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Dec 16, 2021

Horiba, Ltd. (堀場製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha Horiba Seisaku-sho) is a Japanese manufacturer of precision instruments for measurement and analysis. They make instruments that measure and analyze automobile exhaust gas (80% share of the world market),[4] and environmental, medical and scientific applications.

Japanese manufacturing company
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Horiba, Ltd.
Type PublicKK
TYO: 6856
Industry Electronics/measurement Instruments
Founded Kyoto, Japan
Founder Masao Horiba
Headquarters 2 Miyanohigashi, Kisshoin, Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8510 Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Atsushi Horiba
(Chairman & Group CEO)
Products
  • Automotive emission measurement systems, environmental measuring instruments, scientific analyzers, medical diagnostic analyzers, semiconductor metrology equipment, peripheral measuring devices, analysis devices
Revenue US$ 1,887 million (FY 2019)
(¥ 200,241 million) (FY 2019)
US$ 145 million (FY 2019)
(¥ 15,481 million) (FY 2019)
Number of employees
8,288 (As of December 31, 2019)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references
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Horiba is one of the top 25 analytical and life sciences instrumentation companies in the world.[5]

The group has been involved in measurement technology for more than 50 years.[citation needed] It is diversified in 5 different sectors: automotive tests systems (36% activity), environmental (11%), medical (17%), semiconductor (19%) and scientific fields (17%). Today, the group, chaired by Atsushi Horiba, gathers 5,965 employees worldwide and generated 1 294 million of dollars in 2014.[dubious discuss]

The moto of HORIBA Ltd. is “Joy and Fun”.[citation needed]

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Masao Horiba receiving the 2006 Pittcon Heritage Award
Atsushi Horiba with Mexa200 Analyzer

Horiba was founded in 1945 by Masao Horiba, who graduated in nuclear physics from Kyoto University and in the early 1950s started mass-production of pH meters. The present company was registered in 1953. From 1959 until 2002, Hitachi was a principal shareholder, and the two companies retain close connections.[6]

In 1972, the company established subsidiaries in America and Europe. In 1996–7, Horiba acquired two French companies: the specialist blood cell counter maker ABX SA (currently called Horiba ABX SAS) in 1996, and optical equipment maker Instruments SA (currently Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS) in 1997.[7]

In 2005, Horiba acquired German company Schenck Development Test Systems (including Schenck Pegasus), expanding the automotive market product range[8] to include engine and driveline testing tools, including brake testing and wind-tunnel balances, and the Interautomation Group of Ontario, Canada, with its real-time pre-emptive kernel Linux-based ADACS data acquisition and control software suite.[6]

Horiba’s diversification, and establishing of overseas subsidiaries, decoupled Horiba from the stagnant Japanese industrial market, and Japanese domestic sales dropped from 62% of total sales in 1995 to 35% in 2008. The Horiba group now consists of about 42 companies, spread over about 15 countries.

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