acquired by the Aisin Group with a total investment amount of JPY 7.5 billion for the 2 companies.
    • Czech Republic: Established ADVICS Manufacturing Czech s.r.o., a brake parts manufacturing company in the city of Peasek, and started production from 2015. The company manufactures disc brake calipers for the first orders that it received from Daimler AG for the Mercedes-Benz GLC and E-Class and the AMG and C 43.
    • South Africa: ADVICS plans to establish a new company, ADVICS South Africa (Pty) Ltd., and to build a plant on a site leased from Toyota Tsusho.
  • Product development: As described below, most of the new products announced recently are foundation brake systems that incorporate sophisticated control systems.
    • The company announced in July 2017 that it had developed a new state-of-the-art electric parking brake that emits 5% less noise than conventional models. This new system is equipped on Toyota’s new Camry (XV70).
    • In December 2014, ADVICS released a world’s first drum type EPB that has the actuator embedded inside the drum. The system was designed for subcompact cars, and the first model on which it was adopted was the Honda N-BOX Slash.
    • Toyota announced in 2015 that it had selected the new electronic brake system made by ADVICS for its fourth-generation Prius, which was the first TNGA platform model. This new system was designed for hybrid vehicles and uses a motor and hydraulic brake co-operatively for regenerative braking. It has better energy absorption efficiency during deceleration and its hydraulic responsiveness has been improved compared to conventional types. These features give the system a smoother feeling when braking and greater energy recovery, which contributes to improved fuel economy. The new brake is also easily upgradable for use with future advanced driver-assistance systems.

 

Aishin Takaoka

  • Group: Aishin Takaoka is an unlisted subsidiary of Aisin Seiki and part of the Toyota Group.
  • Business: A specialty supplier in the area of metal casting, manufacturing mainly casted brake parts such as disk rotor and drum. Aishin Takaoka also manufactures aluminum calipers and corner assemblies.
  • Customers: The Toyota Group and Suzuki. (Disk rotor for Toyota pass through ADVICS)
  • Global manufacturing footprint: Aisin Takaoka has joint ventures with local companies in China, Thailand and Indonesia, and operates an independent cast parts plant in the U.S.

Hosei Brake Industry

  • Hosei Brake Industry is a subsidiary of ADVICS and part of the Aisin Seiki Group, and a supplier of primarily drum brakes. Its shares are held by ADVICS 50.1%, Aisin Seiki 26.5%, and Toyota Motor Corporation 23.4%, making it a Toyota Group company. With its acquisition by ADVICS, the competitiveness of its brake business has been strengthened and traditional shareholder composition has changed.
  • In April 2018, Hosei Brake Industry acquired Nisshinbo brake's drum brake business and the consolidated subsidiaries AH Brake Co., Ltd., "AH Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and AH Commercial Vehicle Brake Co., Ltd. As a result of these acquisitions, Hosei is strongly supported by its parent company ADVICS as a drum brake supplier, and has allowed Nisshinbo Brakes to become a specialty supplier of brake friction materials for applications such as disk pads and brake linings.
  • Its parent company ADVICS is strengthening the production system of its basic brake business, including enhanced collaboration on the development of new products, in preparation to meet the future market needs associated with electrification.
  • The company manufactures products associated with drum brake systems as well as metal fabrication parts such as engine mount brackets and axle cases.

Nisshinbo Holdings/Nisshinbo Brake

  • One of the major suppliers of friction materials in the Japanese market. It mainly manufactures friction materials such as pads and linings and assembles drum brakes.
  • It supplies friction materials, especially linings, to most of the Japanese automakers, with a production share of more than 50%.
  • In the global market for brake friction materials, Nisshinbo enhanced its capability to serve its customers in the west by making its Luxembourg-based TMD Friction Group S.A. a wholly-owned subsidiary (in November 2011).
    • Nisshinbo Brake supplies mainly disc pads made of non-asbestos material to Japanese and Korean automakers. Its subsidiary TMD has expertise in development and production of low-steel materials, which are popular among European OEMs. Because the two companies focus on different areas they are able to benefit from a large synergy effect.
    • In April 2009, with the shift to Nisshinbo Holdings Co., Ltd. through a holding company system, the Nisshinbo Brake Division was spun off to become an independent company.
    • The company has some joint brake business with Continental AG (formerly Continental Teves AG).
  • In April 2018, Hosei Brakes acquired Nisshinbo’s brake drum brake business, and began sales operations in Japan and Thailand. With the transfer of this business, Nisshinbo Brake can specialize in brake friction materials for products such as disk pads and brake linings.
  • Global manufacturing footprint: Nisshinbo owns manufacturing sites mainly in China, Thailand, Korea, India, and other Asian countries. It also serves its North American and European customers through its wholly owned subsidiary TMD Friction Group S.A. Nisshinbo Brake aims to increase knowledge sharing with TMD to further enhance its cost competitiveness by optimizing processes for the procurement of low cost high quality materials.
    • In September 2018, Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (NAMI) announced that it was investing USD 72 million to expand its facility in Covington, Georgia, with plans to hire an additional 100 employees for its production department and management organization. NAMI manufactures high-quality friction materials for automakers and is developing copper-free brake pads. NAMI’s business development center is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
    • In July 2018, TMD Friction announced that it will expand mass production at its Essen Plant in Germany. Currently, TMD Friction in Essen produces 23 million brake pads annually and is expected to have an annual production capacity of up to 65 million brakes when its plant expansion plans have been completed. The company aims to reach its goal to supply copper-free brake pads globally well before the deadline of the more stringent regulations that will come into effect in 2025.
    • China: In July 2017, Nisshinbo established Saeron Automotive Yantai Co., Ltd. in the Yantai Economic Technology Development Zone of the city of Yantai in Shandong province as its fifth manufacturing company in China. To strengthen its supply of products to local Japanese and U.S. automakers, the new company will complement Nisshinbo Saeron Changshu Co., Ltd. established in Jiangsu province in May 2012 and Saeron Automotive Corporation established in in Korea, increasing its 2014 production capacity to a total monthly production level of 1.2 million units. In addition to foundation brakes, the company has a joint venture with Germany’s Continental AG in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, which began the production of brake control system parts in 2015.
    • India: Nisshinbo Brake intends to invest in local brake friction material manufacturers to strengthen its market presence in India.
    • Brazil: The company plans to invest JPY 6.4 billion in the TMD Friction Group S.A. subsidiary TMD Friction do Brasil S.A., targeting to double sales by 2020.
  • Product development
    • Copper-free friction material: Nisshinbo Brake is developing copper-free products to comply with the new environmental regulations in California (SB-346) and Washington (SB-6557) that are to be introduced in stages in 2021 and 2025. The company completed basic development in April 2012 and is in the process of testing and evaluation before moving to the production phase. A copper-free product developed by TMD Friction Group S.A. passed initial testing for German automakers in June 2013, putting Nisshinbo Brake at the same level of progress in this segment as its competitor Akebono Brake.

 

Nissin Kogyo

  • Group: A Honda group company, with Honda holding a 34.86% equity share.
  • Business: Nissin Kogyo manufactures and assembles a wide range of products such as friction materials, core brake components, and hydraulic and electric control systems. On April 1, 2016, the company established Autoliv-Nissin Brake Systems (ANBS) as a joint venture with Autoliv Electronics. ANBS was established to combine the know-how of Autoliv and Nissin for the development, design, manufacturing, and sale of components relating to areas such as brake control (mechatronics) and brake apply (sprung mass), with development and manufacturing sites located in Japan, China, Thailand, and the U.S. The total value of these businesses is estimated to be about JPY 58.2 billion (USD 524.4 million). Nissin Kogyo holds 49% of the equity while Autoliv has the remaining 51%. Nissin’s division responsible for these systems will be affiliated with Autoliv Electronics’ department that handles passive safety electronics, ADAS, and brake control systems.
  • Customers: Its primary customer for disk brakes is Honda, but it also supplies products to other OEMs.
  • Global manufacturing footprint: Nissin Kogyo has established plants in the U.S., Europe, China, and India to support Honda’s global production.
    • Domestic and North American sites: These facilities are focused on the development of new high value-added products.
    • Mexico: Nissin Brake de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. was established in Irapuato in 2012 and began production in 2014, taking over some of the functions from its plants in the U.S. The company hoped to use the new plant to take advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to reduce logistics costs and increase its cost competitiveness.
    • Asia and South America: These facilities manufacture low-cost products for emerging markets.
  • Product development:
    • The electric servo brake designed for Honda Fit EV lease vehicles was manufactured in small lots in July 2012 and was improved upon in 2013 prior to being adopted by Honda for volume production of its Fit Hybrid and Accord Hybrid models. The brake system was a result of joint development activity with Honda, but Nissin Kogyo is actively promoting new products with a high level of technological superiority to acquire business with a number of OEMs outside the Honda Group.
    • In 2012, Nissin Kogyo developed new low drag brake calipers that have 85% less friction resistance than conventional brake systems for a wide range of vehicles including mini vehicles, subcompacts, and large commercial vehicles. The new low resistance calipers being promoted to western automakers are estimated to provide about 1% better fuel economy than conventional brakes, which can vary depending on vehicle weight and driving patterns.
    • The company started receiving orders from Mazda for the aluminum rear brake caliper equipped on Mazda's new Roadster sports car that was released in May 2015. Nissin Kogyo hopes that this contract will give them a foothold into Mazda and lead to future sales. The units are produced in Nagano and shipped to Hiroshima.
    • The company developed a new electric parking brake (EPB) in December 2015. Both disc and drum type EPB were planned for production in 2017. Drum type EPBs were introduced to the market with the release of Honda’s N-BOX, but this system is a first for Nissin Kogyo. The company expects that this segment will continue to grow in the future and so it has plans to strengthen its capabilities for development and production of EPBs.

