TOKYO, May 10, 2011 – Yamatake Corporation of the azbil Group has announced that it will
change its name to "Azbil" to consolidate and strengthen the "azbil" brand.
New company name: Azbil Corporation
Date of change: April 1, 2012
It is conditional on approval of shareholders at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders by
the end of June 2011.
Reason for company name change
Since it was founded in 1906 as Yamatake Shokai, Yamatake has been meeting the needs of
society through automation with the aim of "freeing people from drudgery." This philosophy has
been carried on progressively over the years; such as in "Savemation" (saving through
automation) and in the present Group philosophy of "human-centered automation." The Group
symbol, azbil, representing the "human-centered automation" philosophy, was formulated five
years ago, and it has since been gaining recognition in Japan and overseas. Yamatake has
therefore decided to change its name from "Yamatake" to "Azbil" on the occasion of its 105th
Objectives for the name change to Azbil Corporation are as follows:
1) Unify the three names (Group philosophy, Group name, Group company names) to develop
and strengthen the brand globally.
- Group philosophy: Human-centered automation: Automation Zone Builder (introduced
- Group name: azbil Group (introduced October 2008)
- Group company names: Uniformly add "azbil" (to Group companies in Japan planned
from April 2012)
*Overseas affiliates have already included "azbil" in their company names starting in January 2009
2) Raise recognition of the azbil Group as a corporate entity that contributes to solving
customers' issues with both "products and on-site solutions" through its multiple contact
points with customers.
3) Enhance awareness of being a good corporate citizen and carry out activities (CSR, social
contribution, etc.) as a unified Group.
In striving to realize the azbil Group's long-term goal of becoming a "top-class global
automation enterprise," we will powerfully advance these measures, which incorporate our
strong intention to reform business structures and operations and work toward raising the
enterprise value of the Group as a whole.
Along with the name change to Azbil Corporation, the names of Group companies in Japan will
also change; Yamatake Shokai will become Azbil Trading, and Kimmon Manufacturing will
become Azbil Kimmon. These changes are planned to take effect April 1, 2012.
Group companies subject to name change and new company names as of April 2012
|Current company name
||New company name
|Yamatake & Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Trading Co., Ltd.
|Yamatake Control Products Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Products Co., Ltd.
|Yamatake Friendly Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Friendly Co., Ltd.
|SecurityFriday Co., Ltd.
||Azbil SecurityFriday Co., Ltd.
|Kimmon Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Co., Ltd. /td>
|Aomori Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Aomori Co., Ltd.
|Wakayama Seiki Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Wakayama Co., Ltd.
|Shirakawa Seiki Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Shirakawa Co., Ltd.
|Kimmon Shirasawa Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Shirasawa Co., Ltd.
|Kimmon Aizu Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Aizu Co., Ltd.
|Kimmon Haramachi Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Haramachi Co., Ltd.
|Kimmon Karatsu Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kimmon Karatsu Co., Ltd.
|Yamatake Mizuho Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Kyoto Co., Ltd.
|Royal Controls Co., Ltd.
||Azbil RoyalControls Co., Ltd.
|Taishin Co., Ltd.
||Azbil Taishin Co., Ltd.
*For Group companies in Japan not listed above, the timing of implementing name changes is under review.
Founded in 1906, Yamatake utilizes its measurement and control technologies to realize safety and comfort,
and to contribute to the global environment. The azbil Group has operations in 13 countries, a total of 8,000
employees, and sales of ¥212.2 billion. Under azbil, the Group strives to realize safety, comfort and fulfillment
in people's lives and contribute to global environmental preservation through "human-centered automation."
For detailed information about Yamatake see: http://www.azbil.com/