Kubota’s history began in February 1890, when the founder Gonshiro Kubota opened a metal casting business in Osaka at the age of 19. At the time, water borne diseases such as cholera were prevalent in Japan and water services were in need of urgent attention. Against the backdrop of many companies failing in the manufacture of water pipe, Gonshiro engaged in research maintaining the strong beliefs of “It can be done” and “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.” Undergoing much hardship, he became the first in Japan to succeed in the mass production of iron water pipe in 1893, and built a business based on providing people with safe and secure drinking water.
Believing that "In the future, machines will replace shovels and hoes," Gonshiro began researching the mechanization of agriculture around 1935. In 1947, he succeeded in developing a cultivator to meet the expanding post-war food demand. This cultivator rapidly grew in popularity due to labor shortages in farming villages as a result of high economic growth. Developing tractors, combine harvesters, rice transplanters and other machinery one after another, Kubota has made a significant contribution to alleviating exhausting labor in agricultural work.
Kubota contributes to society with products, technologies and services that resolve issues relating to food, water and the environment. This success derives from the spirit passed down from Gonshiro Kubota, who believed “For the prosperity of society, we need to put all of our efforts into creation,” and “Our products should be not only technically excellent, but also useful for the good of society.” The pioneering spirit of the founder Gonshiro Kubota remains strong in the hearts and minds of Kubota’s employees even today, nearly 130 years later.
Possessing strengths in world-class quality, the Kubota Group is accelerating the development of its overseas business activities, including expanding its production, sales and procurement bases. Kubota will further enhance its global management, thereby continuing to grow as a corporate group that is needed by people around the world.
Kubota started with the production and marketing of cast metal products. Ever since its foundation, it has provided a large variety of products that contribute to people’s lives and society, including iron pipes for waterworks, engines for agricultural and industrial purposes, and machine tools. All of its business organizations and products have been developed under the basic idea that “Society keeps corporations going forward.”