 

Hitachi Automotive Systems (Hitachi AMS)

  • Group: A Hitachi company that was spun off from Hitachi, Ltd. in July 2009. Hitachi AMS absorbed the brake business of Tokico (basic brake parts and hydraulic parts) and the former Hitachi Unisia (brake control parts) in 2004.
  • Business: It mainly manufactures components such as calipers, master cylinders and boosters, ABS and ESC systems and parts. Only calipers are detailed in this report, but the total supply volume of all of its products puts the company at around the same level as rival brake supplier ADVICS, the top supplier in the Japanese market. It is also actively trying to introduce new powertrain and chassis products for the trends of digitization and electrification. Hitachi AMS is not content with just being a supplier of foundation brake components, and so is accelerating its efforts in the fields of advanced driver-assistance systems, autonomous driving systems, steering systems, brake control systems, as well as suspension systems. To strengthen its automotive related businesses the company established a new Information Safety System Division on April 1, 2016. The new division is comprised of the following sections: global business planning section, design and development section, and systems QA section. The initial number of employees was around 200, with more to be added in the future as necessary. This division supplied the ECU systems for Nissan’s ProPILOT technology installed in the Serena and X-Trail in August 2016.
  • Customers: Mainly Nissan, Suzuki and SUBARU are its main customers, but it supplies product to all of the Japanese OEMs excluding Honda. Although it is not part of the same group, it supplies numerous products to Nissan because of their history and deep relationships with Nissan, with a high market share at Nissan for many of their products. However, lately Hitachi AMS is falling behind Akebono Brake for brake systems and Bosch for control systems.

Hitachi Chemical

  • Group: A Hitachi group company. Established as a spin-off of the chemical product division of Hitachi in 1962. Hitachi now holds 51.21% of its shares.
  • Business: It manufactures disc pads and brake assemblies in the brake segment. For automotive parts other than brakes, it is characterized as a chemical products supplier that produces interior and exterior parts, molded plastics, engine valves and other powder metallurgy parts, and lithium-ion battery materials.
  • Customers: Most of its products are supplied to Nissan, followed by Fuji Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi. (Other than Nissan, all of the products are supplied through Hitachi AMS.)
  • Manufacturing footprint:
    • Domestic: It used to produce brake friction materials at the Yamazaki Plant in city of Hitachi in Ibaraki prefecture, but consolidated production at the group member Namie Japan Brake’s subsidiary in Namie, Japan in March 2009. Japan Brake was made a wholly-owned subsidiary in 2012.
    • The sales department of Japan Brake was integrated with Hitachi Chemical in 2013, while the development department was absorbed in 2015.
  • Global manufacturing sites:
    • North and South America: To strengthen the company’s position as a leader in the field of automotive friction materials, the company established a manufacturing and sales subsidiary, Hitachi Chemical Mexico, S.A. de. C.V., in Mexico in 2008 that is focused on the local production of friction materials. The company continues to strengthen its production capacity in Mexico.
    • Asia: Hitachi Chemical supplies product for Asia with manufacturing sites located in China, Thailand and India. The Thailand plant was established as a joint venture, Japan Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd., between Nissin Kogyo and Japan Brake in 2002, which was absorbed into Hitachi Chemical Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in 2015. In 2004, the company established Foshan J.B. Automotive Products Co., Ltd. in China. In 2011, the joint venture with Japan Brake, Allied JB Friction Private Limited (AJF), was started in India, with Hitachi Chemical holding 51% of its shares and Allied Nippon Limited holding the remaining 49%. The Indian plant came on stream in November 2013.

 

Japan Brake Industrial

  • Group: It is part of the Hitachi Chemical group. Honda previously held a 21% share in the company through its subsidiary Nissin Brake, but Japan Brake was made a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical in 2012. The sales division of Japan Brake was integrated with Hitachi Chemical in 2013, while the development department was absorbed in 2015.
  • Business: Friction material supplier. Outside of the automotive industry, the company also produces railroad cars and industrial machinery. In addition to manufacturing disc pads and linings, the company also does brake assembly.
  • Customers: Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, GM, Ford, and others.
  • Global manufacturing footprint:
    • Overseas, the company established a joint venture in India in the early 1990’s that is still producing parts. Subsequently it opened plants in Thailand and China. Its plants in Korea and China serve as its major technology sites to support its operations in Asia.
    • It closed the Hiroshima Plant in 2014.
    • In 2015, Japan Brake Thailand, along with three other Hitachi Chemical group companies, was merged with Hitachi Chemical Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Asama Giken

  • Group: Honda. Honda owns 80% of its shares.
  • Business: A supplier of casted parts. For brake parts, it mainly manufactures and processes disk rotors and drum castings.
  • Customer: Honda
  • Global manufacturing footprint: Asama Giken has plants in the U.S. and Indonesia that manufacture disc rotors, with most of the supply going to local Honda assembly plants in each region.

Kiriu

  • Group: Sumitomo Corporation. Kiriu is an unlisted 100% privately-held company of Sumitomo Corporation. It is also a former parts supplier to Nissan.
  • Business: A specialized manufacturer that independently develops and manufactures disk rotors and drums, and focused on the brake parts business. Other automotive parts that it manufactures include metal processed products such as AT oil pumps, cylinder blocks, and various brackets.
  • Customers: It supplies product to Nissan, as well as suppliers such as Akebono Brake and ADVICS on a tier-2 basis.
  • Global manufacturing footprint:
    • Domestic: It has four brake manufacturing sites, including those owned by its subsidiaries.
    • Overseas: Kiriu is actively expanding overseas with the aim of increasing its global market share of disc parts and other brake parts from 8% (2012) to 10% (2015).
    • North America: Kiriu has a machine processing plant in Kentucky, and a casting and processing plant in Lerma, Mexico. The Mexican plant came on stream in September 2014, increasing its production capacity to 7,500 tons monthly.
    • Asia: Kiriu has one plant each in China, Korea, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. The casting line at the Thai plant was upgraded in 2013, doubling monthly production to 5,000 tons. Kiriu purchased 18% of Fujiwa Machinery Industry (Hubei) Co., Ltd. in China, which was set up as a joint venture between Sumitomo Corporation and Lioho Machine Works, Ltd. The company has been producing brake discs and drums for Chinese automakers since 2012.

 

Daihatsu Metal

  • Group: A consolidated subsidiary of Daihatsu.
  • Business: A supplier of casted and processed parts, involved mainly in the manufacture of disk rotors.
  • Customers: Supplies product to Daihatsu, including models supplied by Daihatsu to Toyota on an OEM basis.

Yoshiwa Kogyo

  • Group: A Mazda Group company.
  • Business: A supplier of casted and processed parts, mainly manufacturing disk rotors.
  • Customers: Supplies product to Mazda.

Continental Automotive

  • Group: A joint venture between Continental AG (formerly Continental Teves) and Nisshinbo Holdings, established in 2000.
  • Business: Although it does not produce pads in house, it does develop and manufacture full brake systems. It is particularly strong in the area of ABS and ESC systems production.
  • Customers: For foundation brake parts, it supplies 100% to Mazda, and supplies product for a number of Honda and Nissan models. It supplies electronic control systems to Mazda, Suzuki, Daihatsu and other major Japanese OEM.

Bosch

  • Group: The Japan subsidiary of the Robert Bosch group. It inherited the brake business from former Bosch Brake Systems, that previously was part of the previous diesel and automotive equipment businesses.
  • Business: For foundation brake parts, it supplies only a limited quantity of brake calipers, and focuses more on compact, lightweight, and low cost ABS/ESC control systems.
  • Customers: It supplies control systems to Japanese OEM such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, and foundation brake parts components only to Toyota for Japan.

Brembo S.p.A.

  • Group: An independent disc brake maker headquartered in Italy.
  • Business: Manufactures high-quality brakes for high-performance cars and high-performance brakes for commercial vehicle applications.
  • Customers: Supplies product for some high grade models to Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, and Subaru.

