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Futaba Corp.; Mobara (Chibe)

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Name: Futaba Corp.; Mobara (Chibe)    (J)  
Abbreviation: futaba
Products: Model types Tube manufacturer
Summary:

Futaba Corporation
629 Oshiba, Mobara, Chiba Prefecture 297- 8588 (2018)

Manufacturer of electron tubes, VFDs and remote control (RC) units.

Not to be confused with the company Futaba Shoukai, founded in 1935, producer of plastics and related devices. See also Futaba Electric Co., initial owner of the National brand later used by Matsushita.

Founded: 1948
History:

1948 Futaba Corporation established in Mobara-cho, Chosei-gun, to manufacture and sell radio receiver vacuum tubes.

1962 Unique Precision Co., Ltd., acquired; Machinery and Tooling Division established; and manufacture and sale of press and die components begun. Manufacture and sales of radio-control transmitters and receivers begun.

1965 Electronics equipment plant established (specializing in radio control equipment). Manufacture and sale of labor saving equipment begun.

1968 Entered the display device industry with the manufacture and sale of gas-discharge display tubes.

1969 Foundry established for casting of press and punching die components. Keyboard plant established in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, and manufacture and sale of key swithes and related components begun.

1970 Manufacture and sale of cylindrical multidigit VFDs begun.

1972 Manufacture and sale of Pulscale digital read-out equipment begun. Taiwan Futaba Electronics Corp. and Akita Elecom Co., Ltd., established to produce vacuum fluorescent displays. Korea Futaba Electronics Corp. established (mold base components).

1973 Korean Futaba Corp. (name changed to Se-jin Electron Inc. in 1974) established to strengthen production of VFDs and keyboard switches. Futaba Industry U.S.A. (changed to Futaba Corp. of America in 1978) established as U.S. sales company.

1975 Futaba (Hong Kong) Corp. established as Southeast Asian sales base. Futaba Foundry Co., Ltd., established (foundry established in 1969 incorporated as separate corporation).

1979 Futaba (Europe) GmbH (Germany) established as European sales base.

1991 Futaba Denshi Corp. (S) Pte., Ltd., (Singapore) established (sale of electronic components).

1994 Futaba Precision Mould (Shenzhen) Corp. (P.R.C.) established (mold base components).

1995 Futaba Corp. of the Philippines established (VFDs).

1996 Futaba JTW (Thailand) Ltd. established (press and mold base components).

1998 Ceremony held in commemoration of company's 50th anniversary. Futaba Technology Development Corp. (Taiwan, R.O.C.) established.

This manufacturer was suggested by Berthold Bosch † 13.2.19.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
70–72 Ripmax DigiMax 2   Ripmax-Futaba Digimax "2" remote control with single stick two-function control. Separete ... 
70–72 Ripmax DigiMax 3   Ripmax-Futaba Digimax "3" remote control with two-stick transmitter controls (plus separat... 
70–72 Ripmax DigiMax 4   Ripmax-Futaba Digimax "4" remote control with twin-stick controls with separate trim on al... 
70–72 Ripmax DigiMax 5   Ripmax-Futaba Digimax "5" remote control with full five function controls, with trim. 

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