Yamaha was established in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha as Nippon Gakki Company, Limited (日本楽器製造株式会社 Nippon Gakki Seizō Kabushiki Kaisha?) (literally Japan Musical Instrument Manufacturing Corporation) in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture and was incorporated on October 12, 1897. The company's origins as a musical instrument manufacturer is still reflected today in the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks.

1887 Torakusu Yamaha builds his first reed organ
1897 Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (current Yamaha Corporation) is established with capital of 100,000 yen
1900 Begins production of upright pianos
1949 Lists its shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange
1954 Establishes Yamaha Music School and holds pilot classes
Produces its first HiFi player (audio product)
1955 Establishes Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Splits off the motorcycle division)
1958 Begins production of sports equipment
Establishes first overseas subsidiary in Mexico
1959 Begins production of electronic organ
1960 Establishes Yamaha International Corporation (current Yamaha Corporation of America)
1962 Begins recreation business
1964 Begins production of lifestyle-related products
1965 Begins production of wind instruments
1966 Yamaha Music Foundation is established
Expands into Europe with the founding of Yamaha Europa GmbH, in West Germany
1968 Issues shares at market price for the first time in Japan
1971 Begins production of semiconductors
1987 Changes company name to Yamaha Corporation to mark the 100th years in business
2002 Establishes Yamaha Music & Electronics (China) Co., Ltd.
Establishes Yamaha Music Holding Europe GmbH (current Yamaha Music Europe GmbH)
2005 Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
2007 Establishes music entertainment business holding company
2008 Acquires L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH
Acquires NEXO S.A.
2010 Renews Yamaha Ginza Building, a complex including shopping area, concert hall, music studio etc.
Transfers shares of the lifestyle-related products subsidiary
Completes integration of Japanese piano factories to Kakegawa
2012 Completes integration of Japanese wind instrument factories to Toyooka
125th years in business (October 12th)
2013 Establishes Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd.
2014 Establishes three domestic musical instrument and audio equipment production subsidiaries after the split-off and merger
Acquires Line 6, Inc. and Revolabs, Inc.


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