III. List of brake parts by model manufactured by domestic OEMs
-Disk Rotor

  • The solidification that occurs during the process of casting causes disc rotors to retain internal stress between metallic structures. To prevent this, specialized know-how is required to intentionally release any internal stress and balance it to prevent cracking and fracturing. As a result, companies that manufacture disk rotors look different than companies that produce calipers.
  • Japanese disc rotor suppliers include Aisin Takoka, Kiriu, Yoshiwa Kogyo, Asama Giken, Takeda Chuzo, and Daihatsu Metal. Brembo supplies disk rotors only for high end sports models in the U.S. and Europe. And, 99% of the models produced in Japan are sourced from domestic suppliers.
  • Based on a market share survey of Japanese market suppliers (excluding surveys conducted in 2018 and surveys for commercial vehicles), the top four companies have a combined share of about 80%. These are Aisin Takaoka at 40%, Kiriu at 20%, Yoshiwa Kogyo at 10%, and Asama Technical Industry with less than 10%.
  • Supply in this product segment is largely conducted along "Keiretsu" lines, as can be seen below from the breakdown of suppliers by OEM for the major automakers with high delivery volumes in 2016.
    • Toyota: Aisin Takaoka of the Toyota Group has about a 95% share of Toyota’s business, with minor volumes of product supplied by Kiriu.
    • Nissan: Kiriu (formerly part of the Nissan Group), a member of the Sumitomo Corporation group, supplies all of Nissan’s product, excluding some high-end sports models and models supplied by Nissan to other automakers on an OEM basis.
    • Honda: Asama Giken Industry of the Honda Group supplies almost 100% of the disk rotors equipped on Honda models, with an insignificant quantity of product supplied by Kiriu.
    • Other: Mazda is supplied by Yoshiwa Kogyo, and Daihatsu by Daihatsu Metal with a near 100% coverage rate. Kiriu supplies 80% of Suzuki models, with the rest coming from Aisin Takaoka.
  • Breakdown by major supplier:
    • Aisin Takaoka: Supplies Toyota with rotors through ADVICS as a member of Toyota’s Aisin Group. Aisin Takaoka rotors are supplied for 80-90% of Toyota models. It also supplies product to other OEMs, but with the exception of Suzuki, its share is very low. It is the top rotor supplier in the Japanese market in terms of production volumes.
    • Kiriu: A former Nissan group member that still has a near 100% coverage rate for Nissan models. It supplies product to all Japanese automakers except Daihatsu, and holds the top share at Suzuki and Subaru. It is ranked second only to Aisin Takaoka in terms of number of rotors produced.
    • Yoshiwa Kogyo: Holds a near 100% share of Mazda’s rotor supply, which also includes the Mazda Bongo models supplied to Nissan on an OEM basis. Is only about one third of the total size of Kiriu in terms of the number of rotors supplied, but is ranked third in the segment.

 

-Disk Caliper

  • The major Japanese suppliers in this product segment are ADVICS, Hitachi AMS, Akebono Brake, and Nissin Kogyo. Overseas-based suppliers include Continental Automotive, Bosch, and the high-end sports car exclusive supplier Brembo. Japanese suppliers are shipping product for 90% of all vehicles assembled domestically in Japan.
  • Based on a market share survey of Japanese market suppliers (excluding surveys conducted in 2018 and surveys for commercial vehicles), ADVICS is ranked first at approximately 40%, Hitachi AMS at 25%, Akebono Brake Industry at 15%, and these top three companies account for about 80% of the market. Trailing the top three suppliers are Continental at 10% and Nissin Kogyo at 5%.
  • Below is the breakdown of suppliers by major OEM:
    • Toyota: ADVICS of the Toyota Group is top supplier to Toyota, followed by Hitachi AMS, and Akebono Brake Industry.
    • Nissan: Akebono Brake Industry is the top supplier, followed by Hitachi AMS.
    • Honda: Nissin Kogyo of the Honda Group is the top supplier, followed by ADVICS, ZF TRW, and Akebono Brake Industry.
  • Below is the breakdown by major supplier:
    • Akebono Brake Industry: It is Japan’s top supplier of foundation brakes because it delivers product to major automakers such as Toyota and Honda with affiliate suppliers. However, in the caliper product segment it trails ADVICS and Hitachi AMS. Another important customer for Akebono is Nissan.
    • ADVICS: It is a major player in the area of foundation brakes and brake control systems. As a member of Toyota group it covers, ADVICS and its subsidiary Hosei Brake supply product for most of Toyota’s models. Thanks to the high production volume of some Toyota models, ADVICS is able to maintain its top supplier ranking for caliper product segment, but trails Akebono Brake in the rankings for the overall brake parts market. Similar to Akebono Brake, it supplies product to all major Japanese OEMs, but with the exception of Toyota, even considering the inclusion of Daihatsu of the Toyota Group, ADVICS does not hold a majority product share of product supplier to the other Japanese automakers.
    • Hitachi AMS: Similar to ADVICS, Hitachi AMS is a major supplier of foundation brakes and brake control systems, but only deals with calipers in the foundation brake segment. The company was historically strong in supplying product to Nissan, but recently has fallen behind Akebono Brake in terms of the number of models equipped with its product. Hitachi AMS has strong product share positions with Suzuki, SUBARU, and Nissan.
    • Nissin Kogyo: The top supplier of foundation brakes and brake control systems for Honda models due to being a member of the Honda group. It also supplies product to Mazda but does not have a majority share of their business.

-Brake Pad

  • Disk brakes are equipped with friction material called disk pads that require braking performance properties such as drag reduction, durability, and reliability. Many of the major suppliers of disc brake calipers also manufacture disc pads.
  • The major Japanese disk pad suppliers include Nisshinbo Brake, Akebono Brake, Hitachi Chemical, and Japan Brake Industrial. Western disk pad suppliers include Nisshinbo Brake’s subsidiary TMD Friction, Honeywell International, and Brembo that supplies product exclusively for high-end sports cars. Japanese suppliers account for 95% of the parts supplied for the Japanese market (for domestic production models).
  • According to an overview of the Japan market share by supplier (2018), Akebono Brake is ranked first, followed by ADVICS in second place, and Nisshinbo Brake in third place.
  • Below is the breakdown of suppliers by major OEM and their supplier share based on 2016 production volumes:
    • Toyota: ADVICS share of Toyota business is just under 80%, followed by Nisshinbo Brake at about 15%. ADVICS is an Aisin group member and related to Toyota, so it is the top supplier to Toyota in terms of the number of models equipped and the product volumes shipped.
    • Nissan: Hitachi Chemical supplies just over 50%, followed by Akebono Brake at around 40%, and Nisshinbo Brake’s wholly-owned subsidiary TMD supplies the remaining 10%. Two companies, Hitachi Chemical of the Hitachi Group and independent Akebono Brake Industry, supply almost 90% of the products for Nissan.
    • Honda: Nisshinbo Brake has about 45% of Honda’s business, followed by Hitachi Kasei's wholly-owned subsidiary Japan Brake Industry at over 20%, and independent Akebono Brake Industry and Toyota’s ADVICS each supply around 10%.
    • Others: Top suppliers at other OEMs include Nisshinbo Brake for Suzuki and Subaru, Japan Brake for Mazda, Akebono Brake for Mitsubishi Motors, and Hitachi Chemical for Daihatsu.
  • Below is the breakdown by major supplier:
    • ADVICS: It is a pad supplier of the Toyota Aisin Group, and has the top share at Toyota in terms of both the volumes supplied and the number of vehicles on which its products are equipped. It does not hold the top supplier ranking at any of the other OEMs, but on an aggregate basis is the top disc pad supplier in Japan.
    • Nisshinbo Brake: A supplier specializing in friction materials such as disc pads and drum brake linings. Together with its wholly owned subsidiary TMD Friction, it supplies disk pads not only to western automakers, but also to a number of Japanese automakers, and has the top share at Honda, Suzuki, and Subaru.
    • Akebono Brake Industry: It is the top supplier of foundation brakes, but trails ADVICS and Nisshinbo Brake in the disc pad segment. Similar to Nisshinbo Brake, it supplies disk pads to all of Japanese OEMs, holding the top share for Mitsubishi Motors and Daihatsu and a strong position at Nissan.
    • Hitachi Chemical: Although a member of the Hitachi Group and historically a strong partner of Nissan, the production of disc pads in Japan has been transferred to its subsidiary Japan Brake. Unlike its majority share of about 80% at Nissan, Hitachi Chemical has a small share of the product supplied to Toyota, Daihatsu, and Subaru. Its market share is relatively far behind the top three companies in the segment.
    • Japan Brake Industry: Most of its production volume is supplied primarily to Mazda, Honda, and Suzuki. Is a rival to Nisshinbo Brake in the supply of product to Mazda, but does not hold a high ranking at any of the other automakers.

-Brake Drum

  • There are three types of drum brakes depending on how the brake shoes are pressed onto the drums: (1) the leading/trailing shoe type that pushes the shoe to the outside of the drum, (2) the twin leading shoe type that pushes the shoe to the inside of the drum, and (3) the duo-servo type that pushes the shoe against both the outside and the inside of the drum. The twin leading shoe type (2) is most common.
  • The advantage of drum brakes is that they are smaller, lighter, and less expensive to manufacture than disc brakes, having a self-energizing effect (high frictional force obtained by applying a normal drag force equal to or greater than the operating load), and provides more braking force than an equal diameter disc brake.
  • A disadvantage of drum brakes is that the braking force decreases when excessive brake drum heating causes the brake fluid to vaporize to where the brake drums become glazed, and the recovery of braking force is slow until the moisture has dissipated. In addition, drum brakes have poor heat dissipation properties compared to disc brakes, which makes it more difficult to control drum distortion and vibration under heavy braking conditions.
  • The brake drum is a component of the skeleton of drum brakes, and attached to the axle that rotates with the tire, making it a mechanism to decelerate and stop with frictional force by pressing the brake shoe against the drum. It is a component that is comparable to the disc rotor in disc brakes.
  • Major suppliers: ADVICS and Hosei Brake Industry, Kiriu, Nisshinbo, Yoshiwa Industry, etc.

-Brake Shoe

  • Brake shoes are also called braking elements and are the mechanical mechanism parts in drum brakes. The layout of a leading and trailing shoe brake uses a pair of shoes pivoted at a common anchor point. When the brakes are applied, the drag of the moving drum on the friction linings causes one shoe to be applied hard and the other to be pushed towards the off direction. The shoe that does the most work is called the leading shoe (toe) and the other shoe is called the trailing shoe (heal).
  • The rate of lining wear of the leading shoe is higher as it does more work than the trailing shoe. Therefore, the leading shoe reaches its wear limit well before the trailing shoe, unless a thicker lining is used. If the direction of the drum is reversed, the leading shoe, however, is converted into a trailing shoe.
  • It is a component that functions similar to that of the disc caliper in disc brakes.
  • For models in the Japanese market, brake shoes are often used for drum brakes for the rear wheels which also serve as the parking brake.
  • Major suppliers: ADVICS and Hosei Brake Industry, Akebono Brake Industry, Nissin Industry, Japan Brake Industry, etc.

