When was the Yamaha Motor Corporation founded?

The Yamaha story

Yamaha Motor Corporation was founded on July 1, 1955 as a subsidiary of the Japanese Yamaha Corporation. 1887 the parent company Yamaha Corporation was founded by Torakusu Yamaha after he became interested in the construction of these instruments while repairing a harmonium. In the early days, the company mainly built harmonies before going down 1900 also added pianos and grand pianos to the company's range. Other instruments such as guitars and even organs followed over the years.
In addition to instruments, in 1903, thanks to the founder's knowledge of woodworking, Yamaha began making furniture, before the Yamaha Motor Corporation was founded in 1955 and has since been building motorcycles, quads and marine engines.
During the Second World War, Yamaha Motor had to switch production and was part of the Japanese defense industry. In 1945, in the last year of the war, the production facilities were almost completely destroyed by bombs by the Allied forces, so that the company around the then director Kawakami could only be rebuilt with the support of the Japanese government and began with the production of simple mechanical parts. In 1950 Genichi Kawakami took over the company and decided to boost the almost idle factories and the economic situation of the company by building motorcycles. A short time later, the company's first motorcycle, the Yamaha YA-1, a light off-road motorcycle with a two-stroke engine that was nicknamed “Red Dragonfly”, was completed. As a result, Yamaha began to expand more and more into other countries and quickly gained in value due to the larger sales market. In 1954 the company opened its first own music school in Japan and finally founded the subsidiary Yamaha Motor Corporation, driven by the sales success of the first motorcycle.
After in 1958 in Mexico The first branch outside of Japan was opened, followed two years later by expansion into the USA and the establishment of the first branch there. With the establishment of Yamaha Europe GmbH in 1966, the company opened up the European economic area for itself. For the first time it was possible to buy guitars and drums from the Yamaha brand in Germany.
The already broad portfolio of Yamaha was expanded to include tennis and golf clubs due to the great success and enormous growth of the company. In the 1980s, the company even launched its first CD player on the market.
During this time, the Yamaha Motor Corporation developed into one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world and increased its commitment in this field, especially by sponsoring teams in the motorsport scene since the 1960s. The company was able to successfully contest a total of 36 drivers 'world championships and 37 constructors' world championships with well-known pilots such as Valentino Rossi or the legend Phil Read. The company also built the engines for several Formula 1 teams from 1989 to 1997.
Today, the Yamaha Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a Nikkei 225 listed company with a turnover of 459 billion dollars (2009), making it one of the most respected companies in the world.