Akebono Brake Corporation manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes, employing the Akebono Production System (APS).
Akebono operates R&D technical centers in the United States, Japan and France, and manufactures brake friction materials and components in 30 wholly owned or affiliated facilities worldwide. Clarksville, Tennessee is home to one of four US production facilities. All of Akebono’s operations have secured appropriate ISO/TS16949 certifications, and the company has received a number of quality and performance awards from customers.
Akebono's history in Clarksville dates back to 2010 when the company purchased Robert Bosch North America's foundation brake division. Bosch purchased Allied Signal in the late 1990's, which initially located in Clarksville in 1990.
During its 7-year presence in Clarksville, Akebono has announced three facility expansion projects totaling $144 million. Once the latest investment is complete, employment at the Clarksville facility will total more than 600. The Clarksville operation is located at 780 International Blvd. in the Corporate Business Park.
Worldwide, Akebono employs over 9,000 people worldwide, with over 3,500 in North America.