About ”Makita”

Marine Engine Manufacturer

Our company manufactures marine engines for 10,000 to 40,000 ton class ships. The largest of our engines is 9m long x 6m wide x 8m tall. It is comparable in size to a three-story building, weighing around 230 tons with an output of 15,000 horsepower.
But in addition to its grandeur, thanks to the skilled hands of our engineers, the engine's internals include a multitude of micron level technology. A high level of craftsmanship goes into supporting our company's manufacturing of large-scale and elaborately detailed products. That craftsmanship is the pride of Makita Corporation.

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A Worldwide Industry Leader

Our company received approval from MDT in 1981, and obtained a sublicense working with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding to manufacture and sell the "Makita-Mitsui-B&W 6L35MC/MCE" engine. The following year the world’s first "Makita-Mitsui-B&W 6L35MC 4080 horsepower" engine was completed. This "6L35MC" engine has been constantly evolving since and also holds the world’s top market share. Even now it continues to be ordered and has been a tremendously long-selling engine.

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A 100 Year Enterprise of the Seto Inland Sea & Kagawa Prefecture

In 1910, Makita Corporation was founded under the proprietorship of Hisashi Makita.
This was the dawn of Japan’s maritime industry, and during a time where Japanese shipbuilding still involved a great deal of trial and error, Hisashi Makita completed a marine engine single-handedly.
Now, with holding a top market share in the world as a sub-licensee of MDT as its launching point, Makita Corporation is resolute in furthering the Japanese maritime industry while evolving and improving itself as a company. Our employees are always discussing engineering know-how and creative strategies, which is why we say that “ingenuity” is a part of the company’'s DNA.

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About Marine Engines

Ships are broadly classified as passenger vessels, cargo vessels, and fishing vessels. Of those, Makita Corporation engines are mainly used by cargo vessels. And for the engines of those cargo ships there are two important areas of performance that are required. The first thing all marine engines have in common is that their ships sail based on the assumption that the engines will perform reliably and safely, and second, superior economic performance is crucial to these cargo ships that play a leading role in global logistics.

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The Ships that Use Makita-made Engines

The ships that use our company’s engines are primarily cargo ships in the 10,000 to 40,000 ton class. With cargo ships there are a wide variety of types depending on the cargo, and those ships play a major role in Japan, bringing in over 99% of the total trade volume (tonnage). Makita Corporation’s engines support global logistics as the "hearts" that drive the cargo ships that sail the oceans of the world.

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Latest Developments in Marine Engines

In recent years, the environment surrounding marine engines has changed significantly. A major factor starting in 2000 was the internationally uniform regulation of emissions for NOx (nitrogen oxide). Since then, primary and secondary hurdles have been raised, and a third set of regulations came into effect in 2016. In order to keep in step with these regulations the structure of the conventional marine engine and the idea of the thing itself has had to be rethought.

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