|Founded||Mobara, Japan (February 3, 1948 )|
|Headquarters||Mobara, Chiba Prefecture 297- 8588, Japan|
|Revenue||JPY 67,083 billion (FY 2019) (US$ 613.5 million) (FY 2019)|
|JPY 1.79 billion (FY 2013) (US$ 17.45 million) (FY 2013)|
Number of employees
|5,007 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2019)|
Futaba Corporation (双葉電子工業株式会社, Futaba Denshi Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese company founded in 1948, originally to produce vacuum tubes. As time passed, production and elemental techniques of the vacuum tube transformed into the manufacturing of vacuum fluorescent displays (VFDs), tool and die set components, radio control equipment and OLED displays.
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Futaba became one of the first companies of its type to provide comprehensive radio control products, selection and service to hobbyists. Futaba systems and products were quickly accepted and used by serious competitors and casual enthusiasts alike. Futaba products are used in the air, on the water, underwater and on the ground for all types of radio-controlled models. Futaba manufactures all components in-house, including tools and manufacturing facilities.
The hobby brand is distributed in North America by FutabaUSA, by Ripmax in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria, along with other distributors around the world.
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Rockwell International was a major American manufacturing conglomerate involved in aircraft, the space industry, defense and commercial electronics, components in the automotive industry, printing presses, avionics and industrial products. Rockwell International's predecessor was 'Rockwell Manufacturing Company', founded in 1919 by Willard Rockwell. In 1968 Rockwell Manufacturing Company included 7 operating divisions manufacturing industrial valves, German 2-cycle motors, power tools, gas and water meters. In 1973 it was combined with the aerospace products and renamed Rockwell International. At its peak Rockwell International was No. 27 on the Fortune 500 list, with assets of over $8 billion, sales of $27 billion and 115,000 employees.
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