-Brake Lining

  • Brake lining is a friction material attached to the brake shoes where braking force is obtained by the frictional force generated by the brake lining being pressed against a metal brake drum when the brake shoe is operated.
  • Brake lining is considered a replacement part because it is a friction material that wears over time. As a result, there are many suppliers that provide brake lining for service parts in addition to the parts supplied to OEMs, but only OEM parts are addressed in this report.
  • Brake lining is a chemical product called a friction material, which is made from a blend of no less than 10 to 20 kinds of chemical compounds. Depending on their specific roles, the raw materials that are blended can be broadly divided into three types: “bonding material”, “stiffener”, and “friction adjustment material”. Various kinds of organic, inorganic, and metal fibers are used for friction adjustment that mainly adjusts the effectiveness of friction materials.
  • Brake lining is a component similar to the disc pad in disc brakes. As a result, many brake lining suppliers also manufacture disk pads.
  • Major suppliers: Nisshinbo Brake, Japan Brake Industry, Akebono Brake, Ask Technica Corporation, etc.

2) List of Suppliers and their Products (Global Product List)

  Brake Assembly Disc Rotor Caliper Disc Pad Drum Brake Shoe Lining
Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. * * * * *
ADVICS Co., Ltd. * * *
Hosei Brake Kogyo * * * *
Aisin Kako *
Nisshinbo Brake Inc. * *
Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd. * * *
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. * *
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. *
Japan Brake Industrial Co., Ltd. * * * *
Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd. Corner Assembly * *
Asama Giken Co., Ltd. * *
Kiriu * *
Daihatsu Metal Co., Ltd. * *
Yoshiwa Kogyo Co., Ltd. * *
Continental Automotive Corp. * *
Bosch Corporation * *
Brembo S.p.A. * * * *


Ⅲ. Overview of Global Facilities of Suppliers

1) List of Global Facilities

R&D Facility / Production Plant
  Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. ADVICS Co., Ltd./Hosei Brake Industry Co., Ltd. Nisshinbo Brake Inc. Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd. Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd./Japan Brake Industrial Co., Ltd.
Asia/Pacific
Japan R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
China Production Plant R&D Facility
Production Plant
Production Plant R&D Facility
Production Plant
Production Plant Production Plant
India   Production Plant Production Plant Production Plant   Production Plant
Indonesia Production Plant Production Plant   Production Plant    
Korea     Production Plant      
Taiwan   R&D Facility        
Thailand Production Plant Production Plant Production Plant R&D Facility
Production Plant
Production Plant Production Plant
Vietnam       Production Plant    
The Americas
Brazil       Production Plant    
Mexico Production Plant Production Plant       Production Plant
U.S. R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
R&D Facility
Production Plant
Production Plant  
Europe
France R&D Facility
Production Plant
         
Germany   R&D Facility        
Spain       R&D Facility    
U.K. R&D Facility     Production Plant    
Czech Republic   Production Plant        
Slovakia Production Plant          
Africa
South Africa   Production Plant        

  Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd. Asama Giken Co., Ltd. Kiriu Continental Automotive Corp. Bosch
Asia
Japan R&D Facility
Production Plant
Production Plant Production Plant R&D Facility R&D Facility
Production Plant
China Production Plant   Production Plant Production Plant  
India     Production Plant    
Indonesia Production Plant Production Plant Production Plant    
Korea     Production Plant    
Thailand Production Plant   Production Plant   Production Plant
The Americas
Mexico     Production Plant    
U.S. Production Plant Production Plant Production Plant    

2) Ownership/Investment Structure








Ⅲ. Links to supplier, customer, and equipment information by brake category

1) Disc Brake Parts

Disc Rotor

Disc Caliper

Disc Pad

2) Drum Brake Parts

Brake Drum

Brake Shoe

Brake Lining

 

a) Totyota

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Toyota 86 ZN6 2016 Kiriu ADVICS --- --- ---
Toyota Allion / Premio T26# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
Hosei Brake Kogyo Akebono Brake Industry Hosei Brake Kogyo
Toyota Alphard / Vellfire #GH3#W 2016 Kiriu Bosch --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (AYH30W)
Toyota Aqua NHP10 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
/ Aisin Takaoka東北 Hosei Brake Kogyo
Toyota C-HR NGX50 2017 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (ZYX10) Akebono Brake Industry
Toyota Camry XV70 2018 ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Daihatsu Altis XV70N
Toyota Century UWG60 2018 ADVICS --- --- ---
Toyota Corolla Axio/Fielder E16#/G 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (NKE165/G)
Toyota Dyna (1t) Y22#/23# 2011 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS Hosei Brake Kogyo
/ Toyoace (1t) Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Dyna U6## 2011 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS Hosei Brake Kogyo
/Toyoace Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
(Hino "Dutro")
Toyota Estima R5#W 2016 Kiriu Bosch ADVICS --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (AHR20W) Akebono Brake Industry
Toyota Harrier Z/ASU6#W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (AVU65W) ADVICS
Toyota Hiace / Ragius Ace H200 2016 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota JPN TAXI NTP10 2018 ADVICS ADVICS Hosei Brake Kogyo
Toyota Land Cruiser UZJ20#W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J15# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
Akebono Brake Industry
Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Mark X GRX13# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota MIRAI JPD10 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS --- --- ---
Toyota Porte / Spade NP14# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
Hosei Brake Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Prius ZVW5# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Toyota Prius PHV ZVW52 2018 ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems ADVICS
Toyota Prius α ZVW4#W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
Daihatsu Mebius ZVW41N Akebono Brake Industry
Toyota Probox Van XP16# 2016 Aisin Takaoka Hosei Brake Kogyo ADVICS
/ Succeed Van Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Sienta P17#G 2018 Kiriu ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (NHP170G) ADVICS
Toyota Vitz XP13# 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (NHP130) Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Voxy / Noah / Esquire ZRR8#G/W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (ZWR80G/W)
Toyota CT ZWA10 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus Akebono Brake Industry
Toyota GS F URL10 2018 Brembo Brembo Brembo --- --- ---
/Lexus
Toyota GX460 URJ150 2011 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus
Toyota IS350 GSE31 2014 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
/Lexus (IS300h) (AVE3#)
Toyota LC500 URZ100 2018 ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (LC500h) (GWZ100)
Toyota LS500 VXFA50/55 2018 ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (LS500h) (GVF50/55)
Toyota LX570 URJ201W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
/Lexus
Toyota NX300 AGZ1# 2014 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (NX300h) (AYZ1#)
Toyota RC300/350/RCF ASC/AVC10 2016 ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (RC350h) (GSC10)
Toyota RC F USC10 2016 Brembo Brembo Brembo --- --- ---
/Lexus
Toyota RX200t/350 AGL/GGL2#W 2018 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (RX450h) (GYL2#W)
Toyota UX MZAA10 2019 Aisin Takaoka ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
/Lexus (MZAH10/15) Akebono Brake Industry

 

b) Nissan

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Nissan Atlas / Cabstar F24 2011 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical
Nissan Cima HGY51 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
Nissan Cube Z12 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry
Nissan Elgrand E52 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Nissan e-NV200 Wagon VME0/ME0 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
Nissan Fairlady Z Z34 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical
Nissan Fuga Y51 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (HY51) Hitachi Automotive Systems
Nissan GT-R R35 2016 Brembo Brembo Brembo --- --- ---
Nissan Juke XF15 2016 Kiriu Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Nissan Leaf ZE1 2018 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---
Akebono Brake Industry
Nissan Note E12 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
(Note e-Power) (HE12)
Nissan NV150AD Y12 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry
Hitachi Automotive Systems
Nissan NV200 Vanette / Vanette Wagon M20 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Mitubishi DELICA D:3
Nissan NV350 Caravan / Caravan Wagon E26 2016 Kiriu Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Nissan Patrol Y62 2011 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
/Safari Nisshinbo Brake
Nissan Rogue T32 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
Nissan Serena C27 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
(Serena e-Power) (HC27)
Suzuki Landy
Nissan Skyline V37 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---
200GT-t (ICE-T/C) H(N)V37
350GT (HV)
Nissan Sylphy B17 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Nisshinbo Brake
Nissan Teana L33 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
Nissan X-Trail T32 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Infiniti ESQ XF15 2015 Kiriu Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Infiniti Q50 YV37 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Infiniti Q60 CV37 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Infiniti Q70 Y51 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems
Infiniti QX80 Z62 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---

