The PATH taken on our value creation journey with our core competencies
It is said that Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens—the discoverer of Saturn’s rings—perceived the need for some kind of power-producing device, i.e., an engine, to drive water pumps and alleviate the labor-intensive task of drawing water from the Seine to feed the Palace of Versailles’ many fountains. That initial idea would later be adopted and developed by engineers around the world until the basic forms of engines as we know them today were created in the 19th century.
Yamaha Motor’s origins lie with powertrains, with the YA-1 the company offered at its inception powered by a 125cc 2-stroke engine. In the more than 50 years since, Yamaha has kept its finger on the pulse of people’s lifestyles while continuing its powertrain research and development to improve not just quality and performance, but to also expand their fields of use.
Electric motors for use in automobiles and other vehicles
Yamaha Motor Monozukuri prioritizes human senses, perceptions and sensitivities, and this remains the same with electronic control as we always strive to make the results feel as natural as possible for the user. Beginning with electromagnetic guidance systems to automate golf cars and the electronics for motorcycle engines and chassis, Yamaha’s expertise in electronics continues to grow and is put to use in our businesses for electrically power-assisted bicycles, electric wheelchairs, boats and outboard motors, industrial-use unmanned helicopters and drones, and robotics.
RiDE: Control technology for personal watercraft [view movie]
Many of Yamaha Motor’s products are vehicles for the land and water, and the energy generated by powertrains like engines or electric motors can only be used to the fullest when paired with an equally well-designed chassis or hull. Yamaha is developing various technologies for chassis/hull design as well as for processing, machining and utilizing materials. Our tests and evaluations also emphasize human senses and perceptions, and we are working to define these feelings with numbers. In these ways, Yamaha Monozukuri is centered on producing a feeling of unity between the user and their machine.
Yamaha Motor products are built to offer new excitement and a more fulfilling life for people all over the world, and are manufactured not only in the company’s hometown of Iwata, Japan, but also in numerous regions worldwide. In bringing an idea or plan put together by engineers and designers to life as a real product, and then delivering it to people around the globe to add color and convenience to their lives, developing various manufacturing technologies as well as accumulating pertinent know-how becomes another vital technical pursuit.