Yamaha was founded in 1887 in Japan as the Japan Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company. Today, the company is divided into two divisions; motorcycles and musical instruments. This article is regarding the musical division of the company.
Today, Yamaha is the #1 manufacturer of musical instruments. Over the years, the company has acquired numerous other musical instrument factories, including Steinberg in 2005, Kemble in 2007, and Bosendorfer in 2008. In 2014, the company had annual revenue of $410.3 billion. The company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.
The company is perhaps best known for its pianos and it’s singing synthesizer, which it introduced in 2003. Headquarters for the North America branch is located in Buena Park, California.