 

c) Honda

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Honda Accord (Hybrid) CR7 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
Honda Acty Truck HA8/9 2014 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo Japan Brake Industrial Nissin Kogyo
Honda Civic Type-R FK8 2018 Brembo Brembo --- --- ---
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell ZC4 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
Honda CR-V RW1/2 2019 Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
(RT5/6)
Honda Fit GK3/4/5/6 2018 Kiriu Nissin Kogyo Akebono Brake Industry Kiriu Nissin Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (GP5/6)
Honda Freed / Freed+ GB5/6 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo Akebono Brake Industry Nissin Kogyo Nissin Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
(Freed / Freed+ Hybrid) (GB7/8)
Honda Grace GM6/9 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo Kiriu Nissin Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (GM4/5)
Honda Jade FR5 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (FR4)
Honda Legend KC2/KC1 2016 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo ZF TRW Automotive --- --- ---
Accura RLX ZF TRW Automotive
Honda N BOX JF3/4 2018 ADVICS ADVICS Nissin Kogyo
Nissin Kogyo
Honda N-BOX SLASH JF1/2 2018 Asama Giken ADVICS ADVICS Nissin Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
Nissin Kogyo ADVICS (with integrated parking brake)
Honda N-ONE JG1/2 2018 Asama Giken ADVICS ADVICS Nissin Kogyo Nissin Kogyo Ask Technica
Nissin Kogyo
Honda N-VAN JJ1/2 2019 Nissin Kogyo
Honda N-WGN JH1/2 2016 Asama Giken ADVICS ADVICS Nissin Kogyo Nissin Kogyo Ask Technica
Nissin Kogyo
Honda Odyssey RC1/2 2018 Asama Giken ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (RC4) Nissin Kogyo
Honda S660 JW5 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
Honda SHUTTLE GK8/9 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo Nissin Kogyo Nissin Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake
(Hybrid) (GP7/8)
Honda Step Wgn RP1/2/3/4 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (RP5)
Honda Vezel (HR-V) RU1/2 2018 Asama Giken Nissin Kogyo ZF TRW Automotive
(Hybrid) (RU3/4)

 

d) Mazda

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6) GJ 2018 Yoshiwa Kogyo ADVICS ZF TRW Automotive --- --- ---
Nisshinbo Brake
Mazda Axela (Mazda 3) BM 2016 Yoshiwa Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
(Hybrid) (BY)
Axela Sport
Mazda Bongo Truck SLP2L/T 2018 Yoshiwa Kogyo ADVICS Akebono Brake Yoshiwa Kogyo
Mazda Bongo Van SLP2V/M 2018 Yoshiwa Kogyo ADVICS Akebono Brake Yoshiwa Kogyo
Mazda CX-3 DK 2016 Yoshiwa Kogyo Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
Mazda CX-5 KF 2017 Yoshiwa Kogyo Akebono Brake Akebono Brake --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems
ADVICS
Mazda CX-9 Gen-2 2018 ADVICS --- --- ---
Mazda Demio (Mazda 2) DJ 2018 Yoshiwa Kogyo ADVICS Hosei Brake Japan Brake Industrial Japan Brake Industrial
(from Nisshinbo Brake)
Mazda Roadster ND 2018 Yoshiwa Kogyo ADVICS Akebono Brake --- --- ---
Roadster RF Nissin Kogyo

 

e) SUBARU

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Subaru BRZ ZC6 2016 Kiriu --- --- ---
Subaru Forester SK 2019 Kiriu Continental Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems Nisshinbo Brake
SUBARU Legacy BN/BS 2017 Kiriu Continental Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems Nisshinbo Brake
Subaru Levorg VM4/VMG 2018 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---
Aisin Takaoka Continental Nisshinbo Brake
Subaru WRX S4 VAG 2016 Hitachi Automotive Systems Hitachi Chemical --- --- ---
Continental Nisshinbo Brake
Subaru WRX STI VAB 2018 Brembo S.p.A. Brembo Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
Hitachi Automotive Systems
SUBARU XV GT 2018 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Nisshinbo Brake --- --- ---
(XV Hybrid)

 

f) Mitusbishi

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Mitsubishi Delica D:5 CV#W 2016 Takeda Chuzo ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GK1W 2018 ADVICS --- --- ---
Mitsubishi i-MiEV HA3W/4W 2016 Mitsubishi Hitachi Automotive Systems Nisshinbo Brake Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry
Mitsubishi Outlander GF7W/8W 2018 Takeda Chuzo ADVICS Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GG2W 2016 Takeda Chuzo --- --- ---
Mitsubishi Pajero V83/7/8 2018 Takeda Chuzo ADVICS ADVICS --- --- ---
V93/7/8W
Mitsubishi RVR (ASX) GA3W/GA4W 2016 Takeda Chuzo Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---

 

g) Suzuki

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Suzuki Alto A36S/36V 2016 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems ADVICS
Mazda Carol HB36S
Suzuki Carry DA16T 2014 Kiriu Nisshinbo Brake Hosei Brake Hosei Brake Nisshinbo Brake
Mitsubishi Minicab Truck DS16T (from Nisshinbo Brake) (from Nisshinbo Brake)
Nissan NT100 Clipper DR16T
Suzuki Escudo / Grand Vitara YD/ 2016 Kiriu Akebono Brake Industry Akebono Brake Industry --- --- ---
YE21S/YEA1S
Suzuki Every / Every Wagon DA17V/W 2015 Kiriu ADVICS ADVICS
Mitsubishi Minicab Van DS17V Hosei Brake
Nissan NV100 Clipper DR17V
Mazda Scrum Wagon DG17VW
Suzuki Hustler MR31S/MR41S 2016 アイシン高丘 ADVICS
Mazda Flair Crossover MS31S/MS41S
Suzuki Ignis (Hybrid) FF21S 2016 Kiriu ADVICS
Suzuki Jimny JB64 2019 ADVICS
Suzuki Jimny Sierra JB74 2019 ADVICS
Suzuki Lapin HE33S 2016 Kiriu Continental ADVICS
Hitachi Automotive Systems
Suzuki Solio Mild Hybrid MA26S/36S 2017 Kiriu ADVICS ADVICS
(Full Hybrid) (MA46S) Hitachi Automotive Systems
Mitsubishi Delica D:2 Mild Hybrid MB36S
(Hybrid) (MB46S)
Suzuki Spacia MK53S 2018 ADVICS
Mazda Flair Wagon MM53S
Suzuki Swift ZC13S/33S 2017 ADVICS
[Mild Hybrid] ZC/ZD83S
[Full Hybrid] [ZC/ZD53S]
(ZC43S)
Suzuki Wagon R MH35S/55S 2017 Kiriu Hitachi Automotive Systems Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS
Mazda Flair MJ55S
Suzuki XBEE MN71S 2018 アイシン高丘 ADVICS

 

h) Daihatsu

OEM Model Type MY Disc Brake Drum Brake
Disc Rotor Disc Caliper Disc Pad Brake Drum Brake Shoe Brake Lining
Daihatsu Atrai Wagon S320G/331G 2016 Daihatsu Metal ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS
Subaru Dias Wagon S321/331
Daihatsu Boon M7#0A 2017 Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS
Toyota Passo M700A
Daihatsu Cast LA250S/260S 2016 ADVICS
Toyota Pixis Joy LA250A/260A
Daihatsu Copen LA400K 2016 ADVICS
Copen Robe
Daihatsu Hijet Cargo S321/331V 2014 Daihatsu Metal ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS
Toyota Pixis Van S321M/331M Nissin Kogyo
Subaru Samber Van S321B/331B
Daihatsu Hijet Truck S500/510P 2014 Daihatsu Metal ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS
Toyota Pixis Truck S500U/510U Nissin Kogyo
Subaru Samber Truck S500J/510J
Daihatsu Mira e:S LA350S/360S 2018 ADVICS erae Automotive Systems .(ex Korea Delphi Automotive Systems) Saeron Automotive
Toyota Pixis Epoch LA350A/360A
Subaru Pleo+ LA350F/360F
Daihatsu Move LA150S/160S 2016 ADVICS ADVICS
Subaru Stella LA150/160
Daihatsu TanTo / Custom LA600S/610S 2014 Daihatsu Metal ADVICS ADVICS
Subaru Chiffon LA600F/610F
Daihatsu Thor M9#0S 2017 Nisshinbo Brake ADVICS Nisshinbo Brake
Toyota Roomy / Tank M900A/910A
Subaru Justy M900F/M910F
Daihatsu Wake LA700S/710S 2015 ADVICS ADVICS
Toyota Pixis Mega LA700A/710A


Disc Rotor

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other company or supplier who has made a delivery in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
Aisin Takaoka (○) (○) (○) (○)
Asama Giken
Kiriu (○) (○)
Daihatsu Metal (○) (○)
Yoshiwa Kogyo (○)
Takeda Chuzo
Univance (○)
Brembo (○)
OEM self-produced
  • The solidification during the process of casting disc rotors leaves residual stress on the internal sections. Specific know-how is needed to correctly apply heat treatment in order to balance the rotor and release the residual stress to prevent cracking and fracturing. Due to this the lineup of companies differs from those that produce calipers.
  • Japanese disc rotor makes are Aisin Takoka, Kiriu, Yoshiwa Kogyo, Asama Giken, Takeda Chuzo, and Daihatsu Metal. Brembo supplies only for high end sports models in the U.S. and Europe. 99% of models produces in Japan are supplied by domestic makers.
  • No single company holds over a 50% share of this segment in the Japanese market, but the top four companies have a combined share of about 80%. These are, in order, Aisin Takaoka, Kiriu, Yoshiwa Kogyo and Asama Giken.
  • Supply in this segment is largely conducted along "Keiretsu", as we can see below from the breakdown of suppliers for each OEM.
    • Toyota group is 95% covered by Aisin Takaoka.
    • Nissan is completely supplied by Sumitomo Corporation group member Kiriu (formerly part of Nissan group), excluding some high end sports models and models supplied by Nissan on an OEM basis.
    • Honda is basically 100% covered by Asama Giken.
    • Others: Maza is supplied by Yoshiwa Kogyo, and Daihatsu by Daihatsu Metal with a near 100% coverage rate. Kiriu supplies 80% of Suzuki models, with the rest coming from Aisin Takaoka.
  • Breakdown by supplier:
    • Aisin Takaoka: Supplies Toyota with rotors through ADVICS as a member of Toyota group. Covers 80-90% of Toyota models. Supplies other OEMs, but apart from Suzuki share is very low. Is the top Japanese rotor supplier in terms of production numbers.
    • Kiriu: A former Nissan group member that still has a near 100% coverage rate for Nissan models. Supplies all Japanese makers except Daihatsu, and holds the top share for Suzuki and Subaru. Is second in terms of number of rotors produced.
    • Yoshiwa Kogyo: Holds a near 100% share of Mazda’s rotor supply, and also covers the Mazda Bongo models supplied on an OEM basis to Nissan. Is only about one third of the total size of Kiriu in terms of rotor supply, but is ranked third in the segment.


