Makita makes it 45
Next year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation.
The business has an unbroken record of annual sales growth and just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century of growth since the company’s foundation in 1915 at Anjo, Japan.
Since 1972 Makita UK has delivered a successful and ever expanding range of power tools for the professional tradesman. Today, there are more than 600 tools in the Makita UK range and innovation has become the hallmark of the brand.
‘The Makita philosophy has always been ‘customer service first and foremost’ and to meet the aspirations of the end user first, then our dealers and then finally us as the manufacturer,’ explained Barry Smart, national sales manager, Makita UK. ‘Our market has evolved since 1972 when it was 100% mains until today where it is 60/40 in favour of cordless machines. Our forecasts are for continued growth in cordless.’
He continued, ‘Opening our new training and customer service centre in Glasgow is further illustration of our commitment to giving our customers the very best possible backup to make their business successful.’
Makita ISO accredited manufacturing facility in Telford, Shropshire is one of 18 worldwide production plants. Here more than 1.25 million individual power tools are manufactured annually, of which 80% are exported to the worlds markets.