Disc Caliper

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other company or supplier who has made a delivery in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
Akebono Brake (○) (○) (○)
ADVICS (○) (○)
Hosei Brake
Nissin Kogyo (○) (○) (○)
Hitachi AMS
Continental (○) (○)
Bosch (○)
Brembo
ZF TRW
  • The major Japanese suppliers in this segment are ADVICS, Hitachi AMS, Akebono Brake, and Nissin Kogyo. Overseas-based suppliers are Continental Automotive, Bosch, and high-end sports car exclusive supplier Brembo. Japanese suppliers cover 90% of domestically produced models.
  • Looking at the rankings in 2017 we see ADVICS in top position (about 40%), followed by Hitachi AMS (25%) and Akebono Brake (15%). These three compose 80% of the market. Under them with small shares are Continental Automotive (10%), Nissin Kogyo (5%).
  • Below is a breakdown of suppliers by major OEM:
    • Toyota: ADVICS in top position, followed by Hitachi AMS and Akebono Brake.
    • Nissan: Akebono Brake in top position, followed by Hitachi AMS.
    • Honda: Nissin Kogyo in top position, followed by ADVICS and ZF TRW.
  • Below is a breakdown by supplier:
    • Akebono Brake: Japan’s top supplier of foundation brakes, thanks to its business with Toyota group and Honda. However, in the segment of calipers it falls behind ADVICS and Hitachi AMS. Important customers are Nissan.
    • ADVICS: A major player in the area of foundation brakes and brake control systems. As a member of Toyota group it covers, including supply from subsidiary Hosei Brake. Thanks to the high production volume of some Toyota models, ADVICS is able to keep overall top brake supplier Akebono Brake down in the caliper segment. It supplies all major Japanese OEMs, but if we exclude Toyota it doesn’t hold a high position among any of them.
    • Hitachi AMS: Also a major supplier of foundation brakes and brake control systems, but only deals with calipers in the foundation brake segment. Was historically strong in supplying Nissan, but has recently fallen behind Akebono Brake in the number of models equipped. Holds strong positions with Suzuki, SUBARU, and Nissan.
    • Nissin Kogyo: A supplier of foundation brakes and brake control systems with a top coverage rate for Honda models due to being a member of the Honda group.


Disc Pad

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other company or supplier who has made a delivery in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
Akebono Brake (○) (○) (○)
ADVICS (○) (○)
Hosei Brake Industry
Nissin Kogyo (○) (○) (○)
Hitachi Automotive Systems
Continental (○) (○)
Bosch (○)
Brembo
ZF TRW
  • Disc pads are a core friction component in braking systems, and to obtain a high level trust in their durability they need to have strong braking ability and drag inhibition features. Many of the major suppliers of disc brake calipers also handle disc pads.
  • Major Japanese pad suppliers are ADVICS, Nisshinbo Brake, Akebono Brake, Hitachi Chemical, and Japan Brake. Foreign based ones include Nisshinbo Brake subsidiary TMD Friction, Honeywell International, and high-end sports car exclusive supplier Brembo. 95% of the Japanese market is occupied by domestic suppliers.
  • As of 2018 the top three companies:  1st. ADVICS, 2nd. Akebono Brake, 3rd. Nisshinbo Brake.
  • ADVICS holds the top position among disc pad suppliers, thanks largely to the fact that they are the main supplier for the Toyota group. However, Nisshinbo Brake and Akebono Brake, who both supply multiple companies, are gaining ground. These three companies make up around 80% of the segment.
  • Below is a breakdown of suppliers by major OEM in 2018:
    • Toyota: ADVICS holds an 80% share, followed by Nisshinbo Brake with 15%. ADVICS is an Aisin group member and related to Toyota, which explains its top supply volume and number of models equipped.
    • Nissan: Hitachi Chemical supplies just over 50%, while Akebono Brake does around 40%. Nisshinbo Brake’s wholly owned subsidiary TMD supplies the remaining 10%.
    • Honda: Nisshinbo Brake is top with a 45% share, Hitachi Chemical’s wholly owned subsidiary Japan Brake is next with 20%, and Akebono Brake and ADVICS each have around 10%.
    • Other: Nisshinbo Brake is the top supplier for Suzuki and Subaru, Japan Brake is top for Mazda, Akebono Brake for Mitsubishi Motors, and Hitachi Chemical for Daihatsu.
  • Below is a breakdown by supplier:
    • ADVICS: The top pad supplier for Toyota by both number of equipped models and number of products shipped. It does not hold the top ranking for supply with any other OEMs, but on an aggregate basis is the top disc pad supplier in Japan.
    • Nisshinbo Brake: A supplier with strengths in friction materials like disc pads and drum brake linings. Together with wholly owned subsidiary TMD friction supplies all major OEMs in Japan, and has the top share with Honda, Suzuki, and Subaru.
    • Akebono Brake: The top supplier of foundation brakes, but lags behind ADVICS and Nisshinbo Brake in the disc pad segment. Supplies all Japanese OEMs with disc pads, holding the top share for Mitsubishi Motors and Daihatsu and a strong position with Nissan.
    • Hitachi Chemical: A member of Hitachi group and historically a strong partner of Nissan. Production of disc pads in Japan is handled by its subsidiary Japan Brake. Has a small share of the supply to Toyota, Daihatsu, and Subaru, and is relatively far behind the top three companies in the segment.
    • Japan Brake: Supplies mostly Mazda, Honda, and Suzuki. Is a rival of Nisshinbo Brake in the supply to Mazda, but does not hold a high ranking for any other companies.


Brake Drum

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other company or supplier who has made a delivery in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
ADVICS (○) (○) (○) (○)
Hosei Brake Industry (Including transfer from Nisshinbo brake) (○) (○)
Kiriu (○)
Nissin Kogyo
Yoshiwa Kogyo
Asama Giken (○)


Brake Shoe

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other company or supplier who has made a delivery in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
ADVICS (○) (○) (○) (○)
Hosei Brake Industry (Including transfer from Nisshinbo brake) (○) (○) (○)
Akebono Brake Industry
Nissin Kogyo
Japan Brake Industrial
erae Automotive Systems (○) (○)


Brake Lining

◎:Top Supplier / ○:Supplier / (○):OEM model from other OEM or delivered in the past
  Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda SUBARU Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
ADVICS (○)
Kiriu
Nissin Kogyo
Yoshiwa Kogyo (○)
Asama Giken (○) (○)


Ⅴ. Sales figures for top suppliers

Sales Figures (Consolidated Basis)

(JPY millions) March 2016 March 2017 March 2018 Notes
Akebono Brake 281,341 266,099 264,921 Total Sales
ADVICS 551,600 555,400 586,500 Total Sales

Nisshinbo Holdings

533,989 527,274 512,047 Total Sales
165,037 - 154,204 Brake Business Sales
Hitachi Chemical 546,468 554,144 669,234 Total Sales
269,769 272,994 297,051 Functional Materials Related Sales
Nissin Kogyo 167,709 166,889 188,221 Total Sales
Aisin Takaoka 275,900 273,000 295,700 Total Sales
Kiriu N/A 48,900 N/A Total Sales
Daihatsu Metal 23,600 26,000 29,900 Total Sales
Yoshiwa Kogyo 12,574 13,181 14,990 Total Sales


Detailed list of global facilities

Note: Only brake and brake related facilities shown.
Type: ○Regional Controller ●Production Plant ★R&D Facility ☆Technology co-operation/sharing

Country Facility Name Location Type Investment Ratio Joint Venture/Investment Partner Major Customers Produced Goods (Notes)
Akebono Brake
Asia
Japan Akebono Brake Central R&D Center Hanyu (Saitama) 100      
Akebono Brake Iwatsuki Plant Saitama (Saitama) 100     Drum Brake、Disc Brake
Akebono Brake Sanyo Plant Soja (Okayama) 100     Drum Brake、Disc Brake、Wheel Cylinder
Akebono Brake Fukushima Plant Koori, Date District
(Fukushima)
100     Brake Lining
Akebono Brake Yamagata Plant Sagae (Yamagata) 100     Disc Pad
Akebono Brake Tatebayashy Casting Plant Tatebayashi (Gunma)       Disc Brake Cast Metals
China Akebono Corporation (Guangzhou) Guangzhou 80
(30)
(Akebono Brake Corp.) 30
Itochu 20
  Disc Brake、Drum Brake
Akebono Corporation (Suzhou) Suzhou 80
(35)
(Akebono Brake Corp.) 30
(Akebono Brake Europe) 5
Itochu 20
  Disc Pad
Indonesia PT. Akebono Brake Astra Indonesia Jakarta 50 Astra Group 50   Drum Brake、Disc Brake、
Disc Pad、Brake Shoe、Lining
Thailand Akebono Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Amphur Panthong 100     Disc Brake、Disc Pad
The Americas
U.S. Akebono Brake Corporation Elizabethtown (KY) 80 Itochu 20   North American Controller
Farmington Hills (MI)   Engineering Center
Elizabethtown (KY)   Disc Brake、Drum Brake、
Disc Pad、Brake Shoe
Glasgow (KY)   Disc Pad, Disc Brake
Clarksville (TN)   Disc Rotor、Brake Drum、Corner Module
West Columbia (SC)   Disc Brake、Corner Module、Cast Metals
Europe
Belgium Akebono Brake Europe N.V. Diegem 100     Europe Controller
France Akebono Europe S.A.S.
(Gonesse)
Gonesse Cedex 100
(100)
(Akebono Brake Europe) 100   R&D Sales
Akebono Europe S.A.S.
(Arras)
Monchy-le-Preux 100
(100)
(Akebono Brake Europe) 100   Disc Pad
U.K. Akebono Advanced Engineering (UK) Ltd. Wokingham
(Berkshire)
100     R&D
Aisin Seiki
Asia
Japan Aisin Seiki Handa Plant Handa (Aichi)       ABS、Electric Tilt & Telescopic
Steering Column、Air Suspension System
ADVICS HQ Kariya (Aichi) 55 Denso 18
Sumitomo Electric
Toyota
Brake System Components Development and Sales
ADVICS Fujioka Branch Toyota (Aichi) Brake System Components Development
ADVICS Kariya Plant Kariya (Aichi) Brake Master Cylinder、Disc Brake、Proportioning Valve、Wheel Cylinder、Parking Brake
Aisin Takaoka (Detailed Elsewhere)     51.2
(5.8)
     
Hosei Brake HQ Plant Toyota (Aichi) 53.1 Toyota   Drum Brake、Rear Parking Brake
Hosei Brake Takahama Plant Takahama (Aichi)   Brake Caliper
Hosei Brake Toki Plant Toki (Gifu)   Press Welded Parts
Hosei Brake Okazaki Plant Okazaki (Aichi)   Metal Molding
AS Brake Systems Itami (Hyogo) 80 Sumitomo Electric 20   Disc Brake
Aisin Kako Toyota (Aichi) 79.3
(29.2)
    Disc Pad
Aisin Shinwa Nyuzen, Shimoniikawa District
(Toyama)
99.7     Disc Brake Parts Cast Metal Processing
China Hosei (Fuzhou) Brake Industry Co., Ltd. Fuzhou 37.2
(37.2)
(Hosei Brake) 70
Taiwan Goshen 30
Toyota、Dongfeng Nissan、
Soueast
Brake Parts
ADVICS Tianjin Automobile Parts Co., Ltd Tianjin 74.8
(27.6)
(ADVICS) 50.1
Toyota Tsusho 2.7
  Brake Caliper、Parking Brake、
Brake Master Cylinder・Booster
ADVICS Guangzhou Automobile Parts Co., Ltd Guangzhou 52.2
(52.2)
(ADVICS) 95
Toyota Tsusho 5
  Corner Module、Parking Brake
ADVICS Changzhou Administration Co., Ltd. Changzhou 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   Brake Parts R&D
Advics China Co., Ltd. Changzhou 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   Development and Sales
Advics Fuzhou Automobile Parts Co., Ltd. Fuzhou 44
(44)
(ADVICS) 80
Lioho (Taiwan) 20
  ABS、ESC
Tangshan Aisin Chemical Co., Ltd. Tangshan 78.6
(58.6)
(Aisin Kako)60
(ADVICS) 20
ADVICS (Tianjin) Automobile Parts Disc Pad
Taiwan Taiwan AISIN Elite Manufacturing Co., Ltd.     (Aisin AI)   Brake Caliper、Brake Master Cylinder、Door Lock、Clutch
ADVICS Taiwan Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. Taichung   (ADVICS)   Brake System Components Development and Sales
Indonesia Pt. AT Indonesia Karawang 30.6
(26.6)
(Aisin Takaoka) 52
Toyota Tsusho 4
P.T.Astra Otoparts 40
  Brake Drum
Thailand ADVICS Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. Simahaphot,
Prachinburi
55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   ASEAN Regional Controller
Siam Aisin Co., Ltd. Simahaphot,
Prachinburi
97 Toyota Tsusho (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. 3   Brake Parts、Timing Chain Case, Door Frame
Aisin Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Amphur Bankhai,
Rayong
75.5
(70.5)
(Aisin Kako) 75
(ADVICS Asia Pacific) 20
  Disc Pad
The Americas
U.S. ADVICS North America, Inc. Lebanon (OH) 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   Brake System Components Development and Sales
ADVICS Manufacturing Ohio, Inc. Lebanon (OH) 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100 Toyota、Honda、
Mitsubishi Motors、GM、
Chrysler、Ford
Disc Brake、ABS/ESC Modulator
ADVICS Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. Terre Haute (IN) 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   Drum Brake、Rear Parking Brake、
Brake Master Cylinder、
Pedal Parking Brake
SAFA, LLC LaGrange (GA) 55
(55)
(ADVICS North America, Inc.) 100 Toyota、Honda、
Mitsubishi Motors
Disc Pad
Aisin Drivetrain, Inc. Crothersville (IN) 100
(100)
(Aisin Holding of America Inc.) 100   Brake Parts、Chassis Parts
Europe
Germany ADVICS Europe Gmbh Neu-Isenburg 55
(55)
(ADVICS) 100   Brake System Components Development and Sales
Nisshinbo Holdings
Asia
Japan Nisshinbo Brake Tatebayashi Office Ora (Gunma)
100     Disc Pad、Brake Lining
Nisshinbo Brake Toyota Office Toyota (Aichi) 100     Drum Brake、Brake Shoe、
Commercial Vehicle Disc Brake
Continental Automotive
(Detailed Elsewhere)
  49 Continental AG 51    
China Saeron Automotive Beijing Co., Ltd. (SABC) Beijing 67.8
(67.8)
(Saeron Automotive Corporation) 100   Disc Pad、Brake Lining
Nisshinbo Saeron Changshu
Automotive Corporation (NSC)
Changshu (Jiangsu) 83.9
(33.9)
(Saeron Automotive Corporation) 50   Disc Pad
Continental Teves Corporation
(Lian Yun Gang) Co., Ltd.
Lianyungang (Jiangsu) 49 Continental AG 51   ABS Sensor
India Rane Brake Lining Limited Chennai, Hyderabad,
Trichy, Puducherry
20.15 Rane Group 79.85   Disc Pad、Brake Lining
Korea Saeron Automotive Corporation
(SAC)
Cheonan 67.8     Disc Pad、Brake Lining
Thailand Nisshinbo Somboon Automotive Co., Ltd.
(NSA)
Ampur Pluakdaeng
(Rayong)
97.1 Bangkok Spring 2.9   Disc Pad、Brake Lining、
Shoe Assembly、Drum Brake
The Americas
U.S. Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing Inc.
(NAMI)
Covington (GA)
100   Daimler-Chrysler、Ford、GM、Honda、Toyota、Volkswagen、ADVICS、Akebono Brake、Bosch、Brembo、Continental Automotive Systems、Nissin Kogyo、PBR、TRW Disc Pad、Brake Lining
Nissin Kogyo
Asia
Japan Nissin Kogyo Ueda Plant Ueda (Nagano)       VSA、Master Cylinder、
Booster
Nissin Kogyo Tobu Plant Tomi (Nagano)       Disc Brake、Caliper
Nissin Kogyo Naoetsu Plant Joetsu (Niigata)        
Nissin Kogyo Nagano Development Center Tomi (Nagano)        
Nissin Kogyo Tochigi Development Center Nasukarasuyama (Tochigi)        
Yoshida Kogyo Saku (Nagano) 30   Nissin Kogyo、Bosch Brake Parts (Caliper Piston、
Master Cylinder Piston/Body、
Wheel Cylinder)、ABS Parts
Japan Brake Industry
(Detailed Elsewhere)
  21.1 Hitachi Chemical 73.4    
China Shandong Nissin Industry Co., Ltd. Weihai (Shandong) 95.3     Two Wheeler Brake System Parts
Zhongshan Nissin Industry Co., Ltd. Zhongshan 100     Caliper、Rear Brake Assembly、Master Cylinder/Booster、ABS
Nissin R&D China Guangzhou        
India Nissin Brake India Pvt. Ltd. Neemrana,
Alwar,
Rajasthan
100   Honda (City) Brake System, Master Cylinder, Master Power、Caliper
Indonesia P.T.Chemco Harapan Nusantara Jababeka Cikarang,
Jawa Barat
40 P.T.Prospect Motor 40
Local 20
  Brake System Parts
Thailand Nissin Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Amphur Muang,
Nakornratchasrima
51 Manoyontchai Co., Ltd. 14.3
Local 34.7
  Brake System Parts
Japan Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Amphur Bangpa-In,
Ayuttahaya
40
(6)
(Japan Brake Industry) 54
Hitachi Chemical 6
(Nissin Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd.) 6
  Brake Lining
Nissin R&D Asia Co., Ltd. Bangkok 100      
Vietnam Nissin Brake Vietnam Co., Ltd. Binh Xuyen 100
(25)
    Brake System Parts
The Americas
U.S. Nissin Brake Ohio, Inc.
(NBO)
Findlay (OH) 74.1 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 25.9 Honda Brake System Parts
Nissin Brake Georgia, Inc.
(NBG)
Rock Spring (GA) 100
(26.7)
(Nissin Brake Ohio, Inc.) 26.7 Honda Brake System Parts
Nissin R&D USA East liberty (OH)        
Brazil Nissin Brake Do Brasil Ltda. Manaus-Am 100 Honda (Fit) Brake System、Master Cylinder、Master Power
ITU-SP
Europe
U.K. Nissin Showa UK Ltd. Aberdare
Mid-Glamorgan
(Wales)
35.7 Showa 64.3 Toyota Manufacturing UK,
Honda UK Manufacturing
Brake Parts (Caliper、Master Cylinder、Booster)、Power Steering Systems、Shock Absorber
Spain Nissin R&D Europe S.L. Viladecans 100      
Hitachi AMS
Asia
Japan Hitachi AMS Yamanashi Office South Alps (Yamanashi)       Brake System
Hitachi AMS Atsugi Office Atsugi (Kanagawa)       ABS、Valve Timing Control System
TOKICO High Cast Tanagura, Higashishirakawa District
(Fukushima)
100     Caliper Parts Casting
China TOKICO Automotive (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. Suzhou 61 Heng Tong Auto Parts Inc.   Disc Brake、Shock Absorber
Guangzhou Hitachi Unisia
Automotive Parts Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou 100   Nissan、Honda、
GM
ABS、Power Steering System
Thailand TOKICO (Thailand) Ltd. Amphur Muang,
Nakhon Ratchasima
65.8
(3)
(Hitachi Automotive Systems Singapore) 3
Local 34.2
Nissan、Toyota、
Isuzu
Disc Brake、Shock Absorber
The Americas
U.S. Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Berea Plant
Berea (KY) 100   Toyota、Nissan、
AAI、CAMI、Ford
Brake System、Suspension System
Hitachi Chemical
Asia
Japan Japan Brake Industry
(Detailed Elsewhere)
Hachioji (Tokyo)
73.4 Nissin Kogyo 21.1    
The Americas
Mexico Hitachi Chemical Mexico S.A. de C.V. Montemorelos
(Nuevo Leon)
100
(1)
(Hitachi Chemical Company America, Ltd.) 1   Disc Pad
Japan Brake Industry
Asia
Japan Japan Brake Industry
R&D HQ/Friction Materials Development
Hachioji (Tokyo)     Honda、Mazda、Suzuki、Subaru、Nissin Kogyo、Bosch、AS Brake Systems、Brembo  
Japan Brake Industry
Brake Component Development Division
Kure (Hiroshima)      
Japan Brake Industry
Production Technology Development
Yamamushi (Chiba)      
Japan Brake Industry
Chiba Office
Yamamushi (Chiba)     Disc Pad、Brake Lining、Brake Shoe、
Brake Assembly
Japan Brake Industry
Hiroshima Office
Kure (Hiroshima)    
Namie Japan Brake Chikusei (Ibaraki) 100  
Australia Bosch Chassis Systems Australia Pty. Ltd.          
China Foshan J.B. Automotive Products Co., Ltd Foshan 100      
Putian Municipal Rongxing Machinery Co., Ltd.          
Fuzhou Assured Brake Systems Co., Ltd.          
India Allied Nippon Limited New Dehli JV Allied Motors    
Allied JB Friction Pvt. Ltd.   51 Allied Nippon Limited 49   Friction Materials
Bosch Chassis Systems India Ltd.          
Korea Sangsin Brake Co., Ltd.          
Taiwan Wu Tai Industrial Co., Ltd.          
Thailand Japan Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Amphur Bangpa-In
(Ayuttahaya)
54 Nissin Kogyo 34
Hitachi Chemical 6
Nissin Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 6
  Brake Lining
Nissin Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd.          
The Americas
Mexico Hitachi Chemical Mexico, S.A. de C.V.          
Aisin Takaoka
Asia
Japan Aisin Takaoka HQ Plant Toyota (Aichi)
      Drum Brake、Exhaust Manifold、
Intake Manifold
Aisin Takaoka Kira Plant Nishio (Aichi)       Disc Rotor、Fly Wheel
Aisin Takaoka Tohoku Ohira, Kurokawa District (Miyagi)     Kanto Auto Works、
Central Motors
Brake Parts
Aisin Shinwa Nyuzen, Shimoniikawa District (Toyama)       Disc Brake Parts
AT Kyushu Nankan, Tamana District (Kumamoto) 100     Disc Rotor
China Takaoka Lioho (Guangzhou)
Machinery Industries Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou 51 Toyota Tsusho 3
Kunshan Liufeng Machinery Industry Co., Ltd. 46
  Cast Metal Processing
Takaoka Lioho (Tianjin) Industries Co., Ltd. Tianjin 51 Toyota Tsusho 3
Kunshan Liufeng Machinery Industry Co., Ltd.42.8
Lioho Industry 3.2
  Cast Metal Processing
Takaoka Lioho (Yunfu) Industries Co.,Ltd. Yunfu 68.1
(33.3)
Takaoka Lioho (Tianjin) Industries Co., Ltd. 55.2
Takaoka Lioho (Guangzhou) Industries Co., Ltd. 10
  Cast Metal Processing (Disc Rotor)

Indonesia Pt.AT Indonesia Karawang 52 Aisin Seiki 4
Toyota Tsusho 4
P.T.Astra Otoparts 40
  Brake Drum
Thailand Siam AT Industry Co., Ltd. Amphur Muang,
Chonburi
      Cast Metal Processing
The Siam Nawaloha Foundry Co., Ltd. Banmhor, Saraburi       Cast Metal Processing
The Nawaloha Industry Co., Ltd. Amphur Nongkae,
Saraburi
      Cast Metal Processing
Aisin Takaoka Foundry Bangpakong Co.,Ltd. Phantong, Chonburi 70.1 Cementhai Holding 29.9   Cast Metals
Thai Engineering Products Co., Ltd. Khlong Luang,
Pathum Thani
46.1 Toyota Motor Thailand 10
Tri Petch Isuzu Sales 10
Thai Suzuki Motor 5
The Siam Cement Public 28.9
  Aluminium Casting and Processing
The Americas
U.S. INTAT Precision, Inc. Rushville (IN) 98.4 Aisin Holdings of America 1.6 Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing,
Subaru, Hino, Ambrake, ADVICS,
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas
Brake Caliper、
Disc Rotor、Brake Drum、
Differential Case Casting and Processing
ATTC Manufacturing, Inc. Tell City (IN) 100   Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing,
Nissan, Hino, American Axle
Disc Rotor、Brake Drum、
Differential Case Casting and Processing
Asama Giken
Asia
Japan Asama Giken HQ Plant Komoro (Nagano)     Honda、
Isuzu、
Nissin Kogyo
Brake Disc、Brake Drum、Fly Wheel
Asama Giken Misato Plant Komoro (Nagano)     Caliper Body、
Gear Case、Knuckle Arm
Indonesia P.T Asama Indonesia Manufacturing Karawang 43 P.T.Prospect Motor 28
Asian Honda Motor 14
Yanagawa Seiki 10
Nissin Kogyo 3
Honda、Mitsubishi Motors、Suzuki、Daihatsu Disc Rotor
(Casting and Processing)
U.S. Asama Coldwater Manufacturing, Inc. Coldwater (MI) 100   Honda Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum (Casting and Processing)
Kiriu
Asia
Japan Kiriu Ashikaga (Tochigi)       Disc Rotor、Brake Drum、
AT/CVT Parts、Air Conditioning Parts
Kiriu Oita Usa (Oita) 100   Nissan Disc Rotor、Brake Drum
Kiriu Yamagata Funagata, Mogami District (Yamagata) 100     Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum、Air Conditioning Parts
China Kiriu-Lioho Co., Ltd. Guangzhou 45 Lioho Industry (Taiwan) 55 Dongfeng Nissan Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum、Air Conditioning Parts
India Munjal Kiriu Industries Pvt. Ltd. Gurgaon (Haryana) 51 Hero Motors Ltd. 49 Renault Nissan、GM、Maruti Suzuki Disc Rotor、Brake Drum
Indonesia P.T. Kiriu Indonesia Bekasi 100     Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum、Caliper、Differential Case
Korea Kiriu Samick Co., Ltd Daegu 35 Samick Group 65 Renault Samsung、GM Daewoo Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum
Thailand Kiriu Thailand Co., Ltd Pluakdaeng
(Rayong)
95 Sumitomo Corporation 5 Nissan Disc Rotor、
Brake Drum、Knuckle、Hub
The Americas
U.S. Kiriu USA Corporation Bowling Green (KY) 100   Nissan、Subaru Disc Rotor、Brake Drum
Mexico Kiriu Mexicana S.A. de C.V. Lerma 95 Sumitomo Corporation 5 Mexico Nissan Disc Rotor、Brake Drum、
Cylinder Block
Continental Automotive
Japan Continental Automotive
Engineering Center
Yokohama (Kanagawa)        
Continental Automotive
Hamakita Plant
Hamakita (Shizuoka)       Electric Brake System、
ESC
Continental Automotive
Hiroshima Plant
Higashi-Hiroshima (Hiroshima)       Brake Caliper、
Brake Master Cylinder、Booster
Continental Automotive
Asahi R&D Center
Asahi (Chiba)       R&D
Bosch
Japan Bosch Tochigi Plant Nasushiobara (Tochigi)
      ABS、ESC、Hydraulic Unit、
Speed Sensor
Bosch Musashi Plant Namegawa, Hiki District (Saitama)
      Brake Parts
Bosch Yokohama Office Yokohama (Kanagawa)        
Memanbetsu Technical Center Ozora, Okhotsk Subprefecture
(Hokkaido)
       
Technos Saku (Nagano) 100     Booster Parts
Kanto Seiatsu Kogyo Honjo (Saitama) 68.9     Booster Parts
Thailand Bosch Automotive Thailand Co., Ltd. Rayong 87.9     Booster

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